We may see Vick again, but not in NFC South
Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas
Gene Wojciechowski writes that he thinks Michael Vick eventually will be reinstated by the NFL. I agree and that's not just because Wojciechowski has a fancier title (and harder last name to spell) than mine.
He's right. As long as Vick continues to take care of his legal obligations, the NFL is going to have to let him come back at some point. Where will Vick end up?
The only thing we know for sure is it won't be in the NFC South. The Falcons, obviously, are out of it because they're trying to distance themselves from Vick as far and as fast as possible.
Scratch the Saints off the list because they've got Drew Brees. Although the Bucs are still trying to figure out who will be their quarterback for the long term, forget about Vick in Tampa Bay. Jon Gruden's not the coach anymore. Gruden had been known to take chances on guys who had checkered pasts (see Antonio Bryant, Jerramy Stevens, David Boston, etc.), but I don't see any way new coach Raheem Morris and general manager Mark Dominik take a chance on Vick. That kind of move helped get Gruden fired.
Although some fans in Carolina want to see Jake Delhomme go, Vick's not the answer here. Panthers owner Jerry Richardson has been burned before (see Kerry Collins and Rae Carruth). In recent years, Richardson has made it a point to make sure his team stays clear of guys with character concerns.