Michael Vick‘s personal adviser and his agent believe his return to the NFL is now not a question of “if,” but “when” — and that “when” may come soon.
Former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy, who is helping Vick steer a course from his release from federal prison back to the NFL, said Tuesday on ESPN Radio’s “Mike and Mike in the Morning” that he believes “something’s gonna happen this week” with the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback.
And Vick’s agent, Joel Segal, said Tuesday “there are a lot of teams interested” in signing his client.
Dungy, who has been serving as Vick’s adviser since the end of Vick’s sentence last month, told “Mike and Mike” he has fielded phone calls from a number of interested coaches. Dungy said he has recommended Vick, describing him as “a better person and very determined to come back and do well.” He also said Vick has been calling to get Dungy’s feedback on potential suitors.
“Michael bounced teams off me — ‘hey, these people called, what do you think,'” Dungy said. “I think something’s gonna happen this week.”
Segal visited Washington Redskins training camp Tuesday, but he insisted the trip was not Vick-related. He told ESPN 980 Radio that he was checking in on some of his Redskins clients, including Jason Campbell, DeAngelo Hall and LaRon Landry.
Segal said there’s “no chance” his client will sign with the Redskins. But he also said he was optimistic that Vick would get a job soon, calling it “not a matter of if, but when.” Ozzie Newsome, general manager of the Baltimore Ravens, echoed Segal’s feelings from his team’s camp, telling ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio he believed Vick would sign soon with a team.
Vick was conditionally reinstated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell last month after the former Falcons quarterback completed a 23-month sentence for running a dogfighting ring.