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NFL swayed Vick from Bengals and Bills?

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08:02 AM ET 08.18 | Michael Vick's tale is one of redemption-in-progress. There probably wasn't a professional quarterback farther from glory in all of football. And nobody knew it more than Vick. "I think I can say this now, because it's not going to hurt anybody's feelings, and it's the truth," Vick tells me a few weeks after the commencement ceremony. "I didn't want to come to Philadelphia. Being the third-team quarterback is nothing to smile about. Cincinnati and Buffalo were better options." Those two teams wanted him and would've allowed him to start, but after meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell and other reps from the NFL, Vick was convinced -- and granted league approval -- to sign with Philly. "And I commend and thank them, because they put me in the right situation."

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Roger Goodell, Getty Images Roger Goodell, Getty Images
August 18, 2011  08:04 AM ET

I believe that. Why wouldn't anybody do that!! Nice pic Roger.

August 18, 2011  08:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Nice pic Roger.

Back to the Harry Potter look, I see.

August 18, 2011  08:13 AM ET

Roger was wearing this attire when he spoke to Mike.




Dress to impress...

August 18, 2011  08:15 AM ET

Vick is good for the NFL.


Duh.

August 18, 2011  08:19 AM ET

On another note, I wonder how McNabb feels about this story!

LOL!

August 18, 2011  08:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

On another note, I wonder how McNabb feels about this story!

LOL!

He sent Rog a note... "Damn Bro - this is COLD!!!"

August 18, 2011  08:23 AM ET

That is nice that the NFL got involved, BUT, you could say the same thing to about twenty players any given year. Players with histories of problems that would be better off not going to certain teams.
The NFL does not put limits on what teams they can play for. He was either approved to play in the NFL or not and if he was cleared to play, then that is where the League should have stopped calling the shots.

August 18, 2011  08:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

He sent Rog a note... "Damn Bro - this is COLD!!!"

I see Rog or one of his boys calling up old McNabb and getting him to "pitch" to Andy, bringing in Vick... And Andy looking innocent, and like... Oh... Okay.

It makes sense, because if McNabb had that much weight to convince Vick to come to Philly, McNabb would still be there.

August 18, 2011  08:26 AM ET

so did the Bengals and Bills ask the League to itself for tampering?

August 18, 2011  08:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

That is nice that the NFL got involved, BUT, you could say the same thing to about twenty players any given year. Players with histories of problems that would be better off not going to certain teams.The NFL does not put limits on what teams they can play for. He was either approved to play in the NFL or not and if he was cleared to play, then that is where the League should have stopped calling the shots.

One Word: Goodell

But I can't blame you for wanting Vick to go to a conference without Eli.

August 18, 2011  08:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

One Word: GoodellBut I can't blame you for wanting Vick to go to a conference without Eli.

Vick is an up and down QB. His last three games ( including the playoffs ) his offense averaged 13 points.
He is tagged at around $16 million now. He will want big/long term bucks to sign a contract. He is not a young man and looked old coming down the stretch last year.
The Eagles have locked in to him now, or will have to because they have NO viable alternative.
There are a lot of QBs that would worry me more if they were the Eagles QB.
We shall see.

August 18, 2011  08:39 AM ET

NON-STORY- Vick will play eight maybe ten games this season and be injured the rest of the time watching Kafka go 1-7......

August 18, 2011  08:40 AM ET

"Cincinnati and Buffalo were better options ... because they allow dogfighting in those cities but not in Philadelphia."

August 18, 2011  08:42 AM ET
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"Cincinnati and Buffalo were better options ... because they allow dogfighting in those cities but not in Philadelphia."

Your Mom still fights?

August 18, 2011  08:44 AM ET

Tampering, Goodell needs to GO, GO, GO.

August 18, 2011  08:44 AM ET

I get swaying him away from Cincinnati.. but Buffalo? Seems like that is where they would have wanted him to go... Vick was a pariah coming out of prison and sending him the NFL's Siberia would have made some sense.

August 18, 2011  08:47 AM ET

Goodell knew that Vick still had a lot left in him. Going to Cincy or Buffalo would've been the death knell for his career, like it is for so many others.

August 18, 2011  08:54 AM ET

Our reading today is from the First Book of Roger, Chapter 3, verses 1-6:

And it came to pass that Michael did ask of the Lord, saying, "Where shall I find my redemption? Shall it be with the Manginaites of Cincinatti?"

"No, Michael," answered the Lord. "For in Cincinatti there be too many thugs, and thou wouldst be sorely tempted."

"Then should I not journey to Northern lands of the Buffaloans, there to ice my Oxen and freeze my ****?"

No, Michael," answered the Lord. "For in Buffalo there be too few thugs, and thou must have some temptation to prove thy worthinness."

"Then shall I go the City of Brotherly Love, where the faithful do spit upon Santa himself?"

"Yea, verily, Michael," spoke the Lord. "For there shat thou find redemption, and thou shalt smite the ancient McNabb, and deliver the city from the unworthy Kolb."

May the NFL add its blessing to this reading from its Holy Word. (Any rebroadcast, retransmission or other use of this material without express written permission of the National Football League is prohibited.)

August 18, 2011  08:57 AM ET
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Our reading today is from the First Book of Roger, Chapter 3, verses 1-6:And it came to pass that Michael did ask of the Lord, saying, "Where shall I find my redemption? Shall it be with the Manginaites of Cincinatti?""No, Michael," answered the Lord. "For in Cincinatti there be too many thugs, and thou wouldst be sorely tempted.""Then should I not journey to Northern lands of the Buffaloans, there to ice my Oxen and freeze my ****?"No, Michael," answered the Lord. "For in Buffalo there be too few thugs, and thou must have some temptation to prove thy worthinness.""Then shall I go the City of Brotherly Love, where the faithful do spit upon Santa himself?""Yea, verily, Michael," spoke the Lord. "For there shat thou find redemption, and thou shalt smite the ancient McNabb, and deliver the city from the unworthy Kolb."May the NFL add its blessing to this reading from its Holy Word. (Any rebroadcast, retransmission or other use of this material without express written permission of the National Football League is prohibited.)

I'm laughing out loud and people are looking at me funny!

 
August 18, 2011  08:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#23):

I'm laughing out loud and people are looking at me funny!

You must really be bored.

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