You may have seen the Yahoo Sports article suggesting Michael Vick is not happy as an Eagle due to the role he’s played to-date. No one with any drive and pride would be satisfied with such a limited and insignificant role. Happy or not, the fact is, Vick got what he needed most – a chance to rejuvenate his career, get into playing shape, and showcase his skills in practice. He actually got more than he needed, because he’s on the active roster of a winning team.
Michael Vick is at the mercy of the Eagles this season and next. The Eagles reportedly have the option to execute the second year of his contract. If they don’t, he’s a free agent. But, why would the Redskins be interested in Vick? They expressed negative interest this year. That could change, of course. After all, check out the list of free agent quarterbacks.
According to FootballsFuture.com, the list of unrestricted and restricted free agent QBs includes: Kyle Orton, Chad Pennington, Kellen Clemons, Charlie Batch, Kyle Boller, Troy Smith, David Carr, Duante Culpepper, Rex Grossman, Joey Harrington, Jon Kitna, Matt Moore, and Brett Ratliff. By late spring of next year, you’ll likely be able to add Jake Delhomme, Kerry Collins, and JaMarcus Russell to the list. Who on earth knows what will happen with Brady Quinn and Derek Smith in Manginiville?
What about the draft? Could the Redskins have someone assessed highly enough to start him behind a rebuilt line? The big names among the elite are Sam Bradford, Jevan Snead, and Colt McCoy. What? No Tim Tebow? I don’t believe Tebow will play professional sports right out of college, if ever. He has a higher calling on his mind, money or no money. There’s always Jimmy Clausen, Dan LeFavour, Zac Robinson, and Tim Hiller. The dark horse is 6-foot Kellen Moore from Boise State. The really dark horse is Bo Levi Mitchell of SMU, who is coached by Colt Brennan’s former coach at Hawaii, June Jones. I’m sure Mitchell will be advised to stay in school another year.
I was disappointed when Chase Daniel was snapped up by New Orleans. For him to go neck-and-neck with Brennan this preseason was saying something. I’m hoping Colt is being developed well enough by Jim Zorn to compete for the starting job next year. I seriously doubt Todd Collins or Jason Campbell will have that chance.
No Daniel, no Collins, no Campbell, and no draft picks for any of them. That’s what the Redskins’ situation is likely to be going into the draft. They could leverage what is very likely to be a top 10 draft pick in next year’s draft, trading out of the first round in exchange for an established starter. Who’s that going to land them, Trent Edwards? I’m thinking they’ll go for Bradford, Snead, or McCoy. If they do, Vick could be brought in to compete for the job along with Brennan.
Michael Vick could end up in Washington. Whether he does or not, how well the offensive line gels the rest of this year, and how adept the Redskins are at obtaining a couple more top-notch offensive linemen, is more critical to the team’s success in 2010 than who starts at quarterback. Still, it would be wonderful if they could find a franchise QB.