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Report: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Interested in Free Agent QB Michael Vick

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been on a constant quarterback carousel since the dawn of the franchise, never finding a consistent, reliable starter to last for a few years and lead the franchise to consistent success in the passing game. This past season was no different, as the team made a mid-season switch from Josh Freeman to Mike Glennon, and the latter didn’t do enough to be the unquestioned starter moving forward.

We’ve already learned from the general manager of the Buccaneers, Jason Licht, that adding a new QB will be expected this offseason. Now, according to a report, we know the name of one of the candidates the Buccaneers may seek.

Adam Schefter of ESPN has reported that the Buccaneers are expected to be interested in the services of former Falcons and Eagles quarterback Michael Vick.


Vick has been an incredibly productive quarterback over his career, but his availability has been inconsistent due to injuries. He’s only started 16 games once during his career, while starting 15 games on three occasions.

But the ability to produce from Vick is obvious. He has a powerful arm and is a dynamic athlete in and out of the pocket. Over the course of his career, he’s totaled 128 touchdowns through the air and 36 more on the ground. And he’s improved with age, as his passing was more efficient after his return to football with the Eagles.

That said, Vick is not a long term answer at quarterback, and his injury history is something to be concerned with. Bringing in Vick would provide an incredible level of competition for Mike Glennon, but should Vick win the job, it’s likely that Glennon would be pressed into action eventually, anyways.

Vick has never been the pinnacle of efficiency at quarterback, but his athleticism and arm strength help to make up for his lack of elite vision as a passer. He would be a very interesting addition for the Buccaneers, and would provide the highest level of competition available this offseason for Glennon.

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  • Jayson Kaplan

    This is exactly the wrong move to make at QB. Vick’s status as starter is consistently week to week as his style of play frequently exposes him to injury. I don’t want Glennon as the backup plan when Vick goes down. I don’t want the QB controversy that will come with it as there are still (for whatever reason) fans that think Glennon earned the spot as the starter. And I wouldn’t be true to myself if I didn’t say that I don’t want Mike Vick on my favorite team. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion about him and mine is that his past is unforgivable. He paid his “debt to society” inasmuch as he did what the legal system said he had to do. That doesn’t mean I want him on a team I’m rooting for.

  • Pridenpoise

    Good sign him, at least I won’t have to keep hearing the Raiders are interested in his services, you know it’s a weak FA QB class when Vick is getting all the headlines.

    • JoeBob McGillicuddy

      You can have him, we don’t want him.

      • Pridenpoise

        Try reading the post, apparently YOU DO want him. Lol

  • RussMillerWY

    It would be a good move. I still have a sinking feeling that Freeman will go on to have an illustrious career elsewhere, his main flaw being Schiano’s stupidity. Vick would be perhaps the best qb to play here but, like with Jeff Garcia, father time is lurking in the shadows. I think Glennon lacks the poise to be a qb who will rise as high as those three. Too jittery. Chased out of the pocket by phantom pass rushers. Vick can hold it together no matter what happens to him.

    • JoeBob McGillicuddy

      RussMillerWY, Freeman looked as inept in his playing time with Minnesota as he did in Tampa. How do you figure Schiano had an impact on Freeman’s play? He was involved on the defensive side, not the offense. And your assessment of Glennon, you must have been watching another team because I did not see him chased out by a “Phantom pass rush”. He did run some designed roll-outs, and if you don’t understand the difference, you need to do some research. And don’t forget the guy was a ROOKIE. He didn’t practice with the first team until the team decided to bench Freeman. It takes time to get on the same page as your receivers, much less learn the intricacies at the NFL level and learn to deal with the speed of the game. Lack of poise? All commentators talk about when they mention Glennon is his poise. I will admit that the Bucs need to bring in a veteran other than Orlovsky to push Glennon, but Vick is not the answer. You probably missed the broken plays and the games that the Eagles offense failed to move the ball with Vick last year?

  • Tom Denham

    I would say Doug Williams was a consistent, reliable starter who did lead the Buccaneers to some succes..

    • LeoTPP

      Three winning seasons with a top-10 defense in the NFL isn’t that great, but you’re right that he’s the closest thing the Bucs have had.

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