Vick: “Thankful” for Chance, Mulling Future

Dungy sees Buffalo as option for Vick

Eagles QB Michael Vick has barely lived up to the secret-weapon moniker that many thought he could be for the Birds but that doesn’t mean that he wouldn’t get a chance to make a splash with another NFL team.

Vick has run barely any plays this season since being reinstated in Week 3. He has only thrown six passes, completing two for six yards and rushed for just 12 times for a paltry 27 yards.

The Wildcat weapon has produced zero touchdowns in six games in Eagles green.

Vick coming back to the Eagles next season seems like a long shot so where could he wind up instead?

Vick could potentially land in Buffalo, his adviser Tony Dungy said. The Bills previously discussed signing the quarterback, Dungy added.

Dungy has served as an adviser to Vick since the Super Bowl-winning coach retired from the Colts after last season. Now a commentator for NBC, Dungy confirmed during the pregame show Sunday night before Philadelphia hosted Dallas that the Bills and Vick “talked originally” when Vick was searching for a team after serving 18 months in federal prison for running a dogfighting ring.

The Eagles signed Vick to a $1.6 million contract for 2009, with a team option for the second year at $5.2 million. But he has played sparingly.

“I told Michael to just worry about this year,” Dungy said. “It's technically up to Philadelphia. If they want him back, he has to stay there. If they don't, there are some teams looking for quarterbacks: Cleveland, St. Louis and Washington.”

Well anyone who has watched any of those teams play this year would be able to tell you that they are needy at QB. The same goes for Buffalo where Trent Edwards hasn’t panned out.

“I think a dark horse is Buffalo. They talked originally. There was some communication there. I think that could be a good spot,” Dungy said.

Not everyone in Buffalo, though, would be ready to bring in Vick.

“I love him as a player and everything that he's done for the league, but I don't think it'll be anything we'll aggressively go after," Bills wide receiver Lee Evans told

Vick remained focused on winning now despite his minor role.

“It's what I thought it would be,” Vick said. “I knew I couldn't come in and do anything that would disrupt the rhythm of the offense and what we had going on here. I knew I was going to have to be patient.”

Vick didn't want to talk about potential teams for the 2010 season.

“Me and Tony talked about my position in the future, whether I'm here or whether I'm there,” Vick said. “We talked about it, but the primary goal is to help this team win the Super Bowl.”

He said he usually talks to Dungy at least once a week and receives “great advice” from his mentor. Vick, who has talked to churches and schools about the poor life choices he's made, has enjoyed his second chance in Philadelphia.

“It's been great,” he said. “Every day I wake up and I just thank God I have another opportunity to play football and put on a uniform. That's what I'm thankful for.”

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