Just before noon Friday, someone called the “Stan, Guy and Chris” show” on ESPN 1250 Radio Pittsburgh and claimed to be a cab driver who had just taken Michael Vick to Steelers’ headquarters on the South Side of Pittsburgh.
The anonymous caller added fuel to rumors started Monday week after NFL analyst Chris Mortensen said on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” that the Steelers would be a perfect fit for Vick.
The cab driver’s phone call prompted reporters at camp to ask several Steelers about the possibility of Vick playing with the Steelers now that he’s served a 23-month prison sentence for his role in an illegal dog-fighting operation.
While a few Steelers said they wouldn’t mind seeing Vick in Pittsburgh _ “We’d welcome him with open arms,”
cornerback Deshea Townsend said – there is no truth to the rumors that the Steelers are interested in bringing in the former Atlanta Falcons’ QB.
“I don’t know whether he was in Pittsburgh or not,” Tomlin said with a laugh. “But I’m in Latrobe and everybody else in our organization is as well.”
“I don’t now. We’re just focused on who’s here right now,” center Justin Hartwig said. “We’re just concerned about the Steelers. We’re not really concerned about Michael Vick.”
Tomlin downplayed any connection with Vick because they’re both natives of Newport News, Va., or the fact that former NFL coach Tony Dungy has been advising Vick. Tomlin got his first NFL job as a defensive backs coach in Tampa Bay when Dungy coached the Buccaneers.
“That’s relevant for conversation,” Tomlin said of the home-town ties he has with Vick. “I’m just focused on the Steelers who are here and what we have going on, and not interested in discussing potential free agents.”