Now that Michael Vick has been released from prison, the next question on everyone’s mind is where the former NFL quarterback will end up. Although Vick has missed a lot of football action after being locked up on federal charges, he was arguably one of the best quarterbacks in the league prior to his arrest. Based off of his potential, the former Atlanta Falcon should have many suitors ready and willing to give him a second chance.
Two teams that could use him right away at the quarterback position are the San Francisco 49ers and the Minnesota Vikings. The 49ers are likely to start the season with Shaun Hill at quarterback and could definitely use an upgrade. With Mike Singletary calling the coaching shots, Vick could prove himself under a respected NFL legend.
In Minnesota, the team is currently trying to coax Brett Favre out of retirement. However, if Favre remains retired, they’ll still need a quarterback. How about Vick? He could pair with running back Adrian Peterson to form a fearsome running threat in the backfield for the Vikings. Vick would also be able to hide in one of the NFL’s smaller markets.
If Vick is ready for prime time and doesn’t necessarily want to be a quarterback in his return to the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins and the New England Patriots make sense. On each team, Vick could be the backup at quarterback and also see touches at running back and wide receiver. He’d get to be on a big stage and possibly quicken the recovery of his reputation.
Even though Vick is out of prison, it’ll be interesting to see how soon it is before he can return to the NFL. He hasn’t served any sort of suspension and with as heavy-handed as commissioner Roger Goodell has been since he took over that role with the league, it’d be surprising for Goodell not to further punish Vick.