2010 NFL Free Agency/Trading Period: Vick to Arizona??

Haran KnightCorrespondent IMarch 5, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 9:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on from the sideline in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys during the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game at Cowboys Stadium on January 9, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Let me start by saying that there is no source confirming a speculation.  This is strictly my gut feeling after a recent reports on the Eagles demands. 

The Eagles stated that whoever is seeking Michael Vick’s services must be prepared to part with their second round pick.  While it seems absurd that someone would give up a high pick for quarterback who gave two to three Wildcat plays per game in 2009, stranger things have happened. 

I think the Arizona Cardinals would be an ideal team to make this trade with.  They would give up the No. 58 overall pick in exchange.  Here are a few reasons why this could work… 

First, thanks to reaching the NFC Divisional Round, Arizona will be picking in the later part of each round (No. 26 to be exact).  Therefore, their draft pick value isn’t nearly as high as most other teams rumored to be interested in Vick (i.e. Buffalo and St. Louis). 

Another reason why this could work is the fact it would create a healthy QB competition in the preseason.  Vick wants a chance to start again and we all know this won’t happen in Philadelphia in 2010.  In Arizona, Vick would get a fair shot without taking away Cardinal QB Matt Leinart’s opportunity to finally step up. 

Outside of signing the recently released Jake Delhomme, Vick would be the best option to challenge Leinart.  Regardless of what their front office says, I have a hard time believing the Cardinals will hand the keys solely to a potential bust with a career passer rating of 70.8 (64.8 passer rating in 2009). 

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Of course, the Eagles are going to have to pay Vick his roster bonus before any team even thinks about pursuing a trade for him. 

Once again, there’s no report or source confirming this.  But, how reliable are sources these days when it comes to the Eagles quarterbacks?  This hypothetical deal is unlikely to happen.  But, if Adam Schefler, John Clayton, or Mike Lombardi just happen to report it in the future, remember where you read it first.  

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