Michael Vick Has Options After the 2009 Season

Zeke FuhrmanAnalyst IIINovember 10, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 01:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs the ball for a first down in the first half against the New York Giants on November 1, 2009 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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In an age where the "Wildcat" offense is emerging, the Philadelphia Eagles have the perfect wildcat player.

And they are not using him.

Eagles backup QB Michael Vick has so many weapons: break away speed, laser cannon arm, and a juke that has ripped hamstrings to shreds.

The Eagles have failed to utilize Vick's versatility, but the Philadelphia club finds themselves 5-3, good for second in the NFC East and first in the Wild Card standings.

Although Eagles head coach Andy Reid has downplayed Vick's limited playing time, it has been Eagles fans (and NFL fans, really) that have been disappointed by Vick's limited activity in the Eagles offense.

Through Sunday's loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Vick is 2-6 with six passing yards, and has 27 rushing yards on 12 attempts, his longest run being 11 yards.

Although nobody thought that Michael Vick would be an NFL starter following his 18-month prison sentence, this is ridiculous.

The Eagles signed Vick to a two-year contract, with the second year being a team option worth up to $5M. Unless Reid has some specially designed plays for Vick that he is saving for the postseason (if his team can get him there), it is unlikely that the Eagles will pay Vick to back up McNabb next season.

And then the free agent saga will start all over again.

But this time, it is better news for Vick. When he was reinstated by the NFL in 2009, there were multiple NFL teams that verbally stated that they were not interested in signing the former number one draft pick.

This time, that has changed.

Former head coach Tony Dungy has been spending time with Vick and frequently visited him while he was in prison. Vick and Dungy have stayed in contact.

According to Dungy, the Buffalo Bills were interested in signing Vick before he signed with the Eagles.

And now, following abysmal 2009 campaigns from several other NFL teams, you could probably throw the St. Louis Rams, Washington Redskins, Oakland Raiders, and Cleveland Browns into the mix as well.

The Rams (1-7) are dead last in the NFL in points scored (77 points through eight games) and are averaging only nine points per game. Their lone win has come at the hands of the 1-7 Detroit Lions. Rams quarterbacks Marc Bulger and Kyle Boller have a combined 1437 passing yards and five touchdowns.

The Washington Redskins are in a similar situation. After drafting QB Jason Campbell in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft, the Redskins have put together three mediocre seasons with Campbell as the starter, including a 2-6 start in 2009. The Skins are ranked 29th in points scored (113, avg. 14 per game).

Nothing has gone right for the Cleveland Browns in 2009. After 2007 first round pick QB Brady Quinn was benched after two games, QB Derek Anderson hasn't played much better. The Browns are 1-7. The Browns are 30th in points scored (78, avg. 9 per game).

The Browns have three passing touchdowns, and their two rushing touchdowns have come from Anderson. KR Josh Cribbs has more return yards than Anderson has passing yards, and has as many return touchdowns as Anderson has passing touchdowns.

Similar situation for the Oakland Raiders. After a couple of key defensive victories (13-10 over Kansas City and 13-9 over Philadelphia), the Raiders have their own quarterback troubles. The first overall pick in 2007, QB JaMarcus Russell has been as inconsistent as they get.

Since becoming the starting quarterback in 2008, Russell has has led the Raiders to a 7-17 record. Oakland has scored only 78 points this season. Russell has thrown for two scores but has also thrown nine picks.

The Buffalo Bills would probably be the best fit for Vick if he wants have a chance to start. A roster that is full of untapped talent and seasoned veterans, the Bills were chosen by many to have a breakout season. But due to QB Trent Edwards injury and minimal production from WR Terrell Owens and Lee Evans, the Bills have slumped to 3-5, which includes a 6-3 loss to the 1-7 Cleveland Browns.