Michael Vick Says NFL Influenced Him To Sign With Eagles Over Bengals, Bills

QB Michael Vick admits that he would not have signed with the Eagles over the Bills or Bengals without the influence of Roger Goodell and other NFL reps.

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Michael Vick, NFL Deny Allegations Of Tampering Stemming From GQ Interview

Following his release from prison, Michael Vick had options as he mulled a return to the NFL, and when deciding where to play, the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback consulted a multiple advisers in an effort to find the best landing spot. One of those advisers, we learned in Vick's excellent interview with GQ, was Roger Goodell, with Vick seeming to imply the NFL commissioner steered him towards the Philadelphia Eagles. The revelation drew outrage, with many wondering why Goodell was allowed to steer Vick to the Eagles while advising him to spurn the Cincinnati Bengals and Buffalo Bills.

Vick attempted to clear the air on Thursday, releasing a statement to clarify his remarks in GQ.

Michael Vick: "Commissioner never told me to sign or not sign with particular teams. I want to make it clear this was a decision I made."

The NFL also released a statement, denying any tampering or attempts to steer Vick towards the Eagles.

"Michael Vick’s decision on where to play to put himself in the best position to succeed was entirely his own," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tells PFT via e-mail.  "Commissioner Goodell obviously met and spoke to Michael and his representatives as part of his decision on whether to reinstate Michael and on what terms.  But the Commissioner would never steer players to or away from particular teams and did not do so in this case."

It's clear that Vick went through a lengthy process before deciding on a destination after he was released from prison. If he and the NFL are to be believed, his meeting with Goodell was a step in the process as Vick gathered advice and weighed his options. However, seeking out the advice Goodell, and using that advice to eventually decide where to play, does raise plenty of issues and, rightfully, has many feeling uneasy about the situation.

For more on Vick and the Eagles, head over to SB Nation Philly and Bleeding Green Nation.

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Michael Vick's Quote On Eagles Vs. Bills And Bengals Isn't A Good Look For NFL

He probably didn't even realize what he said. In an interview with Will Leitch of GQ, Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick was quoted as saying that when he first exited prison and was preparing his return to the NFL, he didn't even want to play for Philadelphia because they had a solid quarterback situation with QB Donovan McNabb and QB Kevin Kolb (at the time).

Vick dropped this nugget while talking about his decision to sign with the Eagles (emphasis mine):

"I didn't want to come to Philadelphia. Being the third-team quarterback is nothing to smile about. Cincinnati and Buffalo were better options." Those two teams wanted him and would've allowed him to start, but after meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell and other reps from the NFL, Vick was convinced-and granted league approval-to sign with Philly. "And I commend and thank them, because they put me in the right situation."

Vick probably didn't realize what he was saying when he said that but, if it's accurate, it could be a problem -- for Roger Goodell. Why? The Commissioner of a sports league, Goodell in this case, simply can not be influencing players to sign with one team over another. This isn't necessarily about Michael Vick, but it'll get more attention because it is. The point is that a league commissioner can not be involved in personnel decisions like this.

I would hope Goodell discusses the incident to clarify the matter from his perspective.

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Michael Vick Says NFL Influenced Him To Sign With Eagles Over Bengals, Bills

Vick admits that he would not have signed with the Eagles without the influence of Roger Goodell and other NFL reps.

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