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Michael Vick Conditionally Reinstated, UFL Next?

Roger Goodell conditionally reinstated Michael Vick on Monday after months of speculation.  The press release read as follows.

Under the conditions of the reinstatement, Vick may participate without delay in preseason practices, workouts, meetings, and may play in his club’s final two preseason games. Once the regular season begins, Vick may participate in all team activities other than games, subject to specific guidelines developed by the NFL Player Personnel Department that will be communicated to Vick and all clubs. Vick is currently an unrestricted free agent eligible to sign with any NFL club. Vick is eligible to be paid based on terms negotiated with a club.

Is the UFL in the stars for Vick?  Only time will tell.

Is the UFL in the stars for Vick? Only time will tell.

So basically Vick can sign with any team now but not play in any regular season games until Goodell makes a final decision which will happen no later than week six.

Now that his suspension is finally concrete the questions now becomes which team will sign the quarterback.

As of now Vick doesn’t appear to have many suitors with many teams stating they have no interest in him but it only takes one team to say yes.

As I ponder Vick’s uncertain NFL future one thing keeps coming back to me.  The UFL.

It makes perfect sense for him.  He can be the face of the league, in a league that wants him, in its inaugural season.  And he wouldn’t be the first quarterback to turn down NFL offers to play in the UFL following J.P. Losman.

He will immediately be the best player in the league and most importantly he can play right away.

If he sign with an NFL team he won’t be able to play for the first five games and when he comes back he more than likely won’t be starting for a team but rather playing in sub packages as a “Wildcat” quarterback.

Playing in the UFL will make fans and teams remember moments like his overtime td run against the Vikings.

Playing in the UFL will make fans and teams remember moments like his electrifying overtime td run against the Vikings.

The league has a TV deal with Verses so fans can watch him play and he will get plenty of media attention.  Once everyone sees him pull off an amazing run where he evades six defenders en route to a touchdown the memories of his Atlanta days will start popping off in everyone’s mind.

They will remember Vick for the player he was and what he still can be.

The league only plays a six game schedule and the season will wrap up right around Thanksgiving.  So if all goes as planned Vick will sign with an NFL team after the UFL season, serve his suspension and be clear heading into next season.

You can’t tell me that a struggling team with its coach and general manager on the hot seat wouldn’t be dying to sign Vick after seeing him play.

This option also increases Vick’s odds of landing a bigger contract.  Teams will be much more willing to spend big on the quarterback after seeing him play in game situations than fresh off a two year prison sentence.

Right now teams may be only willing to give Vick a short term deal or an incentive based contract and while it will be better than the money he can make in the UFL but in the long run playing in the UFL would pay off.

The ball is in Vick’s court now.  There have been reports that he views the UFL as a “last resort” but it might be time to reconsider those thoughts.

3 Responses

  1. Let’s get Vick up to Minnesota. He killed us for years, now let’s get him running alongside AP.

    • Yea that wouldn’t be a bad situation but i don’t think Minnesota can take all the drama Vick would bring after the Favre saga. They’re probably still hoping that Brett will change his mind and signing Vick would turn off Favre.

  2. jokes on the doubters like you

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