Four-time Pro Bowler Michael Vick says he’ll call it quits after the 2016 NFL season, according to ESPN’s Josina Anderson.
The 13-year NFL veteran is currently a free agent after back-to-back one-year contracts with the Jets and Steelers, respectively, and is willing to give it one more go if a team calls during the NFL’s free agency period.
QB Michael Vick to me: "I still want to play one more year… I’m going to keep my options open and not rush into it.”
Vick was unquestionably one of the NFL’s most dynamic quarterbacks during his first five years as a starter, which includes becoming the first quarterback to rush for over 1,000 yards in a single season while also throwing 20 touchdowns during the 2006 season.
The former No. 1 overall draft pick was suspended the next two seasons for violating the league’s personal conduct policy after he plead guilty to federal charges for his role in a dogfighting operation at his home in Virginia. He was able to return to the field in 2009, when he signed a deal with the Eagles, and ended up sticking around in Philadelphia for five seasons, accumulating a 20-20 record over 40 regular-season starts.
Vick has served as a veteran back during his last two seasons, with stints with the Jets behind Geno Smith and as Ben Roethlisberger’s primary backup in Pittsburgh, where he most notably helped the Steelers rally for a 24-20 win over the Chargers, despite his obviously diminished skillset.
While he may have never become the all-time great many predicted him to be, the fact that Vick was able to rededicate himself to the game and rebound from a potential career-killing suspension is significant in its own right.
Vick is looking for one more shot before he rides off into the sunset as one of the most groundbreaking players in NFL history.