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Segal Visits -- and Shoots Down Vick Talk

The minute I saw agent Joel Segal chatting with Vinny Cerrato this morning under a tent at Redskins Park, I figured I would soon be sitting at my laptop typing this name: Michael Vick.

Despite having been the first to report that Vick would not be joining the Redskins, I knew the speculation would start swirling again because Segal was watching practice with his buddy and, well, that's just the way things work in today's 24-hour news cycle. Segal goes way back with Cerrato and counts several Redskins among his clients, including quarterback Jason Campbell, free safety LaRon Landry and cornerback DeAngelo Hall.

Obviously, though, there is intense media and fan interest in Vick and where the quarterback might sign, and Segal knows how this works. He would not have been chilling with Cerrato at a Redskins practice, which was open to the media, unless he was willing to talk about Vick.

Segal and Cerrato spoke with Campbell and Hall after practice and then Segal gave the media some time. After the scribes lobbed a few softball warmup questions at Segal, the conversation turned to Vick.

"No," Segal answered when asked if Vick could land with the Skins. "No chance."

That should shut the door on a Vick-Redskins union -- at least as much as any door can be closed when it comes to this team and the potential acquisition of a high-profile player.

All of the Vick-Redskins stuff was helpful for talk radio for a few days, but there was no way, in my opinion, that an agent who has been doing this as long as Segal would steer Vick to the Redskins with Campbell still atop the depth chart. Segal and Campbell have a strong relationship and Segal knows Campbell as well as anyone outside of his family. Segal has worked to help put Campbell in the best possible environment to succeed, and negotiating with the Redskins on behalf of Vick, even if the quarterback eventually signed elsewhere, would stir potential problems for Campbell.

As for where Vick might sign, Segal was predictable in his answers, revealing little. "We're taking it one day at a time," Segal said. "We've talked to a host of teams, and Mike's excited to get back with the next opportunity."

When asked if he thought Vick would be on an opening-day roster, Segal said, "Sure hope so."

Teams have not forgotten Vick's on-field accomplishments, Segal said. "Mike was a special player. We believe he will be a special player," he said. "And most importantly, he understands the mistakes he's made and he's ready to move on. And both on and off the field, do the right thing."

Segal also briefly addressed his impression of Campbell's outlook in the offseason as the Redskins attempted to acquire then-Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler and showed interest in drafting former Southern California quarterback Mark Sanchez, who was drafted by the Jets.

"Jason's a guy who is ice. Jason is even-tempered," Segal said. "Jason's confident. Don't let the cool demeanor belie his confidence. And Jason is never shaken. He said, 'Listen, I'm ready to play some football. I don't care who's here. I'm ready to roll.' Jason's just that type of guy."

By Jason Reid  |  August 11, 2009; 12:32 PM ET
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Comments

1st again?

Posted by: noonefromtampa | August 11, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to thank my fans, the editors, fellow bloggers and the academy for this honor

Posted by: noonefromtampa | August 11, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

F a beep beep, huh noonefromtampa?

I've been first on a couple of threads, no big deal. It isn't like 'E' on your monitor or anything like that.

Posted by: RedDMV | August 11, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

What happened to Zebra? Noon should get a 5 yard penalty for Firsting without a Beep attempt.

Posted by: alex35332 | August 11, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Beep

Posted by: alex35332 | August 11, 2009 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Despite having been the first to report that Vick would not be joining the Redskins, I knew the speculation would start swirling again.

By Jason Reid | August 11, 2009; 12:32 PM ET

This is SOOOOO something Jason La Canfora would say. Look at me, I'm so cool. Despite me being such a great reporter who cracks so many stories, I just knew some other less intelligent people who aren't as gifted a reporter as I am would keep this story alive

Posted by: Barno1 | August 11, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Yeah!

There is no way that Vick signs with the Skins... until Thursday when Campbell goes out there and looks like Vince Young! Get ready to purchase your Vick number 2 jerseys... Campbell might not make it to my limit of 3 regular season games... You heard it here first.

Posted by: SkinzNWiz | August 11, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Barno: You're hilarious man. If you get caught in traffic do you blame LaCanfora? That guy left months ago, did good work while he was here, and still you can't let go the fact that someone had the gall to question the mighty snyder who in his time here has done nothing but run the franchise into the ground. Never question incompetence or authority, heckuva job Cerrato, etc...Stop being so tedious.

Posted by: YourPsychologist | August 11, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

NOT first...jeez, somebody hand that guy a wax banana.

campbell ain't gonna play enough to matter so put away all them ideas that he'll suck in the first preseason game and be replaced by a guy who's nowhere near ready to start or play fulltime or who even belongs here.

it's been said that offense wins games but defense wins championships...the upgrades to the defense are good ones, now they have to prove themselves on the field. don't thinkthe offense won't be motivated by defensive success. upgrading the offensive line next year makes sense...

Posted by: songsofpraise | August 11, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Maryland will finish with a 2-10 record.

Maryland's defensive line and linebacker corps are a joke --- no pass rush whatsoever and give up a ton of long yardage plays.

I have seen harder hitting teams in powder puff leagues.

The only hard hits the Terps make - are out of bound plays - which cost them an additional 15 yards - which are quite frequent.

California's running back - Best - will gain 296 yards in the opening game

I love it, when Maryland constantly gets embarrassed on national TV.

Prediction:

California -- 56
Maryland -- 10

It's hilarious to see Maryland win a game - and the very next week get clobbered by a Virginia Tech - Boston College.

It is great to see Maryland go down to a crushing defeat on recruiting front (the kids they have received commitments from - are a joke! - taking the bottom of the barrel)

Carolina Blue - Carolina WHITE - Go Tar Heels - Let's go Tar Heels !

Posted by: hclark1 | August 11, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

hclark1, why don't you tell everyone on here that you didn't go to the University of Carolina, and that the only reason you like them is because you're a fairweather fan and they've had a great basketball program over the years?

2-10 Terps while Fridge is head coach? Not likely. In fact, with our schedule, not possible.

Posted by: Barno1 | August 11, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

why does hclark keep commenting on Skins boards about the terps? terps will be alright and make some garbage bowl game

Skins on the other hand, I am worried. We are staring at mediocrity, finishing somehwere between 7-9 and 9-7.

Man I hope I am wrong on both accounts.

And since when does Barno not respond to his critics? The psychologist got at you dude

Posted by: jpfterps | August 11, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

No problem...the DEADskins koolade fans have grown accustomed to the NO playoff DEADskins...and when the Suits once again HAND the QB job to the 16-20 Campbell.......they will all get what they are addicted to...the red zone scoring impotent Campbell and another 8-8, at best, NO PLAYOFF season......

Posted by: unc1dmo | August 11, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Yeah right. No one will even admit they're interested much less actually sign him.

Vick and his cronies dangled kittens to excite the starving dogs and the kittens were torn to shreds.

This person is of no use to society.

Posted by: Rubiconski | August 11, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Irish4 | August 11, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

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