Michael Vick Would Add Intrigue to Pittsburgh Steelers

Barry BealCorrespondent IAugust 3, 2009

RICHMOND, VA - AUGUST 27:  Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick (R) leaves federal court August 27, 2007 in Richmond, Viriginia. Vick pleaded guilty to a federal dogfighting charge.  (Photo by Steve Helber-Pool/Getty Images)

Being a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers definitely has its advantages.

You know your team will be highly skilled and competitive each season. You know the basic style of play your team will employ. You know there will be some crazy men running around on defense knocking people’s heads off.

All of that is great for a football fan. But honestly, fellow Steelers fans, doesn’t it get a tad boring around here sometimes? The biggest controversy surrounding the Steelers usually involves how much money Max Starks is making or how many Rooney brothers should actually run the team.

That’s why, Steeler Nation, our team should sign Michael Vick immediately.

Imagine how interesting training camp becomes this summer for a defending Super Bowl champ. Will Vick steal playing time from Ben Roethlisberger? Will Vick be put into a Slash Stewart/Randle El role? The possibilities are endless.

I know what some of you are saying: Why would a team like Pittsburgh even bother with Vick when they are the defending champs without him?

Let me ask you, would you like to see him in a Patriots jersey? That’s another team reportedly interested in Vick. As the Steelers’ chief rival in the AFC hunt, I would think sticking him on the bench on the home side of Heinz Field is like killing two birds with one stone. The Steelers can utilize his talents as they see fit, and the Patriots cannot.

Let’s not forget Mike Tomlin. He comes from the Tony Dungy school of coaching. Dungy, a former Steelers player and coach, is currently mentoring Vick. Is it too much to think that a Dungy stamp of approval would be plenty to make Tomlin take the risk?

The risk, by the way, is likely minimal. Vick will live and play this season under such a tight microscope that I doubt he’d even want to risk attempting a wayward act. Coming to Pittsburgh, he’d be in an organization that is known for running a straight-laced program. It seems like the perfect rehab assignment.

And it would definitely spice up an otherwise dull training camp for the Steelers and their fans.