It’s a foregone conclusion Andy Reid is headed out of Philadelphia and few believe Michael Vick will return in 2013 either.
Vick is due $15.5 million next season and there is no way a new coaching staff is going to commit that kind of money to the quarterback. Vick’s pretty much accepted that and he’s handled his demotion upon returning from a concussion with professionalism and class.
But Vick made it clear in comments made to PhillyMag.com that he in no way expects to be a backup.
“I’m not a backup. Just being honest, just being candid. I’m a full-fledged starter,” Vick told Tim McManus. “That’s what I’ve got in me, that’s what I provide, that’s what I offer. Whatever happens, wherever I end up, they’re going to get 110 percent. You’re going to get the same thing out of me that you got the last two, three years and that’s 110 percent effort and a guy that’s confident in his abilities to play and win.
“I want to start. Yeah, I’m a starter. I’ll feel that way until I start to feel like I’m becoming a problem on the team.”
You’ve got to credit Vick for handling this situation the right way. It hasn’t ended well for anyone and he’s hoping to get a quick start elsewhere with a club in need of a quarterback and one ready to place trust in him.
“I’ve got prime left, man,” he said. “I’m just getting started.”
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