The Cincinnati Bengals Made an Offer to Michael Vick

Nick SignorelliSenior Writer IAugust 14, 2009

RICHMOND, VA - JULY 26:   Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick leaves the federal courthouse following his arraignment on July 26, 2007 in Richmond, Virginia. Vick pleaded not guilty Thursday to federal dogfighting charges and was released without bond until a November 26 trial.  (Photo by Haraz N. Ghanbari-Pool/Getty Images)

When Tony Dungy said earlier this week that there would be a Michael Vick signing sometime this week, there was much speculation on where Vick would end up.

There were a lot of rumors that had him going to either the Pittsburgh Steelers or New England Patriots. This was probably because they have strong franchises with good coaching staffs, and that's really what Vick needs.

When it was announced last night that Vick has reached a two-year agreement with the Philadelphia Eagles, I thought that would be a great fit. 

Andy Reid is a good coach, with a strong organization. Donovan McNabb is a solid starter, so Vick will have the chance to get back to game speed.

There was a rumor on profootballtalk.com that there was another team that was interested in signing Vick as well.

Turns out, per Jay Glazer, that other team was the Cincinnati Bengals.

Seriously, how could we all not see this coming? 

Bengals owner Mike Brown, who is notoriously cheap, offered Vick a two-year contract worth $2.3 million dollars.

There were reports that the Bengals were trying to clean up their organization. I am not saying that Vick did not deserve another shot at playing in the NFL. He did. But the last team that should have signed him would be the Bengals.

The Bengals are a team that targets players that have problems, and breeds more problems. Ask Chris Henry.

Had Vick gone to Cincinnati, he may have never been in trouble. But, if you are an alcoholic, you shouldn't go to work in a bar.

Not that you would be forced to drink, but the temptation would be there.

The best thing Vick could have done was sign with the Eagles. 

Congrats Philadelphia Eagles fans. It will be an exciting season. And congrats to Michael Vick, who has already shown his decision making has gotten better.


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