Out of the Doghouse and into the Yard: Who Will Throw Michael Vick a Bone?

Adam SpragueContributor IFebruary 2, 2010

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 06:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles warms up on the field before facing the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on December 6, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Setting my personal feelings for Michael Vick aside for a moment, it has become apparent that teams are probably going to be willing to take a stab at signing him going into the 2010 NFL season.

However, is it realistic to assume that he will be in a starting position or back on the sidelines in a different jersey?

As soon as Favre stated that it is “highly unlikely” that he will return next season, fans and bloggers alike began throwing around Vick’s name for the Vikings.

I’m sure this has some Minnesota fans drooling in their sleep dreaming of the possibilities. I’m sure it goes something like imagining a Brad Childress-style offense featuring Vick, Adrian Peterson, Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin running several different formations and scoring 40 points a game.

Taking a step back, this seems more like a dream than reality. Atlanta fans will be quick to point out that Vick (while relying on his legs) would not be the guy to fully take advantage of the newly found set of Favre-primed receivers. 

Still, it’s hard not to get excited picturing a backfield package on turf featuring Peterson, Harvin and Vick. Wildcat formations, option plays and other trickery would keep many defensive coordinators grinding their teeth at night.

The other teams that have been tossed around include the St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals would have the same scenario as the Vikings. Due to a questionable arm, Vick would again be around explosive receivers that he might not be able to capitalize on.

The Rams seems like the most logical choice until you read most mock drafts, which have the Rams selecting a QB with their first pick. When presented the option of a baggage-filled Vick—who hasn’t really been battle tested—or a young rookie QB to build around, the choice seems obvious.

It’s doubtful the Eagles will be willing to take the cap hit for Vick’s services next season. I have to think wherever he goes, fans will not be thrilled. The baggage outweighs the potential.

If you thought it worked in Philadelphia, try browsing a few fan blogs. The Vick hate is running wild. One Eagles fan said, “…as an Eagles fan I hope Vick moves on. I hate the fact that he wears the Eagle uniform. I'm sure there are plenty of teams who don't care about his disgusting history and will sign him. Can't wait to see him go. I don't care where he goes.”

The only realistic place I can see Vick landing a starting job is in Washington or Buffalo (neither will be a playoff team with or without Vick in the upcoming season). The fans are already disgruntled, the QBs are already subpar, and the WRs are not that great.  After a season like the last, can either team really afford taking the risk? 

Time will tell, but it looks like Vick might remain kenneled up for another year.