After meeting with the Steelers on Tuesday, former Hokie Michael Vick has signed a contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Vick last took snaps as a member of the New York Jets, and was a free agent. Vick is still quite polarizing, as he was the top trend on Twitter. People were quick to address Vick's past. The dog fighting scandal is still fresh on the minds of many, and many will never forgive. As a football player, Vick is a 35 year old veteran who is trying to prolong his NFL career. With stops in Atlanta, Philadelphia, and New York, the Steelers are his fourth team in 14 years. His career was halted amidst the dog fighting scandal, and served 21 months in prison.
In 2010 Vick was named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year, and in 2011 Vick led the Eagles to an 8-8 record. After losing his starting job to Nick Foles, Vick's days were numbered in Philadelphia. In 2014, Vick signed a one-year $5 million dollar contract with the Jets, who had just cut Mark Sanchez. The Jets were in a state of flux last season, with Geno Smith unable to solidify his starting role. Vick played sparingly in mop up duties, and only started 3 games for the hapless Jets.
In Pittsburgh, Vick will be backing up Ben Roethlisberger who over his tenure in Pittsburgh, has become an elite QB. Roethlisberger is also durable, last missing a start in 2012. The possibility of some wildcat formations might be intriguing. The 2 point conversion flexibility is also a thought. The Steelers are looking for a capable backup with experience. At the very least, Vick provides that.
Steelers announced they signed QB Michael Vick and placed QB Bruce Gradkowski on the Reserve/Injured List.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 25, 2015