Are the Packers Really After Michael Vick?


Days after Ted Thompson refused to close the door on the possibility of the Packers pursuing Michael Vick, more stories are coming out that indicate the Pack is indeed at least taking a close look at the former Falcons Pro Bowler and latter-day poster-boy for how to ruin a perfectly good NFL career via bad off-field habits.

The Wisconsin State Journal says the Packers have had “legitimate discussions” concerning Vick, and are “doing thorough due diligence” on the player who once walked into Lambeau Field in the playoffs and thumped Brett Favre and the boys  (just like Daunte Culpepper).

Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy has tried to throw cold water on the speculation however, saying, “I don’t see anything there. I don’t anticipate anything happening there.  How do you say it? Much ado about nothing.”

Yes Mark, that’s how you say it.

Unfortunately, Ted Thompson, the guy everyone listens to when it comes to the Packers, didn’t say it.  Instead he gave one of those vague Brad Childress-type answers about never ruling anything out and always looking to improve the team.

All of which leaves one big question:  What earthly good would signing Michael Vick do the Packers?

Aaron Rodgers is a pretty good quarterback, last I looked – good enough to give Jay Cutler aka The Golden Pussy Boy a run for his money as best QB in the division.  Clearly, the Pack would not be signing Vick to push Rodgers.

That leaves two possibilities:  acquire Vick as a straight back-up, or acquire him as a slash-type player.  True, the Packers could use a back-up, but there are better, less-PR-nightmarish options out there.  Plus, if the Packers were so worried about the back-ups they have, why wouldn’t they have already upgraded there?

As for Vick in the slash role:  There’s always a chance the Packers are looking to jump on the Wildcat bandwagon, but really, with the weapons they have at receiver, and the quarterback they have chucking the ball, why go down that road?

Considering the Packers are in the middle of a tumultuous transition from the 4-3 to the 3-4 defense, would it really be a good idea for them to also overhaul, or even significantly tweak, their offense?  They’ve got enough on their plate as it is.

Pretty much any way you slice it, signing Vick would seem a bad idea for the Packers.  Then again, they know their personnel better than I do.  Maybe they think Vick would be a fit for what they’re trying to do.

Or, maybe Ted Thompson just figured his team wasn’t getting enough press run this off-season, and decided to stir things up.  Success.

Tags: Aaron Rodgers Atlanta Falcons Brad Childress Brett Favre Daunte Culpepper Green Bay Packers Jay Cutler Lambeau Field Mark Murphy Michael Vick Ted Thompson

  • Jeff

    I’m a Packer fan, and the ONLY reason they would even be interested in Vick is for backup reasons only.  It would have nothing to do with Rodgers, as he has played great (Better than Favre did last season).

    The Packers have no backup.  They have two highly rated rookie backup quarterbacks, but they played awful in the preseason last year.  Extremely bad.  Unless they improved this year.

  • Shawn

    Wait.. wait.. Jim.. if Aaron Rodgers is a scrub what’s that say for the rest of the quarterbacks in the division? You can’t POSSIBLY think your guy is going to lead you to the promise land that easy. I don’t care if you have Gale Sayers or Walter Peyton in the backfield, you guys aren’t taking the division with Tavaris Rosenfels behind center.

  • Brian

     Jay Cutler aka The Golden Pussy Boy. Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha. ……..Thats funny……I dont care who you are!!!!!                          P.S.  Bear Down Bears!!!

  • jeege

    “I don’t care if you have Gale Sayers or Walter Peyton in the backfield, you guys aren’t taking the division with Tavaris Rosenfels behind center.”

    Wow. Talk about short term memory loss. We won it last year with GUSvaris FREROTTEson!

  • jeege

    True, but no matter what, I don’t want Jackson behind center.

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    mike, you know he will baby

  • Dale

    Just got back from vacation so havent’ been on here in a while.. So, i know i’m probably crazy but i still have hope that brett favre will change his mind and come to the vikings this season. Has anyone hear any news on him and if he is still working out? Am i the only one that still has hope on this here? Mike do you and Dallas Dave still think Brett will be back this season?

