Michael Vick: The Top 10 Destinations For the Superstar in 2011
Michael Vick has been a revelation for the Philadelphia Eagles this season. He started the year as the backup to Kevin Kolb, but wrestled control of the starting position and ended the year as one of the prime candidates to win NFL MVP.
Despite Vick's amazing play, he was not offered an extension and will become a free agent at year's end.
Chances are Philadelphia will opt to apply the franchise tag on him instead of giving him an extension.
However, if Vick had his choice of destinations to go to in the offseason, what would the top destinations for him be?
10. Seattle Seahawks
Seattle just barely managed to get into the NFL playoffs. The Seahawks are in the weakest division in the NFL and they would become fixtures in the playoffs with Vick behind center.
The team's owner, Paul Allen, is one of the richest men in the world and he has deep coffers that could make Michael Vick the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL. Vick could perhaps become a $100 million man for the second time in his career.
Matt Hasselbeck is already on his way out and Seattle is surely looking for his replacement right now, whether that be through free agency or the draft.
The resurgence of Mike Williams gives Vick a big outside threat while the team has serviceable options in the backfield.
Tight end John Carlson also has loads of potential. He just needs a better quarterback to take advantage of his abilities.
9. Washington Redskins
Donovan McNabb will not be retained in Washington and Rex Grossman is not the answer for the team.
Despite the troubles in Washington this season, Mike Shanahan is a well-respected coach with plenty of experience and a winning pedigree to back him up.
Michael Vick could bring his experience in the NFC East along with him to Washington.
Santana Moss still has some of that burner speed left and Vick will also have one of the better tight ends in the league in Chris Cooley to throw to.
Ryan Torain and Keiland Williams have emerged as reliable and dynamic running backs to ease Vick's load and they really just need him to complete their offensive attack.
Most importantly, if Albert Haynesworth was able to get a $100 million contract, Michael Vick should be able to secure a $200 million one.
Plus, have you seen the Redskins cheerleaders? They're a notorious group for a reason.
8. Miami Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins regime is in shambles with Bill Parcells allegedly on his way out.
The team has a quarterback they have no confidence in and a team in dire need of a superstar to inject some life back into them.
The team made a splashy move to get elite possession receiver, Brandon Marshall, to South Beach. However, he has been wildly inconsistent this season due to Chad Henne's inconsistent and poor play.
However, Marshall is not alone. Davone Bess has also emerged as a reliable and consistent option.
With a Wildcat system already in place, Vick could look to take advantage of his athletic gifts more often.
Plus, it's Miami. The lure of the sun and beaches is sure to tempt anyone and their cheerleaders are second to none.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville made great strides this season, nearly finishing ahead of the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC South.
While the team faltered down the stretch and injuries derailed the team, the Jaguars had the playoffs within their grasp.
David Garrard has made improvements this season, but the franchise would take Michael Vick over him in a heartbeat.
With the Jaguars, Vick would have one of the most dynamic running backs in Maurice Jones-Drew. Jones-Drew's versatility, particularly in the passing game, gives Vick another receiver to throw to.
On the outside, he has Mike Sims-Walker and Mike Thomas to pass to. Marcedes Lewis has also become one of the best red zone targets.
Vick could run all day on Indianapolis and do the same through the air against Houston.
6. Arizona Cardinals
Arizona is a shell of the team that nearly won the Super Bowl a few years back. However, they still have some good pieces in place to build around.
For playmakers, Michael Vick would have one of the best wide receivers in the league in Larry Fitzgerald. Not to mention, the Cardinals have great depth at the position with receivers like Steve Breaston and Early Doucet.
The backfield is still a bit shaky, but Tim Hightower and Beanie Wells make for a solid combination.
The NFC West is also a wide open division that the Cardinals could easily take on a yearly basis.
5. Denver Broncos
The Denver Broncos are purportedly shopping Kyle Orton after a fantastic season, so that leaves Tim Tebow as their starting quarterback.
Michael Vick could easily thrive in Denver with all of the playmakers he has available to him.
In the receiving corps Vick has Brandon Lloyd, Demaryius Thomas, Jabar Gaffney and Eddie Royal.
In the backfield, he has Knowshown Moreno at his side.
The Broncos have all the offensive pieces in place, they just need an elite quarterback to orchestrate the offense.
4. Tennessee Titans
Tennessee has a tenuous situation at quarterback.
Kerry Collins can still play, but he's far from being a franchise quarterback.
While Vince Young has made some improvements in his ability to read defenses and throw the ball, he is still immature and not yet ready to become the face of a franchise.
This is where Michael Vick can come in and change the fortunes of the team.
He has one of the best running backs in Chris Johnson at his side, and he has an emerging wide receiver in Kenny Britt.
Plus, if the Titans retain Randy Moss and he goes from being a cancer back to the freakish wide receiver we all know and love, the Titans will have one of if not the most dynamic offense in the NFL.
3. San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers have a solid roster with a good foundation already in place. They just need a quarterback to take them to the next level.
Michael Vick will have proven veteran Frank Gore to pound the rock and pick up blitzes.
Vernon Davis has finally realized his immense potential and athletic gifts and he'll quickly become Vick's favorite target.
Michael Crabtree just needs a competent enough quarterback to finally elevate his play to the elite talent we all saw coming out of college.
San Francisco has needed a franchise quarterback for quite some time and they would surely give Vick whatever he desired.
The weak NFC West also makes life easy on Vick.
2. Philadelphia Eagles
The Philadelphia Eagles were the team that gave him an opportunity and they're the offense that he is not only familiar with, but thrived in.
Vick has a number of excellent weapons surrounding him with dynamic playmakers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin on the outside, and LeSean McCoy paired in the backfield with him.
The Eagles will be contenders to years for come if Vick were to sign there long-term.
However, Vick is surely tired of getting abused in the backfield by players like Justin Tuck, Osi Umeniyora, Brian Orakpo and DeMarcus Ware.
The Eagles hold his future in his hands with the option of franchising him.
1. Minnesota Vikings
The Minnesota Vikings were considered to be Super Bowl contenders this season with the return of Brett Favre, but things turned sour early in the season and they remained that way.
Now that Brett Favre has officially retired, the Vikings are in dire need of a quarterback. The team doesn't seem overly confident in Tavaris Jackson and Joe Webb.
If Michael Vick were to join the fray, he could turn the Vikings into Super Bowl favorites.
In the backfield, he has the best running back in the game in Adrian Peterson. For targets, he has the large and reliable Sidney Rice with dynamic slot receiver Percy Harvin. Not to mention he has a reliable red zone target in Visanthe Shiancoe.
The Vikings offensive line would be able to protect Vick better and the team has a solid defense.