Definitive news about teams’ interest in suspended QB Michael Vick is difficult to come by these days.
It should be, and don’t expect that to change as teams put themselves in position behind the scenes to acquire Vick should he be cut by the Falcons following his release from home confinement on July 20. Of course, it remains to be seen what type of trade market could exist for Vick or if NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will reinstate the quarterback, who is serving time on federal dogfighting charges.
Those in the know believe demand for Vick will exist. It just takes two teams to create a market for the former Pro Bowler.
One of those teams will not be the 49ers, according to general manager Scot McCloughan. Following comments from coach Mike Singletary as recently as May 22 indicating that the 49ers hadn’t ruled out interest in Vick, McCloughan put an end to the speculation Monday.
While acknowledging Singletary’s candid nature in answering questions regarding Vick, McCloughan told Sirius NFL Radio that he and the coach have spoken, and the quarterback isn’t on the 49ers’ radar.
“I think what happens there, and I totally respect it, is that people understand who Mike Singletary is,” McCloughan said during a wide-ranging interview on The Sirius Blitz. “And understand that he has no problem giving guys second chances. Coach and I have sat down, we sat down and talked last week. We had an off week of OTAs, and we discussed about Michael Vick. We will not go that route. We will not do it.”
The question was asked, “So Michael Vick is not on the radar for the 49ers?”
“Correct,” McCloughan responded.
As for quarterbacks currently on the 49ers’ roster, McCloughan had a glowing report of Alex Smith‘s comeback from shoulder surgery.
“His shoulder is great,” McCloughan said. “Matter of fact, he’s throwing the ball better now than he ever has. It’s excellent.”
Smith is competing with Shaun Hill for the starting job in San Francisco.