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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

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Former Eagles president: We did not ask fans for opinion on signing Michael Vick

Michael Vick

The Baltimore Ravens are mulling over the possibility of signing Colin Kaepernick in a backup role, but team owner Steve Bisciotti openly admits the decision is about more than just football.

On Sunday, Bisciotti confirmed that the Ravens have been in contact with Kaepernick. He also said the team is trying to gauge what fan reaction would be and asked for prayers while everyone tries to figure out the next step.

Even if team owners are concerned about how fans would react to Kaepernick being signed, it’s a bad look to say so publicly. Kaepernick isn’t guilty of domestic violence or any other crime. He simply has controversial political views and created an uproar last year when he protested the national anthem.

Heck, Michael Vick spent time in prison after he was convicted on dogfighting charges, and the Philadelphia Eagles gave him a shot. Did they poll the fans first? According to former team president Joe Banner, they did not.

Bisciotti is not the only NFL owner who is worried about fans reacting negatively if his team signed Kaepernick — just read what one New York Giants co-owner said about the situation. NFL coaches and executives have tried to argue that Kaepernick remains a free agent because he’s not a good enough player. Bisciotti’s comments remove all doubt that there is more to it than that.

Michael Vick working as coaching intern for Andy Reid, Chiefs

Michael Vick

Michael Vick said after he announced his retirement from football that he wants to get into coaching, and Andy Reid is giving him an opportunity to get started on that goal.

As ESPN’s Adam Schefter noted, Vick is working this summer as a coaching intern for Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs.

Vick, who played for Reid in Philadelphia for four seasons, was spotted working with the Chiefs’ quarterbacks at training camp on Tuesday.

After he made headlines for all the wrong reasons recently while speaking about Colin Kaepernick, Vick will probably try to keep a lower profile as he learns about coaching at the NFL level. Studying under Reid, who has been a head coach since 1999 and coached in some capacity for decades, should be a great opportunity for the former QB.

Michael Vick ‘truly sorry’ for comments about Colin Kaepernick

Michael Vick

Michael Vick has taken a lot of heat this week for the comments he made about Colin Kaepernick still being unemployed, and the former NFL quarterback is desperately trying to save face.

In an interview with “The Dan Patrick Show” Thursday, Vick said he is “truly sorry” for saying Kaepernick remains a free agent because of his lack of football ability and his hairstyle.

“What I said, I should have never said,” Vick admitted, via Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk. “I think it was taken out of context in regards to what I was trying to convey, but I only want to help Colin Kaepernick. I’m not a general manager, I’m not the guy who makes the decisions on getting him signed, and I’m truly sorry for what I said. I think I should have used a better choice of words.”

Vick said on FOX Sports 1 earlier in the week that he believes Kaepernick would have an easier time finding a job if he didn’t have an afro. He backtracked while speaking with Patrick.

“His afro has nothing to do with him being signed and I wasn’t trying to relay that message,” Vick said. “It was more about helping him at the end of the day.”

Kaepernick seemingly fired back at Vick with a very strong message on Twitter, and countless people have ripped Vick for what he said. It’s no surprise he regrets sharing his thoughts.

Colin Kaepernick fires back at Michael Vick with cryptic message

Colin Kaepernick hat backwards

Colin Kaepernick heard the advice Michael Vick had for him on Monday, and it does not seem like the free agent quarterback appreciated it.

In an appearance on FOX Sports 1, Vick said Kaepernick has not landed an NFL job because of his lack of on-field production — not his controversial political stances. He also implied that Kaepernick would have an easier time finding work if he changed his hairstyle.

Kaepernick responded on Tuesday with a strong, albeit cryptic, message on Twitter:

Vick is not the first person to say he believes Kaepernick’s lack of football ability is the biggest reason the 28-year-old has not signed with a team, but implying that Kaepernick should change his physical appearance probably wasn’t smart. Vick later tried to clarify his stance, as you can see here.

