Buffalo Bills Should Pass on Michael Vick in the Offseason

Andy Lipari@@andylipari27Correspondent INovember 20, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 11:   Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles carries the ball in the first quarter against the Dallas Cowboys on November 11, 2012 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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No matter how the Buffalo Bills finish the 2012 season, general manager Buddy Nix has made it clear that the team will look for a quarterback in the offseason.

There will be consideration for the Bills to bring in a veteran in free agency and save the draft pick they would have used on a quarterback for another position.

In Philadelphia, it looks like a formality that Andy Reid will not be back as the Eagles head coach. The popular belief is that if Reid goes, Michael Vick will be leaving Philadelphia as well.

If Vick becomes a free agent, there will be a huge temptation for Buffalo to sign him.

If CEO Russ Brandon has any input in a decision—we know he considers ticket sales with personnel moves—there’s no question Vick would be a huge marketing tool. Even if Brandon doesn’t have any input, Buffalo still might be interested.

The Bills were one of the teams that were fighting for Vick’s services when he came back into the league in 2009. Chan Gailey likes athletic quarterbacks that can run with the ball. After all, he was the offensive coordinator in Pittsburgh when the team had Kordell Stewart.

Buffalo would be better off letting Vick go somewhere else. If the Bills were getting the Vick from 2004, it would be a great idea, but at this point of his career it might be fair to say he’s washed up.

The Bills need to think about what they would be getting in Vick, physically. He will be 33 years old when the season starts next year and he hasn't played more than 13 games in a season during his time with the Eagles.

Vick has put his body in harms way his entire career and those hits are going to add up in the near future. If Vick was a 33-year-old running back, he would struggle to find a team that wanted to take a flyer on him.

Vick will probably only miss more games due to injury and lose a step or two in the next couple years.

Wherever Vick has been, that team has arguably the league’s best backup. The Bills have that on their roster already, but he, Ryan Fitzpatrick, happens to be starting right now. Bringing Vick in would cause a major split in the locker room.

On top of declining physical skills, look at the way Vick has played this season. He has 12 total touchdowns, nine interceptions, 10 fumbles and has been sacked 27 times in nine games. His completion percentage is only 58 percent and he’s been atrocious in the red zone.

There could be a possibility of bringing in Vick with Reid as the head coach. All I can say to that is the Eagles are 3-7 and the Bills are 4-6. The Bills wouldn’t be any better off with a burned out coach and a washed up quarterback.

Buffalo should stick to youth at the quarterback position this offseason. I would like to see Geno Smith, Tyler Wilson or a dark horse like Aaron Murray in a Bills uniform next year.

Signing Vick would keep the wheels of mediocrity spinning instead of drafting a 22-year-old who could be with the franchise for 15 years.

Buffalo needs to find the next Jim Kelly, not the next Doug Flutie.