It was quite the media firestorm when the Pittsburgh Steelers chose Mike Vick to replace the injured Bruce Gradkowski and compete with Landry Jones as the primary backup quarterback behind Ben Roethlisberger on the team's quarterback depth chart.
Although many supposedly surrendered their Terrible Towels over the signing, the most common theme among fans was simple: "Hopefully Vick never has to see the field." This would be pointing at the health of Roethlisberger being good enough to not have to rely on either Vick or Jones. Clearly, that didn't happen.
To put it mildly, Vick's debut season in the black and gold was rough, and you can't put all the blame on his shoulders as he had only been in Todd Haley's offense for a little over a month before being called upon as a starter after Roethlisberger's injury against the St. Louis Rams in Week 3.
In my opinion, Vick getting the starting nod said more about Landry Jones' ability, or lack thereof, than it did Vick's overall potential. Nonetheless, Vick was a part of a hideous game at Heinz Field against the Baltimore Ravens where several failed missed opportunities led to an overtime loss, a remarkable late-game rally against the San Diego Chargers on Monday Night Football and to cap off his time in a Steelers uniform was a game against the Arizona Cardinals where he went 3 for 8 passing for 6 yards with 47 rushing yards before leaving with a hamstring injury.
What a game to go out on, but it seems Vick isn't sold on calling it a career just yet. When speaking to reporters at Tyrod Taylor's youth football camp, he claimed he has one year left in the proverbial tank. "I'm 35, about to turn 36," Vick said, according to the Newport News Daily Press. "I've got one more dedicated season in my blood, if somebody needs me to come in. But I'm kind of happy where I am right now.
"I've got my health, I've got my kids, I've got my family. The game has done so much for me in terms of relationships, opportunities to take care of myself and my family. I'm just thankful. I give all the credit to God."
Vick wants to play one more year, but will there a be a NFL franchise who wants to add him to their 2016 roster? Could that team be the Steelers? It is possible, even after such a dismal performance in 2015. The Steelers current quarterback depth chart reads as follows: Ben Roethlisberger and Landry Jones as the only experienced players on the roster.
The team could try to bring back Bruce Gradkowski for another year on a veteran minimum contract, but if he decides to play elsewhere, Vick could be a name and number Pittsburgh dials if they don't feel like drafting a quarterback to play behind Jones next season.
If the Steelers, or any other NFL team, passes on Vick he seems okay with what the future holds for him. After such a tumultuous trek throughout his NFL career, Vick put together one of the more memorable, and exciting, careers in NFL history...regardless of how his 2015 season ended with the Steelers.