Free Agency

Michael Vick to Meet With Steelers

August 25, 2015
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Michael Vick to Meet With Steelers

Free-agent quarterback Michael Vick is on his way to Pittsburgh to meet with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Josina Anderson.

Michael Vick said all along that a training camp injury would open a door for him to get back into the NFL. That may have happened over the weekend.

The Steelers are in the market for a backup to Ben Roethlisberger after Bruce Gradkowski dislocated a finger in his left hand during last week’s preseason game against the Green Bay Packers, a source told Schefter. Gradkowski is having surgery Tuesday, the source said, and is expected to miss three to four weeks.

Landry Jones is the only other full-time quarterback currently on the Steelers’ roster.

A source told Anderson that discussions about Vick visiting the Steelers began when the quarterback, coach Mike Tomlin and several Steelers players attended the Hampton Roads Youth Football camp in July in Virginia.

Vick, 35, spent last season with the New York Jets, appearing in 10 games overall, starting three. He completed 64 of 121 passes for 604 yards, throwing three touchdowns and two interceptions. He also rushed 26 times for 153 yards.

Vick indicated last month that he was staying in shape despite not being part of a team’s training camp. In a post on Twitter, he wrote “Stay fresh stay focused stay #READY,” and it was accompanied by a video of him running through a passing drill.

Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan said earlier this month he considered signing Vick this offseason but decided against it, in part because of his struggles playing in bad weather.

“And Mike will tell you, he’s not built really [to be] a bad-weather quarterback,” Ryan, who coached Vick while with the New York Jets, told NBC Sports Radio. “He doesn’t have great big hands, and the weather affects him some. And he’d be the first one to tell you.”

This seems to be the ideal backup situation for Vick should the Steelers end up signing him. Unlike his short tenure in New York, he will not be forced into an awkward dual role of mentor and top competitor.

Ben Roethlisberger is the starter and there will never be a question. Vick can take his time and learn the playbook on the off chance something goes wrong.

In the meantime, Pittsburgh can rest assured — as much as a team can with a backup — that there is a capable starter waiting just in case. With a talented cast around him, Vick could make this Steelers offense work.

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