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Back-to-back team rushing titles rare

Posted by Chris Brown on January 5, 2017 – 11:35 am

As we profiled on Thursday, the Bills run game had another league-leading year to make back-to-back seasons at the top of the league in rushing yards. Over the last 20 years only two other teams have been able to lead the league in rushing in back-to-back years. Here’s a look at the other two NFL teams who have pulled off the feat in that span of time.

The Atlanta Falcons led the league in rushing for three consecutive seasons from 2004 to 2006. Those teams were led by Michael Vick and Warrick Dunn. Vick, much like Tyrod Taylor, ran for a lot of yardage to boost the Falcons rushing attack.

Vick had significantly more rushing production than Taylor has had in Buffalo. He rushed for 902 yards in 2004, 597 in 2005 and an astounding 1,039 in 2006. Atlanta led the league in rushing all three years.

The other team to go back-to-back were the San Francisco 49ers in 1998 and 1999. In ’98 their QB Steve Young helped the rushing total with 454 yards on the ground to go with Garrison Heart’s big year (1,570 yards rushing). Then in 1999, Charlie Garner was their top rusher (1,229 yards rushing) and Jeff Garcia took over at quarterback and though not the rusher that Young was, still had 231 rushing yards.

Vick’s Falcons had the three highest per game rushing totals of all three teams. In 2004 they averaged 167 rushing yards a game. In 2005 it was 159.1 and in 2006 it was an eye-popping 183.7 rushing yards per game.

Buffalo averaged 152 and 164.4 the past two years.


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The tie between Taylor and Vick

Posted by Chris Brown on August 31, 2015 – 7:13 pm

As we covered in our special feature on Bills new starting QB Tyrod Taylor, the bond between players from the 757 is tight. So it was no surprise that two coastal Virginia quarterbacks, who are also Virginia Tech alums, became fast friends in Michael Vick and Tyrod Taylor. In fact Vick told that he really got to know Taylor when he put him through an on field workout.

“Tyrod used to come over the house when he was still in college,” Vick told “I put him through a little private workout during the time when he was trying to get drafted. That’s when we really got to know each other. I took him in the classroom and we had a throwing session and it was actually on ESPN. The kid from that day never looked back. I don’t know if it was because he was holding a private workout with me or whether it was the scouts, but I knew what he wanted to accomplish and what his dreams were and he’s put himself in a position to be very successful in the NFL right now.”

Here’s a preview look at Vick’s workout with Taylor in ESPN 2011 Year of the quarterback.

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Vick brings dose of unpredictability

Posted by Chris Brown on November 24, 2014 – 1:18 pm

In his last two starts Michael Vick has not turned the ball over as the Jets starting QB and with a stout defense it helped lift New York to an unlikely win over Pittsburgh in Week 10. You never quite know what you’re going to get in terms of performance and consistency from Vick week to week, and for Buffalo’s defenders that can be a bit bothersome.

“You just never know what you’re going to get with that guy,” said Marcell Dareus, who is tied for the team lead with Mario Williams with 10 sacks on the year. “So we’re going to try our best to put him in a box and do what we can with him because you never know what you’re going to get. He could come out there and have the game of his life or he could come out there and play mediocre. We just don’t know so we’re going to try our best to prepare and be ready for him.”

Dareus said it helps that they saw Vick live back in Week 8 when he came on in relief of Geno Smith who threw three first half interceptions in the first meeting against the Bills.

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Report: Jets interested in Vick

Posted by Chris Brown on February 24, 2014 – 5:21 pm reporter Ian Rapaport is reporting that Eagles QB Michael Vick is drawing interest from one of Buffalo’s AFC East division rivals.

Rapaport is reporting that the Jets are interested in possibly acquiring the veteran quarterback. Here’s was what he said about it on NFL Network.

“I’m told the New York Jets are a realistic possible landing spot for Michael Vick for a couple of reasons,” said Rapaport. “One, they want someone to come in and push Geno Smith every day in practice and kind of help him be a little more professional. It doesn’t sound like they want to do it on a long term basis. Also offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and Vick still have a lot of mutual respect from their Eagles days together, so a realistic possibility, but they’re not the only team interested in Vick.”

Vick is set to become an unrestricted free agent March 11th.