  • Dale

    Yeah i think the Vikings would still want Brett if they could get him but he said he was done. So i’m beginning to think he really is done this time and they probably couldn’t talk him into returning but personnally i think he is going to regard this the vikings are a great team but with no quarterback. I don’t know if he truly is done or if this is his way of just getting out of training camp, cause i know he truly hates training camp, & possibly pre-season games but i think if he wants to come back he should at least for pre-season  and if he doesn’t come back before the 1st game of the actual season he shouldn’t come back, and if he does people are going to majorly diss him. i just hope he makes up his main before pre-season begins, do you think that is possible or will he wait til after pre-season and maybe even into the actual season?

  • Dakota

    Tarvaris Jackson aggravates Knee again!!!!! CALL BRETT CALL BRETT!!!!!

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    dale, yes sir……brett farve is still working out. sources say that he is working out for rehab purposes only. yeah right……according to vikeman, my uncle, farve is avoiding camp and working out on his terms. he will play for the vikings when all this “non-sense” is out of the way. the trouble with jax now with the knee just proves 2 things; 1…..this is why an old guy does’nt want to go thru camp and beat the hell out of himself just to come up lame like the young guys who are beating the hell out of each other.      2……….with the guys that are beating the hell out of each other killing the vikings “backup” qbs, they will definitly need farve sooner then later.

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    mike, mike, mike……now that was chuck forman’s view of what pearson said. pearson on an interview from cbs sports the year he retired was asked to say whether he actually pushed off or not. he said, ” no, contrary to reports that say i admitted to it. i was asked if i did push off, and i said yes i should have, and yes i could have, but i did not. i put my hands out to see if i could feel where wright was at the time i was focusing on coming back for the ball. wright saw me adjust to the short throw by looking at my face. he then tried to stop and turn and slipped. i saw this out of the corner of my eye and tried not to fall over him. thus the hands out from my body that some say looks like i  pushed off. after wright went as wright slips down you’ll notice there was no seperation from me next to wright? so where was the push? that pretty much sums up what i saw too. even vikeman admits that pearson just put up his hands to see where wright was. the turf in that swamp corner is what made him slip. look at the film closely. youtube has 3 different angles to it.

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    this is what makes me a cowboy fan and not a viking fan. i will never say pearson pushed off, cause he did’nt. see, i’m a cowboy fan, not a viking fan like some think of me in my closet?

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    no, foreman’s lieing, he just did’nt understand what pearson was actually admitting to. pearson said he could have and should have, but did’nt.

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    i meant to say no forman’s NOT lieing

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    i’m on my cell phone with vikeman as i’m writing this stuff, the ass h@&* keeps yelling stuff at me.

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    vikeman says “HEY MIKE” HOWS IT GOIN”??

  • http://Pennsylvania bernie jelinek

    Dave, Pearson definitely pushed off on Nate Wright and caught Staubach’s Hail Mary pass to upset the Vikings that year. I was so dissapointed that year because i thought that was the best Viking team assembled, until of course, the team that lost to the Atlanta Falcons in the Metrodome, with Randy Moss and Randle Cunningham. Of course, that’s all history now, and that season your Cowboys went on to stomp a young Miami Dolphin team 24-0 in the SuperBowl. Being a hardcore Vikings fan since 1969, i still have memories of that game because my brother Pete, who passesd away from cancer 3 years ago, was a big Cowboys fan. When it was fourth down and forever, i told him his team was done, and then the infamous play that left me in shock for years to come happened so fast. We can argue all day long about the No-call, but Dallas went in the record books as the Super Bowl winner that year.

  • http://Pennsylvania bernie jelinek

    Dave, ask you’re uncle Vikeman if he remembered Mic Tinglehoff and why he was never inducted into the Hall of Fame. Was’nt he one of the best Vikings player ever? How about Jim Marshall? These guys deserve Hall of Fame status, but as far as i know, niether guy has been inducted yet.

