Favre’s retirement could open door for Vick to Vikings

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If Brett Favre decides to walk away again ...

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... Michael Vick (or Donovan McNabb) may walk in.

Brett Favre is pondering retirement again, and for all we know that pondering might extend through the winter, through the spring, past the draft, past free agency and into summer and the start of training camp.

Should he step away (again) — and there are indications he will — don’t be surprised if the name Michael Vick comes up as a possible replacement.

Let’s start with Favre. Earlier in the postseason, he told ESPN’s Ed Werder,  “If you win, you go on. If you lose, you’re done, and for me, that could very well be my last game.” And just this morning, my pal Adam Schefter of the same network sent this on Twitter: “Let this be the first of hopefully very few Favre-Watch updates: Favre told ESPN’s Ed Werder it was ‘highly unlikely’ he’d play again.”

I know. We can’t know because even Favre doesn’t know, and even if Favre knows something at lunch, he may change his mind at dinner. And then back again at breakfast. But let’s operate on the unsafe assumption for now that he’s retiring.

The Vikings’ quarterback depth chart reads: Favre-Tarvaris Jackson-Sage Rosenfels. Jackson is an impending free agent and, while he says that he is open to staying with the team, you have to wonder about how the franchise views him, given the way they treated him through the romancing of Favre. If Favre doesn’t come back, there is no telling what direction the team will go.

Enter Vick: Minnesota was one of the teams believed to show early interest in Vick, until  the rumor finally was shot down by owner Zygi Wilf and coach Brad Childress (both of whom have truth issues). Vick had some of his best moments against the Vikings. He obviously doesn’t have Favre’s accuracy but his strong arm pairs well with receivers Sidney Rice, Percy Harvin and Bernard Berrian.

ESPN already is floating Vick-to-Minnesota in its “rumors” section this morning (requires Insiders subscription). Speculation also has Philadelphia quarterback Donovan McNabb going to the Vikings, where he would be reunited with Childress (his former quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator with the Eagles).

Very few people believe Vick will be back with the Eagles. Other rumored destinations are Buffalo (needs a quarterback; owner is looking for a marketing tool), St. Louis (general manager Billy Devaney was with the Falcons and has kept in contact with Vick), Arizona (Kurt Warner may retire; Matt Leinart’s status is uncertain); Oakland (Al Davis: enough said) and Carolina (Jake Delhomme’s future is uncertain).

For what it’s worth, the Falcons play St. Louis, Arizona and Carolina next season, but not Minnesota, Buffalo or Oakland. Any thoughts on Vick in purple?

419 comments Add your comment

Brett Favre

January 25th, 2010
12:11 pm

Im not retiring

Reid Adair

January 25th, 2010
12:12 pm

I can’t imagine any team would seriously consider Michael Vick as a candidate for their starting quarterback position. His passing ability, what little there is, has not improved since his days with the Falcons.

I certainly don’t expect Vick to end up with the Vikings.

PMC

January 25th, 2010
12:12 pm

That would be interesting… he’s already got experience winning at Lambeau.

PMC

January 25th, 2010
12:15 pm

The Vikings Love retreads and there is that past history with Cunningham already. Could Vick be the next QB to lose the NFC Championship on the boot of an NFC south kicker in overtime???

Well maybe, but considering he and AD carry the ball like they sweat butter… I’m thinking not likely.

Brett Favre

January 25th, 2010
12:17 pm

I am the best to ever play my position and as long as I can limp back onto the field I will. I do like taking months off from responsibility during the off season as though I am retired. Therefore…….I once again shall retire. Maybe Arizona next year.

Hollywould

January 25th, 2010
12:18 pm

They can lose enough fumbles without bringing in another fumble machine.

UGA 2010

January 25th, 2010
12:20 pm

I sadly could see Vick in the purple(prob see him smoking the purple too), but the only reason is the fact that the Vikings have a strong offense and even Vick couldn’t screw it up. But the fact remains that Vick is expendable, he’s not trustworthy and taking a risk on a player like Vick to run your offense “FULL TIME” makes you think not twice but FIFTY times more about that decision….

big who cares

January 25th, 2010
12:22 pm

Why do we have to care about vick anymore? Everytime a story breaks about him, it is reported in Atlana as if he is still here. I have no problems with vick, and I loved him when he was here, but can’t we please just let the guy move on.

Bench Breath

January 25th, 2010
12:23 pm

Who cares…f**k Favre!

No way

January 25th, 2010
12:24 pm

Lake Minnetonka Boat Cruises anyone? Minnesota fans refuse to deal with transgressions. They cleaned house after the boat crusie scandal. Was the end of the line for Mike Tice, Daunte Culpepper, etc. They are not going to take Vick on now, especially with them already having a mobile-QB project in Tavarres Jackson on the roster (which may or may not be a bust and bringing in Sage Rosenfels last offseason).

