"This is not how you want to go out," Vick told USA Today this week. "But it is what it is. Everything that happened, it's football. Our organization may be headed in a different direction. Whether I'm a part of it or not, I've got to accept it.
"I'm just trying to take the best approach, and have a sense of gratitude more than anything. Obviously, I wish things would have been different. It could have been different. But I've got to just keep pushing forward."
Vick is set to earn $15.5 million next season, a price tag this coaching staff (or the next one) won't touch. The 32-year-old passer was a turnover machine during his nine starts and proved too brittle to base an offense around. Vick's 79.2 passer rating this season was his worst since 2003, but he shouldn't have trouble finding work next year.
Vick remains an intriguing option because he's still one of the game's more athletic signal-callers in a league filled with teams searching for answers at the quarterback position. Someone will come calling.