Posted December 03, 2012

Michael Vick benched for season, where’s he going next?

Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Philadelphia Eagles

Michael Vick has 32 turnovers in his last 22 games. (Yong Kim/Philadelphia Daily News/MCT)

Andy Reid announced Monday, one day after his team lost to the Cowboys to fall to 3-9, that Nick Foles will be Philadelphia’s starting QB for the rest of the season. The Eagles had been waiting (or, at least, appeared to be waiting) for Michael Vick to reclaim his starting job after missing three games with a concussion.

With Reid almost certainly on his way out after the season, and speculation already swirling about Vick’s future, this development definitely points toward Vick wearing a new uniform in 2013.

Vick signed a six-year, $100 million contract with Philadelphia in August of 2011 but, as if often the case in the NFL, that contract is not quite what it seems.

The final year of the deal ($20 million in 2016) voided when Vick played more than 35 percent of the Eagles’ offensive snaps last season. And only $32.5 of that initial contract was guaranteed; another $3 million injury clause, would lock in if Vick remains on the roster after Feb. 9, 2013.

Otherwise? Philadelphia can save nearly $13 million in cap space next season by sending Vick packing.

So, if Vick winds up a free agent next offseason, where might he turn? Here are a few options, some better than others:

Buffalo Bills: When Chan Gailey took over as Bills head coach in 2010, there were reports that he was interested in bringing Vick to Buffalo. Why? Gailey’s had success in the past helping mobile QBs thrive, one of the reason some believed Vince Young would stick with the Bills this season.

Bills GM Buddy Nix also said earlier this season that he plans to draft a quarterback come next April, a pretty good indication that Ryan Fitzpatrick’s days are numbered. Buffalo can sneak out from under Fitzpatrick’s big contract, too, so this might be a real possibility.

New York Jets: The contract extension handed to Mark Sanchez prior to 2012 makes this an extremely unlikely marriage. Unless Vick opts to take backup QB money, the Jets probably won’t be able to afford both guys.

Otherwise, you could see a fit here — the Jets need a shot in the arm on offense, and Vick offers the type of non-traditional skills that attracted the Jets to Tim Tebow. Sanchez’s situation is enough of a headache already, however, without adding Vick to the mix. As it is, Rex Ryan is not sure if Sanchez should continue starting over Greg McElroy, who delivered a win in relief Sunday, or Tebow.

Kansas City Chiefs: Brady Quinn played very well in an emotional Week 13 win, but the Chiefs badly need to find a long-term answer at quarterback. The writing has long been on the wall for Matt Cassel, who entered the season as the No. 1 guy. Put Vick in an offense with Jamaal Charles and a couple of talented receivers, and maybe Kansas City could crank up the speed on a painful rebuilding project.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Will Jacksonville give Blaine Gabbert another year to develop? He’s on IR currently, with Chad Henne adding a little pep to the offense. But is this a quarterback controversy waiting to happen or simply Jacksonville trying to survive this season with two subpar options?

The Jaguars are stuck in quicksand at the moment, having only minimal building blocks in place to trot out in front of a dwindling fan base. Let’s say new owner Shad Khan wants to give his franchise a boost — on the field and in the stands. Adding Vick would help both spots, even if bringing him in would mean giving up on Gabbert.

Minnesota Vikings: Christian Ponder’s rough outings — like one he had Sunday in Green Bay — have outweighed the positive ones, with those duds coming at a much quicker rate lately. So, the Vikings are back to asking questions about Ponder’s future as the franchise quarterback.

Minnesota also has not shied away from adding big-name QBs late in their careers (see: Donovan McNabb, Brett Favre). Vick together with Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin, behind an offensive line that’s much better than the one he has in Philadelphia? Kind of a scary thought for NFC North defensive coordinators.

Arizona Cardinals: The Cardinals flirted with Peyton Manning for a spell last summer, remember, so they would not hesitate to go in a different direction. Nor do they need to worry about money — Kevin Kolb’s $63 million contract included just $12 million guaranteed and John Skelton makes peanuts. Adding a guy like Vick might make for a happier Larry Fitzgerald, too. The Cardinals’ talented receiver has not benefited at all from Ryan Lindley’s recent promotion to No. 1 QB, and Lindley is struggling mightily in that role.

Of course, Arizona’s offensive line might be even worse than Philly’s …

Baltimore Ravens: A massive long shot. Like a 16-seed vs. a No. 1 in the NCAA Tournament. But …

The Ravens face a decision on Joe Flacco this coming offseason. If Baltimore can’t (or opts not to) sign Flacco to a long-term contract, it could use the franchise tag on him. Is Flacco worth top-five QB money, though? Plan B would be to let Flacco hit the market and go hunting for a new quarterback, which could lead the Ravens to a guy like Vick.