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Vick tips hat to Bills

Posted by Chris Brown on October 9, 2011 – 10:28 pm

After a four-interception performance and a 66 passer rating in the loss to the Bills, Michael Vick could only tip his hat to Buffalo and the job they did on Sunday to beat the Eagles.

“I give a lot of credit to Buffalo, they came out and they did their job,” Vick said. “I think we did a lot of things that were positive.  We put ourselves in position to score and make plays, and then at times we didn’t. 

“I give a lot of credit to them for what they did.  They didn’t really do anything outside of what we thought they were going to do, they just played their game.”

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No lunging at Vick

Posted by Chris Brown on October 7, 2011 – 7:04 am

Knowing how elusive Michael Vick is as a quarterback, the Bills defense, though eager to bring him down or apply pressure whenever they can, realizes they have to be disciplined in their pursuit not reckless.

“Ninety-nine percent of the time the first guy back there he’s going to make him miss,” said Kyle Williams. “That’s something we’ve talked about. With him you can’t just go take your shot. You need to break down and try to slow him down and get in his face.  So we’re going to try to get after him and disrupt him.

He will stay (in the pocket) as long as he has to but it’s obvious, and you can tell, he likes to get out of the pocket and make things break down and then throw the ball.  The scary thing about him is it might have been last week or the week before, they get in a 3rd and 15 or 3rd and 16, he gets out of the pocket, makes it look like he’s going to throw and then runs it for the first down.  Those are the things that are going to kill you.”

Williams said the problem defenses have is when they try to rush upfield around the edges to hem him in, but get too far upfield and he steps up past them through the pocket and is off to the races.

“When he really hurts guys is when you blitz and rush and you’re behind the guy and you create these big seams in the defense or open up the field to him,” said Williams. “That’s when he hurts you on deep balls or with him running. It’s a big test for anybody when you play the guy.”


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Bills vets on facing Vick

Posted by Chris Brown on October 6, 2011 – 9:28 am

Bills LB Nick Barnett has played against Michael Vick before, and he had a pretty good way of summing up how an afternoon against the dynamic quarterback can go.

“If you win it’s hella fun,” he said. “If you lose, it’s not too much.  He’s definitely a great competitor and they have some good guys over there. But there’s some difficulty keeping him contained and when he’s on, he’s on. And when he’s off, he’s off. So we have to try to put him on off.”

Vick rushed for 75 yards last week, which shows he can still take off and get yards though he doesn’t look to escape the pocket as much as he used to.

“Michael Vick is a better quarterback now than he was then,” said Shawne Merriman. “He’s a guy who can stand back there in the pocket now and deliver a good ball and not really looking to run first. He can run but he’s not looking to run first anymore.

“I think the front four or five guys because you’re looking to contain him in the pocket and he can step up or take off running.  And if you let that happen now you’re dealing with a whole different animal, a guy who can hurt you two or three different ways.”




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Bills Michael Vick impersonator

Posted by Chris Brown on October 5, 2011 – 3:04 pm

Every NFL club uses reserve players and practice squad players to emulate the talents of a key player on the opponent’s roster. This week Buffalo has one of their reserve quarterbacks running the scout team offense as Michael Vick.

Some reporters thought the scout team QB might be practice squad DB Josh Nesbitt, who played option quarterback at Georgia Tech, but head coach Chan Gailey had someone else in mind.

“We’ll work on that with some different drills to get (ready for Vick),” said Gailey. “Right now Tyler (Thigpen) will be it.”

Michael Vick just finished speaking to Buffalo reporters on the weekly conference call and was asked for his thoughts on opponents finding someone to emulate him in practice.

“That’s tough,” he said chuckling. “That’s hard to find. Good luck with that.”

When told that the Bills are using Tyler Thigpen to be him Vick didn’t think it was a bad idea.

“Yeah, Tyler can move around a little bit,” Vick said.

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No Vick for Week 5?

Posted by Chris Brown on September 26, 2011 – 8:31 am

Michael Vick suffered a broken non-throwing hand in the Eagles loss to the Giants on Sunday. A report out of Philadelphia says Vick could miss 3-4 weeks, which means he wouldn’t make the trip to Buffalo for Philadelphia’s Week 5 matchup with the Bills.

