Many NFL teams are still in the market for a marquee quarterback. Vick will be a work-in-progress, but he may eventually be just as deadly as he used to be.
With that, here is a look at five teams that should be looking at Vick as a project, but no worse than any of their other stop-gaps.
5. Minnesota Vikings
They lost out with Brett Favre telling them no. They are still not a bad team, but their quarterbacks are anything but marquee. The Vikes have a solid defense and the most lethal runner in the sport. A solid quarterback would make the team a serious Super Bowl contender.
Michael Vick is probably not the answer right now. But, the Vikings would be remiss in management of the team were they not to give him a serious look.
4. Cincinnati Bengals
Two reasons Michael Vick should go to the Bengals.
One, Carson Palmer is not a kid anymore and cannot bounce back from injury.
Second, the Cincinnati Bengals seem to thrive on picking up “questionable” personalities. I’m sure he would fit right in with Ochocinco and the other Neanderthals and misanthropes this team attracts.
3. Seattle Seahawks
Last year should be the only indication this team needs that they need a solid back-up plan if Matt Hasselbeck goes down. Michael Vick could be the jolt of energy this team needs. The running back situation is up in the air and the defense has its question marks.
The only two solid positions are quarterback and wide receiver. However, this team could possibly have won the West last year with their star quarterback healthy. Instead, Seneca Wallace drove the team into the ground.
2. Pittsburgh Steelers
I am a die-hard Steelers fan. Normally, I would be utterly against any personnel decision that would damage the team image and chemistry. However, with the Ben Roethlisberger rape case on the horizon, the defending champions have to look at viable options, no matter how crazy, to have a shot at defending their title.
Michael Vick would have several strong, vocal leaders around him that may suppress his personality and turn him into an actual team player.
1. San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco has needed a franchise quarterback since Steve Young retired. They have met with limited success. Alex Smith is a bust, Ken Dorsey wasn’t worth the draft pick, and everyone else they’ve tried has been nothing more than a stop-gap.
Michael Vick would need a year or two to get ready, but with the very strong presence of Mike Singletary handling the team, he could be able to thrive.
I believe that the 49ers would benefit the most and Michael Vick. Coincidentally, Vick would probably benefit the most from the 49ers management and their system. It is another team with a franchise tailback already on the roster and a developing defense. Best of all, they have the young and explosive Michael Crabtree. That’s enough to entice any quarterback.
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