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Wilf Is Not Interested In Vick… Unless He Is

A rumor has been floating around league media types today that the Vikings have begun their due dilligence process of looking into Michael Vick.  The suggestion that the Vikings have interest was brought up to Zygi Wilf today.  Here is the story from PFT:

So I get an e-mail a little bit ago telling me that our old friend Chris Myers of FOX Sports Radio has reported during his weekday show that the Vikings are interested in quarterback Mike Vick, and that they’re doing some league-level due diligence regarding whether and to what extent the timetable for his return for regular-season play might be accelerated from Week Six.

So I call the hotline into FSR, and I talk to Chris about it during a break in the show, in an effort to be accurate in our reporting.  (Yeah, I’m not feeling well today.)

So as soon as I hang up, Tom Curran calls to say that Myers report had made its way to Mankato, where it had morphed into a report that the Vikings would be signing Vick.

Curran says that owner Zygi Wilf was talking with some reporters, and that Kevin Seifert of asked about the FSR report. 

Per Curran, Wilf ultimately said, “Do you need a denial?  I’m denying it.”

Then again, Wilf said something similar about Brett Favre back in February.

“I would have been interested 15 years ago,” Wilf said.  “No, I’m not interested.  No way.”

So, basically, it looks like the Vikings will be pursuing Vick.  And then he’ll decide to retire.

After striking out with a Jay Cutler trade, swinging and missing with Brett Favre, and now this… I feel like I’m covering a team that the Secret Quarterback Brotherhood has put on their “Do Not Sign With” list.  Of course, no such Brotherhood exists… but if it did… I’m just saying.


A few minutes later, Brad Childress took the stand.  Here is the report from Access Vikings:

Reporters attending Brad Childress’ press conference heard about a Fox Sports Radio report that the Vikings are interested in quarterback Michael Vick just minutes before Childress took the podium.

Childress, however, denied that report by first asking who was the source.

“It wasn’t me,” Childress said.

Asked if that meant “no”, Childress replied, “It would have to be a no.”

It is, of course, possible that the Secret Quarterback Brotherhood has nothing against the Vikings, but just against Brad Childress and his Kick Ass Offense.  Still, no such Brotherhood exists, but if they did… I’m just saying.


Multiple outlets are reporting that there is also interest in Vick from the New England Patriots.  To some, this may confirm that Childress actually DOES have interest in Vick due to his never-ending quest to try and do what Bill Belichick wants to do right before Bill Belichick actually does it (see: Garrett Mills and Percy Harvin). 

Boy, I am in a mood today, eh?


Vikings V.P. of Player Personell Rick Spielman was even more abrubt according to PFT’s latest post on the subject:

The impromptu denial from owner Zygi Wilf of any interest in quarterback Mike Vick could be explained away as the same kind of heat-of-the-moment, knee-jerk response Wilf gave in February regarding Brett Favre, whom the team thereafter pursued like a Doberman chasing a mail truck.

But Wilf’s words were echoed (sort of) by coach Brad Childress during a Thursday press conference, who basically said that the team will apply the “love the one(s) your with” approach to its current quarterback depth chart.

V.P. of player personnel Rick Spielman was even more pointed, telling our Tom Curran (who’s in Mankato through tomorrow) that the Vikings aren’t interested in Vick.

This contradicts a report from Chris Myers of FOX Sports Radio, who said earlier today that the Vikings have been doing their homework on Vick, and that the lines of communication between the Vikings and agent Joel Segal were open.

Indeed, the Vikings have been talking regularly (we assume) with Segal, who represents receiver Percy Harvin, Minnesota’s first-round pick from the 2009 draft.

One thing we’ve learned is that things can’t be taken at face value in this business.  Maybe the truth is that the Vikings decided to do some due diligence on Vick — and to pull the plug and claim no interest in him if word leaked before the Vikings could make a final decision on whether to sign him to a contract.

After thinking about it, the Secret Quarterback Brotherhood might have it in for Spielman.  I mean, it’s not like the Vikings are his first franchise where he had difficulty finding a good quarterback.  He has a career that includes the Lions from 1990 to 1996, the Bears from 1997 to 1999, the Dolphins from 2000 to 2004, and now the Vikings from 2005 to the present.  He has ensured those teams would play with such notable quarterbacks as… well, I won’t bother listing them, the teams speak for themselves.  Let’s just say none of them were allowed into the Brotherhood.  The closest he’s ever gotten to quality quarterbacks was when he worked as an analyst for ESPN while he was in between jobs in 2005… and he was interviewing them.

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