NFL Rumors: Michael Vick to back up Seattle Seahawks Russell Wilson?

By Cheri Cheng - 09 Jun '15 11:38AM
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Michael Vick believes that he can still start in the NFL.

The quarterback stated during the offseason that he would like to play three more years in the league and hopefully as a starter. Although no one is questioning his playing abilities, the NFL teams might not agree that he is still starting material.

Instead, rumors are circulating that the Seattle Seahawks might be interested in bringing Vick in as the back up quarterback to Russell Wilson. The Seahawks have been relying on Wilson and backup, R.K. Archer. Even though Wilson is healthy and expected to play in 2015, the difference in skill level between the two quarterbacks is huge. Rather than relying on Archer, who has yet to throw a pass in the NFL, Pete Carroll could try and bring in a more seasoned quarterback.

Vick, who is turning 35, has a 59-50-1 record as a starter. He has also proven that he can lead a team. Despite these rumors, however, the Seahawks are currently busy with contract extensions for Wilson as well as linebacker, Bobby Wagner.

John Clayton with ESPN.com explained "there isn't a lot of cap room available for a backup quarterback."

If Vick does not end up in Seattle, he can still end up on several other teams as a reliable back up quarterback and Vick is more than ready to take on any role handed to him

"I think when you're a veteran, you can do it," he said. "You understand everything that goes on throughout the course of an NFL season, throughout the course of a preseason. So you know how to pace yourself. You've just got to stay training. You've just got to work out. You have to make sure when you go in that you're in tip-top shape and not lagging, because if you do, it's going to show."

Mike Florio with Pro Football Talk believes that if Vick does not end up anywhere soon, he will definitely get a call if a starting quarterback gets injured during the offseason.

Florio wrote:

"Vick surely still has the talent to play in the NFL. He'd instantly become the best quarterback in Buffalo, if the Bills were to sign him. (Apparently, coach Rex Ryan came to some sort of a conclusion about Vick during their mutual 2014 season with the Jets.) He'd also arguably be the best quarterback in Cleveland or Houston, and he'd be a potentially ideal mentor for Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, who doesn't have a veteran presence at the quarterback position to groom the No. 1 overall pick 14 years after Vick was.

If it plays out with Vick getting another NFL gig due to an injury suffered in training camp or the preseason, he could have a steep learning curve to get ready to play. But it's one thing to put in work in order to get ready to play and another to put in work in order to get ready to not play."

Vick has played for the Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Jets.

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