When the free agency period began Michael Vick was ready to leave Atlanta and make a fresh start somewhere new, but as the season comes to an end those chances look slimmer and slimmer. As more teams decide to pass on him it starts to look like his best bet will be a return to a former employer.
As of now, most of the elite players this season have already been picked by the top teams. There are already five quarterbacks (Matt Cassel, Josh McCown, Charlie Whitehurst, Chris Clemens, and Blain Gabbert) who have secured deals before Vick. At this point, it is quite clear that no major teams are considering bringing Vick on board.
What is the cause of this lack of interest? The most plausible explanation is his unstable health during the last few years. The last time he played every game of a season was back in 2006. In 2013 he sustained multiple ham injuries, which only allowed him to play 5 games of the season, less than half. Then there is his record, which has dropped dramatically in the last couple of years. Vick went from 5-11 to 2-3 in 2013.
For a while, it seemed like signing with the Jets was a strong possibility, but that was quickly buried when they signed Geno Smith. So where can he go from here? Well, the Eagles look like strong contender at this point. The Philadelphia team has put together an extremely solid offense with the re-singing of Jeremy Cooper and Jeremy Maclin, as well as the new addition of Darren Sproles. As for their quarterback, Nick Foles, the hope is that he will have a season as successful as the last one. But what if he doesn’t? The Eagles need an effective backup plan and Vick just might be what they’re looking for. The real question here is, will Michael Vick be satisfied in a backup instead of a starting position?
If he waits too long to answer that question he just might find himself unemployed.