Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mike Vick isn’t happy with how he played this season when his number was called but even so, the 35-year-old would still welcome an opportunity to return in 2016.
“I’ve thought about it. I think about maybe making next year my last year, play one more season. Give it everything I have. We’ll see what happens in the offseason. I still want to play,” Vick said according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
“I wish I could have done a lot better this year. I felt like I did a good job coming in late and what I had to deal with. I feel like I can still play, man. I just understand the importance of the offseason.”
Vick, who was signed right before the start of the regular season after veteran backup Bruce Gradkowski was lost for the year due to injuries, started three games this season in place of injured starter Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers managed to win two of those starts.
While he did complete 40 of his 66 pass attempts for 371 yards and two touchdowns in those games, the one interception that he threw could have easily had six more added on to it. Vick’s accuracy was very off as well as was his understanding of the offense
With Landry Jones now ahead of Vick on the Steelers depth chart, Vick is likely to close out the season as the team’s No. 3 quarterback and that means he’s not likely to dress for many games. Jones, however, is currently dealing with an ankle injury, so that could result in Vick serving as Roethlisberger’s backup again Sunday when the Steelers play the Seattle Seahawks. On Monday, Vick indicated he was running the scout team this week and pretending to be Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in practice.
The Steelers will need a No. 3 quarterback next season and there’s a chance that either Vick or Gradkowski will be re-signed to serve that role if the team doesn’t draft another young signal caller in the Spring. Both players will be unrestricted free agents and will likely only command one-year contracts in 2016 for the veteran minimum.
“Absolutely, I’d definitely come back here,” Vick said. “Great people, great staff, great teammates. That’s what I fell in love with, my teammates, a bunch of great guys.”
— Steelers Depot (@Steelersdepot) November 24, 2015