In the ramp up to the 2010 NFL draft, several teams have made some very interesting moves at the quarterback position.
None of the moves have involved Philadelphia’s Michael Vick, who appears relegated to being a third-string Wildcat quarterback for the Eagles again next season.
Vick expressed in two separate radio interviews that he wouldn’t mind playing for Carolina or St. Louis. Those two teams don’t appear interested.
The Panthers did release Jake Delhomme, but appear set to move on with Matt Moore at the helm.
The Rams are sitting at the top of the draft and are thought to be salivating over Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford.
In Seattle, the Seahawks traded for Charlie Whitehurst, of Clemson and Chattahoochee High, and signed him to a two-year, $10 million deal.
In Cleveland, the Browns dumped Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn. They picked up Seneca Wallace and Delhomme. Anderson landed in Arizona and Quinn in Denver.
The Browns are set to workout four of five draft eligible quarterbacks, including Florida’s Tim Tebow. Cleveland president Mike Holmgren told Tony Grossi of the Cleveland Plain Dealer that the team would definitely draft a quarterback, but probably not in the early rounds of the draft.
In San Francisco, the 49ers landed David Carr.
Even backups Rex Grossman and Shaun Hill found new employers in the Washington Redskins and Detroit Lions.
Things have been eerily quiet in Buffalo as head coach Chan Gailey settles in. They have the ninth pick in the draft and could address their quarterback position by drafting Notre Dame’s Jimmy Clausen.
But for Vick, there have been no takers.
One theory is that teams might not be so willing to forgive him for his federal dogfighting conviction.
Another theory is that they can forgive him for the dogfighting, but not for admitting that he was a class room slacker when he played for the Atlanta Falcons.
One last theory is that Vick is not polished enough as passer and the league has clearly shifted to being a passing league.
Tony Dungy, who’s been mentoring Vick, since he was released from Federal prison, is not overly concerned about his football career.
“Mike and I communicate regularly,” Dungy said last Thursday via phone. “We probably talk once a week. I’m really proud of him because he’s had a great year in terms of his personal life and family life.”
Dungy is not sure how the football side of Vick’s comeback is going to work out.
“I know that’s important to him, but more than anything he has put his family life back in order,” Dungy said. “I’m really proud of him for that.”
There are a couple of scenarios that could have Vick on the move. One is that teams might decide to make a move
shortly before of during the draft, which will be held April 22-24.
Also, some teams might wait until before the outset of the season to see if any injuries knock out their quarterbacks.
There also is the Minnesota situation. What happens if Brett Favre does decide to stay on his tractor this time?
But for now, it appears that teams are shying away from Vick and his desire to return to starter status in the NFL.
Why are teams shying away from Vick? Do you suspect the Eagles are holding him to drive up his trade value and will move him around the draft? Will he remain in Philadelphia in his Wildcat role? Would he be a good fit in Minnesota if Brett Favre doesn’t come back?