According to NBC 10 in Philly, Vick will miss 3-4 weeks leaving the Eagles to turn to Mike Kafka or Vince Young at quarterback.

UPDATE: Eagles head coach Andy Reid said in his Monday press conference that Vick only has a hand contusion (bruise) on his non-throwing hand and not a break.

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Fan Friday 11-5

Posted by Chris Brown on November 5, 2010 – 1:44 pm

I don’t know what it is, but there’s a good vibe going through this building this week. I’m not promising anything, but I feel good about the Bills getting off the schneid this week against the Bears. On to your questions from

1 – Hey Chris ,

With things at One Bills Dr looking as though a corner may have been turned as far as the offense & all of the other changes that have taken place this year as far as — GM , schemes , personnel , & coaching philosophy , how are the players reacting to it all ?? I’ve always heard that in order for a team to be successful they need to buy into what the coach & staff is selling . Although it looks as though Coach Gailey is definitely doing a lot of good things to change the culture of our beloved Bills , how does it look on the inside ??? Do the players seem to recognize that the changes that are being made are for the better & buying what the coach is selling in spite of the teams record to this point ??

As usual thanks for all you do !!
Mr. T from Ft. Myers via Nashville

CB: I’ll just say that this locker room believes in Coach Gailey and his staff. He’s done a good job of maximizing the talents of individual players and units as well. One example individually is Roscoe Parrish and what he’s done as a receiver. A unit example is the offensive line and what they’ve done the past seven weeks in the run game, going from 87 yards rushing per game to over 114 and improving the yards per carry average from 3.6 to 4.5 in that time.

The players can see Gailey and his staff are making this team a better one week by week. And despite all the losing Ryan Fitzpatrick explained it best concerning Gailey’s ability to lead.

“He’s a guy that with us he’s always positive,” said Fitzpatrick. “He’s trying to get us going. He always talks about the talent in the room and what we’ve done this year and what we’ve done successfully. He’s been good. He’s been a guy who keeps us going and I think he’s done a really nice job of that.”

2 –  Hi Chris,   
Last season when the Eagles signed Michael Vick they said that there was 2 teams that were in talks with his agent and him.  Also on the program The OT with Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison, Tony had said that he believed that Vick would sign with the Bills after the one year deal and the team option for a second yr at 5.2 million.

I guess my question to u is, do you believe that in this upcoming offseason that the Bills will try to sign Vick so that we have a proven QB that is only getting better as he is maturing at his position? I would also like to have a QB that is proven and only adds another threat for this team with his legs and he definitely has the arm to play in the conditions that Buffalo presents.
Jon in Tampa (former Lockportian)

CB: I don’t disagree that Vick would be an exciting addition, and you have a better idea of what you would be getting since he’s been playing the past two years, but I just don’t see it happening.

I don’t have any evidence to tell you why he wouldn’t be signed. I just can’t see the Bills bringing him in should be become a free agent. In fact it wouldn’t surprise me if the Eagles locked him up long term.

3 – Chris,
I know the Titans were the ones that were awarded Randy Moss, but they were the only team to put in a claim. Why not sign Moss and trade him? Is this something that theoretically would work?  My understanding is based on the way teams get dibs on someone like Moss being cut would be worst record first, and then best record last.  So for example if Pittsburgh wanted him it would be to their benefit to work out a deal w/ Buffalo and give them a 3rd round pick (or whatever he’s worth) to get him.  Most likely any other scenario wouldn’t allow Pittsburgh to get him … theoretically.

CB: Claiming Moss only to trade him would not work because the trade deadline passed in mid-October. I suppose had it been before the league’s trade deadline something like that could potentially happen, but I’m going to have to check to see if that’s even permitted by the NFL.

4 – Chris – Since the Bills picked up Shawne Merriman off waivers do they hold all the rights the Chargers previously did?  If he produces as hoped could the Bills control his destiny next year by placing the franchise tag or even the transition tag on him?
Denver, CO

CB: Yes, they do hold all the rights to him. He’s Buffalo’s property now as long as he’s under contract. The Bills inherit his current contract which runs out after this season and pay the pro-rated portion of his salary ($1.7M).

I’m not sure about a franchise or transition tag however, because we don’t know what the rules will be concerning free agents until a new CBA is reached between the NFL and the Players Union. Under the old CBA, yes the franchise and transition tag would be options at Buffalo’s disposal, but that’s all up in the air now.

