Five Reasons the Buffalo Bills Need to Trade for Michael Vick

Sean O'BrienCorrespondent IJuly 7, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 20:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles rushes against the San Francisco 49ers at Lincoln Financial Field on December 20, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Don't be fooled by the recent reports saying the Eagles don't plan on getting rid of Vick.  We all know what happened when they said McNabb would be their starting quarterback in 2010.  He was a nice gimmick last year and might have been worth a bit more this year with increased playing time, but right now they need to cut ties with him.

That being said, they don't want to just outright cut him.  That would be ridiculously stupid.  Especially after paying him $5.25 million dollars.  The best way to get rid of Vick and still save face is to trade him, and I think the Buffalo Bills should be the team to make a move for these reasons:


1. They Can Get Him Cheap

Philly had hoped to turn the Michael Vick project into a decent round pick, probably around a two or three.  That's not going to happen for two reasons.

First of all, and most importantly, there is still no word about whether or not he will face any punishment from the league or the justice system over the shooting that occurred at his birthday party.  Vick could very well have violated his probation just by being near Quanis Phillips.  No one knows exactly whats going to happen.

Secondly, Vick's play last year simply doesn't warrant a high round draft pick.  Had he used his opportunities to score a bunch of points or put his team in great position for scoring every time he touched the ball, he would have been worth much more.  The fact of the matter was that when Vick got on the field, the defense knew who to focus on and Vick wasn't fast enough to have a huge impact.


2. He's a Proven Starter in the League

Unlike the three quarterbacks currently competing for the starting job under center, Vick has started in 68 games and has a winning record of 38-28-1.  As recently as 2006, Vick was a player who energized his team and outright frightened defenses.

Can you say that about Trent Edwards?  Ryan Fitzpatrick?  How about Brian Brohm?  Yeah, didn't think so.

We're talking about a guy who has compiled 11,591 yards in the air and an impressive 3,954 on the ground in his career. 

Vick is 2-2 in the playoffs, so he's been successful in the postseason before as well.


3. The Offensive Line

It would be painful to watch Trent Edwards sit back and try and survive behind that patchwork line all year.  He'd be crushed.  So would 3/4 of the league's starters.

Vick has mobility—the ability to extend or make plays with his feet.  His agility would save him from taking as bad of a beating.  He may not be as fast as he once was, but he can still move quicker then most defensive lineman.


4. His Presence Will Open Up the Playbook

Its not often that offensive coordinators get a quarterback that is a dual threat.  Usually the quarterback is the one guy on the field the defense doesn't have to account for.  Look at Vince Young as a recent example for the success of mobile quarterbacks in the league.  Young went 8-2 and nearly led his team to the playoffs.

Vick doesn't even have to be under center every play.  Look up the "Suggs Package" used by the Ravens and you'll see the potential Vick could have lined up as a wide receiver.  If Joe Flacco can torch the secondary then so can Vick.

Vick's presence will help rookie first rounder CJ Spiller find some holes in the defense as well.  When you combine the speed of both of these guys on the field at the same time, there's definitely big play potential.

Wide receivers will face more man coverage if the defense has to put a spy on Vick, which gives them a much better chance of making a play in the passing game.  That is, unless Darrelle Revis is covering them.


5. A Better Offense Leads to a Better Defense

Not playing from behind puts less pressure on the defense, which is in a pivotal transition this year to the 3-4.  Vick's dual threat ability could lead to more points scored on offense, or at least more time taken off the clock, which means the defense is on the field less.

That means they aren't as tired in the fourth quarter, which would help them to protect leads.  Its extremely important in the AFC East that you get a lead and hold onto it.  The Dolphins are comeback masters, the Patriots can score points in no time, and the Jets defense will keep games close so a lot will be riding on the Buffalo D this year.

Your thoughts?