Adrian Peterson put Minnesota Vikings fans on high alert when he publicly lobbied for the team to sign free-agent quarterback Michael Vick on Wednesday night.
@MikeVick would intently make the vikings a playoff team!
— Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) March 6, 2014
The Vikings went 5-10-1 in 2013, ultimately missing the playoffs. Matt Cassel, Christian Ponder and Josh Freeman all started games at quarterback, but none looked like a definitive, long-term answer.
Vick played seven games for the Philadelphia Eagles last season, eventually going down with an injury that opened the door for backup Nick Foles. Foles performed better than anyone had expected, and ultimately won the starting role after a series of impressive performances.
In his seven starts, Vick accumulated a QB rating of 86.5 - higher than any of the players who started under center for Minnesota. Vick will be 34 at the start of next season, but his mobility has stayed fairly consistent over his five seasons in Philadelphia.
The Vikings have north of $35 million in available cap room, and Vick would likely be available for an affordable price. The Vikings will face some competition if they pursue the free agent QB, with the Oakland Raiders and several other teams reportedly interested in his services. Peterson's high-profile tweet should spark some interest in the front office, but it remains unclear whether or not the team would move for Vick before the NFL draft, when their future QB situation will become clearer.
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