Quarterback market drying up on Michael Vick

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) is stopped by Atlanta Falcons' Kroy Biermann, and Jamaal Anderson after rushing for a short gain in the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009 in Atlanta. The game was Vick's first in Atlanta since serving a prison sentence for dogfighting. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) is stopped by Atlanta Falcons' Kroy Biermann, and Jamaal Anderson after rushing for a short gain in the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 6, 2009 in Atlanta. The game was Vick's first in Atlanta since serving a prison sentence for dogfighting. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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.

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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.

Charlie Whitehurst has a future with the Seattle Seahawks.

Charlie Whitehurst has a future with the Seattle Seahawks.

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.

Tony Dungy

Tony Dungy

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?

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194 comments Add your comment

RomeDawg

March 23rd, 2010
7:15 am

I hate to say it, but he blew his chance while in Atlanta. He was a complete slacker who never became a student of the game and he even admitted to “not trying as hard” after the Falcons were eliminated from the playoffs one year. He flipped off the fans, had the “water bottle issue” and became famously known as Ron Mexico. Top it off with lying to the owner and dog fighting and I can’t say I am shocked there is not a team after him. Karma?

papafoxx

March 23rd, 2010
7:23 am

Teams realize Vick is a very good athlete but not a very good quarterback. He’s not a team leader and can’t think on his feet without using them to run. A running QB has never been successful and I don’t think they ever will be in The Pros.

Jim

March 23rd, 2010
7:25 am

Really who cares? I use to be a Vick fan but I`ve MOVED on and as of now don`t really care what he does.

falcon 71

March 23rd, 2010
7:30 am

Vick burned his football bridge in Atlanta by his actions both on and off the field. He won’t get another chance

alanfalcon

March 23rd, 2010
7:30 am

Where are all of the Vick fans, I think I remember from last year all of the smack talk about him being a starter in 2010, guess he’s used up all of his HAM. D*#n, where did that come from, hope he just goes away for the year.

Dave

March 23rd, 2010
7:39 am

Hmm… If I was a betting man my money would be on that he just isn’t any good. And that includes throwing and running. Sorry to all you Vick fans who cheer for him because of the color of his skin he just isn’t what he was, and one could argue even then he was not a good qb.

bandwagon

March 23rd, 2010
7:50 am

As my mama always said “You made your bed now go lie in it” and “It takes years to build your name and only 1 minute to destroy it”

liljb1

March 23rd, 2010
7:50 am

look at Jamaal Anderson on that pic………he’s not tackling anybody…………….why is he not gone yet?

Rick Beach

March 23rd, 2010
8:10 am

Don’t care about YKW. Get back to Falcons football.

WreckinBall

March 23rd, 2010
8:12 am

Maybe someone should see if he can catch a pass. He really never was a good QB.

Falcons Fan 30171

March 23rd, 2010
8:24 am

Who Cares about Mike Vick? He doesn’t play for the Falcons. Stop doing stories about a man that left the Falcons ans their fans in a bad position. It is time to move on.

NCFalconFan

March 23rd, 2010
8:27 am

Who cares!!!!

TEAM RYAN!!

coachx

March 23rd, 2010
8:28 am

“One last theory is that Vick is not polished enough as passer and the league has clearly shifted to being a passing league.”

You hit the nail on the head

Dean

March 23rd, 2010
8:28 am

The commies are taking over our country. Who cares about a has-been, ex-con, dog-killer?

tim

March 23rd, 2010
8:29 am

The market isn’t drying up…..Vick is…..like a prune.

SirReal

March 23rd, 2010
8:31 am

He’ll end up somewhere at some point. Enough said.

waynester

March 23rd, 2010
8:33 am

Wow
Actually, these comments are kinda refreshing after the inane postings of the last few years. Gotta go with the above posters on this one DLed– I’m for looking forward, not back. No more Vick “news”, please….

anthony

March 23rd, 2010
8:36 am

Matt Ryan is a way better quarterback than vick and i’m actually happy that vick is no longer a falcon.

Duke

March 23rd, 2010
8:41 am

Most everyone in the South…”hated” Vick from Day 1 – as in the day he got drafted & long before the dogfighting stuff. So basically, the posters are right. No one cares.

David

March 23rd, 2010
8:46 am

I gotta go with “who cares”.

