Green Bay General Manager Ted Thompson is not known for signing free agents. In fact, he is known for not signing free agents and instead chooses to focus on the draft. So, there is no way that he will sign Michael Vick, right?
Not so fast.
There are numerous reasons why Michael Vick could join the Packers this season. A player of his ability and experience is invaluable to a team that has been one of the youngest in the league the past few seasons.
He won't cause trouble.
Ted Thompson likes to have players who will keep their noses clean. Before his arrest for dogfighting, Vick had never been in any trouble and was adored by fans all around the United States.
While the charges he was sentenced to were horrible, there is little chance that Vick will step out of line again and he will not be a disturbance in the locker room. He will be a presence in the locker room and will be accepted by other players as a man trying to get his life back together.
He is talented.
Vick was one of the most recognizable faces in the league for a reason, he was absolutely electrifying with the ball in his hands. Whether he was running the ball or throwing it, Vick was always a danger and will continue to be as long as he can play football.
He is also more talented and more experienced than either of the backup quarterbacks on the Packer's roster and would be a great insurance policy in the event that Aaron Rodgers does go down with an injury.
He is experienced.
Michael Vick played in the league for six seasons before being thrown in prison. He has been to the playoffs before and won, including his famous defeat of the Packers at Lambeau Field. His teams haven't always been good, but he has been a leader and knows the difference in playing in the regular season and playing in the postseason.
He is cheap.
One of the main reasons Ted Thompson does not sign free agents is because of the ridiculous amounts they want to be paid. With Vick, that problem is eliminated. He is a talented player who will play for cheap because he needs to find a way back into the league.
Even though he has had his problems in the past, isn't Michael Vick worth a tryout if he can contribute to the team?