5 – Hey Chris,
I know Ralph has said QB is the top priority this offseason and that really worries me that we will desperately take whoever is the best QB available at our pick in the draft,whether or not he is necessarily deserving of the pick. Personally I think Andrew Luck is the real deal and would take him first overall no question, but if he stays in school like he’s said he will then we take a QB just to take one?

I think Mallett is a little inconsistent and have had character questions and that Locker is far too inaccurate and raw to cut it in the NFL.

I would say to take a tackle but it doesn’t seem as though there’s an elite tackle at this point. If we can’t take Luck, do you think it would make more sense to take a defensive impact player such as Bowers from Clemson or Fairley from Auburn, maybe even Peterson on LSU, a tackle in the second and try to get Luck or someone like a Matt Barkley whenever they declare? Thanks.

CB: I think you’re getting way ahead of yourself. I know a lot of Bills fans already have their eyes on the draft for obvious reasons, but until we know who declares early in mid-January I think we’re all just wasting our breath on what the Bills should, would, could do.
That being said I too prefer Luck.

I’m watching Christian Ponder at Florida State more closely of late. I think his shoulder still isn’t right after a severe separation last season, but in time that arm will heal up and there is no questioning this kid’s toughness and leadership. Need to see more of him though.

One other thing, I love the Fairley kid from Auburn. The guy is a beast on that Tigers D-line.

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Fan Friday 9-24

Posted by Chris Brown on September 24, 2010 – 12:35 pm

New week, new QB in Fitzpatrick, new #2 WR in Parrish and RB by committee. We’ll see what happens. On to your questions, which as always can be sent to

1 – Hey Chris,
With our lackluster performance so far on offense, do you think it was wise to take C.J Spiller instead of a top left tackle? Brian Bulaga was still on the board when Buffalo picked 9th, and most of our problems on offense seem to stem from our O-line. Not trying to take anything away from Spiller but why draft an explosive running back if there’s no one to block for him?
Manchester, CT

CB: I understand and respect your frustration. As the Bills explained on draft weekend, they were not going to fill a positional need with a guy that they did not believe fit the value of where they were picking.

In their eyes there was not a tackle they felt was worthy of the 9th overall pick when they were on the clock. I believe if Okung or Trent Williams was still there there’s a good chance they would’ve taken them, but they weren’t.

They chose to take the best player on the board. Taking the best player on the board might not look as good when a team has as many holes as the Bills do, but as Buddy Nix said you can’t fill them all in one year.

In fact the Bills might not be able to fill them all by this time next year. And I realize that seeing Bryan Bulaga start at left tackle this week for Green Bay won’t make it any easier.

But I believe that the team’s GM and head coach know football and know how to put a winning program together. The most difficult thing for fans to face is that it will take time to fix the shape the roster is in right now from past mistakes.

2 – Do you see Buffalo going after Vick in this upcoming off season because with this team they are lucky if they win 2 games. I know that this team is high on character guys but they don’t get the job done. Last year Tony Dungy believed that Vick would wind up in buffalo after the one year deal that Philly gave him.

I was just wondering what your thoughts were as far as Vick goes because to me he looks pretty damn good even better than when he was in Atlanta. I believe that he would be a major upgrade to what we have now but of course for the Bills would have to actually spend some cash and not waste it on other players. I believe Vick has paid his dues and then some just wondering what you thought.                      
Tampa,FL   (former Lockportian, NY)

CB: While I believe there is value in having a mobile quarterback that can improvise when you’re trying to re-construct an offensive line into a consistent pass protecting unit, I’m not sure Vick is the kind of player that would be in their plans. I suppose anything is possible, but I believe that Buddy Nix will address positional holes through the draft.

3 – Chris,
I’m pretty sure every Bills fan is as frustrated as I am.  When is the team going to stop giving generic answers to questions held in press conferences and start correcting the problems we have?  The offensive line is 80% of our problem.  It has been blatantly obvious through the first 2 games.  I can’t even blame Trent anymore.  He literally has NO time to throw the ball.  Other teams get pressure on us even when they only rush 3 or 4 players.  Do you see us making a major move to get help in this area?  Is there anyone available?   


