With 2014 free agency just around the corner, the Oakland Raiders need to put together a plan of attack at the quarterback position. One option the Silver and Black could consider when March 11 arrives is signing veteran Michael Vick to be their short-term starter under center.
Headed for the open market after five seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, Vick is still convinced that he can be a reliable starter in the NFL. Last year, he was replaced by youngster Nick Foles after injuries and a rough start to the 2013 campaign, and never managed to find his way back into a starting role.
In seven 2013 appearances (six starts), Vick completed 54.6 percent of his passes for 1,215 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions. Although he bolstered an 86.5 passer rating, he was sacked 15 times and lost two fumbles while displaying poor durability in his age-33 season.
Meanwhile, the Raiders watched their 2013 season fall apart due to poor quarterback play.
Terrelle Pryor started the season at the top of the depth chart, but fell out of favor due to injuries and too many turnovers. Matt Flynn was handed the reins for one game, but tanked and was subsequently sent packing. Undrafted rookie Matt McGloin then took over, and played sporadically before flip-flopping with Pryor for the final few games.
If GM Reggie McKenzie and head coach Dennis Allen want to keep their jobs past this upcoming season, they’ll need to make a significant upgrade at quarterback. While Vick might not be the ideal option, he’s arguably the best passer available via free agency.
On top of being a seasoned NFL veteran, Vick brings the athleticism and excitement that Pryor showed last year. Raiders fans embraced Pryor’s ability to make plays with is feet, something that Vick has been well-known for since entering the league in 2001. If Oakland wants to keep fans invested, Vick would be one of the best directions to go in.
As long as they can get him for a reasonable price, the Raiders would be wise to at least kick the tires on Vick. He’s convinced that he’s still a starter, and will be hungry to prove it. Seeing the way their 2013 campaign went, there isn’t much for the Raiders to lose in taking a risk with the aging gunslinger.
We’ll see what happens on March 11, but don’t be surprised to see Vick in silver and black in 2014.