The news reports coming out Monday that quarterback Michael Vick will sign a one-year $10 million contract to stay with the Philadelphia Eagles for the 2013 season made the dog-loving section of the Chiefs Nation happy for the moment. Before the ink was dry on new coach Andy Reid’s contract with KC, rumors flew that Vick might be following his former coach to be the Chiefs starting quarterback.
Anyone that trolled the Chiefs numerous online message boards could tell that, despite the Chiefs having the worst set of quarterbacks in the league last year, the former #1 pick of the draft was unwelcome here. Many fans still had not forgiven him because of his 2007 admission of financing a dog fighting operation and allegedly personally taking part in killing underachieving pit bulls.
Vick, 32, at one time the most popular player in the league, was sentenced to 23 months in prison in December, 2007 and saw his popularity plummet to the point where he was one of the most hated men in America. When Vick was reinstated in the NFL, Reid took a chance on him and signed him to a deal with Philadelphia near the end of the 2009 season.
Vick’s time in Philly saw some amazing highs such as the 2010 season where he established career highs in passing yards (3,018), passing percentage (62.6%), QB rating (100.2), passing touchdowns (21), and rushing touchdowns (9) and he was named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year. However, the rest of his time in Philadelphia was checkered with great games followed by terrible ones. He bottomed out in 2012 when he had 21 turnovers (11 interceptions, 10 fumbles) in just 10 games and was replaced by rookie Nick Foles.
With Vick seemingly off the market for KC, there is a severe lack of quality among current free agent quarterbacks where only Joe Flacco of the Ravens would have been an intriguing choice to pursue. However, his performance for Baltimore in the Super Bowl and his MVP Award virtually guarantees a shiny new contract with the Ravens.
The Chiefs will either have to make a trade with another team, draft a quarterback, or hope someone like Alex Smith of the 49ers becomes available later in the spring. Chiefs fans might want to start preparing now to see Matt Cassel vie for the starting job in training camp.
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