Despite the fact that Michael Vick is still technically a part of the Atlanta Falcons roster, it seems as though they are preparing to release the former No. 1 overall pick.
As I just mentioned, Vick was the first overall section in the 2001 draft by the Atlanta Falcons. He played his college ball at the University of Virginia Tech.
Coming out of college, Michael was expected to be a great player. He was able to both run and pass the ball at a high rate.
In his career, Vick has 71 touchdowns, only 52 interceptions, 11,505 passing yards, 3,859 rushing yards, and 21 rushing touchdowns.
In April of 2007, Vick was accused of being involved with a dog-fighting ring that had been operating for over five years at the time. He was said to have bet on dogs and allowed them to fight in one of his many homes.
He was suspended from the NFL in August of 2007, and was sentenced to 23 months in a federal prison in December of '07. His sentence was reduced to only 17 months due to his good behavior in the prison.
He filed for bankruptcy, but his case has yet to be resolved. Vick had to give millions of dollars back to the Falcons organization.
Many believe that Michael should not be re-instated, but others feel that he has learned his lesson, served his time, and deserves to be on an NFL roster in 2009.
Who would take a risk on somebody like Michael Vick? There have been several teams that have been reported as possibly being interested in him. One of those teams is the Minnesota Vikings.
Why they would sign Michael Vick
As most of you know, the Viking's quarterbacks are pretty average at this point. Sage Rosenfels and Tarvaris Jackson are expected to battle it out for the No. 1 spot on the depth chart, and I hate to say it, but neither of these guys are as good as Michael Vick.
Don't get me wrong, I think we are fine with Jackson or Rosenfels, but we are much better off with somebody that is as talented as Michael Vick.
There is also the rumor that Brett Favre might be returning to the NFL once again, but quite frankly I'm getting sick and tired of it. Make up your mind Favre, and we wouldn't be having this discussion right now.
Minnesota needs to plan it out as if Brett was definitely not going to return to the NFL. That's why they need to give Michael Vick a chance.
He would provide the ability to take some of the pressure off of Adrian Peterson as far as running the ball goes. Vick is known for his ability to scramble and get a big chunk of yards.
Michael also has a very underated arm. He can pass over 60 yards, no sweat. Many people just fail to realize it because his running is what he is famous for.
Bernard Berrian and the other Vikings receiver's numbers would sky-rocket. If they can get a stable quarterback that has a strong arm, they will be able to get much more accurate throws.
Why they wouldn't sign Michael Vick
Like I said earlier, the Vikings have Sage Rosenfels on the roster. I doubt they would have traded a fourth round pick for him if they didn't think he would start. But then again, I don't think he will.
Minnesota has three current quarterbacks on the roster, and it looks as though Brett Favre is their No. 1 priority to get right now. They just need to find out whether or not he's coming back.
The Vikings are a team that has said that they are looking to get rid of all the trouble-makers and locker room distractions on their team. If this is the case, why did they draft Percy Harvin over Hakeem Nicks or Kenny Britt though?
Minnesota is often times a confusing team. They say that they won't do something, but then they turn around and do just that. Brad Childress seems to be the kind of coach that can't stick to his word.
Michael Vick may be a locker room distraction, but he is not a bad person or player. He made a mistake and he has paid the price for that mistake. The Vikings just need to realize this.
Salary could be an issue as well. The Vikings do have enough cap to sign him, but then it would make it much harder for them to extend Antoine Winfield's contract which expires after the 2009 season.
Either way you look at the situation, you must consider Michael Vick potentially going to the Vikings. What would be the real problem with it?
Please do not comment me saying that the Vikings won't get Michael Vick because they said that they won't. Don't believe rumors until you know for a fact that they are true. More often than not, they are just adding fuel to the fire.
Tell me what you think of Michael Vick going to the Vikings. Let me know what you think he'd provide to the team. All opinions are appreciated.