Barrack "Hussein" Obama

March 23rd, 2010
8:52 am

I am signing a new bill tomorrow FORCING the Falcons to re-insert Michael Vick as their starting quarterback.

Pi$$onaDAWG

March 23rd, 2010
8:56 am

Can you name other 3rd string benchwarming, non-clipboard carrying QB? WE DON”T CARE WHAT VICK DOES or DOESN’T DO ANYMORE.

Bluestreak

March 23rd, 2010
9:00 am

Vick not being a polished passer was an issue when he was here. We paid the man like he was Manning or Favre when he performed like David Carr. If he was anything more than a running back that can pass some, there would be 10 teams lined up to get him. Super talent negates baggage almost every time.

Old Coach

March 23rd, 2010
9:00 am

If Mike Vick could be seen as a starting QB in the NFL then almost any wrong that he may have committed would be forgotten. With that being said, he can not play in the league as a starter. IMHO he is a back-up at best. The man simply is NOT a starter any longer!!!

BFA556

March 23rd, 2010
9:08 am

Michael should play a year or two in Canada, where he would surely be a starter, and polish his skills against lesser defenses. He’s still young enough that he could come back to the NFL in 2012 and give it another try. By then all of these retreads, has-beens and never-will-bees will have been cut again.

Hamp

March 23rd, 2010
9:09 am

I was a big vick fan bought two jerseys and his shoes. But vick did this to himself and my beloved falcons. I wish him well but I have moved on I really don’t care if he ever plays again. I am black and I don’t care about color either.

NO ONE PLAYER IS BIGGER THAN MY FALCONS!!!

GO FALCONS!!

March 23rd, 2010
9:09 am

You can take Vick out of Newport News, but you can’t take the Newport News out of Vick. LOSER

GO FALCONS!!!!

FALCONS SORRY

March 23rd, 2010
9:10 am

DOB! ANY ONE THEM NFL TEAM ALL THAT DONT GO AFTER MIKE VICK IS CRAZY OR STUPID! OH THAT RIGHT! WE GOT THE DUMBEST OWNER IN THE WHOLE NFL RIGHT HERE IN ATL! HOW DID SOME BODY THAT DUMB GET SO RICH TO BEGIN WITH! THANK GOODNESS AT LEAST THAT OUR PRESDENT HAS WON FREE HELP CARE FOR ME AND ALL THE REST OF US AND CROOKS LIKE THAT SORRY BLANK WILL HAVE TO PAY FOR IT! THEY ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD THAT NEED THAT MONEY TO PAY FOR DOCTORS WHEN THEY SICK THAT BLANK KEEP ALL TO HIM SELF AND GIVE TO LITTLE SISSY BOYS LIKE CRYIN RYAN! BLANK DESERVE TO LOSE EVER DIME HE EVER MADE WHO THE CROOK HE IS! THERE IS PEOPLE STARVING RIGHT NOW IN HATEY AND BLANK PROBABLY WOULD NOT GIVE THEM A PENNY TO HELP ANY OF THEM EVEN GET A COLD CHICKEN DINNER TO EAT! VICK WAS NOT YOUR QUARTERBACK BLANK! HE WAS THE PEOPLES QUARTERBACK! YOUR RICHES ARE FINALLY GOING TO GET SPREAD AROUND TO THE PEOPLE WHO QUARTERBACK YOU STOLE FROM THEM! YOU LOOK REAL DUMB FOR THROWING A STAR LIKE MIKE AWAY BLANK! DUMB AINT THE WORD! YEAH THAT REMIND ME! PANT ON THE GROUND! PANT ON THE GROUND! THAT SORRY OLD MAN BLANK LOOK LIKE A OLD FOOL BECAUSE HE ODEED ON EXLAX AND PRUNE JUICE AND LITTLE BLUE PILL AND HAD TO DROP HIS PANT ON THE GROUND! AKS YOUR OLD LADY TO HELP YOU PULL THEM BACK UP AND STOP EMBARRASSING YOUR SELF BLANK!

Hamp

March 23rd, 2010
9:16 am

Falcon sorry you can’t be serious. Where is your coloring book. Stick to that. Attempting to put your thoughts to words is very challenging. Draw us a picture and color it.

