Did NFL Steer Vick Away from Bengals?

Cincinnati, OH (FOX 19) - Eagles quarterback Michael Vick said "Cincinnati and Buffalo were better options" when he was deciding where to play after he was released from prison and reinstated by the NFL.  In an interview with GQ magazine Vick says signing with Philadelphia wasn't his first choice but after meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell and other NFL officials he decided to play for the Eagles.  Vick says in the magazine "I commend and thank them because they put me in the right situation."

The question now is whether or not Goodell unfairly influenced Vick's decision?

Vick released a statement Thursday saying "The commissioner never told me to sign or not sign with particular teams. I want to make it clear this is a decision I made.''

Although Goodell hasn't responded, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello did release this statement.  "Michael Vick's decision on where to play to put himself in the best position to succeed was entirely his own," Aiello said. "Commissioner Goodell obviously met and spoke to Michael and his representatives as part of his decision on whether to reinstate Michael and on what terms. But the commissioner would never steer players to or away from particular teams and did not do so in this case."

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