NFL Rumors: Michael Vick Takes Big Step Towards Leaving Philadelphia Eagles

By Joe Doris
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It has been no secret to anybody that the Philadelphia Eagles are expected to release QB Michael Vick when this season concludes, putting an end to his 4-year tenure in Philly.

It is now being reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer that Vick has turned down the idea of restructuring his deal with the Eagles, as he has accepted the idea of continuing his career elsewhere.

Vick should have no problem in finding a handful of possible suitors for next season, who would love to bring in the mobile gunslinger for a few playoff runs. In my opinion, Vick still has the game-changing speed and elusiveness that once made him famous, along with the advanced decision-making abilities of a veteran.

Vick’s decision not to restructure a contract with the Eagles makes it clear that the two sides will part ways, likely in the days following this year’s Super Bowl. Considering the Eagles will not owe Vick anymore money if they release him, there is not much of chance that they are going to try and trade him.

There are a number of NFL teams that have been spit-balled as possible landing spots for Vick, but some stand out much more so than others.

There was already great speculation that Vick would sign with the Buffalo Bills when he returned to the NFL in 2009 after a two year prison term. And now that the Bills have added talent but still have no long-term answer at quarterback, the city of Buffalo still is a lead candidate for Vick’s service.

A few other teams that have been mentioned as possible homes for Vick in 2013 are the New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars and Cincinnati Bengals.

Vick will be the Eagles’ starting QB this Sunday against the New York Giants for the first time since Week 10, when he suffered a concussion against the Dallas Cowboys.

Rookie QB Nick Foles filled in for Vick for a total of six games, even though Vick was cleared to play in the past two contests. But after Foles broke his hand last week, Eagles head coach Andy Reid decided almost immediately that he would roll with Vick for the regular season finale.

This Week 17 finale against the Giants presents the perfect stage for Vick to showcase his abilities, and prove to the entire NFL that his career as an elite QB is not finished.

If Vick has a sturdy offensive line and an athletic receiving core at his disposable, I guarantee that the QB still has the skills and athleticism necessary to thrive on any NFL team.


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