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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: May 29, 2011
Posted on: August 18, 2011 11:50 pm

Vick, NFL say he wasn't steered to Philly

we all now the commissioner told him to sigh with Philly thats how the Commish works

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2011 11:48 pm

Vick, NFL say he wasn't steered to Philly

making the Eagles relevant again
LOL, relevant again ? The Eagles were in the NFC championship game the season before Vick arrived. My take on the Eagles vs Bengals/Bills ? Those other 2 communities are very much like GB, Vick goes there and perhaps he's hated on even more than he was in Philly. Not every Eagles fan loves Vick over the dog fighting thing. In either of the other 2 locations, Buffaol had Jim Kelly as a legend, Bengals had Ken Anderson & Boomer Esiason. Those communities loved their QB's. Philly, you'd really have to go back to Jaws to find a QB that Philly was enamored with, maybe Cunningham ? They booed the selection of McNabb, but they also liked him during his time there.

Since: Mar 2, 2007
Posted on: August 18, 2011 11:47 pm

Vick, NFL say he wasn't steered to Philly

Who cares? Vick is a jerk. I have no respect for this chump as a person. And who cares if he was steered to Philly. I am glad I do not have to cheer for him. If he was steered or not really doesn't matter. What does matter is Philly and Vick were Steelered tonight. So much for the potent Philly team. Money can't buy you the championship. It takes a TEAM effort to do that. Just ask Yankee fans. The Steelers pounced like a cat at a rat tonight and that kind of makes me happy. I just wish somebody would have gotten into a "dog" fight with Vick and kicked his ever lovin ash.

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2011 11:33 pm

Vick, NFL say he wasn't steered to Philly

Let's call it like it is. The NFL absolutely steered Vick to the Eagles. Philadelphia is a black city, and it was one of the few places Vick could go and not suffer abuse and taunts from fans for killing dogs. They knew that being "down" would trump any of the past criminal acts in the eys fo Philly fans. Get real. Inability to assess his talents? Is Vick serious? He had eight seasons to show his talents, and he did. He has no passing talent, and isn't a very smart QB. His strength is his ability to run, which is meaningless for a QB. He is a better version of Kordell Stewart. Eagles will go no where with two dunces at QB. Green Bay, Atlanta, and New Orleans are all better teams, primarily because of the QB positon.

Since: Sep 30, 2009
Posted on: August 18, 2011 11:06 pm

Vick, NFL say he wasn't steered to Philly

This is a super-interesting article.

Oh, uh ,by the way, like, um... have I been promoted from "Rookie" to "Pro" yet? 

Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: August 18, 2011 9:48 pm

Vick, NFL say he wasn't steered to Philly


Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: August 18, 2011 9:34 pm

Vick, NFL say he wasn't steered to Philly

Roger Goodell is neither Vick's agent, PR man nor a family friend. Goodell did what was best for him and the NFL....making the Eagles relevant again. The more money the Eagles makes means more money the owners get to share and more money Goodell gets for a Christmas bonus. Everyone wins....It's all good. Or should I say "It's all Goodell!"

Since: Dec 27, 2009
Posted on: August 18, 2011 8:15 pm

Vick, NFL say he wasn't steered to Philly

The Commish was just tryin to put Vick in the best possible spot to rehab his image in a stable structure.  If he "made" Vick sign in Philly, then I have a problem with it, but if he just recommended it... I don't think there's anything wrong with that...

Since: Aug 18, 2011
Posted on: August 18, 2011 8:05 pm
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Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: August 18, 2011 7:37 pm

Vick, NFL say he wasn't steered to Philly

I seriously doubt Goodell would try to influence any player to go, or not go, anywhere. After all, he, more than most people, knows that far too many of these guys start talking...fall in love with the sound of their own voices...and keep talking just to hear more sound. They make statements, then retract them and/or "clarify" them on a routine basis. Once in a while they even let their moments of incredible stupidity stand...hoping they will just go away. Why would anyone basically collaborate with ANY player on something that would need to be kept confidential? The answer: no one who has been around the league as long as Goodell or anyone else in the commissioner's office.     

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