Vick Derby: 18 already have RSVP’d no

Here's what a contract looks like, but this one is from 1941 and I don't think Vick is that desperate yet.

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 . . .

NFC SOUTH

  • Carolina
  • Atlanta
  • Tampa
  • New Orleans

NFC EAST

  • New York
  • Philadelphia
  • Dallas
  • Washington

NFC NORTH

  • Minnesota
  • Chicago
  • Green Bay
  • Detroit

NFC WEST

  • Arizona
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • St. Louis

AFC SOUTH

  • Tennessee
  • Indianapolis
  • Houston
  • Jacksonville

AFC EAST

  • Miami
  • New England
  • New York
  • Buffalo

AFC NORTH

  • Pittsburgh
  • Baltimore
  • Cincinnati
  • Cleveland

AFC WEST

  • San Diego
  • Denver
  • Oakland
  • Kansas City

THE VICK SCORECARD

(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.

390 comments Add your comment

tale of woe

July 29th, 2009
11:23 am

Until I hear otherwise, my money is on New England

Sean

July 29th, 2009
11:28 am

i agree, New England is probably his next destination.

ricky

July 29th, 2009
11:29 am

Hollywould

July 29th, 2009
11:30 am

I don’t care where he goes. Jeff, if he lands with another team will that end the insatiable writing on the AJC or should we have to read about every time he goes to the bathroom?

tupac elliot

July 29th, 2009
11:33 am

tupac elliot

July 29th, 2009
11:34 am

A TIGER DONT LOOSE ITS STRIPES!

Kaye

July 29th, 2009
11:36 am

I love Vick, he will find a home somewhere…..and again become an ICON. Teams are just scared of the public eye. he will sell out a stadium also. these sorry teams need to take a look at him 4real. Ex. 49ers, need i say more

Regina

July 29th, 2009
11:36 am

Being from Michigan, as bad as Detroit needs to win a game, they really need to pick him up. Not a fan of the kid from UGA!

Jax

July 29th, 2009
11:36 am

I agree…enough about Vick. He screwed Atlanta that is all I know and care about. Good Riddance!!

Marinemom

July 29th, 2009
11:36 am

You can do the time, but no one forgets the crime and I think most teams find it hard to have that stigma attached to one of their players. No one’s perfect and as we have seen throughout the years, many players have many problems, unfortunately for Vick, this issue is too fresh.

Not a sympathizer but...

July 29th, 2009
11:37 am

Did ever occur to you that these 18 teams have already taken care of their QB needs and simply aren’t interested in another one? It doesn’t mean that they don’t want Vick because he is disruption. I don’t think anyone expected all of the teams to fall all over themselves to sign him as you imply.

ManOfTeal

July 29th, 2009
11:37 am

I’ve said this before but Michael Vick should not be permitted to work in a job that allows him to be idoloized again. If that seems unfair to you because you think it denies him the ability to earn a living I call BS because McDonald’s is always hiring.

Former Falcons 365 Employee

July 29th, 2009
11:37 am

Every team said no to T.O. too. Actually right now every team is saying no to Warrick Dunn, Derrick Brooks and Marvin Harrison, I guess they dont want the distractions.

L-Dawg

July 29th, 2009
11:37 am

*****BREAKING NEWS***** Vick has been offered a contract by the Atlanta Falcons. 10 years, $170 Million. Who’s happy?????

Jax

July 29th, 2009
11:39 am

Bob The Builder

July 29th, 2009
11:39 am

Michael Vick = Minnesota starter by end of September 09. Bet on it.

Luther

July 29th, 2009
11:39 am

Wow! I am not the only one who thinks Vick will be a Patriot. They’ll end up in the Superbowl. It all pre-scripted. The NFL is a video game (every video game has to have a villain).

Jax

July 29th, 2009
11:39 am

He needs a job at Home Depot to repay A. Blank

SEC

July 29th, 2009
11:40 am

As long as he stays out of our division im fine.

football fan

July 29th, 2009
11:40 am

It’s gonna be Vikings…Farve says he is not coming out of retirement….Vikings need a QB, they have turf and have a great running back to take the load off the new QB….

Man

July 29th, 2009
11:40 am

I hopes he get pick up by Saints so he can burn the Falcons twice this year!!!!

Bob The Builder

July 29th, 2009
11:41 am

Personally – I am waiting the return of Jeff George!!!! LOL

Bob The Builder

July 29th, 2009
11:43 am

Man, I missthe old days of Steve Bartkowski, William Andrews, Earl Campbell, Dan Fouts, David Woodley, Joe Klesko, etc.

Jarvis

July 29th, 2009
11:45 am

There’s only one “o” in lose and loser. Why is that so hard?

Larry

July 29th, 2009
11:45 am

Stop whining because the poor multimillionaire can’t get a job. He’s a criminal; he should be banned for life. Pete Rose was banned for less. Any team would be crazy to sign him. He’ll violate his parole in less than year with drugs, gambling or some violent act. Let Vick go back into construction work if he really needs a job!

Susan

July 29th, 2009
11:45 am

Michael Vick was living the dream of every high school football player and he blew it. He should not be put on another pedestal so that ignorant Americans like Kaye can look up to him.

THE CATHOLIC HAMMER

July 29th, 2009
11:45 am

Whoever has the need for a mediocre quarterback, and a sure distraction in the locker room, will sign him. What team in the NFL is in such a bad position as willing to trade off the distraction for mediocrity at the QB position? That will be the team to sign him.

Jeff Schultz

July 29th, 2009
11:45 am

Tale, Sean, others – I know New England was always the fave with some people but I heard that the owner’s wife isn’t real cool with that. But we’ll see it.

Ricky – third, actually.

Hollywould – he went to the restroom? When? I missed it!?!