  • http://Pennsylvania bernie jelinek

    Dave, the other worst moments being a Vikings fan, besides Staubach’s Hail Mary pass play were 1). The loss to the Oakland Raiders in the Super Bowl, because we started off well, we held the Raiders on their first posession on three and out, then Matt Blair blocked Ray Guys’ punt, and we had the ball on the 1yd. line. Then Tarkenton fumbled the handoff to Chuck Foreman and Oakland recovered and drove the length of the field. I say if the Vikes score first, it would’ve been a different game.2). The year we lost to the Redskins in the NFC Championship game. Our defense was awesome, especially the front four. It came down to a final pass play from Wade Wilson to Darrin Nelson who was hit at the goal line and dropped the pass, had Nelson hung on, then somehow scores we go into O.T. The Redskins went on to crush Denver in the Super Bowl that year. 3).The ultimate heartbreaker was definitely the loss to the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC title game. We had our best team ever, and i remember that season we lead in practically every stat available in the NFC. I still can’t fathom losing to an undermanned Falcon’s team, especially at home. Besides getting too conservative before halftime, Gary Anderson, our kicker, had’nt missed a field goal all season, then hooked a 35yd. chip shot wide left, Atlanta rallies and wins. If Anderson makes the kick, there’s no chance they win, it’s a two score game with only a couple minutes left, again had the FG been good. The Falcons prove their weaknesses that year, losing to Denver in the Super Bowl.  Those were only a few of the many heartbreakers for us Vikings fans.  

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    yes bernie my uncle is furious about all the viking players over the years tha have not been placed in the hall. vikeman says tingle was one of the best centers ever. and marshall is the original “football” ironman. his longevity is un parralelled. yes i went thru all those losses as you stated. i sit with vikeman almost every sunday for away games. and go to the dome with him for alot of homes. never missed a “big” game with him over the years. my close proximetry to the vikings have always allowed me to see their games. when they mention the greatest teams over the years the cowboys and the vikings and the raiders always come to mind. the cowboys have been to 8 superbowls 5-3. but have lost in 8 nfc championship games. that could have been 16 superbowl appearences! the vikes have been in 4 and have lost 6? mfc title games=10 superbowls. raiders 5 bowls, 5 title losses=1o superbowls. buffalo 4 bowlsIN A ROW!!!! 2  losses in titles. denver 6 bowls+ 2looses titles. sfran 5 bowls+5 losses in title games. philly 2 bowls, but 5 losses in title games? pitts 7 bowls+2 title gam losses. look how the vikes stack up with the greatest teams of all? very well actually. pardon me giant-redskin-and ram fans for leaving you guys off the roll call. the vikes have great players on great teams over the years, but it seems that the losses in big games hurt their status for the hall???? don’t know if i’m right, but it seems that way. raiders too. cowboys are just starting to get some of their greats in.

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    this is the reason i like to be on this blog. it takes me back to the glory years for me and my time with the nfl. those were the days of great coaches, great players, who did it for the love of the game. before the big business aspect took over the game. the games that were played in the old met. in that piss poor field that was a swamp in that enzone where nate wright slipped down in. that will never be here again. those presious memories, good, bad, and even ugly at times. they’re gone. now we try to enjoy this modern game that we see. the new nfl promoters tell us the game is better, more sufisticated. better officiated. more hype and drama. big,BIG, AND BIGGER…..but not always better. and certainly we will always remember. bernie enjoy all those wonderful memories of you and your brother. he lives on that way. as i will always cherish those of my times with vikeman. someday those will be gone too. but he’s a legend that will live on, at least to me anyway. good to reminisse for a while, please forgive me for rambling, i’m just a young feeling old guy that longs for good times again, always.

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    oh, bernie, and guys, vikeman says hold on; ” peterson will be another of those legendary players, and WHEN WE GET FARVE THIS YEAR, that legend will take off. some of the great ones are gone, but we have another whole generation of new stars onthe way.”…….keep watchin, cause vikeman says, denver lost 4 but with 1 win all those 4 were washed away!!!! know what i mean?????

  • http://Pennsylvania bernie jelinek

    Dave, that’s the way i look at it, that is when Denver won it’s first SuperBowl, it made them forget about the other 4 losses. That’s why it would’ve been great to bring Favre in here, all the excitement of a big-named QB to lead a talent-laced Viking’s team to the first SuperBowl win, and make us fans forget the agony of 4 losses and all those playoff misfortunes over the years. Denver’s second Super Bowl win really got their fans believing that they really were a winning team all those years, they just needed that first one to get over the hump. It’s almost like trying to bowl a 300 game, you get ever so close and fail time and time again, but once you do it , it’s like the pressure is gone forever. We need that first one, same with the Buffalo Bills, they’re in the same boat as we are.