The UFL reportedly could offer Michael Vick as much as $1.6 million to play six games this season. A deal like that means Vick could be the face of that league, which starts play on Oct. 8. If his UFL team did not make the playoffs, he could be available to play in the NFL as early as mid-November.
The newly formed United Football League should be an appealing option for him. Even if it means he has to compete against lesser talents, Vick would be able to show us something about his current ability -- and he'd easily have a better chance of being a full-time quarterback in that league. If Vick proved he still could be a playmaker after a few games in the UFL, you could expect NFL teams to be far more willing to pursue him. If he also had a chance to see how protesters reacted to him in that league, he'd also give NFL decision-makers a means for gauging what kind of public-relations fiasco they'd be dealing with by signing him.