SUNDAY, 11:41pm: ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter tweets that the Buccaneers and Jets are likely to have some level of interest in Vick. Vick would likely have the chance to compete for a starting job with either of those clubs.
THURSDAY, 2:52pm: Teams in search of a starting quarterback may be best off addressing that need through the draft or a trade, as this year’s crop of free agent QBs is relatively uninspiring. Michael Vick is the most intriguing name on the list, and although he finished 2013 as a backup in Philadelphia, he doesn’t expect to begin next season on the bench. Vick told Dan Hanzus of NFL.com today that he’ll “absolutely” be starting in Week One next season.
Vick has shown flashes of brilliance since returning to the NFL in 2009, including a Pro Bowl season in 2010. He’s been plagued by injuries though, and will turn 34 this summer, meaning many of the physical tools that made him special are on the decline, limiting his upside.. In 2013, Vick was replaced in Philadelphia by Nick Foles, who threw 27 touchdowns and just two interceptions while leading the Eagles to a playoff berth.
While Vick would be an excellent backup for just about any NFL team, it remains to be seen how many starting jobs will be out there. Perhaps a non-playoff team unable to land a top QB prospect like Johnny Manziel, Blake Bortles, or Teddy Bridgewater in the draft would turn to Vick as a Plan B. Given Vick’s injury history, any team counting on him as a starter would likely have to pair him with a reliable second option.