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Michael Vick could make the Minnesota Vikings the most versatile team in the NFL

We all know that the Minnesota Vikings need a starting quarterback, and we all know that they have one of the most innovative offensive coordinators in town with Norv Turner.  Well what could turn the Vikings team into a top tier team?  It is simple, a veteran quarterback.  Michael Vick would be an amazing fit in a Norv Turner offense that focuses Adrian Peterson and Cordarrelle Patterson.  When you add in Michael Vick your team automatically becomes better than last year with Christian Ponder, Josh Freeman and Matt Cassel.

Michael Vick wants to be a starter, and because of how he handled his final season in Philadelphia — when he was playing out his contract, when he lost his starting job — his time on the bench probably won’t hurt him in that pursuit. One NFL personnel executive said teams undoubtedly will rate Vick the best of a middling quarterback free-agent market — one likely to include Matt Schaub, Matt Cassel and Mark Sanchez — and the exec said he would rate him as a mid-tier starting quarterback, somewhere between 13 and 16. In a league with 32 teams, that’s better than half according to NFL.com.

“There are too many teams that are in need of an upgrade for him not to be looked at as a starter,” the personnel executive said. “I could see a team signing him, and developing a young guy. Vick could be a very good bridge starter for two to three years.”

And that, despite his advancing age, is a remarkable improvement from where Vick was the last time he hit free agency. If the Vikings were smart they would still draft a quarterback to groom behind Vick somewhere in the draft, but it makes your first pick open to draft the best player available.  It makes too much sense, and would really create mismatches for their opposing defenses.

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