Matty Ice

March 23rd, 2010
9:16 am

Who cares about Vick? Old news. We got Matty Ice!!!

http://sportscrack.com/tees_mattyice.html

falcon fan

March 23rd, 2010
9:20 am

Ledbetter ****Breaking news**** Mike Vick does not play for Falcons anymore. He killed dogs for fun then lied to the Feds he is now a Felon. Stop posting stories about him no true Falcon fan gives a damn.

Elvisinthehouse

March 23rd, 2010
9:26 am

I think everyone that talked down on vick will eat there words.When he get a shot at being the #1 Q.B,i think he will be a winner.Its just a matter of time,he will be ok.

sharon

March 23rd, 2010
9:27 am

The sports writers in this city sure do spend a lot of time writing about a person who hasn’t played for them in three years! Good grief, get a life and move on.

The Udder side!!

March 23rd, 2010
9:27 am

Why not focus on Matt ” The Gay Blade” Ryan instead of feeding the mouth breathers with another cheap shot at MV7??? He has been gone for three full season… I guess this goes to show what these ball Janglers think…The Falcons want to sell Matt Ryan, Why not try and do it without always Pissing on Vick? Maybe when Ryan actually wins the division or Heavan forbid a PLAYOFF game you can focus on the guys that are here . But until then lets focus on the guy that won the games that #2 can’t!!!

**Frederick(Bailey)Douglass**

March 23rd, 2010
9:29 am

I usually don’t get involved in Vick bashing, but hey, I’ll do anything to blog football.

Vick…you should just be happy to be making the $$ that you will receive next year, given your circumstance. I can remember when MV7 started. He wore a suit, had a clean cut…had a PR rep that kept him in line. Somehow, the money and the fame changed him.

Jump to THIS year…he goes on some radio show and says that he would love to stick it to the Birds twice a year. Dude, the ONLY FANS YOU HAVE are in ATL. You should be begging to come back here and play DB and return punts for Arthur Blank. Instead, you STLL have not learned your lesson.

Vick will get his shot in Philly before its all said and done, and he will…still miss receivers running outs, and 15 yard stops (usually high). He will still have too many nagging injuries to really be effective by week 8 because he runs too much…he will still use the word “I” 3 times as much as he uses the word “WE”. Why? Because he just dosen’t get it…

Tonyg

March 23rd, 2010
9:30 am

Typical whinning Vick haters. Can’t you all see that the writer writes this trash just to get you all riled up. Here this, Vick will start somewhere in 2010 because he is just that good no matter what you haters think. The old pocket passer is dead and you haters can’t stand it. Vick’s the man, has broken numerous records in the NFL and will continue to. I can’t wait until he signs with his new team so that I can go out and buy what will once again be the top selling jersey. If for some reason he stays with Philadelphia, then Mcnabb had better get ready to ride the bench. Vick’s haters are limited to a few bloggers, hypocritical, aligator shoe wearing, mink coat wearing, leather belt wearing, meat eating animal lovers (yeah right, give me a break). The media just trys to make it look worst than it really is. Keep charging Vick, you do have fans who know what you can do and would rather watch you in a losing effort than any other QB in a winning effort.

True Fan!!!

Scholardude

March 23rd, 2010
9:33 am

I think i can see what FALCONSORRY is trying to say… his references to Arthur Blank are a merely a metaphor for the afflictions of an overly capitalistic society. He’s trying to warn us about the perilous dangers inherent with our own avarice, and he is channeling the irony in the whole Michael Vick situation as the springboard. You see, FALCONSORRY sees that Vick represents the potential within each one of us, and in turn represents our own uncontrollable subconcious desires to self sabotage based in turn on our own self loathing. Had the controlling powers of our society, represented in this parable by Arthur Blank, merely reached out a helping hand… no wait… whoops, my bad. FALCONSORRY is just a semi-illiterate a-hole who needs to ditch the #7 jersey and get hooked on phonics. Again, my apologies. Carry on…

The Udder side!!

March 23rd, 2010
9:35 am

BTW… I wonder if these crappy Falcon fans remember when MV7 came to town wioth the eagles and put up a couple of TDs against this Scrub D????? LOL

PMC

March 23rd, 2010
9:37 am

The market for Vick won’t really develop until training camp. The Eagles know this and that’s why they signed that tender. They will keep him if they have too but they want to try and get something out of thier investment. Depending on what happens this summer he might get a shot and they could come out of it with something a pick or a player or both. It’s going to take a little time though.