CB: There’s nothing on the open market at this stage of the game that would represent an upgrade on the offensive line. Granted, pass protection has been a major issue for this team’s offense for some time now. I believe one of the major reasons Chan Gailey made the switch to Ryan Fitzpatrick this week is because Fitz is more mobile and can get away from trouble and is good at improvising when a play breaks down. Hopefully the line comes together in the coming weeks.

4 – Hey Chris, I was wondering what the deal is with Alex Carrington I thought he was doing well in camp and I noticed he hasn’t even been active. Do you think he will play later in the season or is he turning out to be a bust?

Dan from western MA

CB: I actually asked coach Gailey what Carrington needs to do in the practice setting to get on the field more for his Bills Digest Q&A. Here was his answer.

He’s earned the right to contribute on Sundays. You’ve just got to deactivate seven players each week and the numbers get you because of special teams. The last two weeks we played teams that have us using nickel packages more and our outside backers are pass rushers and we don’t need as many down linemen.

Now against the Jets this week that may change because they’re more of a two back running team. It’s more of a week to week thing. He’s earned the right to play. It’s just the numbers catch us and we’ve got some more experienced players in those positions.


5 – Chris:

Do you think the Bills will make a trade before the trade deadline to get a quarterback, linebacker or offensive lineman?  I remember when the Bills made the blockbuster trade for Cornelius Bennet prior to the trade deadline.  That trade made a huge, long-term impact on the team.  We have Lynch, draft choices and probably most players (other than Spiller) that we could trade.  I believe that the Bills need to make a major move to give the fans hope, or this will be a very, very long season which will have devastatingly long term effects on the fan base.

John VonLangen
Anchorage, AK 

CB: I don’t see a quarterback coming in at this stage of the game. Brian Brohm is a perfect example of why it’s hard to bring a quarterback on board once the season is already underway. They not only are foreign to the offensive system, but they’ve never repped it in the practice setting. Brohm has talked about how difficult it was for him to catch up and feel comfortable with the Bills offensive system when he was signed to the Bills roster in Week 3 last year.

Even though he started at Atlanta in Week 16 last year he still had a reduced game plan because even at that point in time he had not yet mastered the offensive playbook, and should not have been expected to quite frankly.

As for a linebacker or an offensive lineman, there aren’t too many teams willing to part with capable starting caliber players unless you’re willing to offer one in return. You mentioned Lynch, but I believe he’s here for the duration of the season.

I think the front office is going to build this team methodically year to year and not with quick fixes once the season is underway unless there’s a rash of injuries at one position.

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Report: No Vick for Buffalo

Posted by Chris Brown on March 10, 2010 – 10:48 am

According to ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio, Eagles QB Michael Vick will not be coming to Buffalo, or St. Louis for that matter.

Appearing on 97.5 FM in Philadelphia, Paolantonio said the well has run dry on interest in Vick.

“St. Louis dried up,” said Paolantonio. “Buffalo, dried up.”

Of course trade inquiries keep pouring in to the Eagles concerning their other two quarterbacks, Kevin Kolb and Donovan McNabb. Seattle apparently is hot after McNabb as team President Pete Carroll wants to win right away in year one.

Though the Eagles are not entertaining any offers right now, Paolantonio said he’s convinced that McNabb will be traded this offseason.

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2nd rd. pick the price for Vick

Posted by Chris Brown on March 4, 2010 – 2:44 pm

According to multiple sources the asking price for Michael Vick is a second-round draft pick.

Of course the chances of a team paying that price for the Eagles quarterback appears slim. Teams calling the Eagles are reportedly inquiring far more about Donovan McNabb than Vick.

There is still another report that states the Eagles have refused to enter into any discussions about a trade involving McNabb.

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Fan Friday 2-18

Posted by Chris Brown on February 19, 2010 – 4:16 pm

Our combine coverage is less than a week away. Draft process heating up. Your questions at Here is this week’s edition.

1 – Chris,

Reports are the Bills are in the market for a new franchise quarterback.  I was curious if the management would look into a QB like Tony Pike out of Cincinnati.  I seen a majority of the games he played in this year. Under Brian Kelly and New UB Coach Jeff Quinn, Pike managed many types of offense.  Not just the spread offense.  I am just curious where he would rank in a draft board.

