There are close to ten quarterback-needy teams in the NFL. The teams that are most deficient at the position are the Jacksonville Jaguars (pick No. 3 in the 2014 NFL Draft), Minnesota Vikings (pick No. 8), Cleveland Browns (pick No. 4), Houston Texans (pick No. 1) and Oakland Raiders (pick No. 5). The next group of teams have some doubts about their current young starting quarterback and likely want to acquire another QB to hedge their bets. These teams include the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (pick No. 7), Tennessee Titans (pick No. 11) and the New York Jets (pick No. 18). Then there are teams like the Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals that are hoping to squeeze a couple more years out veteran signal-callers while they rebuild on-the-fly.
The problem is there are not enough NFL starter-quality quarterbacks to go around. This year’s draft class includes three top tier talents in Teddy Bridgewater, Blake Bortles and Johnny Manziel. Derek Carr and David Fales have the arm strength and college accolades to be drafted in the first round, but coming out of less competitive conferences, they are viewed as developmental prospects. Once the music stops and these quarterback prospects are drafted, there will still be numerous NFL GMs who must sign a free agent quarterback in order to be competitive in 2014.
That is where Philadelphia Eagles‘ pending free agent Michael Vick comes in. With such high demand for proven starting quarterback talent, he will not be returning to Philadelphia in 2014. With only Josh Freeman, Chad Henne and Josh McCown as alternatives, Vick will easily be the best free agent quarterback available and should find many suitors this offseason.
At age-34, Vick is no longer an elite playmaker, but between rookie prospects and fellow free agents, he is the only available quarterback who has recently demonstrated the ability to lead a playoff contender. Leaving Philadelphia behind, Vick will be able to choose from a list of destinations and will command a multi-year contract that includes a lucrative signing bonus.