The Baltimore Ravens are rumored to be looking at free agent quarterback Michael Vick as a way to bring some veteran leadership and a solid backup to Joe Flacco.
Vick is set to hit free agency this month, with the New York Jets reportedly ready let him test the free agent waters. Vick went 1-2 last season, completing 64 of his 121 pass attempts for 604 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.
Vick had clearly lost a step in the waning years of his career. His once-explosive running speed is now gone and his athleticism is fading, and it clearly shows. Vick had five fumbles in just 272 offensive snaps last year.
But with a very thin free agent class at quarterback, Michael Vick may still be able to draw interest.
As ESPN New York’s Rich Cimini reported, the Baltimore Ravens might make the best landing spot for Vick.
“Vick isn’t in the Jets’ immediate plans. Where will he land? Remember, he didn’t generate much interest last offseason, so there’s no guarantee he’ll find a team. He mentioned a desire to play for the Washington Redskins (he’s from Virginia), but it’s hard to imagine them adding Vick to their quarterback circus. His best bet might be the Baltimore Ravens, where former Jets coordinator Marty Mornhinweg — a Vick ally from their days in Philadelphia — coaches the quarterbacks. The Ravens don’t have an experienced backup under contract. Near the end of last season, Vick said he was capable of playing another two or three years. Good luck.”
While Michael Vick is likely in the last gasps of his career, he still has a lot to offer. Vick has taken well to the role of veteran backup, offering Jets signal caller support as he evolved into a more reliable signal caller in his second season.
If the rumors about the Baltimore Ravens looking into Michael Vick are true, it could mean the team is looking for a stronger backup to Joe Flacco. The only other quarterback currently on the team’s depth chart is Tyrod Taylor, who has only thrown 35 passes in his entire career.
If the Baltimore Ravens rumors don’t pan out, Michael Vick could eventually find himself back with the New York Jets. It’s unclear if the team might be looking for a quarterback in the upcoming NFL Draft, but if they don’t plan on getting someone else to compete with Geno Smith then some insiders believe they could bring back Vick on a one-year contract.
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