Ever since the conclusion of the 2012 NFL season, it has been largely assumed that the Philadelphia Eagles would let go of QB Michael Vick within three days of Super Bowl XLVII to avoid coughing up $3 million.
Well, the $3 million deadline on Vick’s contract is today, and it looks like the QB isn’t going anywhere. For now.
It is still not likely that the Eagles will have to pay Vick the cash, being that his contract contains a clause stating that if Vick is signed or paid at least $3 million by another team, then the squad will not owe him anything. The Eagles will have until the start of free agency, March 12th, to hang onto Vick without anymore money owed.
In the strange case that the Eagles do retain Vick through this next deadline, the organization still has the option to dump Vick’s hefty contract on another team by trading him.
Prior to Vick’s season-crippling concussion in Week 10 against the Dallas Cowboys, the 11th-year quarterback struggled greatly with turnovers and a massive lack of offensive production. Vick returned to the Eagles’ starting lineup for their final regular season in place of an injured QB Nick Foles.
At this point and time, I can see two key reasons why the Eagles are considering hanging onto the aging Vick.
First off, the Eagles originally had high hopes for Foles, but in the rookie’s six starts in relief of a concussed Vick, he quickly proved that he was not at all prepared for the NFL stage. Secondly, Vick would actually be the perfect type of mobile quarterback to lead brand-new Eagles head coach Chip Kelly‘s high-octane, up-tempo style of spread attack.
Vick’s status as the Eagles’ quarterback is still in great jeopardy, and I would honestly be very surprised to see him at the helm for the Birds when their 2013 campaign begins.
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