Days like Sunday, when Flacco was outplayed by Charlie Batch at home, could make up Baltimore’s mind.

Oakland Raiders: This whole Carson Palmer thing isn’t working, is it? Oakland GM Reggie McKenzie came on after the franchise traded for Palmer, so he might be itching for a shot to go his own way. And the Raiders, who will be up against the cap next offseason, could save more than $5 million by cutting Palmer. Of course, those cap issues might eliminate any Vick pursuits.

33 comments
ML
ML

How about the Canadian Football League?

Gary Thomas
Gary Thomas

Someone will bring him in.  If he's smart, he will hold out for a team that actually has an offensive line.

ronsweet99
ronsweet99

A nice spot for him would be the VIKINGS or the CARDS, The Cards do have wide receivers that could benefit from his BIG ARM.The Vikings on the other hand would be scary too with teams backing out the BOX which can allow AP to get more space to run underneath. I don't want to see him with the Jets, He needs to go to a team that will OPEN up the OFFENSE.

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Mike26
Mike26

This is too easy.  Time for fresh blood in Denver.  That old dude should be ready to hang them up soon...

b.harmon525
b.harmon525

Jim Mora Sr. was correct several years ago when he said Vick was a "coach killer." Talent is tempting, but Vick has never put it all together.

jojustinoxford
jojustinoxford

Somewhere Arthur Blank is laughing hysterically!

RockyFortune
RockyFortune

you can have him..he still sucks..always has..always will

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

Only a team run by idiots would sign this psychotic, sadist. The beating Vick is taking is proof of the existence of Karma. Hopefully the NFL is ready to move on from Vick.

juniorsgv1
juniorsgv1

he had a brutal concussion that he's still recovering from. he won't have a hard time finding a job. Arizona needs a Qb. our lovely coach can't seen to remember who he wants/picked to lead our team.

sbicharr
sbicharr

The offensive line is attrocious and other headcoaches know it. If he is cut loose from philly he will be snatched quickly guaranteed...

PoolSharkPaul
PoolSharkPaul

Hopefully he signs with a Pit Bull dog kennel as a dog-poop scooper

PaulCostello
PaulCostello

Kind of a strange article... Flacco isn't going anywhere, the Ravens are happy with him and doing well. I'm puzzled by the Carson Palmer reference, since he seems to have done quite well after shaking the rust off in Oakland (granted, the TEAM isn't setting the world on fire, but the QB has been good). Out of all of those teams you listed, only the Bills are a realistic destination for Vick (assuming he does not accede to a backup role). Chiefs?  Jaguars?  Vikings?  Cardinals?  No way, each for different reasons.  

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

He's no puppy and he will be 231 dog years next season.  Not your lead retriever anymore, but he still won't just roll over.  Give him a bone as a backup and he might just escape from the doghouse and take a bite out of a defense.  As Vick himself would say- still some fight left.  Sorry about the dog jokes, but they're just too doggone easy.

ClintEastman
ClintEastman

From day one, we all knew he couldn't out juke 'em forever. That dog don't hunt any more. :O

BrianGawlowski
BrianGawlowski

I know where he will be playing next year.  In his living room.  Perhaps on a ps3.

GarthWaynal
GarthWaynal

why would any team want vick.  if someone is failing, why would a team want to bring them aboard. 

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

 @WilyCoyoteSuperGenius I would say that the beating is more the result of a horrible offensive line.   And Mike Vick will have a job in the NFL next year.

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

 @PoolSharkPaul

 Last time I checked he served his time and continues to speak out against his past and be involved with charities. Did you know it's not 2007 anymore? I'm shocked too.

KuljitSidhu
KuljitSidhu

 @PoolSharkPaul

 Some people just don't know how to get over things.  He made a mistake and now he's learning from it.  Plus he served his time.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

 @PoolSharkPaul Good one.  You told him.  Though instead of going away he is going to get another job paying him several million annually.  Now that thought makes me smile, knowing how much it irritates you and the rest of the moral high-grounders.

Hew S
Hew S

 @M as in Mancy

 That must taken a lot lonely days in a dark room for you to come up with those jokes!

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

 @GarthWaynal Great point.   Because it is QB failure when you cannot run a successful offense while lying on your back.

pickle
pickle

 @Sportmentary  @Wisconsin Death Trip I am a Jets fan, and this seems like a scary possibility, except for Sanchez's extension. But it seems just like the move the front office would do. God, would that make the team worse. The Jets have a slightly better o-line than philly but no where near the same talent at the skill positions. 

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

 @Hew S  

It's never lonely when I can trade jabs with random internet weirdos. Besides your mom makes fruity drinks with little umbrellas for me. Jalen Rose 2004 reference about Vince Carter...

JdJohnston
JdJohnston

 @JoeCabot  sometimes, Joe, i swear you and George Kap are the same guy ....