Since NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell re-instated ex-Falcons QB Mike Vick earlier this week, NFL teams have been stumbling over themselves to say that they want no parts of him. Personally, I think it's a huge mistake on the part of any team that has any question marks at the QB position. Because despite what's going on right now off the field, once the game starts, it's all about the game and this off the field stuff is quickly forgotten. As one commenter said in this space the other day, if he performs well, the fans will drown out the protesters. But to my point, once the lights come on, everything else is secondary:
- Ray Lewis was accused of killing a man. He got off. And proceeded to go and win a SuperBowl.
- Brett Favre's father passed away and he went about shredding the Oakland Raiders on national television the same night.
Just a couple of examples, because I want to get to the point of this entry. News has leaked that the UFL is willing to pay Mike Vick 7 figures. I know his pride will make the UFL his absolute last resort, but look at it this way. MV7 is currently in bankruptcy. Even if some NFL team does decide to sign him, NOBODY is going to give him a cent over the league's veteran minimum, which is somewhere in the mid 6 figures range. And on top of that, he'll have to play (or sit) for 17 games. The UFL, being an upstart league, has only 6 games. The rumored dollar amount is $1.5 million, which comes out to $250,000 per game. I've never claimed to be the smartest guy on earth, but that math works out for me. If by some stretch, MV7, if you're reading this...take that $1.5 million and RUN with it!!! If he goes there and is successful, he's far too talented NOT to entice some NFL GM whose franchise QB just went down with a season ending injury. I say, take the $1.5 million and capitalize on it later this NFL season or next season.