You’ve probably heard that Michael Vick has been conditionally reinstated by Roger Goodell, so Vick is now eligible to be signed by a brave, probably desperate, new team.
Lets take a look at what you get for your hard earned cash …
- Three time Pro Bowl Quarterback, 2002, 2004, 2005
- Lifetime quarterback rating of 75.7
- In six years, a 53.8% pass completion.
- An exceptionally medicore quarterback (stats).
- Well rested – hasn’t played a game since the 2006 season.
- Conditional reinstatement – might not be available until the middle of October.
- Baggage – think Barry Bonds, but with the crazies from PETA.
- By the way, Sage Rosenfels has a QB Rating of 81.2, with a 62.5 pass completion percentage
There will be many that say the additional punishments by the NFL are just piling on, “He’s paid his dues,” “He’s done his time for his crime”, etc., however, I think it is fairly consistent. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said on numerous occasions that playing in the NFL is a privilege, not a right. He frequently takes a very tough stance on any behavior that draws unwanted attention for the league.
Personally, I think the terms of the conditional reinstatement are a way to protect the teams that may be interested in the second rate quarterback. While Goodell has said he would review the case by week six of the schedule, there’s no guarantee that Vick will be allowed to play.
This review will give the signing club a bit of cover. Consider the likely scenario; the team that signs Vick is overly troubled by the media circus, public outcry, craziness that results from the signing. There could easily be some behind-the-scenes discussion with the commissioner to ensure that Vick isn’t fully reinstated.
I’m not really sure who would want to be part of this mess. I suppose the Oakland Raiders might be willing to sign Vick. Al Davis just loves to show-off how dysfunctional his organization is. Maybe a strong team, with a good foundation and a reputation for keeping things in-house would sign Vick, so I guess you could consider the New England Patriots. There’s always Cincinnati, they seem to value a criminal record, so Vick would be a super star there.
No doubt about it, this will be fairly uninteresting to watch. And you will have to watch it. ESPN will be all over this, along with every news organization with a sports reporter. On the bright side, maybe Erin Andrews will cover the story.