Free-agent quarterback Michael Vick sold himself to NFL general managers during an appearance on NFL Total Access on June 16. He said, "I'm a proven winner."
Memo to NFL general managers: Michael Vick believes he can still make a difference.
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Vick, currently a free-agent quarterback, made a sales pitch to the league's GMs during an appearance on "NFL Total Access" on NFL Network on June 16, per NFL.com's Dan Hanzus:
"(I'm) a proven winner. I think that I've done a lot throughout the course of my career. I've proved that I can win games and play with some consistency and be a leader. I think those are the qualities you want in a quarterback.
"A guy who is confident and is going to make the team win. Make the team believe in themselves and go out there and play hard. You know I did that consistently over the course of my career. I know I can continue to do it."
Despite older quarterbacks such as Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees exceeding expectations, Vick hasn't performed as well as they have in recent years. He hasn't showed the form he displayed when he was named Associated Press NFL Comeback Player of the Year as Philadelphia Eagles quarterback in 2010.
That year, he threw for 3,018 yards, 21 touchdowns and only six interceptions on a 100.2 passer rating -- easily the best of his 13-year NFL career.
Hanzus also stresses Vick did not do himself any favors when he was unable to secure the New York Jets' starting quarterback job from a mistake-prone Geno Smith in 2014.
With this, Vick was asked if his pro career has come to an end, per NFL.com:
"Going through times like this you kind of think about it. I know I have been playing a long time. It's been 13 years. I know I still have a lot of football left in me. You never want to think of it in that regard.
"I still know that I have a lot left in the tank and I still look forward to playing again one day."
In another development, Vick recently reached out to disgruntled former teammate LeSean McCoy, who is now the running back of the Buffalo Bills.
On June 2, McCoy made a controversial statement regarding his former head coach, Chip Kelly, in an interview with ESPN The Magazine's Mike Rodak:
"The relationship was never really great. I feel like I always respected him as a coach. I think that's the way he runs his team. He wants the full control. You see how fast he got rid of all the good players. Especially all the good black players.
"He got rid of them the fastest. That's the truth. There's a reason...It's hard to explain with him. But there's a reason he got rid of all the black players -- the good ones -- like that."
Rodak says the Eagles declined comment on what McCoy said about Kelly.
With this, Vick told NJ.com's Jordan Raanan on June 15 he tried to talk some sense into McCoy when he ran into him at their former teammate DeSean Jackson's recent charity event in Washington, D.C.:
"I try to give my little piece of advice that I can offer him. He's his own man. He has his own feelings and emotions. So I can't interfere with that. The only thing I try to tell him is stay positive, don't expose yourself so much.
"You're still blessed to be playing in in the NFL, a great league, and don't take things so personal. Your life is great on and off the field. Keep it that way.
"I talked to (Eagles wide receiver Riley) Cooper two weeks ago. He called me looking for Shady (McCoy's nickname). We all stay in contact. That's the way it's supposed to be.
"Shady said that for his own reasons. Maybe it was because of personal encounters. We just try to leave it at that, but I know Shady has moved on, Chip has moved on and we should all leave it at that."
Vick also told Raanan he definitely wants to play in the NFL next season:
"Absolutely, I still want to play. I'll continue to work out and stay optimistic. That's about all you can do in my situation. Don't be upset about it. I'm not the first guy this has happened to. Just got to stay the course and stay patient.
"I have plenty of time to play golf lately. So I take advantage of it."
Vick has thrown for 22,093 yards, 131 touchdowns and 91 interceptions on an 80.4 passer rating in 138 career regular-season games for the Atlanta Falcons, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Jets, per ESPN stats.
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