Dungy see Buffalo as option for Vick

NEW YORK - November 9, 2009

Dungy has served as an adviser to Vick since the Super Bowl-winning coach retired from the Colts after last season. Now a commentator for NBC, Dungy confirmed during the pregame show Sunday night before Philadelphia hosted Dallas that the Bills and Vick "talked originally" when Vick was searching for a team after serving 18 months in federal prison for running a dogfighting ring.

The Eagles signed Vick to a $1.6 million contract for 2009, with a team option for the second year at $5.2 million. But he has played sparingly.

"I told Michael to just worry about this year," Dungy said. "It's technically up to Philadelphia. If they want him back, he has to stay there. If they don't, there are some teams looking for quarterbacks: Cleveland, St. Louis and Washington.

"But I think a dark horse is Buffalo. They talked originally. There was some communication there. I think that could be a good spot."

Vick has not been the weapon for the Eagles some expected and he was in for only two plays in their 20-16 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night. Vick said his focus is on helping the Eagles win a Super Bowl and not where he'll play next year.

"It's what I thought it would be," Vick said. "I knew I couldn't come in and do anything that would disrupt the rhythm of the offense and what we had going on here. I knew I was going to have to be patient."

Bills starter Trent Edwards struggled this season before sustaining a concussion. Ryan Fitzpatrick, a career backup, has been the starter with Edwards out of the lineup.

Vick didn't want to talk about potential teams for the 2010 season.

"Me and Tony talked about my position in the future, whether I'm here or whether I'm there," Vick said. "We talked about it, but the primary goal is to help this team win the Super Bowl."

Vick has completed 2 of 6 passes for 6 yards and rushed 12 times for 27 yards, mostly out of the wildcat formation.

He said he usually talks to Dungy at least once a week and receives "great advice" from his mentor. Vick, who has talked to churches and schools about the poor life choices he's made, has enjoyed his second chance in Philadelphia.

"It's been great," he said. "Every day I wake up and I just thank God I have another opportunity to play football and put on a uniform. That's what I'm thankful for."

Whitner would welcome Vick in Buffalo

If Tony Dungy believes Michael Vick would be a good fit in Buffalo, Donte Whitner is on board.

Confident Vick can regain his once-dynamic form, the Bills safety said Monday he would encourage his team to pursue Vick if the Eagles - who hold a $5.2 million option for next season - decide to release Vick in the offseason. Without referring to Buffalo quarterback Trent Edwards, Whitner said players are replaceable, and it's important for teams to bring in "other guys that can get the job done."

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