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Five years later, Bengals not interested in Vick

Michael Vick

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick tosses a ball to a fan after a 17-16 win over the Cleveland Browns in an NFL football game on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)


As the Eagles continue a spending spree on current players aided by having a quarterback whose salary is still on the wrong side of $1 million, their quarterback who was once on the right side of $10 million is looking for a new home.

Mike Vick hopes to find a team where he’ll walk in as the starter. That likely won’t happen; at a minimum, he’ll have to compete for the job.

One place where he won’t be competing for the job is Cincinnati. Per a league source, the Bengals have no interest in Vick.

Five years ago, they did. And Vick had interest in them. In 2011, Vick explained that he believed the Bengals and Bills were better fits than the Eagles after Vick returned to the NFL two years earlier following a prison term for dogfighting. Some believe current Bengals starter Andy Dalton isn’t the man to get the team beyond the wild-card round of the playoffs, which would make Vick an intriguing, one-year, all-in option.

Regardless, the Bengals don’t want to shake Dalton’s faith by injecting Vick into the mix. The Bengals are committed to Dalton, as evidenced by a recent report that they’ll possibly extend his contract this offseaon.

While there aren’t enough good quarterbacks to fill 32 depth charts, few if any teams will be clamoring for a soon-to-be-34-year-old signal-caller who has played 16 games only once in his career. Vick will have to win his playing time -- and he’ll possibly also have to constantly fend off a rookie for whom Vick will be keeping the seat warm until the rookie is ready.

The Buccaneers, Jets, Raiders, and Bills could be/should be interested in Vick. If he can’t find a situation he likes, his best bet would be to stay in Philly and back up Nick Foles.