Tony Dungy, who has served as a mentor to once-embattled super-star Michael Vick says that Eagles quarterback might just end up in Buffalo.
Making his comments during the NBC pregame show before the Philadelphia Eagles took on the Dallas Cowboys Sunday, Dungy, the first African-American coach to win the Super Bowl, acknowledged that Buffalo had enquired about Vick before he signed with Philly.
Buffalo is in dire need of a playoff-caliber quarterback. Bills starter Trent Edwards has looked weak so far this season; and then he sustained a concussion. Ryan Fitzpatrick, the backup guy, has never been a starter in the league.
Vick, a Pro-Bowler who signed a $1.6 million deal with the Eagles for the 2009 season, with a team option for a second year for $5.2 million, was the first player selected in the 2001 NFL draft. He entered the pros after just two years at Virginia Tech University.
Despite Vick’s skills – he’s speedy and has a rifle for a left arm – the Eagles might be more than willing to trade him. That’s because Philly already has a Pro-Bowl quarterback of their own in Donovan McNabb and another star in waiting, Kevin Kolb, whom the Eagles drafted two years ago. Kolb, in relief for an injured McNabb earlier this season posted consecutive 300-yard games.
"I told Michael to just worry about this year," Dungy said. "It's technically up to Philadelphia. If they want him back, he has to stay there. If they don't, there are some teams looking for quarterbacks: Cleveland, St. Louis and Washington.
"But I think a dark horse is Buffalo. They talked originally. There was some communication there. I think that could be a good spot."