Philadelphia Eagles backup quarterback Michael Vick will hit the free agent market this offseason, and he’s one of the more attractive stopgap/backup options available. Vick is expected to garner interest from a number of teams, with the New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers having already been linked to the 33-year-old. A team with a young quarterback who isn’t fully trusted with the “franchise QB” designation makes the most sense as a landing spot for Vick, so it’s not a surprise to hear constant reports linking him to those two teams.
Per a league source close to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, one team that isn’t interested in Vick is the Cincinnati Bengals, and it isn’t surprising to hear that they don’t have interest in him. There was once mutual interest back when he was a free agent five seasons ago, but the Bengals have Andy Dalton and aren’t going to try and add someone to compete with him. There has been plenty of criticism against Dalton, as some believe that he isn’t consistent enough to lead a team deep into the playoffs. His physical tools have been picked apart plenty of times, but it looks like Hue Jackson really likes him and the Bengals don’t want to do anything to make it look like he isn’t “the guy”.
In all honesty, it would have been surprising to hear of any interest from the Bengals in Vick, as they wouldn’t make sense as a potential landing spot with Dalton already in tote. They are fully committed to Dalton, and there’s no point in adding an older, injury-prone QB, even if he would be a very good backup.