It looks like after all of the hoopla surrounding QB Michael Vick’s unavoidable release, head coach Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles have decided to hang onto the vet for one more go-of-it.
The Eagles signed Vick to a one-year contract Monday that is worth up to $10 million according to NFL sources, which will replace the remainder of his six-year, $100 million deal that he inked in 2011.
Vick was set to make at least $15.5 million next season on his prior contract, which is what made the QB’s release seem to be completely inevitable. Earlier in the year, Vick had also stated that he was not interested in re-structuring his mammoth contract, but it seems to me like Kelly’s arrival swayed Vick’s decision.
Under Kelly’s high-octane, speed-fueled spread offense, a mobile speedster like Vick is the ideal type of quarterback to lead the way. While Vick’s rushing numbers plummeted in 2012, we all have to keep in mind that the Eagles housed arguably the NFL’s single worst offensive line.
I think that the decision to keep Vick is certainly bold, but in reality it may not be the best choice for the Eagles, which is a team that is looking to turn in an entirely new direction in 2013.
I have supported Vick ever since he signed with the Eagles, especially in his absolute bummer of a 2012 campaign, and I feel like I can’t completely turn my back on him yet.
While I did believe that the Eagles would look to trade for a new starting QB, or nab one in the 2013 NFL Draft, I do not think that the decision to insert Vick into Kelly’s system is a bad idea. Yes, a younger and more durable QB may have been the popular choice, but the wisdom of a veteran is incredibly valuable.
I am not going to pretend like Vick is anywhere close to the athlete that he once was, but with a sturdy offensive line and the right targets around him, I think that ol’ number 7 may still have some magic left in him.
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