I get that I am a Pats fan you don't want to hear this but: Why not give credit to Butler? There are numerous games each season where a QB tries to throw one or more times near the goal line rather than the OC calling a running play. Why not give any credit to Butler?
Pats have been RIPE FOR THE SLAUGHTER on this site and a certain other that shall remain nameless for YEARS. Brady may not be tearing up records the past couple years, but he can still make all the throws, is as healthy as he has ever been recently, and doesn't rely on mobility at all. He is probably good for another three years barring significant injury.
It doesn't say what the gun charge is. It could be as minor as not having proper storage, or failure to license in the local state, where in a previous home state it wasn't required. It is pretty common for people in places that have lax gun laws to travel to different states and accidentally run a foul of stricter laws.
Who is gonna throw it to him? Getting Fitz makes sense if you have either an established veteran QB, or an already promising up and comer that you need to give more weapons to. But without significant improvement at QB, what's the point?
Vick after prison was still young enough to be productive, compared to RBs who don't have as long of a shelf life. Also, Vick DID have to go through the PR stuff with Philly, so much of that brouhaha had already died down by the time the Jets picked him up.