Now the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback has a new title, in Jacksonville anyways: the “$100 Million Mistake.”
That’s what Mike Lombardi of the NFL Network called Vick during his interview with Bill Simmons on ESPN’s “The BS Report,” implying that the
Jacksonville Jaguars made a blunder by not signing Vick when he was available.
“Jacksonville not signing him was a $100 million mistake,” Lombardi said.
Vick, 31, signed a two-year contract with Philadelphia two years ago after spending a 23-month stint in prison after he was convicted of conspiracy and running a dogfighting operation.
In 2010 he had a miraculous bounce back season, passing for 3,018 yards and 21 touchdowns while rushing for 676 yards and six touchdowns.
Vick’s impressive campaign certainly makes fans of any team needing a quarterback wonder why they didn’t strongly pursue him, but is it really fair to say the Jaguars made a huge mistake by not signing him then?
Starter David Garrard, who signed a seven-year, $60 million contract in 2008, has not been consistent but taking a gamble on Vick back then was something that Jacksonville general Gene Smith shouldn’t have been interested in.
Smith wants to bring in high-character players. Vick was coming off jail time in 2009 and there were a lot of questions about his effectiveness. Vick proved doubters wrong but the gamble then for a GM looking to form a strong nucleus was not worth it.
Hindsight being 20/20, maybe Smith should have taken a risk on the electrifying Vick, but it’s understandable why he didn’t then, so saying it was a costly mistake is a bit off base.