After five seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, Michael Vick will head to another team. The quarterback is a free agent and will likely be coveted by several clubs.
At 34 years old, Vick may no longer be viewed as a viable starter. Injuries have prevented him from playing more than 13 games in a season, since his return to the NFL after serving 19 months in jail on a dogfighting conviction. Last year, he was replaced by Nick Foles, after suffering another injury, and lost his job for good. In seven games, Vick registered an 86.4 passer rating, throwing five touchdowns and three interceptions.
Despite his battles with injuries, Vick can still help a team that is looking for depth at quarterback. Below are four possible destinations for Vick in the 2014 NFL season.
New York Jets
The Jets appear to be the most likely landing spot for the quarterback. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg was with the Eagles in 2009 when they signed Vick, and there is a mutual respect between the two, according to nfl.com’s Ian Rapoport. Having drafted Geno Smith last year, the Jets aren't looking for Vick to be a full-time starter. However, he’d give the team a legitimate backup, which is something they lacked in 2013.
The Bills took the first quarterback off the draft board last year, but they still have a lot of unanswered questions at the position. EJ Manuel missed six games with injuries, and he was inconsistent as a starter. Backup Thad Lewis is also a question mark. Adam Schefter of ESPN says he wouldn’t be surprised if Buffalo went after Vick, considering they’ve always liked him. Vick could choose Buffalo over New York, where he might have a better chance of starting.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
According to Schefter, the Bucs are likely to have at least some level of interest in Vick. The team released Josh Freeman during the 2013 season, and though Mike Glennon had some big games as a starter, he won’t be handed the job. Head coach Love Smith has said that the organization isn’t sold on Glennon being the answer at quarterback, via the Tampa Tribune. With Vick being the best free agent signal caller available, he could get a chance with the Buccaneers.
The Raiders don’t have an experienced backup quarterback on their roster, but unlike the other teams on this list, they don’t seem to have a potential quarterback of the future either. Matt McGloin started seven games as a rookie, but he was signed as an undrafted free agent. The Raiders have the No.5 pick in the 2014 Draft, and if they select wide receiver Sammy Watkins like many experts are predicting, Vick might have a chance to be their starter.