Some people are drawing a line from Michael Vick to the Vikings, with him being allowed back into the NFL on a conditional basis Monday and Brett Favre saying goodbye (at least for now) to the league today. And there is some compelling circumstantial evidence.
The Vikings have been looking for an upgrade at quarterback, and Vick essentially has been in their system before — though with alternating success. Also, Vick’s mentor, Tony Dungy, has strong ties to the state and a legion of contacts there, going to back to his days as a coach and a player at the University of Minnesota.
But to this point, Vick’s name never came up in any Vikings personnel meetings, and the plan was to go with the three quarterbacks on their roster should Favre opt to really retire, according to a team source. Some in the organization believe Vick could be an intriguing asset. But a move as significant as that would have to be done at an ownership level and passed up through the organization. That hasn’t even been hypothetical discussed at this point.
People I talk to continue to look at New England, Pittsburgh and Jacksonville as possible suitors for Vick, but it might take an injury or other factors for the market to come into better focus. And Vick still needs time to get in shape as well. The list of team officials making statements saying Vick isn’t under consideration also keeps growing, with Buffalo, Cincinnati, Washington and Miami among those coming out with such a stance today.
But things have a way of changing over time, especially in a sport with injuries as plentiful as football.