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Quarterback Michael Vick is scheduled to be a free agent, and MMQB front man Peter King named the 49ers as a team with an outside chance to go after him as a backup to Colin Kaepernick.
“Let’s say Vick gets only lukewarm interest to start, or to compete for a starting job,” King wrote on Monday. “If so, and if the Niners want more than a third-string insurance policy for Colin Kaepernick, Vick might be willing to go to try to win a Super Bowl ring.”
The 49ers have never shown much interest in Vick in the past. But his price tag has never been more affordable than it figures to be this offseason.
The 49ers’ only quarterback other than Kaepernick currently on the roster is McLeod Bethel-Thompson. Colt McCoy, who served as the backup a year ago, is unsigned and scheduled for free agency.
Alex Smith was the perfect backup for Kaepernick during the half-season he spent in that role. Despite being devastated that he lost his starting job, Smith became Kaepernick’s sounding board and council as the 49ers marched toward Super Bowl XLVII.
At 34, Vick receives a strong endorsement from King for his ability to be a positive influence behind the scenes. And that’s likely what coach Jim Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke would seek above everything else if they decide to add a veteran to the mix. Vick began last season as the Philadelphia Eagles' starter before a hamstring injury forced him to the sideline. Nick Foles stepped in and never gave up the starting job.
Wrote King, “Vick’s a very good locker room guy now, a leader, and he’d be a good team guy whether or not he wins the starting job.”