Let the Michael Vick sweepstakes begin.
In a report on ESPN.com today, Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff stated that the team wants to trade away the rights of former quarterback Michael Vick. The team has taken small steps to rid themselves of the troubled player since his subsequent jail sentence in 2007.
Since the Falcons have been able to get past the Vick distraction, they are now ready to move on completely without him. But you may think, “What team in its right mind wants to trade for a former player that has been sitting in prison for the last two years?”
Try a team that is in desperate need of a quarterback or a difference maker on offense.
Let’s not forget that Michael took the Falcons to the NFC Championship game some years back, and they either led the league or were near the top of the league in rushing when he was under center. Your favorite team’s wide receivers may not like him, but your running backs will.
With Vick in the backfield, he opens up so many opportunities for your offense. He may not warrant being the starter for your team, but he can run a version of the wildcat offense and play a little receiver. Vick may be able to return punts and kickoffs if he gains a little more muscle when he comes back into the league.
But what teams would actually think about trading for him?
Team No. 1: Kansas City Chiefs
This team has a major issue at quarterback. In my mock draft I have them choosing USC quarterback Mark Sanchez, but that pick seems more unlikely by the day. So why not give up a fifth or sixth rounder for Vick and try him out in training camp? Even if he’s your starter, he’ll probably fair better than Brodie Croyle or Tyler Thigpen. He’ll also give the Chiefs a few more wins than they had last season.
Team No. 2: New York Jets
Why not? It’s Kellen Clemens, trying your luck with the draft again, or trading for a proven winner (Michael Vick). Vick in the backfield with Thomas Jones and Laveranues Coles on the outside? Sounds like a deadly combination to me. The rushing game will improve, and the offense will become a little more diverse. If Vick learns the offense fast enough, a nine or 10-win season would be a cinch.
Team No. 3: The Chicago Bears
If Kyle Orton doesn’t work out, give Vick a chance. Matt Forte is an emerging superstar, and with Vick and Devin Hester on offense, the Bears all of a sudden look a little scary. They could use his talent in the NFC North with teams like the Packers and Vikings. He could add a dimension to the Bears that could take them deep into the playoffs.
Team No. 4: The Dallas Cowboys
I had to throw the ‘Boys in the mix simply because the owner of this team is Jerry Jones. He signed Terrell Owens, Pacman Jones, and Tank Johnson all at the same time. If that isn’t a toxic mix of players, then Michael Vick should fit in perfectly with the Cowboys.
They are pretty set at the quarterback position for a while, but by adding Vick, he would take pressure off of Marion Barber and Felix Jones. He would most definitely open up the passing game, and the wildcat offense would be an added wrinkle to an already potent attack. Don’t rule this out, as I have seen strange things happen at Valley Ranch.
While Vick is still in prison and will be there for the better part of the spring, teams are already gearing up for his release. Of course this depends on the actions of Commissioner Roger Goodell, who may still harbor a little anger toward Vick for lying to him about dog fighting. Nevertheless, Vick will be a hot commodity when he is released and could make an immediate impact for any team that’s in need of more offensive firepower.