Quarterback Michael Vick has interest in playing during the 2016 season, but the former No. 1 overall pick revealed Wednesday that he doesn't intend to hang around beyond that.
According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, the 35-year-old veteran will wait by his phone for as long as it takes to generate interest in 2016:
QB Michael Vick to me on playing future: "I’m willing to wait the entire year out, but it’s definitely going to be it for me (after that)."— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) March 9, 2016
Vick added that he intends to take his time in deciding where he will sign:
QB Michael Vick to me: "I still want to play one more year... I’m going to keep my options open and not rush into it.”— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) March 9, 2016
The four-time Pro Bowler spent the 2015 campaign with the Pittsburgh Steelers and started three games in the absence of Ben Roethlisberger, but he ended the year as the team's No. 3 signal-caller.
While Vick went 2-1 as a starter, he threw for just 371 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in a game manager role, which was a significant departure from the style he displayed during his career previously.
The Virginia Tech product is one of the most dynamic and unique players in NFL history, but while he proved last season that there was still life in his legs with 99 rushing yards on 20 carries, he is a different player now than he was even a few years ago while starting for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Vick is no longer a starting-caliber quarterback in the NFL, as he has experienced steep decline since his career year with the Eagles in 2010.
He has made a total of 12 starts over the past three seasons with the Eagles, New York Jets and Steelers, and the former Atlanta Falcons draft pick is best utilized as a veteran backup at this stage in his career.
While Vick has plenty of NFL experience and has been a model citizen since serving time in prison due to his role in an illegal dog-fighting ring, there is no guarantee that he will generate much interest on the open market.
The fact that Vick is willing to stay fit and ready to go during the season is significant, though, since there will almost certainly be some injuries to high-profile quarterbacks that will send teams scrambling.
Regardless of if or when he gets signed, however, he has given the indication that the 2016 season will be his last.
Perhaps Vick didn't quite reach the potential that many believed he had, but he's still a revolutionary player who paved the way for many more dual-threat quarterbacks, which ensures that he has a long-lasting and memorable spot in NFL history.
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