Michael Vick Released: It's Time to Play Wheel...Of..Teams!

Joe Burgett @JoEburGett_WESenior Writer IIIJune 12, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 31:  Michael Vick #7 of the Atlanta Falcons looks to pass against the Philadelphia Eagles in NFL action December 31, 2006 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles won 24-17.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Just moments ago, the Atlanta Falcons released their three-time Pro Bowl quarterback. While it was rumored he would start a team in jail to come to the NFL called the Longest Yard Wannabes, Roger Goodell has since shot it down. We can only dream, people.

But seriously, Vick was released by the Falcons today, which means they will get nothing for him in a trade of any kind if teams want him. Fact is, Vick can not be relied on right now, which makes sense of course.

I mean, think people, you can work out every day, but until you get on the football field, you don't know if you're going to suck!

Vick was one of the best athletes in the NFL before he was caught for illegal dog fighting. He has done everything right since, which is a good thing. The problem is that teams would not take a chance on Vick in a trade.

And you have to think that teams were just being realistic here. What if he does not turn out to be the Vick of old? Even after he is around for a few seasons, the trade would be dumb for them in the end.

If this were a few years ago, Vick would be picked up fast. But now, teams are timid.

No one expects Vick to start for any NFL team right now, especially because he has not been on a football field in a while.

But what he can do now is go and work out for teams and they can see if they want him. They can also get him for a small price too. I would probably plan on seeing a team give him a one year deal.

It would not be a great idea, because you can't expect him to be the Vick of old in one season, but that should come expected.

Vick was also not the best QB in the NFL before he left either. He was mainly winning games with his legs, not his arm. Many compared him to a running back who could throw a little.

He does not have a big or accurate arm, so that limb is not going to help you in crunch time So is he going to be a great franchise QB? Not too sure.

The Falcons kept him in that spot because of the fact that he could change games with his legs, but since he could throw pretty well, they didn't change his position.

While it is not accurate in any way, he can get it to a wide-out, which is good. He does not have a big arm as I said before, but he can throw the football a good 40 yards from what I have seen from him in the past.

While 40 yards may seem like a lot to many of you, it is not the best arm in the NFL, sorry to say. If this was high school, then that would be a great thing to see, but not the NFL.

However, because he can change a game, he is valuable.

The question is, what team would take a chance on Vick?

You have to throw teams out that make no sense like the Pats, Colts, Falcons, Dolphins, Seahawks, Saints, Steelers, Redskins, Chargers, or Titans.

All of those teams have a set QB, and probably would not take Vick even at another position.

It looks as if Vick will not be a QB in the NFL, but there are a few teams that need one, such as the Vikings, Texans, and 49ers.

The Vikings are desperate for another QB, so much so that they are trying to bring Bret Favre out of retirement. The Texans have a guy Vick knows very well in Schaub, who is not the QB the Texans expected him to be.

The 49ers have former No. 1 overall pick Alex Smith, who has been nothing but a disappointment since arriving. I said it when he came in, he was great in college, but because he played in Utah he did not see the kind of competition others did.

While many have come out of conferences that were not great and did well int he NFL such as Big Ben and Chad Pennington, Smith was not one of those people. The fact that he was taken so high in the draft was baffling to me.

Sure, he had all the tools on the field from what you could see in the play of his team in that conference, and he did well in the draft process. But the fact is, he was not the best NFL QB.

Vick was not the best either, but he had his legs, something Smith was said to have but never showed.

So obviously he could be used there.

Oakland could possibly use him too. Al Davis loves speed, so he would probably take a chance on him. But of course he would play another position, considering Davis likes Russell so much, and they also have Jeff Garcia.

I could really see him as a wide-out there they do need one.

Actually, I would think Vick would play wide-out just about anywhere. There is probably no way he would play QB right away when he gets to a team that will take him. He may have to work for that.

I think if Vick wants to get on the field faster, he may want to consider a position change to wide receiver. He can he taken by just about anyone then.

Vick has bills to pay, so obviously he wants to work for any team that will take him. He could care less who it is, I'm sure.

If the NFL won't take him this year, he may go up to Canada, which could work. People would get to see him up there playing, and they could make a decision on whether to pick him up or not.

Right now, no one knows how he will do, so it makes sense they are a bit timid. I think maybe one team will take a chance, who that is may be up in the air, though.


The latest in the sports world, emailed daily.