Regina – Things are going to be hard enough on Stafford. The LAST thing the Lions want to do is have Vick looking over his shoulder.

Former – I don’t remember that every team said no to TO, though obviously a lot did. Well, 31 probably, given he’s in Buffalo.

LDawg – I think it was $130 million. Hey, let’s not exaggerate.

Bob – Very possible. In Minnesota – anything is possible. I think they’re the new Oakland.

Jose

July 29th, 2009
11:46 am

Whichever team that receives him has my support and I hope that they win the Superbowl next year or go further than the normal team’s ranking in the play offs. This would be sweet justice paid back. The man is free so let it go!

Jeff Schultz

July 29th, 2009
11:47 am

Bob – I guess you saw my Jeff George reference yesterday. For those who didn’t check this out: http://blogs.ajc.com/jeff-schultz-blog/2009/07/28/countdown-couples-goodell-vick-kim-reggie-zook-george/

The Clerk

July 29th, 2009
11:47 am

It doesn’t even matter. Vick will either go to Minnesota or Tennessee or something like that and not play til the end of the year. He aint been hit in pads in 2 yrs, so imagine he gonna have to get used to that again too. Dont rule out the Panthers bc Delhomme gettin old (6 INT in the playoffs!)

Pulpwood Smith

July 29th, 2009
11:49 am

Send him to the Dawg Pound up in Cleveland

VoiceOf Reason

July 29th, 2009
11:49 am

Wow, my husband has been insisting it’ll be the Patriots also….

itpdude

July 29th, 2009
11:50 am

I think Minnesota has the greatest chance of picking Vick up. I’m not so sure Vick is a sure QB starter anymore, however.

Ray Jay

July 29th, 2009
11:50 am

Convicted Felons, should not be allowed to play in the NFL. He ruined his opportunity, he is to blame for his failure. There over 100K plus convicted felons who deserve a chance as well, when will they have an opportunity? He is a CONVICTED FELON!

Super Dad

July 29th, 2009
11:50 am

I think no matter who he goes with he should invest his money (after leaving bankruptcy) in Petsmart. Then when his career is over, he should spend his time building a restaurant chain that usilizes Petsmart’s unwanted animals in the menu.

Dave

July 29th, 2009
11:51 am

No accuracy, too short, and a drug problem no one wants to talk about. Great runner for the Falcons, lousy QB, problem waiting to happen for team that gets him. Good Luck! Perfect fit for Titans or Vikings!

Mac

July 29th, 2009
11:52 am

I predicted Carolina yesterday and consider them the frontrunner. However, look for Denver to get into the mix, because, well, Kyle Orton is not a NFL starter.

CWILLI

July 29th, 2009
11:52 am

It seems to be a lot of haters out there for Vick, you know we all make mistakes in life wrong choices and because of those wrong choices we have to pay a price. I am a dog lover and I love my pet, but to say what a person can’t do after doing what society has requested. I hope none of you ever has a sister or brother, father,mother or son who makes a mistake.

Navigator

July 29th, 2009
11:52 am

Jeff, you couldn’t get enough Vick yesterday so you stir the pot today. Why does anyone care any more, he won’t be in Atlanta so do we really care who’s on the roster of another team?

Mark

July 29th, 2009
11:52 am

SHABBA RANKS: You racist POS!

Bull Loney

July 29th, 2009
11:53 am

I hope he finds work somewhere. I don’t want him in Atlanta and think he is vastly overrated as a quarterback, but think it is fine for him to work and make a living. We allow paroled offenders to work every day of the week and when was the last time you saw a ex-offender movie/tv/music star who was barred for past indiscretions. He is an exciting athlete, but at the best of times was a mediocore passer. Atlanta fans should be thrilled they have Ryan who clearly is destined to be a true quarterback, not just an athlete in the disguise of a quarterback.

Dave55

July 29th, 2009
11:54 am

If you prohibited x-convicts from playing pro ball, there wouldn’t be anybody left.

ATLFan

July 29th, 2009
11:55 am

Everyone continues to bash Vic, please, the man paid for his crime now let him live. What’s the difference in dog fighting and deer hunting? NOTHING. Someone just decided to call deer hunting a sport.

Vicktimized

July 29th, 2009
11:56 am

I like Baltimore – they have plenty of similiar PR experience with the trouble Ray Lewis got into a few years ago, might be a good fit there

john V

July 29th, 2009
11:56 am

Has everyone forgotten about Ray Lewis ? DUH !

SOmuchHATE!!!!

July 29th, 2009
11:56 am

Give it a rest already; I understand more than ever that those of you who hate this guy would like to impose your own special justice on him; for being a convicted felon, dogfighting and killing, for making and losing millions of dollars you feel he did not deserve and the list goes on. How long are you going to let Vick consume your soul? For one to hate so deep that is exactly whats happened; this is the worst case of overkill I have ever seen in these United States of America. Beating a dead horse is an understatement! If you feel that strongly about what your saying step from behind your keyboard and just do it!
Then you will see what federal prison is truly like; It ain’t no vacation. You folks are truly in need of professional help because based on your comments your absolutely mentally ill.
All over a football player????

clyde

July 29th, 2009
11:57 am

Such an asset.Whoever picks him will never know what he’ll do next.This guy is simply a bad person.

Lady Lo

July 29th, 2009
11:58 am

Those who throw stones need to look in their own backyards, they certainly are not saints. Mike Vick deserves what ever break he gets. I wonder if those who criticize can walk in his shoes and come out the same. I think not. Stop you negative comments and grow up. I wish Mike Vic well.

Texas Pete

July 29th, 2009
11:58 am

It is obvious to everyone that Vick is on the Down Low, so it is only fitting that he become a Packer.