Michael Vick is a free man.
So if NFL commissioner Roger Goodell allows him to play again, what do teams have to consider before signing him?
1. How Good Is Vick?
This is obviously the first question.
You’d assume the 29-year-old Vick would be a bit rusty having not played in two seasons, but an interested team has to figure out how soon he can possibly be a starter. This is important because, given all the stir Vick will cause, he has to start in order to be worth the investment.
2. How long will the suspension be?
If a team thinks he can play right away, realize that right away could mean after he serves some sort of suspension that could go for say, four to six games. The suspension itself might go too far into the season for a team to want to take the chance. Keep in mind that if no team commits by the beginning of September, Vick himself might have to jump to the new UFL, whose season starts Oct. 8. Vick’s rights are already assigned to the Orlando team.
3. Will Vick pay for himself?