When the Philadelphia Eagles shocked the NFL world by signing quarterback Michael Vick to a two-year deal in August of 2009, few predicted that Vick would eventually be the starting quarterback for Philly.
But that’s exactly what happened, due to a bizarre turn of events that saw six-time Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb get traded to a division rival and future franchise quarterback Kevin Kolb get benched after just two quarters of play in the season opener.
Vick stole the starting job away from Kolb, and then kept it for the entire 2010 season. He threw for 21 touchdowns and just six interceptions, posting a 100.2 passer rating. He also rushed 100 times for 676 yards and nine touchdowns. And he led the Eagles to victories in eight of his 11 starts.
He unofficially finished second in the NFL MVP voting and expectations were extremely high for the Eagles’ offense heading into 2011, following Vick’s dramatic career revival.
The Eagles’ organization felt so highly about Vick, in fact, that they handed the 31-year old quarterback a six-year, $100 million contract just two weeks before the start of the 2011 season.
Well it wasn’t for better. It was definitely in the “for worse” category.
Vick threw for 18 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He posted an 84.9 passer rating but he again missed three-plus games due to broken ribs. The Eagles won just eight games, completing one of the most embarrassing seasons in franchise history.
Vick will be 32 when the 2012 season starts. His contract, although committing him to the team through 2016, could be ended at any moment after 2012, if the Eagles choose to cut him. And they might do that, especially if they fire head coach Andy Reid after next season.
If Vick is cut, the Eagles will be in a rebuilding process. New coach and new quarterback, and likely lots of growing pains.
But if the Eagles have a deep postseason run in 2012, and Andy Reid is extended, Vick will likely finish out the rest of his contract, or at least several more seasons.