Common belief is that Andy Reid will coach his final game for the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday and chances are good it is also the final game for Michael Vick.
The quarterback will start again at the New York Giants because of a hand injury to rookie Nick Foles. But Vick’s contract in 2013 – and his unwillingness to renegotiate that deal – make it unlikely he will return.
Vick is signed through 2015 but he is scheduled to earn $15.5 million in base salary next season and that right there signals an exit for him. According to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, $3 million is guaranteed to Vick three days after the Super Bowl. Vick wouldn’t speculate but McLane reports a source said the quarterback would be unlikely to re-do his contract. So, the Eagles have a little more than a month – until Feb. 6 – to make a decision if they want to be on the hook for that chunk of change.
A new coach in Philadelphia could change the thinking with everything, but it’s unlikely anyone would like Vick at his current price tag.
“I have to just sit back and think about what has transpired and look at the situation as a whole,” Vick said, according to McLane. “Of course, you would like to come back and play. I love the organization and I love what they’ve done for me. … But if not, it’s been wonderful and I understand the nature of this business. At some point, we all got to move on.
“I can’t see myself not being a starter right now,” he said. “I just feel like I have too much talent and too much to offer.”
We might have a better idea in February where he will be offering those services.
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