Michael Vick Joining the Jaguars Could Shake Things Up in Jacksonville

James WalkerAnalyst IIJuly 29, 2009

RICHMOND, VA - AUGUST 27:  Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick (R) leaves federal court August 27, 2007 in Richmond, Viriginia. Vick pleaded guilty to a federal dogfighting charge.  (Photo by Steve Helber-Pool/Getty Images)

Picture this: Jacksonville Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver calls head coach Jack Del Rio into his office soon after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announces a conditional reinstatement of QB Michael Vick. After about an hour or so, Del Rio leaves Weaver's office, and Weaver makes the call.

Seriously, it is about time the Jaguars make a splash in the NFL. Would it be controversial? Without a doubt it would shake things up in this conservative and tight-knit town.

I would venture to bet that it would sell a few more tickets and make the team a bit more interesting.

Don't get me wrong; I love the Jaguars. However, the Jaguars have always seemed to be a second-tier NFL team, and their version of thinking outside the box is reaching out to players that are past their prime and paying them excessive salaries.

Is Vick past his prime? Maybe, but let's face it: He was exciting to watch with the Atlanta Falcons, and you always knew that he was going to make a play. 

The Jacksonville Jaguars badly need a spark. Yes, there would be animal activist protesters, and other angry citizens would certainly pile on.

I love it! Mr. Weaver, please make the call!

Vick has paid his price to society. Goodell put conditions in place for Vick to adhere to that allow him to sign with a team and begin to prepare for the upcoming NFL season.

And frankly, Mr. Vick would come to work rather cheaply.

A one-year contract with a low base salary with heavy incentives would get him into camp. That would be a change for the Jaguars, and bringing in an exciting and controversial player would be extraordinary.

Hosting a Super Bowl was nice, but giving Vick a second chance while he provides some excitement would be even better for the city of Jacksonville.

Pull the trigger, Mr. Weaver. Pick up the phone and make the call before Jerry Jones or Al Davis does.