The Eagles Are Stretching Out The Michael Vick Saga To Evaluate All Of Their Options
2/7/2013 10:15:00 AM
The Michael Vick saga has been full of twists and turns in recent weeks as the popular thought early on was that he was destined to get cut post-Super Bowl. Then it came out a few days ago that the Eagles actually had until March 12 to make a decision and that they intend to take as much time as necessary to come to a conclusion on the much-maligned quarterback’s future in the city.
ESPN’s preeminent NFL reporter, Sal Paolantonio, joined Mike and Mike this morning to share the latest details on where Vick and the Eagles currently stand.
“This is all about buying time and creating options for both Chip Kelly and Mike Vick,” Sal Pal said. “To me, when you get down to the bottom line, the math is pretty simple: Vick’s going to be 33-years-old, he’s prone to sacks, he’s prone to turnovers, he’s prone to injury and he’s due to make 15.5 million in 2013 so it begs the question, ‘Why would you invest any time or money in a quarterback who is not your future?’
“At the same time, how do you convince Vick to stay as an Eagle as a stopgap? ‘Hey Michael, we need you to take a massive pay cut so that you can compete for a starting job or get a few starts until we groom this young replacement here.’ Why would Vick do that? Why wouldn’t he just leave and start over someplace else?
“The answer to that question is that there really isn’t someplace else.”
A few weeks ago it was almost a sure thing that Vick was going to be moving on but now it sounds like both sides are keeping all their options open in the short term, even if it’s not the best situation either party.
“I’m not sure that they absolutely want to trade him. Again, I think they’re trying to buy time and create options for themselves. Chip Kelly is clearly interested in his old quarterback Dennis Dixon from Oregon, who finished up on the practice squad with the Ravens. Dixon had a history of a knee injury but he knows Kelly’s offense, he’s tall, he’s accurate with the football, he’s athletic, he’s young. Dixon’s going to be on the roster.
“The key is this: if Vick stays around, how do you convince him to take a pay cut to groom a younger player and then make himself extinct? I think it’s very difficult going forward.”
Vick didn’t hold back when speaking about his teammates following the Eagles’ final game of the season.
“You’ve got to remember that after the Giants game Vick had a scorched earth policy. He went out in a blaze of glory, basically saying to his teammates that they didn’t hustle, they didn’t try hard enough and the effort wasn’t there. He basically accused the locker room for quitting against the Giants.”
Kelly obviously sees some value in having Vick on the roster as they’ve had multiple face-to-face meetings which has led to word leaking out that the quarterback might just be willing to restructure his deal after all.
“Here’s what’s going on, Kelly is the master recruiter out of college and he’s trying to recruit the good graces of Michael Vick right now. Convince him to hang around with [the Eagles] and that they’re his best options.”
When it’s all said and done, it’s hard to believe that Vick will play another game in an Eagles uniform. This city is eager to begin a new chapter and Kelly is looking to put his stamp on the franchise.
“It goes back to this, if you’re the Eagles why do you invest any time or any money in a quarterback who isn’t your future? You’re moving on, you’re trying to turn the page. It just doesn’t compute here in Philadelphia.