PMC

March 23rd, 2010
9:38 am

sorry not tendered, that’s why they paid his roster bonus.

just wondering

March 23rd, 2010
9:39 am

Let’s be real, if anyone thinks all those QB’s are better than Mike Vick right now, they are letting their emotions take place of common sense. Matt Moore, Sam Bradford, Tim Tebow, etc, etc. Come On Son!

Yes Mike has paid his price but from a football perspective no one who truly watches the NFL can not say he can not still play at this level.

Pat

March 23rd, 2010
9:41 am

Matt Ryan is such a better QB. He does what is best for the team and he trys and is not a slacker. Who cares about Vick? He dug a deeper grave by telling people he did not try his hardest while he was here. I am so glad he is gone, I will actually go see the falcons now.

Old Coach

March 23rd, 2010
9:45 am

I guess that Vick will sign with a new team as soon as he gets through with all of the offers for his service. Have a clue, he can not play as a starter any more. The Falcons are a TEAM now with quality leadership. Forget Vick, this team is moving in a new direction, a winning one!!!

My Pitbull is my Best Friend

March 23rd, 2010
9:49 am

tj

March 23rd, 2010
9:49 am

There is no need to explore conspiracy theories here. The reason Vick will NEVER land a starting job in the NFL again is very simple – and anyone who can’t grasp this is a moron. First, it has nothing to do with his criminal past – look how many times other NFL teams were willing to give hoodlums like Pacman Jones, and others a second chance. If you CAN produce on the field – there is always a team that is willing to give you another shot – whether you are a criminal or just a major disruption (i.e. T.O.).

Here’s the sobering truth and I hope that all the Vick loyalist – will stop screaming for just a moment – and let this reality sink in: Mike Vick will never again be a starting QB in the NFL because…. HE CANNOT READ DEFENSES CORRECTLY AND HE CANNOT PASS THE BALL ACCURATELY….PERIOD!

Did we all forget the last few years Vick was here. There was major talk among many Falcon fans that what we should do is cut Vick and keep Matt Schaub. However, most of us were resolved that Vick would stay because Arthur Blank had jumped the gun – giving Vick a Trillion Dollar/Trillion Year Deal – so we were stuck. But the truth is – ALOT OF US WERE SICK OF VICK BEFORE THE DOGFIGHTING THING EVER HAPPENED – not because of his attitude – his lack of leadership – or his known relationships with thugs – but simply because – HE CANNOT READ DEFENSES CORRECTLY AND HE CANNOT PASS THE BALL ACCURATELY….PERIOD!

I know it sounds weird – but I am now extremely thankful the Falcons blew up a few years ago. It was the only way we could get Vick out of the drivers seat – and start rebuilding this team for the future!

Liam

March 23rd, 2010
9:53 am

I am tripping how all these so-called ‘football fans.’ They really are drinking the Matt Ryan kool-aid. No ACC titles or passing records before he was drafted, no playoff wins as a starter (unlike Vick in first year as a starter), no falcons passing records or efficiency rating, no rookie or sophmore of the year, no nothing.

What happens when you don’t have a bonafide running back to hand the ball off to 350 times in a season… Answer, see Matt Ryan. Unlike Ryan, Peyton and Brady can win with their arms. Until Ryan proves himself, he is just another thug that has stolen money from Authur Blank.

BTW, Vick was paid because he created a buzz that warranted a waiting list for season tickets, sold out the dome, put the falcons in primetime for TV money, and led the league in jersey sales. It had nothing to due with his passing accuracy. While I will not call Ryan gay, he damn sure is not the man.

GIVE ME A BREAK

March 23rd, 2010
9:53 am

Vick was good high school and college quarterback but should have moved to defenseive back in pros. He was never a pro quarterback.

Old Coach

March 23rd, 2010
9:59 am

tj
Well said and the absolute truth!!! Even the last of the Vick lovers have to admit that NOBODY is making ANY effort to acquire the lazy has been!!!

GIVE ME A BREAK

March 23rd, 2010
9:59 am

Matt Ryan has great character and morals and deserves better than to be compared to a thug and slacker like Vick.

Mike

March 23rd, 2010
10:04 am

WHO CARES!!!!!!!!! How about a story on sports that are relevant to Atlanta sports fans not some idiot who screwed over the fans he HAD in Atlanta!