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Michael Vick has been conditionally reinstated into the NFL.
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Provided his skills didn't erode too much in prison, Michael Vick is better than 90 percent of the backup quarterbacks in the NFL and about half the starters. Plenty of coaches would likely take the risk and bring Vick aboard, but the people who sign the checks are bound to be more cautious.

But if the public relations situation turns out to be better than teams thought, even clubs that already denied interest could re-consider. If Vick stays out on the open market for a few weeks, injuries could also open up a spot for him. With that in mind, here is an informal handicapping of which team will eventually sign Vick. Check it out and share your input on which team you think will sign him.


WOULDN'T BE SURPRISING

 

Jacksonville Jaguars: David Garrard's disappointing 2008 season has to have Jacksonville considering other options. The Jags need some excitement and don't have much to lose.

Minnesota Vikings: If Brett Favre stays retired, the Vikings are in play because they've already made it clear they have no faith in Sage Rosenfels and Tarvaris Jackson.

New England Patriots: A popular pick, since the Pats aren't afraid of character issues and like to push the envelope with strategic innovations.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Maybe Tony Dungy could convince Mike Tomlin to take the chance. The Steelers love trying quarterbacks at other positions. 


NOT A TOTAL SHOCKER

 

Buffalo Bills: The Bills have shown they'll take a risk, and starter Trent Edwards is shaky.

Chicago Bears: For a team with Super Bowl buzz and a strong-armed starter in Jay Cutler (who probably won’t be threatened even with the addition of Vick), Vick could prove useful as a backup or Wildcat option. Bears head coach Lovie Smith is still close with Vick's mentor Dungy.

Cleveland Browns: The Browns don't seem settled on either Brady Quinn or Derek Anderson, and would use Vick as a Wildcat weapon.

Miami Dolphins: If only the 'Fins hadn't taken future Wildcat star Pat White in the second round...

San Francisco 49ers: The team says it's not interested, even though this seems like a good fit on the surface. The Niners go into the season with just Shaun Hill and Alex Smith at quarterback and have little to lose by trying something different.

Tennessee Titans: Tennessee's offense stalled in the playoffs against Baltimore and could use a jolt of electricity.

Washington Redskins: The 'Skins are known to make risky, high-profile signings, and they aren't in love with Jason Campbell. They already flirted with drafting Mark Sanchez and trading for Cutler this offseason.


DON’T COUNT THEM OUT

 

Carolina Panthers: If the Panthers hadn't just signed Jake Delhomme to an extension, this would make more sense. But Delhomme looked pretty shaky in last year's playoffs and doesn't need the pressure of seeing Vick over his shoulder.

Cincinnati Bengals: They can't, right? Not after five years of jokes about their character. They've made crazier decisions.

Dallas Cowboys: Jerry Jones got rid of Terrell Owens to help Tony Romo. You'd think he'd avoid Vick. But Jones has talked a lot about the Wildcat this offseason and hasn't shied away from players with disciplinary problems.

Denver Broncos: New coach Josh McDaniels hasn't made a strong commitment to a starting quarterback and might consider new ideas.

New Orleans Saints: The Saints don't need an extra offensive weapon, but management has made comments that it wouldn't absolutely rule it out.

Oakland Raiders: It's too early to give up on No. 1 overall pick JaMarcus Russell, and the Raiders have a solid backup in Jeff Garcia. They also need to feature high offensive picks like Darren McFadden and Darrious Heyward-Bey. Then again, these are the Raiders…

St. Louis Rams: Even though the Rams need help at quarterback, new coach Steve Spagnuolo has enough pressure and doesn't need to take on this project.

San Diego Chargers: The Chargers have enough offensive firepower and don't need Vick, but they can afford to take a risk.

Seattle Seahawks: New head coach Jim Mora said he thought Vick deserved to come back in June, just not with his team. But there's still a small chance the 'Hawks could flip-flop because they could use a strong backup for veteran Matt Hasselbeck.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: They still have a lot of quarterbacks in camp and just invested a first-round pick in Josh Freeman. The Bucs' propensity for adding extra QBs is the only reason to consider them.


SEEMS UNLIKELY

 

Arizona Cardinals: They already have a left-handed quarterback they need to find time for -- Matt Leinart.

Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens don't need Joe Flacco looking over his shoulder.

Green Bay Packers: The Packers have had enough quarterback controversy for this decade.

Houston Texans: The Texans' offense has not been the problem.

Indianapolis Colts: Do you really want a Wildcat weapon to take the ball out of Peyton Manning’s hands?

Kansas City Chiefs: They just invested a lot of money in Matt Cassel and need to make that work.

New York Jets: The Jets are focused on prized rookie Sanchez and already said they're not interested.

Philadelphia Eagles: They seem to like Donovan McNabb's backup Kevin Kolb. That, and they're still upset about T.O.


NO CHANCE

 

Atlanta Falcons: Pass.

Detroit Lions: The Lions have too much invested in No. 1 overall pick Matthew Stafford and can't afford to undermine his chances for success.

New York Giants: Still feeling burned by Plaxico Burress, ownership has already said no way.

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