Michael Vick responds to critics of his Colin Kaepernick comments

Colin Kaepernick Castro

Michael Vick created some buzz on Monday when he shared his thoughts on why Colin Kaepernick remains a free agent, and the former NFL quarterback wants to clarify some of the things he said.

While many believe Kaepernick is being blackballed by NFL teams due to his controversial political stances, Vick said Kaepernick has not found work because of his lack of on-field production. That’s not exactly a hot take, but many feel Vick crossed a line when he said Kaepernick needs to change his physical appearance.

“Listen, I’m not up here to try to be politically correct. Even if he puts cornrows in there, I don’t think he should represent himself in that way in terms of just the hairstyle,” Vick said. “Just go clean-cut. You know, why not? You’re already dealing with a lot — a lot of controversy surrounding this issue.”

On Tuesday morning, Vick tried to clarify his stance.

Vick isn’t the first former NFL player to criticize Kaepernick’s look, and we all remember those ridiculous remarks a reporter made about the quarterback (read them here) shortly after Kaepernick burst onto the scene in San Francisco.

For whatever reason, Kaepernick still has not found a job. There’s a chance he may not play at all in 2017.

Michael Vick: Colin Kaepernick is not being blackballed by NFL teams

Colin Kaepernick

Why is Colin Kaepernick unemployed? That debate continues to rage, but many seem to believe it’s because of his protest of the national anthem last season — a protest that grew in support and participation over the course of the year.

One former player who has thrown his support behind Kaepernick’s message is Michael Vick, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he believes the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback is being deliberately blackballed.

While appearing on The Herd with Colin Cowherd on Monday, Vick implied Kaepernick’s declining performance is the main reason he remains unsigned.

“It has nothing to do with him being blackballed. The gesture he made last year when he took a stand and did what he did, listen, we all appreciated it. We respected it. It was a good thing,” Vick said. “The stand that he took has nothing to do with him not having a job and playing in the National Football League right now. And being frank, Colin didn’t have the best two years his last two seasons. It wasn’t as productive as what we’ve seen him do.”

Vick went on to add that some of Kaepernick’s on-field struggles could be attributed to coaching changes and the “musical chairs” of personnel around him, but ultimately feels it’s the poor game film that’s kept the 29-year-old from being signed.

While it may be impossible to say Kaepernick’s protest has nothing to do with him being unsigned, the fact that he’s no longer considered a starting NFL quarterback plays a pivotal role.

Eventually, some NFL team will offer Kaepernick a contract, but it will likely come with low expectations and a low salary. And if he remains adamant that he wants to start in 2017, then he may find himself sitting out a year or until a team is in desperate need of an arguably marginal talent at the position.

Falcons to honor Michael Vick, Roddy White with retirement ceremony

Michael Vick

All that talk from Michael Vick about retiring with the Atlanta Falcons apparently was no lie.

The Falcons announced on Friday that the franchise will hold a retirement ceremony Monday to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments both Vick and Roddy White had for the franchise.

“We consider all former Falcons to be Falcons for life, and part of our family,” Falcons owner Arthur Blank said in a statement. “Both men have made a huge impact on my family, our franchise and this city and we are thrilled to be able to honor both Roddy and Michael’s wishes to retire as Falcons, and celebrate their careers.”

Neither player will sign a one-day contract to be honored, but both men will be recognized by the team.

Vick was the No. 1 overall pick by the Falcons in 2001. Although he never fully lived up to the hype in part due to injuries, his prison sentences, and other reasons, he was still an exciting player during his six seasons playing for the club. He took them to the playoffs twice.

White was a first-round pick by the Falcons in 2005 and spent his entire career with the team. He had six straight 1,000-yard seasons with the team and racked up 808 career catches, 10,863 yards and 63 touchdowns during his career.

Vick had recently mentioned in a radio interview that he was in talks with the organization about retiring with the team, but then he quickly backed off.