Dr. Phil

January 25th, 2010
12:25 pm

As long as the media and the public will jump, Favre will keep yanking their chain. It does appear that the public is growing tired of Favre’s behavior.

Brett Favre

January 25th, 2010
12:27 pm

Wait, no, I am retiring. Unless the Vikings continue their “Romancing the Favre”.

cattle dawg

January 25th, 2010
12:27 pm

Will Favre jump to the Cowboys?

Larry

January 25th, 2010
12:28 pm

Jeff,

For the one millionth time, Vick is not an NFL caliber Quarterback. He is simply a short, fast guy who can throw a long, tight spiral with perhaps the poorest accuracy in NFL history coupled with the IQ of a door knob.

Why is this so hard for you and others to grasp?

Brett Favre

January 25th, 2010
12:29 pm

I might take a year off to compete in the UFC. I could start by kicking you nay-sayers in the teeth!

Delbert D.

January 25th, 2010
12:34 pm

I can see the Vikings trading for a solid backup QB to move into #1, but I can’t see them trading for McNabb. Vick, no way, nohow.

How about Atlanta trading Redman for a draft pick? His stock has got to be the highest it has ever been.

matt

January 25th, 2010
12:34 pm

Kelleysrightnow

January 25th, 2010
12:36 pm

Dear Larry, I think I love you. Your post was succinct and to the point and I appreciate that. Just wanted you to know that I get you!!

ha ha ha

January 25th, 2010
12:37 pm

Larry, how dare you insult doorknobs like that you hardware racist!

andy

January 25th, 2010
12:37 pm

Why is it every time an NFL team needs a new quarterback, some idiot sports writer in the ATL suggests that that NFL team look at Michael Vick. I guess its an easy story to wright.

matt

January 25th, 2010
12:38 pm

If your MInnesotta and you have your choice of either possibly getting McNabb, staying with Jackson, or bringing in Vick, why the #&@*% would bring in Vick???

Ryan Martin

January 25th, 2010
12:42 pm

Prediction ” After a summer of speculation and AFTER training camp, Brett Favre will board a private jet and to a packed press conference announce his return to the Minnesota Vikings because of the love of the game and his Viking teammates” The only thing Favre loves is Favre. The sports media will once again get out their knee pads and push their readership to the point of mass suicide assaulting us with everything Favre. I’m 50 yrs old and have been priviledged to watch authentic heroes of this game like Walter Payton, LeRoy Kelly, Jack Lambert, Roger Stauback, and hundreds more who knew the game was bigger than themselves and who played it with mastery and left it with quiet dignity. Brett Favre threw way his chance of breathing the rarefied air reserved for those whose greatness is matched only by their humility

ryan

January 25th, 2010
12:43 pm

Vick to Buffalo makes the most sense.

Favre plays one more year.

Matt

January 25th, 2010
12:44 pm

Why would the Vikes want Vick, they ALREADY have a QB who can’t throw the ball in T-Jack.

mike

January 25th, 2010
12:44 pm

It would be nice for Mike to go there. And who cares what these rest of you haters think about Mr Vick. At least his team did go to the playoffs while the rest of you falconettes morons rave about a team who won 2 more games than they lost. I dont think that qualifies them for being in any record book. When you watch the forthcoming Super Bowl make sure you wear that silly red and black because they certainly wont be on the field. Or better yet, close your eyes when you watch the game and imagine one team being the falconettes.

Eh

January 25th, 2010
12:45 pm

Wright, right, write. It’s all English.

Huskerman23

January 25th, 2010
12:45 pm

Well should Favre retire..and i dont think he will……the only QB i would rather have is Mcnabb…..Vick is a has been not even a real QB…more of a slot receiver or even a tail back …maybe……..Mcnabb is a solid veteran….but im still hoping brett will heal up fast…..look at his stats…..look at teh team around him and give another try…….Vikes HAVE GOT TO GET SOME DEFENSIVE BACKS!!!! and the pash rush needs help too…..Favre Watch day 1……………stay tuned for more details

DCfan17

January 25th, 2010
12:48 pm

God. I hope he retires. He really is a douche bag. As far as human quality, he is nowhere near anything of a man that Kurt Warner is.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/171932-10-reasons-i-hate-brett-favre

http://www.usaweekend.com/09_issues/091122/091122kurt-warner.html

Vick Viking

January 25th, 2010
12:49 pm

He’s there. Just looking for a big house, a good bulldog breeder and somebody like Blank to kiss around on him.

Da General

January 25th, 2010
12:49 pm

I think he’ll retire…then un-retire…then retire again…and then un-retire just in time to sign with yet another team. And the Republicans thought John Kerry was a “flip-flopper”.

