The general reaction to the news that Vick would be back was that he must fit Kelly's system better, but that begs an important question. How is it an open competition if you have Foles trying to run a read option offense? And if you run different plays for Foles, how do you evaluate one against the other? Chip says it would be wrong to assume that the offense will have to be two different systems for two different QBs.
Ted Glover of Daily Norseman, SB Nation's Vikings blog, believes that the Vikings are now in a no-win situation with Harvin.
This thing seems to be deteriorating fast, and if reports of him holding out until he gets a new deal done are, in fact, accurate, the Vikings are in a no-win situation. If they cave and re-do a deal, well, for a guy like Harvin that's just a blank check to be an ass until you get your way on everything. If they don't and he does hold out, the Vikings will have a HIUGE distraction that will need to be dealt with buy either the aforementioned cave-in, or by trading him.
And if the Vikings really are actively trying to trade him, that task might have just become next to impossible, and there's no way the team will get anything close to equal value in return.
Still, the Bills are now woefully inexperienced at linebacker, and it's a pretty safe bet at this point that the team will need to make radical personnel changes at the position this off-season. Bart Scott, who has spent his entire 11-year playing career working with Rex Ryan (and by extension Pettine), is expected to be released this off-season - and while he has publicly claimed that he'd take a pay cut to stay with Ryan in New York, it's hard not to envision a scenario where Pettine wouldn't jump at the chance to bring Scott in to help teach the system.
Though Scott might not have as much left in the tank as Barnett has, he still knows new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine's system, and would provide much-needed experience at the position.
Even if the Bills sign Scott, the team will be relatively weak at linebacker, barring a major move. There's a lot of offseason left to go, and what the Bills do with the extra cap space will dictate whether or not releasing Barnett and Wilson were good moves.
The Bills weren't the only New York team making moves on Monday. The New York Giants announced that they have re-signed Terrell Thomas, who missed the last two seasons after tearing his ACL in consecutive summers.
Thomas, a former a second-round draft pick out of USC, may have to move from cornerback to safety. Switching positions likely doesn't matter too much to Thomas, who is just happy to have another opportunity in the NFL.
Ed Valentine over at Big Blue View doesn't believe that Thomas can be counted on, but does find Thomas incredibly easy to root for -- a sentiment most Giants fans share.
Thomas was injured two seasons ago during an exhibition game against the Chicago Bears. Last season he was injured early in training camp when he slipped on a grass field at UAlbany.
Truthfully, it's hard to count on Thomas becoming a productive player for the Giants again. It is, however, easy to root for him as he tries.
Thomas signed a new contract last year, prior to tearing his ACL again, and was due a roster bonus of $6 million in March. That $6 million bonus won't be seen, however, and the Giants likely saved a significant amount of cap space by signing Thomas to a new contract. After releasing Ahmad Bradshaw and Chris Canty last week, it comes as no surprise to see the Giants continue to save cap space.