Since early this morning, there have been rumors that free-agent QB Michael Vick was in New York to meet with the Bills and/or that he was set to sign with the team.
The multiple declarations by former Colts coach Tony Dungy — a mentor for Vick — that the quarterback would sign with a team by the end of the week indirectly stoked speculation that Buffalo could be The Team to give the shot to Vick, who missed the past two seasons because he was imprisoned on federal dogfighting charges.
Things hit a crescendo mid-Thursday afternoon amid reports that Vick’s deal with the Bills was done and that the team would hold a news conference to announce the acquisition of the three-time Pro Bowler.
Not the case.
Vick hasn’t signed with the Bills, nor are there any plans for him to join the team, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. The rumors even forced the Bills to issue a denial about Vick. Scott Berchtold, the Bills’ vice president of communications, told NFL.com’s Vic Carucci, “We stand by (COO/GM) Russ Brandon’s statement of two weeks ago.”
That statement was that Buffalo had no interest in Vick.
– Steve Wyche