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NFL Offseason Storylines

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There may not be any meaningful football until September, but the NFL never takes a break.

The combine is just a week away and free agency starts soon after that.

Let’s take a look at the five key storylines that we’ll be focused on this offseason.

5. Tim Tebow

The most decorated collegiate athlete of recent memory is already the most heavily debated and scrutinized prospect of all time.  Will the home town Jaguars take a chance on him early or will he slip into the later rounds?  Get ready for a heavy dose of Tebow coverage next week at the combine where his throwing motion will be torn apart like  and the scouts will doubt his ability to play quarterback at the next level.  However, it only takes one team to take a chance on him, so I don’t think he makes it out of round two.

4. Brett Favre

The old gunslinger may be 40, but he can still play.  Coming off his best statistical season in years, it would be hard to see Favre walk away especially when the Vikings were so close to the Super Bowl.  He’ll likely stretch the process out as long as possible so get ready to see Rachel Nicholls camped out on Favre’s ranch in Mississippi all summer long.  In the end, I think we’ll be seeing number four come September.

3. Eagles QB Situation

Many teams struggle to find one decent quarterback.  The Eagles have three and now they have some tough decisions upcoming.  Do they trade Michael Vick?  Extend Kevin Kolb? Trade Kevin Kolb?  Do they trade McNabb?  With a bevy of options at hand, it will be intriguing to see how the Eagles handle this.  I don’t think Kolb is going anywhere so that leaves McNabb and Vick.  Vick is more likely to get traded with a $5.25 million bonus upcoming, but if a team, possibly the Cardinals or Vikings (if Favre’s gone), offers a first round pick it may be tough to turn down with Kolb waiting in the wings.  Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

Michael Vick to be Released from Prison

Michael Vick is expected to be released from federal prison after serving a 18 month sentence and is set to start home confinement on Wednesday.  Vick will serve two months of home confinement before being released from federal custody in late July just in time for the start of NFL training camps.  He will live in his home in Hampton, Virginia where he is expected to be accompanied by his wife and children.  While in home confinement he will work for a local construction company working 40 hours a week and making $10 a hour.

The Falcons still have the rights to Vick but have stated that they will bring him back and tried to trade him this off season but found no takers.  Vick is still currently suspended by the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell has said Vick will need to show true remorsefulness in order to be reinstated.  Recently former Indianapolis Colts Tony Dungy met with Vick in prison but no details of the visit have been made public.

If Vick gets reinstated by Goodell the question then becomes where will he play this season.  The Raiders could certainly be a possibility and Al Davis has given a second chance to players in the past.  I don’t know if the Raiders would want to give up of JaMarcus Russell after selecting number one overall only two years ago.  The Broncos could be an interesting fit after trading Jay Cutler.  Kyle Orton is not a franchise quarterback and Josh McDaniels comes from New England where they gave Corey Dillon and Randy Moss a second chance.  If Brett Favre doesn’t work out for the Vikings perhaps they might take a look at Vick.  The Redskins tried to for Jay Cutler and trade up to select Mark Sanchez this off season they would seem to have some interest in Vick if he was available.

All of those teams do make some sense but if I had to guess what team Michael Vick would play for it would be the San Francisco 49ers.  Earlier in the off season coach Mike Singletary said that he was interested in Vick but then ownership quickly said after they were not interested.  Despite their denial I still believe they would be interested.  They don’t seem to be sold on Shaun Hill as the starter and former number one pick Alex Smith looks like a bust.  Also Singletary is looking to run the ball and there is no better quarterback at running than Vick.  It might be hard to sell for the fans but for a team that hasn’t won in awhile it might be worth the risk.