Many believe the Minnesota Vikings could contend in the competitive NFC North division if they only had a quarterback. There’s some accuracy to that belief, especially since the Vikings employ arguably the best running back in the NFL in superstar Adrian Peterson. It is Peterson who made headlines on Thursday when he tweeted his desire for Minnesota to sign free agent quarterback Michael Vick.
“@MikeVick would intently make the vikings a playoff team!” Peterson posted on Twitter late Wednesday night.
Just to be clear, Peterson didn’t randomly let his 986,000 Twitter followers know how he really feels about the quarterback situation the Vikings find themselves in. Instead, his tweet was in response to a tweet from the NFL Network that asked, “Mike Vick would instantly make a (fill in the blank) a playoff contender.” Regardless, it’s interesting how Peterson had no problem making his inner thoughts public knowledge.
Minnesota’s quarterback carousel saw three different players suit up under center last season. Peterson is convinced that the Vikings aren’t going anywhere with Christian Ponder being the primary signal caller. Not to mention, it doesn’t appear the organization has any intention of re-signing Matt Cassel, who will become a free agent on Tuesday. That means there needs to be a change. In Peterson’s eyes, the obvious choice is Vick.
The real question is if Vick would be able to make Minnesota contenders. As a fan of a different NFC North team, the slightest though of Vick signing with the Vikings makes me nauseous. I don’t want to have to see him in the same backfield with Peterson twice a year. And who knows what Vick is capable of accomplishing with Greg Jennings and up and comer Cordarrelle Patterson on the outside.
If Minnesota were smart, they would give Vick a shot. The only reason they don’t would be because they aren’t prepared to give up on their former first round draft pick. However, the more important decision would be to make Peterson, who basically is the franchise, as happy as can be.