Vick tops the list of a decidedly unexciting free-agent quarterback class, and there's been speculation he could end up with the Jets where he would challenge Geno Smith for the starting job. But Vikings running back Adrian Peterson thinks Vick makes more sense in Minnesota.
In response to a tweet from NFL Network that asked, "Mike Vick would instantly make ____ a playoff contender," AP responded with this:
@MikeVick would intently make the vikings a playoff team!— Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) March 6, 2014
Intently and instantly, at least to hear Peterson tell it.
Vick flourished in Chip Kelly's offense last season before he was sidelined with a hamstring injury and eventually lost his job to Nick Foles. It's reasonable to think he could have success in Minnesota, too, especially with Peterson in the backfield and downfield weapons like Greg Jennings and Cordarrelle Patterson. The bigger issue, as always, is whether Vick can stay healthy. He's hasn't played a full season since 2006, but new Vikes' offensive coordinator Norv Turner is known for getting the most out of his quarterbacks.
New coach Mike Zimmer said last month that the team needs to add depth at the position, and presumably not just because Matt Cassel and Josh Freeman are free agents, but because 2011 first-round pick Christian Ponder has been a disappointment.
"We are going to get some quarterbacks; obviously [Matt Cassel and Josh Freeman] are free agents and [Christian] Ponder is still on the roster," Zimmer said. "But we have to have a quarterback, so we are going to have to find some, and that is why we are out here looking so hard and why we'll continue to look in free agency. We'll find a guy."
Sounds like Peterson's already found him.
As for NFL Network's original question regarding Vick and playoff contenders, we're partial to Rich Eisen's response: