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Mar 5, 2014

NFL Rumors: Michael Vick won't return to Eagles; Raiders, Jets could pursue him

By on 7:44 PM

When the Philadelphia Eagles signed quarterback Michael Vick in 2009, they were taking a huge risk. He was just released from prison and he hadn't played in the NFL for a couple of years. He also could have been a huge distraction in the locker room.

But he wasn't.

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Vick made then head coach Andy Reid and owner Jeffrey Lurie look very smart. He played four seasons with the Eagles and played very well at times. Injuries limited the Eagles from ever advancing deep into the playoffs with him, but overall, the signing was a success.

Now scheduled to hit free agency, Vick will not be returning to the Eagles, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. He says that the Oakland Raiders and New York Jets are monitoring him.

Vick, 33, is said to be looking for a chance to start. The team that would give him the best shot at doing so is the Raiders. They lack a number one quarterback and don't appear comfortable with Terrell Pryor running the offense. Vick would step in and give Oakland's offense a significant boost.

The Jets see Vick as a backup and a mentor to Geno Smith. Vick could teach Smith the ways of the NFL, like he did with Nick Foles. Vick also has familiarity with the offense the Jets run, as he played three years in Philly with Jets offensive coordinator Marty Morninwheg.

In seven appearances with the Eagles last year, Vick completed 77 of 141 passes for 121 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions.

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