Yesterday evening, the Minnesota Vikings re-signing of quarterback Matt Cassel, appeared to end Adrian Peterson’s hope that Michael Vick would be teaming up with him as the Vikings move outdoors in 2014. Prior to that, the Jacksonville Jaguars agreed to a two-year deal with Chad Henne, who was virtually guaranteed the starting job in 2014 by head coach Gus Bradley.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk was able to confirm today that neither team will be players for Vick.
Per a league source, Vick is unlikely to have any interest in either team given the re-signings of Chad Henne in Jacksonville and Matt Cassel in Minnesota.
Neither of the moves came as surprises, but frankly I don’t get either. In the Vikings case, Vick would have given a veteran offense a chance to really be an above-average unit in 2014. Matt Cassel is the definition of average (at best), so they are essentially prepared to waste the last few seasons of Adrian Peterson’s prime. Of course both teams could draft quarterbacks, but the Jaguars sound like they plan on waiting until next year to take a quarterback, and the Vikings don’t pick until eighth, and no one is guaranteed to still be on the board at that point.
From here, Michael Vick has two potential courses of action. He could wait out the market and hope that a chance to start, or at least compete for a job, with a team like the Bills, Jets, Browns, or Raiders presents itself. The problem with the Jets and Bills scenarios, is that they both drafted quarterbacks relatively high last season, in Geno Smith and E.J. Manuel. In either case, they are going to bring Vick in as more of an insurance option and mentor, rather than the favorite to be a starter. In Buffalo, the chance to be a starter at any point, seems unlikely if Manuel can stay healthy. New York might be a situation that he could beat Geno Smith out for the starting job in, but who does New York have offensively that makes it any better of a situation for Vick to get back on his feet than Oakland? Neither have a receiver like Josh Gordon.
The second scenario for Vick would be to decide that he is okay with being a backup in Philly. In this scenario, you would think that Vick would have to decide sooner rather than later. Vick’s market could take a long time to develop, especially if both Matt Schaub and Mark Sanchez are released, as expected. By the time that all of Vick’s options have dried up, the Eagles likely will have used the draft or free-agency to address the backup position.
If Vick is open to being a backup in Philadelphia, he needs to make that clear to the Eagles sooner rather than later. Even then, I’m not sure that the team would be interested in bringing back number seven.
It appears that Michael Vick is headed for a long offseason, that may end up with him not starting for a team, or serving as a backup in Philadelphia in 2014.