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Vick, NFL say he wasn't steered to Philly

Posted on: August 18, 2011 1:44 pm
Edited on: August 18, 2011 1:55 pm

Posted by Ryan Wilson

On Wednesday, GQ previewed their feature on Michael Vick, which included a quote from the Eagles quarterback that suggested NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell steered him towards Philadelphia.

"I think I can say this now, because it's not going to hurt anybody's feelings, and it's the truth," Vick told GQ author Will Leitch. "I didn't want to come to Philadelphia. Being the third-team quarterback is nothing to smile about. Cincinnati and Buffalo were better options." Leith wrote that those two teams wanted him and would've allowed him to start, but after meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell and other reps from the NFL, Vick was convinced — and granted league approval — to sign with Philly. "And I commend and thank them, because they put me in the right situation."

By Thursday afternoon, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello had sent a series of tweets refuting Vick's recounting of events.

"On the Michael Vick story: His decision on where to play to put himself in the best position to succeed was entirely his own... Commissioner Goodell obviously met & spoke to Michael and his reps as part of his decision on whether to reinstate him & on what terms... But the commissioner would never steer players to or away from particular teams and did not do so in this case."

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The full GQ interview went live Thursday morning, and by midday, Vick was backtracking from his comments. He released the following statement through the Eagles website:

"I felt it was necessary to put out a statement today clarifying the article in GQ Magazine. I did speak with many people, but the decision to sign in Philadelphia was based on my discussions with my agent, my family and with Coach Reid. And after those discussions, it became clear to me that this was the place I wanted to play and resume my NFL career. The Commissioner never told me to sign or not sign with particular teams. Again, I want to make it perfectly clear that this was a decision I made and, as I have said numerous times before, I’m very happy with the way it has worked out for me and my family."

Make of this what you will.

As ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted Thursday after Vick's statement, "Does anyone really believe if Buffalo or Cincinnati offered Mike Vick more money than Philly, he wouldn't have gone there?" Good question, especially if one or both of those teams were willing to make Vick the starter.'s Mike Freeman doesn't buy Vick's revised story, either.

Just remember: Goodell is the same guy NFL players decided to keep as judge, jury and executioner on all matters of punishment in the new collective bargaining agreement. Truthfully, is anyone shocked that a billion-dollar corporation would go into damage-control mode after such a revelation? Especially when the man in charge is as powerful as he's ever been?

In related news, we're expecting Vick to stick to his original story that the struggles at the end of his Falcons career rest solely with the coaching staff's inability to correctly assess his talents.

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Since: Aug 18, 2011
Posted on: August 19, 2011 6:50 am

Vick, NFL say he wasn't steered to Philly

Of course godell is going to say that , collusion is illegal and his ass can go to jail......

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Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: August 19, 2011 6:17 am
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Since: Jul 3, 2010
Posted on: August 19, 2011 6:01 am

Vick, NFL say he wasn't steered to Philly

Cinn and Buffalo were not better options.

Since: May 23, 2007
Posted on: August 19, 2011 5:37 am

Vick, NFL say he wasn't steered to Philly

Wahh!  I wanna start.  I'm not getting the ball enough.  I know I can make TD's.  Waah!  (Where have I heard this before?)  It takes time to move to the top.  Be patient.  And besides, there is no "dream team".  Talk to Miami!

Since: May 23, 2007
Posted on: August 19, 2011 5:32 am

Vick, NFL say he wasn't steered to Philly

Waah, I wanna start, they're not throwing the ball to me, I'm not making enough TD's.  Where have I heard this before.  Get a life please.  Please wait your turn.  It takes time to get the top spot.  What happened to patience??

Since: Oct 1, 2008
Posted on: August 19, 2011 5:08 am

Vick, NFL say he wasn't steered to Philly

Everyone has missed the point here. It is not about money or the team he plays for.  The story is that Goodell steered him towards a certain franchise by Vick's own admission. Throw the retraction out.  What was said is said.

It does not matter that Goodell possibly said the Eagles were a better situation over the Bills and Bengals, or that the Redskins were a better situation over the Chargers, Chiefs or Titans.

The point is that Goodell should NOT be even mentioning what teams are good or bad for Vick to sign with.

Not only is it speculation how good or bad it is on Goodell's part but it is also boarderline collusion.

Goodell in no way should be "pimping" one team over another. Goodell should always do what is best for the league however there is a line and if indeed he did "steer" Vick to Philly he has crossed that line. He has eccentially stated to a player that one franchise is better than another no matter what situation the player would have been in that city. Ie. Starter in Buffalo, 3rd string in Philly.

Not only does this damage the reputation of the NFL itself but it damages the chances for these two other teams, no matter who those teams are to draw bigger named players, more money for televised games on prime time and potential playoff games.

It is a much broader brush that is being painted with as well.  The potential that Vick could have come straight out of jail after committing such a horrible crime and been a starter in the NFL would have brought some negative press to the NFL itself.  But in the long run would there have been anymore negative press than there was?  The fans in Buffalo and Cincy would have embraced him had he made whatever team he signed with a playoff team, don't kid yourselves.  To say a small market team like Buffalo who hasn't sniffed the playoffs in years would have almost lynched him is rediculous had he somehow made Buffalo even a .500 team us insane.  That team has been QB starved since Jim Kelly retired and the franchise has not had much to cheer about since the K Gun was ripping up the league.

The point being is that if this is found to be true the commish will step down and Vick's contract maybe voided or the Eagles maybe fined a large amounts of draft picks as compensation to the other teams in the league that were in pursuit of Vick's services.

Only respective team officials should be talking about their teams to free agent players. Jail or no jail. What is stopping Goodell from calling Larry Fitzgerald who is a free agent next year without the possibility of a franchise tag at season's end and mentioning that the team he is best suited to sign with is "so and so?"  It is the same thing and it is not appropriate. And in that it is collusion with that team whether that team has any knwoledge of the situation or not.

If indeed proven true then the NFL will have a new commishoner, should have a new commishoner, and penalties brought upon the Eagles organization whether they knew or not.

Since: Aug 18, 2011
Posted on: August 19, 2011 3:13 am

Vick, NFL say he wasn't steered to Philly


Since: May 26, 2009
Posted on: August 19, 2011 1:55 am

Vick, NFL say he wasn't steered to Philly

This article is a bunch of hooey. On the "tweet" by Adam Schefter, ie Vick would have signed with the Bills or Bengals had they offered more money than the Eagles, doesn't the reverse intention also ring true? That is, that Vick WAS NOT offered enough money to sign with a team where he would have started right away? And the jab at the end there about Vick's tenure with the Falcons was pointless! It's like a 14-year old wrote this thing! Thumbs down, CBS. Thumbs waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaay down. Frown

Since: Feb 11, 2010
Posted on: August 19, 2011 12:10 am

Vick, NFL say he wasn't steered to Philly

Vick was an avg NFL QB at best before jail, had a great year last year but I think he's probably the most overrated QB ever right now.  Defenses will adjust, although he's surrounded by the same offensive weapons again... let's see if he can back up last years performance.

Fellow fantasy nerds, no way I take Vick in the 1st 2 rounds. 

Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: August 19, 2011 12:10 am

Vick, NFL say he wasn't steered to Philly

Who cares about this clown. What I don't get is the whole dream team thing. Did I miss the day they signed Payton, Chris Johnson and Andre Johnson. They don't even have a top 5 guy at any offensive spot nevermind 2 of the top 5 players in the sport. Is the NFL now a cornerback driven league? Media being soooooooooooooo stupid.

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