Did Goodell Steer Vick to Eagles? NFL Says No
Despite Michael Vick’s rising star as the Eagles’ quarterback, Vick revealed recently that playing for Philadelphia had never been on his radar.
In an interview with Gentleman’s Quarterly, the 31-year-old quarterback said that after he was released in 2009 after an almost 2-year sentence on a dog-fighting and animal cruelty conviction, Vick had contemplated beginning his career with NFL teams that had enjoyed less-than-enviable win-loss ratios at the time.
A bigger fish trying to make a splash in a less-winning pond, so to speak.
According to Vick, after early inquiries into a quarterback position with the Cincinnati Bengals or Buffalo Bills, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell took Vick aside and asked him if he would consider approaching the Eagles, as a third string quarterback behind Donovan McNabb and Kevin Kolb. “I didn’t want to come to Philadelphia,” said Vick in the GQ interview. “Being the third-team quarterback is nothing to smile about.”
In the interview, Vick stated that Goodell and others managed to convince him to give the Eagles a shot, and McNabb has stated that he not only agreed to the addition, but was the impetus on the team for Vick’s hire by coach Andy Reid. After McNabb was traded to the Redskins just before last season, the battle for the spotlight between Kolb and Vick commenced. For anyone who paid attention to the 2010 NFL season, it was obvious who won that fight.
There's been a bit of a dispute about what actually happened, however.
Since the GQ interview, Goodell and the NFL have refuted Vick's version of events, saying that "the commissioner would never steer players to or away from particular teams and did not do so in this case."
In July of 2009, Goodell stated during a press conference that he was ready to give Vick another chance at proving himself in the NFL, despite an outcry against reinstating him. Many were concerned that tales of Vick's cruelty against and killing of dogs that were deemed unworthy to fight would haunt whatever team took him under their wing.Continued on the next page