COMMENTARY | In 2014, if the inevitable Kirk Cousins' trade materializes, the Washington Redskins could be in the market for a backup quarterback. Thanks to the recent emergence of Philadelphia Eagles' quarterback Nick Foles, Michael Vick could be looking for a new home when he becomes a free agent next year.
With those two things in mind, is there a possibility that Michael Vick lands in Washington to serve as Robert Griffin III's backup next season? Here's why the Redskins should at least ponder the thought.
If Kirk Cousins is traded, Michael Vick makes sense as a backup quarterback option
As mentioned earlier, Michael Vick arriving in Washington D.C. won't happen unless the long-awaited Kirk Cousins trade takes place.
Despite the Redskins possibly headed down the path of a losing season, they won't be able to reap the fruits of their incompetence in next year's draft. Courtesy of the RGIII trade, the St. Louis Rams will be the proud recipients of the Redskins' first-round draft pick in 2014.
As a result, the Redskins could look to recoup a high draft pick in exchange for dealing Cousins. Under this scenario, due to RGIII's susceptibility to injury, the team would need to find a viable signal caller who can lead the team to success if he's forced into action.
Having an adequate solution at backup quarterback is a huge advantage in the NFL. Just ask the Green Bay Packers, who are struggling as a result of Aaron Rodgers' injury due to their failure to fortify their roster with a strong backup signal caller.
Even though he isn't getting any younger and he's been injury-prone over the last few seasons, Vick still has what it takes to get the job done in limited action. In Washington, Vick would be available in a pinch to perform if RGIII gets injured while providing the Redskins with a capable option at backup quarterback.
The Redskins could run the same offense if Vick has to replace RGIII in the lineup
Michael Vick and Robert Griffin III have similar playing styles. Both are great athletes who also possess cannons for throwing arms. They're also dual threats who can defeat the opposition in a multitude of ways.
Adding Vick would provide the Redskins with a backup quarterback who brings some of the same strengths exhibited by Griffin when he's in the huddle. The read-option could still wreak havoc whether Griffin or Vick was in the game. Running back Alfred Morris would still have the additional space that he's provided playing alongside a quarterback with elite rushing ability.
To make a long story short, the Redskins wouldn't miss a beat in the way they operate offensively if Vick is backing up RGIII.
Vick must be ready to accept a backup role
Vick possibly arriving in Washington D.C. next year is contingent upon whether or not he's ready to face the reality that his days of a starting quarterback in the NFL could be over.
If Vick is still hopeful that he has what it takes to lead a franchise, then he's better off not coming to the Redskins where RGIII is firmly entrenched as the team's quarterback for the foreseeable future.
In a league where the likes of Blaine Gabbert, Christian Ponder and Brandon Weeden are chosen as starting quarterbacks at the onset of the season, it's certainly plausible that Vick could still find a starting opportunity in 2014.
However, if Vick is willing to accept a role as a backup, then the Redskins could emerge as a potential destination if Kirk Cousins is traded in the offseason.
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Drexel Perry's a freelance writer who covers the Washington Redskins and the Washington Wizards for Yahoo Contributor Network. Follow him on Twitter @DrexelPerry.
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