Pats interested in Vick? Belichick won’t say either way

On the same day that Michael Vick was in a Virginia court for bankruptcy proceedings, speculation about where he may earn his next paycheck began to heat up.

On Thursday, Vick told reporters he was close to signing with a pro team. That same day, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick praised Vick’s abilities as a football player, leading to speculation that the team may be interested in the recently reinstated quarterback. On Friday, Belichick was asked whether he or the organization had ruled out such a move.

Belichick responded by dancing around the question as only he could.

“Have we ruled it out? I don’t know that it’s ruled in or ruled out” said Belichick. “I’m not not answering your question. I’m saying I don’t think it’s ever been put that way, so I can’t really answer that.”

Belichick was then asked directly if he would be interested in signing Vick.

“You know I think we would consider…” said Belichick. “We’re coaching the players that we have on the field right now, so that’s who is here. So, anybody who isn’t here is there potential that they could be here? Yeah, there probably is. But right now they’re not.

“We’re coaching the 80 players that are here, so until we get somebody else, we’re coaching them. When we get somebody else in here, which I’m sure at some point we will, then we’ll coach them and the players that are here. Who that’s going to be? Right now, it’s the 80 players who are here. That’s all I can tell you.”

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