CB: You’re right he has played in more than the spread, though it has mostly been spread for him. The concerns with Pike are durability and his competitive nature. He’s rail thin at 6’6” and 210 pounds so he’ll have to add some bulk, but I think he throws a nice ball.

There are some that think Pike is too laid back, but others maintain that he’s just a cool-headed signal caller. I suppose everyone has their own interpretation.

He has had some injury issues, but returned pretty quickly from a broken non-throwing arm in his final collegiate season. The so called experts have him no higher than the 3rd round.

2 – When it comes to the QB position I think Clausen is the only QB in the draft who might make it in the NFL, seriously. Bradford looks way too vulnerable to injury, Tebow has bad mechanics, no pro offense experience, and questionable vision, Pike – no body, mediocre arm, Hiller? Lefevour? McCoy – no arm strength, very spread offense oriented, or Snead coming off a pretty mediocre year, lots of interceptions, etc.?. A trade? For whom: Vick? Chris Redman? Russell? Thigpen? Rosenfels? Who’s out there who’d be worth a trade? It looks pretty bleak from here, thoughts?

CB: I do agree that filling the quarterback position won’t be easy, especially with what I believe is a far more restrictive free agent process. That’s why I think there’s a halfway decent chance Gailey has Trent Edwards as part of the competition at quarterback for 2010. I do believe in some way, shape or form they will add another QB to the mix on this roster to also compete for the starting job.

3 – Hello Chris,
Several draft sites have this pick as conditional.
The rumor when the trade was made was that it was a 6th rnd choice.
However, can you determine in view of Peters making the pro Bowl whether that pick could,  as conditional, be higher than the 6th rnd?

CB: From what I have been told it’s a straight 6th, no conditions. So all together the Bills have nine picks this year, with that extra 6th and an extra 7th from the Ko Simpson trade.

4 – With the defensive scheme still up in the air, can you imagine a draft scenario in which the Bills take Rolando McClain with their pick?
Pete Howell

CB: I don’t see them taking McClain unless there’s a run on OTs and one of their considerations is not there at 9 and both of the top QBs are also off the board. I like McClain, but you can argue that the Bills already have 2 starting ILBs in Mitchell and Poz.

5 – Hi Chris, Now that Brad Butler is retiring, do you see the Bills having a heavy draft emphasis on the offensive line? Also, with Julius Peppers probably leaving the Panthers, do you see the Bills making an effort to sign him? With the switch to the 3-4, having a marquee player of Peppers level would have a major impact. Your thoughts.
Tony, Daytona Beach

CB: I don’t think they have any choice. The only tackles on the roster under contract with playing experience are Demetrius Bell, Jamon Meredith and Kirk Chambers. They absolutely need to re-fortify the position with top flight talent. If they can’t find any in free agency, you can make the argument that they need to draft two offensive tackles, with one ready to start right away and that likely means with your first pick.

As for Peppers I think he’s a pipe dream. Yes, he wants to play in a 3-4, but he’s also going to be looking for upwards of $12-15M per season on a long term deal after playing last season at $16M and change.

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No Vick trade til preseason?

Posted by Chris Brown on February 18, 2010 – 9:58 am

According to’s Jason LaCanfora, sources from two NFL clubs in need of a QB maintain that they do not expect Eagles QB Michael Vick to be traded until the preseason this summer.

LaCanfora quoted one of his unidentified sources as saying the following.

“I don’t think there is enough value in a trade to make the move now,” said an executive with a team that needs help at quarterback. “They don’t have to trade him before the roster bonus is due, and I’d be very surprised if they traded him in March. I expect them to hold on to him until he has more peak value, and that could be in August or September.”

Vick is due a $1.5M roster bonus in March, which really is not a number that Philly is desperate to get off their books.

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Eagles say McNabb, Kolb not available

Posted by Chris Brown on February 12, 2010 – 12:54 pm

The posturing continues. Though Philadelphia has reportedly been taking inquiries from other NFL clubs that are expressing interest in their stable of quarterbacks, according to ESPN the Eagles are telling other clubs don’t bother.

ESPN’s Sal Palaontonio is reporting that the Eagles are telling other NFL teams that Donovan McNabb and Kevin Kolb are not available.

