The Oakland Raiders are in desperate need of a new quarterback and Michael Vick is looking for a new place to call home. Could it be the perfect match?
Per Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, that’s a distinct possibility.
Oakland is actually just one of many teams that is “mulling” over their options under center, and Vick happens to be one of the routes they could seriously consider. After Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin showed in 2013 that they’re probably not franchise caliber quarterbacks, the Raiders would be wise to make a definitive move at the position. Of course, whether or not they bring Vick in shouldn’t necessarily stop them from adding more passing talent via the draft, either.
Should the Raiders in fact pursue Vick to be a starter in 2014, though, they aren’t likely to be alone. Per La Canfora, the quarterback market is extremely soft this year with Josh Freeman and Josh McCown as the only realistic starting quarterback options. That could arguably change if/when other passers like Matt Schaub and Mark Sanchez are made available via releases.
Even after that happens, though, it’s still pretty arguable that Vick is the best quarterback that will be out there on the open market. His checkered injury history can’t go ignored, but his play has been as good or better than anyone else that will be available. He also continues to offer more dynamic ability as a running threat.
These are mere whispers in the free agency winds at the moment, but Oakland’s interest could quickly gain traction with Vick also being loosely tied to the New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In fact, it’d probably be foolish to write off quarterback-needy teams like the Minnesota Vikings and Cleveland Browns.
All we know for now is that Vick’s free agency stock seems to be improving by the day. And that along with several other teams, the Oakland Raiders are probably paying close attention.
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