Posted at 7:13 AM on February 17, 2009
by David Zingler
All signs point to Michael Vick's reinstatement into the NFL this summer. The Falcons are currently shopping the disgraced QB, but with his contract and baggage, Vick is untradable (you can't blame them for trying). So, it's just a matter of time before Vick is released and on the open market.
Is the former Pro Bowl signal caller worth a look by the Vikings?
The knee-jerk answer is "Are you @#!$%&! crazy?", but I think it's worth considering. The Vikings QB situation is probably the worst in the league; they should explore all the options available to upgrade it. While nobody is going to hand a starting job to Vick, a creative coach could find ways to exploit his unique talents.
Imagine Adrian Peterson, Chester Taylor and Vick in the same backfield. The thought of that would make any defensive coordinator break out into a cold sweat. Of course, the thought of angry PETA protesters lined up in front of the Metrodome on opening day probably has the same effect on Zygi Wilf.
When Vick is released from prison in July, he will have spent over 18 months behind bars. That's about half the time the drunk driver who killed Malik Sealy served. He's paid his debt to society. But, he turns 29 in June and hasn't taken a snap since December 31, 2006, so have to wonder where he's at skills wise. And, of course, is he worth the inevitable PR hit?
I am in the minority, but I don't expect anything more from athletes than a good performance on game day. As long they get it done on the field, I am willing to put up with a lot. Vick will be under intense scrutiny wherever he ends up. With all of the time he's been locked up, you have to think he's done some soul-searching. He's also basically broke (or worse), so he's got plenty of reason to be motivated.
Why not give Vick an incentive filled contract with a low base salary? If he causes trouble or simply can't play, you just cut your losses and move on. If he behaves and can play, you suddenly have one of the NFL's most dynamic players and one of the best sports stories of the year.
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The need for a QB in me says Yes!
The animal love who has seen the effects of dog fighting first hand says No!
I love animals too...I have two of the most spoiled cats in the world.....but, there are a lot of wife beaters and other convicted felons already in the NFL....Vick deserves a second chance.....
As a dog lover, I'm appalled by Michael Vick. But Dave's right, there are guys in the NFL who've done worse than Michael Vick. But the bottom line for me is that Vick never really proved himself as a guy who could take his team to the next level. Yes, he's certainly a step up from Jackson, but is he such an improvement that he's worth the PR hit?
If Adam "Pacman" Jones is kicked out of the league, then how can there be any justification for reinstating Michael "Dog Slayer" Vick? Both have demonstrated disturbing behavior patterns, and are a disgrace to the NFL. Allowing either one of them back on the field sends the wrong message and denegrates the game.
To my knowledge Pacman hasn't been kicked out the league...yet...even if he were, it would be after he was given a second chance....something Vick hasn't been afforded yet.....Pacman is accused of being involved in a shooting in which a man was paralyzed and another where he allegedly was involved in ordering a hit....let's compare apples to apples here...
Pointing out other criminal's offenses to ameliorate Vick's crimes is not a valid argument. He has yet to face the gambling charges and lying to the Commissioner's face.
In other words, Vick has few friends.
San Francisco has rejected the idea of signing him.
If you really think a city such as Minneapolis would put up with
the likes of this man, you then DESERVE him. Your QB situation must be terrible indeed.
Vick truly is a disgrace to the NFL.