Raiders veteran QB search: Michael Vick

Raiders veteran QB search: Michael Vick
February 12, 2014, 10:00 am
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Michael Vick was 2-4 as a starter last year with five touchdowns to three interceptions and two rushing scores. (USATSI)

Editor's note: Insider Scott Bair will be highlighting a number of the Raiders' free agent options at quarterback over the next week. After previewing Josh Freeman on Tuesday, he focuses next on Michael Vick:

The Raiders have options among free agent veteran quarterbacks, none of them great. Each comes with a caveat, a reason to doubt his ability to carry the Raiders through 2014 at least while a younger quarterback develops.

Michael Vick ranks among the most intriguing members of a thin class of experienced prospects, with a resume that features several highlights and an ability to be a truly dynamic presence. Most of those accomplishments, however, rank as a blast from the past.

The 33-year old has struggled with injury and effectiveness in recent seasons, losing a starting spot to Nick Foles last season. Vick is determined to start next season and prove himself the dynamic player he used to be.

“My skill set is still there, my arm is still there, my legs are still there, I’m still a playmaker, that’s evident,” Vick told sister site CSN Philadelphia in January. “I think at some point, I’ll be playing somewhere.”

[RELATED: Vick wants to start]

It will be interesting to see if the Raiders give him an opportunity to do so.

Let’s take a closer look at whether Vick is a good fit in the latest in a series of looks at available free-agent quarterbacks.

[RELATED: Michael Vick career stats | game logs]

What Mike has to offer: Vick remains a threat with his arm and his legs. He’s elusive in the pocket and, at this point, prefers to throw over run. That offers contrast to 2006, when he ran for 1,036 yards and threw for nearly 2,500 more. That was before a conviction for involvement in a dog-fighting ring. He came back to the NFL in 2009 and is now known as a strong veteran leader and locker-room presence.

Why he’s a good fit: The Raiders are young on offense and in desperate need of leadership on that unit. Vick could mentor the franchise quarterback below him despite his unique playing style. He has a solid deep arm, and believes he understands the position better than ever. The Raiders need a dynamic presence at the quarterback position to keep up in a stacked AFC West and Vick could help them do that if he’s at his best.

Why the Raiders should stay away: Vick can be effective when at his best, but that’s been awhile. He fell victim to hamstring injuries last season, and hasn’t played a full season since 2006. He’s also proven turnover prone. He’s given it away 33 times in his last two seasons as starter, in 2011 and 2012. There is some question whether he’ll get back to 2010 form, when he had 3,018 yards, 21 touchdowns and just six interceptions.

The team can’t afford another Matt Flynn debacle, where a veteran doesn’t pan out and the Raiders are left with inexperience at quarterback.

[RELATED: Raiders veteran QB search: Josh Freeman]

A full list of veteran free agents:

Derek Anderson, Carolina Panthers
Matt Cassel, Minnesota Vikings
Jimmy Clausen, Carolina Panthers
Kellen Clemens, St. Louis Rams
Matt Flynn, Green Bay Packers
Josh Freeman, Minnesota Vikings
David Garrard, New York Jets
Rex Grossman, Washington Redskins
Chad Henne, Jacksonville Jaguars
Shaun Hill, Detroit Lions
Tarvaris Jackson, Seattle Seahawks
Jon Kitna, Dallas Cowboys
Josh McCown, Chicago Bears
Luke McCown, New Orleans Saints
Colt McCoy, San Francisco 49ers
Dan Orlovsky, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Curtis Painter, New York Giants
Jordan Palmer, Chicago Bears
Brady Quinn, St. Louis Rams
Rusty Smith, Tennessee Titans
Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles
Charlie Whitehurst, San Diego Chargers

Possible offseason cuts
Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams
Kevin Kolb, Buffalo Bills
Mark Sanchez, New York Jets
Matt Schaub, Houston Texans