OK. So you expected suddenly a dozen coaches were going to declare: “I want Vick!”?
If you haven’t noticed, NFL teams have fallen over themselves to declare their respective teams out of the Michael Vick derby. We’re up to 18. Now, none of this means Vick won’t be signed. Thirty-one teams can say no but it only takes one to give Vick a contract. But it does illustrate how quickly some coaches and front office executives wanted the Vick Distraction doused in their city.
So here’s the thing. There are 14 teams who’ve said nothing so far. Thanks in part to the aggregation of ProFootballTalk.com, you’ll see the 18 teams below that have publicly declared they have no interest in Vick. To make this easier to digest, I listed all 32 teams in order of last year’s standings. If there’s a line through the team, it’s out of the Vick Derby.
If there’s one safe bet, it’s that Vick won’t be playing in the NFC East. Every team in that division has pulled out. Below the standings, I list the 14 teams that haven’t made a public statement on Vick, broken into two categories: Possible contenders and less likely to have an interest.
Around the league . . .
(Disclaimer: “Already out” category means only that a club official or coach is on the record as say saying they have no interest. That doesn’t mean they can’t change their mind.)
ALREADY OUT (18): Atlanta, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Miami, N.Y. Giants, N.Y. Jets, Philadelphia, St. Louis, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa Bay, Washington.
POSSIBLE CONTENDERS (5): Arizona, Baltimore, Minnesota, Oakland, New Orleans
LESS LIKELY TO HAVE INTEREST (9): New England, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Cleveland, Carolina, Denver, Green Bay, San Diego.