Who let the dog out?
Now that the question of what will happen to Michael Vick has partially been answered, he has been reinstated by commissioner Roger Goodel, a whole new chapter of “What’s Next?” has been opened, there are several possibilities, however there isn’t one clear cut right solution that will please everyone.
Obviously there are going to be people against Vick playing again, and not just PETA, but dog lovers everywhere. On the other side of the coin, are those who don’t really care what Michael Vick did and are big fans, although they represent a smaller number of people. There is also those in the middle who think he has paid his price, who don’t really care one way or another, or would like to see him get a second chance.
Vick is able to play after week six, pending good behaviour, in the NFL that is. Some, including Bills’ wide receiver Terrell Owens, feel that he has already served his time and that the suspension is unneeded. This leaves us with what will happen to Vick.
The first scenario is that he does get resigned. There are several alternatives to this case such as when, if he reports for training camp on time, who will be willing to sign him, and for how much. If multiple teams are interested, will they drive up the value of his contract and by how much.
The next obvious scenario if no NFL team wants him, after sitting out for two years, the last thing he should do if he wants to play again is sit out another year. I don’t think that this situation is completely out of the realm of possibility as in edition to the moral decision some owners face, he is an aging mediocre QB who hasn’t played in two years.
If Vick doesn’t end up playing in the NFL, then there is the start up league the UFL. The UFL would love to have a big name player such as Vick, because even though he might be bad press, he would draw much needed attention to the UFL.
He probably wont end up in the CFL, because in edition to his suspension which the league would prevent him from playing, he would likely be unable to work in Canada given his criminal background.
Finally now that Brett Farve has bowed out of the Minnesota race I could see them going after Michael Vick, however I would be interested to see how he does playing in the cold.
Personally, I think that the most likely scenario is that he ends up playing a year in the UFL, proving to the NFL that he still has what it takes to play at a competitive level. After that he’ll either continue on in the UFL, or reach a deal with the NFL, serving out his suspension.
P.S. I recently saw a bunch of Madden’s in the used game bin selling for about $5.99, except for the one Vick was on the cover of, that went for a whopping $2.99.