Thursday, June 11, 2009

Seahawks Will Not Pursue Michael Vick

by: Mike Parker

This shouldn't come as a huge shock, but Jim Mora finally set the record straight on Michael Vick yesterday in a post-minicamp press conference.

Mora said that even though Vick has paid his debt to society and could very well play in the NFL again, that chance won't come in Seattle.

"I'll just say this for the record. We are very happy with the quarterbacks we have on our roster. We have no intentions of adding another player to our roster at this time."
And Mora is way too smart to realize he's leaving things potentially unresolved by allowing the words "at this time" to remain in this sentence, so he clarified his comment even further:
"Just cut out the 'at this time,' because then people will speculate for the next three months," he said with a laugh. "We have no intentions of adding a quarterback to our roster."
While Vick's sentence may be over, he still has a heap of problems to deal with, including a July 2 deadline to file a new Chapter 11 plan. Even with that deadline looming, the hearing that will ultimately approve or deny the plan will not take place until August 27.

There was never a snowball's chance in hell that Ruskell, Lewieke and Mora were ever going to look at adding Vick with all of this hanging over his head. He owes millions of dollars to various creditors and is currently working a $10-an-hour construction job. Vick's debt may be paid to society, but Mora being at the helm was really the only logical connection anyone ever made to the minute chance of him becoming a Seahawk. The risk simply outweighs the reward.

Besides, why add Vick to a roster that already has four quarterbacks; two of which are competing for a #3 spot, and one of those being a freshly-signed, promising draft pick? This isn't even bringing up the fact that Seneca Wallace is one of the more capable and proven backups in the league. (I'm not even touching the thought of Vick replacing Hasselbeck.)

Vick's athleticism and possible versatility may have been a consideration, but again, that would've been taking a huge risk. Who knows how capable a running back, defensive back or kick-return man he could be? Maybe his style of play would be a great fit for the wildcat formation? Is he really more than just a quarterback? These questions have answers, but if Vick is reinstated, they'll be answered in other places than Seattle.