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Now that Michael Vick has gotten the Good Newz that he has been reinstated to the NFL, there is a buzz that the Oakland Raiders may be his landing pad. That is a very unlikely scenario.
It seems every time that there is a player who has had trouble with the law or off field issues of any kind, immediately, the word is "Al Davis will sign him." However, even a cursory glance at the moves made by the Raiders the past few years show that assumption to be null.
Last season, it was Pac Man Jones that many were speculating was going to be the Oakland Raiders newest bad boy. However, he didn't even get an invite to Alameda to work out or any apparent interest. Even with Al Davis's known love of corners, he didn't give Jones a sniff.
It will be much the same with Vick, as the focus has been on building a team and bringing in "high character" guys. Besides, Vick hasn't been in an NFL game in over two years. Even when he was at the top of his game, he relied on his speed and athleticism to make plays. The question becomes how much of that speed and athleticism does he have left after a two year layoff from football?
Bringing in Vick, and the circus that will inevitably accompany him , is something that could easily rip apart the fiber of a very young team that is starting to gel. The Raiders are not going to take that chance.
I was asked:
1st trade Russell for a solid OL sign Vick to sit behind Garcia for 1 to 2 yrs. And use Vick in special plays as a change of pace QB,slot, RB or WR. Utilize money saved on Russell to sign Peppers away from Panthers. Instant Upgrade to both sides of the ball. Think before you reply..
What do you honestly think Patrick?????
First off the salary cap hit that would be incurred for trading him makes a trade involving Russell all but impossible. I also think that Russell has a better chance of long term success for the Raiders than Vick. The Raiders have that versitile player that can be used as a back, receiver, or wildcat quarterback in Darren McFadden who is younger and has more upside.
Considering the Raiders would take a tremendous cap hit from accelerated bonus money if they traded Russell, they would not have the money to sign Peppers. Peppers is also under the franchise tag, so siging him to an offer sheet would give the Panthers a right to match it, and if they didn't the Raiders would have to give up at least one first round pick. Peppers would instantly make the Raiders defensive line much better, but no way it will happen.