That could very well be the case now, but it doesn’t mean it won’t change in the future. Of course Philadelphia could very well keep McNabb and Kolb and move Vick, thereby protecting their present and future. The talk is that it would take at least a first-round pick for another team to acquire McNabb.

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When decision on McNabb will be made

Posted by Chris Brown on February 9, 2010 – 1:16 pm

As is usually the case most big NFL personnel decisions are prompted by money. Such is the case with both Michael Vick and Donovan McNabb as the Eagles are likely to dominate offseason headlines until they make a definitive quarterback decision. Vick’s $2.5M bonus owed him on March 9th isn’t as cost prohibitive as McNabb’s, making the deadline to determine his future much clearer.

As the Delaware County Times points out, McNabb is due a $6.2M bonus in early May if he’s still on the roster. If they have any remote thoughts of moving him, there’s no way the Eagles wait until after the pay date to make the call, even without a salary cap.

Paying Vick’s bonus to keep him under contract would indicate a desire for the Eagles to get something in return for him instead of letting him go free. But with McNabb it’s a clear fish or cut bait with that kind of bonus number.

Odds are the decision will be made before then, perhaps during the draft (April 22-24) if they want to move him.

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Rams sound interested in Vick

Posted by Chris Brown on February 7, 2010 – 8:25 am

Though the Rams can’t come out and say they’d like to trade for Vick or acquire him because he’s still under contract to the Eagles, it’s clear that Vick is in their thinking after head coach Steve Spagnuolo and GM Billy Devaney spoke to select St. Louis media this weekend.

With the Rams’ QB situation about as undetermined as that of the Bills, and with Spagnuolo’s prior coaching ties to Philadelphia, it’s been widely speculated that St. Louis would be prime players for Vick’s services via trade. Spagnuolo however, would only address Vick in generalities, but did make it clear he thinks a lot of him as a player.

“I’ve got a lot of respect for Michael as a player,” Spagnuolo told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “Everything I’ve heard out of Philadelphia is kind of good. We haven’t gone down that road in our process yet. I think he’s a terrific player.”

Spagnuolo told the Post-Dispatch that he really didn’t have a timetable for addressing the quarterback situation, but added, “That may direct itself depending on things that happen. And we know what we’re all talking about.”

He’s talking about trades or the draft, which apparently the Rams haven’t ruled out either when it comes to addressing their QB position even though they have the first pick in the draft. But GM Billy Devaney told the Post-Dispatch he believes there are a pair of first-round worthy QBs.

“Oh yeah, absolutely there are first-round guys,” Devaney said. “I think there’s a couple of them.”

Presumably those are Sam Bradford and Jimmy Clausen, but most would be shocked if one of them were taken first overall.

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Rams frontrunner for Vick?

Posted by Chris Brown on February 4, 2010 – 9:25 am

According to NFL Network analyst Jason LaCanfora, the St. Louis Rams are the frontrunners to acquire Michael Vick via trade this offseason.

LaCanfora cites the many connections between Vick, the Eagles and the Rams organization.

Rams GM Billy DeVaney was with the Falcons organization when Vick was playing in Atlanta. So there’s a familiarity there. Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo is a former Eagles assistant and knows Andy Reid.

So based on connections it would appear that St. Louis would have the inside track, but somehow I think the best trade offer is what gets the deal done.

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Eagles now to keep Vick?

Posted by Chris Brown on February 2, 2010 – 8:21 pm

We’re still a month away from free agency and already the twists and turns concerning Michael Vick have begun.

After numerous reports that the Eagles have all but assured Vick that he will be traded so he has a chance to start somewhere else, now NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi is reporting that the Eagles may keep Vick along with the other two QBs in 2010.

It sounds like a desperate attempt to drive up Vick’s trade value, which may not be close to the conditional fourth-round pick Brett Favre fetched for the Packers two years ago. After little to no interest in Vick last summer (in terms of a contract offer – Philly, Cincy) it’s more difficult than usual for the Eagles to determine just what his market value is.

Heck he may only be able to get a 6th round pick out of another team. So Philly sounds as if they’re hedging their bets and trying to drive up Vick’s asking price by telling a certain media member that they don’t plan to move him, hoping it raises demand and what the Eagles could get in return.

I don’t think anyone is buying it. McNabb is the present and Kolb is the future. That leaves Vick as the trade commodity.

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