Does Michael Vick Have a Place in Green Bay?

Adam LindemerSenior Analyst IAugust 4, 2009

JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 16:  Jags fans taunt the Atlanta Falcons with a sign in reference to Falcons quarterback Michael Vick while facing the Jacksonville Jaguars at Alltel Stadium September 16, 2007 in Jacksonville, Florida. The Jaguars defeated the Falcons 13-7.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Seeing as how the Patriots have passed on Michael Vick, all the other 31 teams now have a decision to make.

"Do we have a spot on the roster for Vick?"

Recently, reports have shown that Green Bay Packers General Manager Ted Thompson isn't ruling out his interest in Vick.

My response: "Really?"

Now, just because the Packers aren't ruling out adding Vick doesn't mean that they are actively pursuing him either. Still, Green Bay hasn't ruled out signing him if the price, and situation, is right.

Green Bay already has three quarterbacks on the roster: Aaron Rodgers, Brian Brohm, and Matt Flynn. Would the Packers really need to substitute Vick in one of those spots?

Let's take a look at both sides of this equation.


Green Bay Doesn't Need Vick

Rodgers proved himself last year by throwing for over 4,000 yards and 28 touchdowns. He also seems to have developed a great relationship with all of his receivers: Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, James Jones, and Jordy Nelson.

Sure, it would be nice to have a quality backup plan, and Vick would provide that. However, the organization did draft Brian Brohm in the second round last year to give the Packers that option if Rodgers ever got hurt.

Fans would have mixed emotions of whether to sign Vick or not, but I'd be perfectly fine if Brohm had to take the reigns from the man who was as patient as ever during the whole Favre fiasco.

Green Bay doesn't need all those PETA protesters around their stadium, either. There's been enough circus acts in the area for the past three years. 


Bring Him Aboard

With this whole Wildcat offense coming full swing, it would be useful if every team had a versatile player in the backfield. In this case, the Packers could use two quarterbacks, with one being the decoy, of course.

If Rodgers does indeed get hurt, Vick would probably be a better option than Brohm, even still though Vick hasn't played in a couple years.

Every team is always trying to get better, and Vick should allow the Packers to have a more solidified backup plan.

Just look at what happened to the Patriots. They were so focused on Brady that the organization forgot about a backup plan. New England got lucky, and Cassel proved to be a worthy No. 2 who earned a No. 1 spot.

Is Green Bay that lucky?

Even if Vick won't start, if Green Bay called his number, it could still help him in the long run. If Vick sees enough action in the Frozen Tundra, he could get a starter's job somewhere down the line.


I don't know how I feel about the Packers adding Vick. He would provide a solid option as a backup, but I don't think that the NFL's smallest market needs to be the biggest media frenzy in the league.

The Packers did survive the Favre fiasco that seemed to go on forever, so they should be able to handle all the hoopla that comes along with Vick.

Is it time for a new circus to come into Titletown?