85' Bears

January 25th, 2010
12:54 pm

If Rex Grossman can lead the Bears to a Super Bowl, any quarterback can lead their team, Vick included

Jeff Schultz

January 25th, 2010
12:55 pm

Oh Brett. Not again.

Jeff Schultz

January 25th, 2010
12:56 pm

PMC — good point about winning at Lambeau.

bigstack19

January 25th, 2010
12:57 pm

I can see McNabb to Minnesota. Not Vick. Favre won’t retire until he wins one more Super Bowl though. Vick would work in Arizona. He can’t possibly miss those awesome receivers the Cardinals have plus adding Vick would open up the running game in Arizona too.

905

January 25th, 2010
12:58 pm

Brett as a back-up QB for Green Bay

Jeff Schultz

January 25th, 2010
12:59 pm

Big Who Cares — Because there is still interest and he still has fans here.

Jeff Schultz

January 25th, 2010
1:00 pm

Larry — It’s not for me to grasp. It’s for the NFL to grasp. And it says here he will be a starting quarterback next season.

Jeff Schultz

January 25th, 2010
1:00 pm

Brett Favre –Yes! UFC! Perfect.

Bad Karma

January 25th, 2010
1:02 pm

Does it really matter where Vick goes? He had two quality games his entire career; one at Minn. and the other against the Falcons. Whoever gets Vick, gets all the baggage, needy ego and less than average NFL QB.

Eh

January 25th, 2010
1:05 pm

Vick has to be a starter next season because 1.) he’ll be available and 2.) there are several teams without a legit starter – Oakland, S.F., Favre-less Vikings, Buffalo, Carolina, St. Louis, Denver, Kansas City, and, possibly Seattle.

Roc

January 25th, 2010
1:09 pm

Larry, you’re a douche bag. Joe Namath won a Superbowl chasing women, drinking and probably smoking dope (or snorting powder). So did Jim McMahon. Tattoos and chasing women have nothing to do with being cerebral. Who cares what they do in the off-season. Just win when you get between the lines.

#1 Falcon Fan

January 25th, 2010
1:09 pm

Picture the wildcat offense with Vick and Percy Harvin (scary thought)…The vikings D will still be good and Vick would not have to do it all by himself..he has 3 good WR, a pro bowl RB, and a good TE…I think this would be a great fit for the Vikings and Vick!

YellowJacketFalcon

January 25th, 2010
1:12 pm

I’d love to see Vick as a starting QB. Only to get hit blindsided by a blitzing DE & paralyzed from the neck down for the rest of his life. He’s an inhuman monster.

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January 25th, 2010
1:12 pm

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Tucker T

January 25th, 2010
1:17 pm

Vick is done as a starting QB. I think he can survive in the league a few more years by running the wildcat and being a backup QB but if he goes to another team and starts, it’s going to get ugly fast. It will be a huge embarrassment.

Mr. Thomas Anthony "The Taxman Cometh" Jones, SR (Waf-SS, Lt. Colonel, 13th SS Division, Breman, Germany/rer.)

January 25th, 2010
1:17 pm

As a Mr. Michael Vick loyalist I am gald he is going to be statrting next year in the National Football leagus. And with th retirement of Fauve the NFl will be a much better place for my family to go to games. The Vikings shouldhave never backstabbed Mr. Jackson like they did and I hope they treat Mr. Vick with total respect.
As to Favre plaese stay retired! This 2010, no 1996. Next some team will try to Mr. Leroy Jordan and mr. Sam Huff to play.
Mr. Fran Tarkenton of the Georgia Bulldogs was totally correct. Farve had no business playing for the Vikings. Favre ought to be ashamed of his antics!

Orr

January 25th, 2010
1:19 pm

If they want to take a chance on dog boy and steroid man go ahead.

Vicktabulous

January 25th, 2010
1:19 pm

It would be a good fit for Vick and the Vikings.

Favre has lost his ability to make sound judgment. Hell never makes up for the mistake he made this year. What an idiot. He blew that game, clearly. Move on and retire.

There is talk that he could end up in Tampa. I hope he doesn’t come back to Atlanta because they are going downhill now and will have to rebuild in about 2 years. The definitely lack a quarterback and Turner only has a few more years running to help the weak passing game.

Very good insight and article Schultz….What was University high’s Mascot any way?

SirReal

January 25th, 2010
1:20 pm

Jeff, I could actually see that happening. After all, Childress drafted Jackson to be like Vick anyway so why not bring in the man you tried to make Jackson into?lol

Brett Kiffin

January 25th, 2010
1:20 pm

I may retire and be quarterback coach at USC, or possibly Tennessee.