Apparently, the Vikings franchise player has made it known who he'd like to have handing him the ball in 2014. Running back Adrian Peterson tweeted on Thursday that he thinks QB Michael Vick could be the key to Minnesota getting back to the playoffs. Vick started six games for Philadelphia in 2013, injured his hamstring, then stood on the sideline the rest of the year, holding a clipboard, while Nick Foles put up impressive numbers in his 10 starts and led the Eagles to the playoffs.
While it's still very possible that the Eagles re-sign Vick when free agency opens this month, he won't figure to be in the picture as the starting QB in Philly. If Vick thinks that he has a better shot at starting in Minnesota, it's not entirely ridiculous to think he may consider that option. The Vikings had three quarterbacks on their roster at the end of the year in Christian Ponder, Matt Cassel, and Josh Freeman. Cassel and Freeman became free agents when the season ended and it's obvious the Vikings didn't have a ton of confidence in Ponder.
The Minnesota brass has stated that they consider all facets of how a player will affect their team, including the impact to the team's culture, before pursuing anyone in free agency. However, I'm sure they're also mindful of what message Peterson is sending with his simple tweet. Peterson's vote of confidence for Vick may be more of an indication to Vikings management that he isn't really in the mood to continue "developing a QB". He wants to win and he wants to win now. He thinks Vick gives them a chance to do that. Even if the Vikings don't pursue Vick, they'd better be mindful of Peterson's message. The last thing any team wants is their face of the franchise being disgruntled.
The signing of Vick would obviously make Peterson happy. In addition, it would probably be good for young WR Cordarrelle Patterson to have a veteran QB throwing him the ball for an entire season. Vick would definitely be an upgrade over anything the Vikings had going for them in 2013.