In our daily Michael Vick update, it appears that another potential suitor for Vick has dried up. Yesterday, SI’s Peter King listed the San Francisco 49ers as a potential option for Vick, should he be willing to accept a backup role. Today, the team completed a trade for former Jacksonville Jaguars first-round pick, Blaine Gabbert, who will fill that role. Sure, the Niners were a last resort option for Vick, who still wants to be a starter, but considering that Jacksonville and Minnesota have already gone in different directions with their starting quarterbacks, Vick’s potential options to be a starter seem to be few and far between.
This evening, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, gave a puzzling update on Vick’s approach to free-agency.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Vick plans to be patient in his search for a new job. He realizes that this is likely his last chance to find a starting job, so he’s looking for the right fit.
Vick realizing that this is likely is last chance to be a starter in the NFL is realistic. The idea that he is in a position to sit around and sort out his options isn’t.
Vick is 34, injury-riddled, and because of his past, still brings an amount of baggage. Granted, I’m a believer that Vick is better than at least ten of the starting quarterbacks in the league, but that doesn’t mean other general managers feel that way. Considering a good amount of those teams with worse quarterbacks, have or are going to draft, young quarterbacks, it’s easy to see how Vick couldn’t land a starting job.
If Vick gets an opportunity to start, or even compete for the starting job, whether it’s with the Raiders, Jets, Bills, Browns, or another team, he needs to jump at it. If Vick was a coveted free-agent and had numerous offers, taking his time would be one thing, but I don’t get that sense. Then again, I don’t get the sense that Vick has any offers to start just yet, so this might all be a moot point.
The idea that Vick is going to take his time, may be the nice way of saying that he doesn’t currently have any offers to start.
Florio believes that Vick’s best course of action might be waiting to see what teams elect not to take a quarterback in the draft, and still need one, and hope one of those teams gives him a shot. That makes a little sense at least. Florio also brought up the idea that Vick could wait, and essentially pray, for another starter to get seriously injured in mini-camp or training camp, which could open up a job for him. Even if that miracle situation presented itself for Vick, most teams would choose to go with their backup quarterback (who has been practicing in the offense), rather than signing an injury-prone 34 year-old.
Two names to keep in mind for Vick are Mark Sanchez and Matt Schaub. Neither have been released, but are expected to be let go by their respective teams at some point soon. Both would be considered starting options for a good amount of Vick’s suitors and I’m not sure that Vick is more attractive to teams than either of them. Sanchez is younger, and COULD still be a long-term answer in the right situation, and Schaub is a more traditional drop-back quarterback. If Vick has an outstanding offers to even compete for a starting job on the table, he might be best off accepting it before either of those two hit the market.