One NFL team answered a quarterback dilemma on Monday as the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick signed a one-year contract with his team.
It is a replacement for Vick’s 2011 six-year, $100 million deal and it could have up to a $10 million value. He will now be a free agent after the next season.
New Eagles coach Chip Kelly said of Vick after a media news conference on Monday via ESPN, “He wanted to be here. I had never met him before. The one thing that attracted me to him is Michael is a competitor. Nick is, too. You want guys who want to compete.”
And Vick’s comments included, “My heart is in Philly and this community is important to me. I look forward to playing for Coach Kelly, [owner] Jeffrey Lurie and the entire Eagles organization, the city of Philadelphia and the fans. I am training hard this offseason and will be ready for Coach Kelly’s team vision and leadership. Our goal is to win.”
As noted by Kelly, he has two competitive quarterbacks, the second being sophomore Nick Foles, on his roster and he’s ready for them to compete for the top spot.
He said via NFL.com, “There’s open competition. Both of them are outstanding quarterbacks. Who the starting quarterback is will be decided on the practice field.”
For Vick, his 2012 season wasn’t great with 2,362 yards, 12 touchdowns and 10 picks. This came from 10 games as he was injured with a concussion and then lost his starting spot to the rookie. He did take over for Foles as he went down with an injury of his own for the last game.
The Eagles finished the season at 4-12 and sat in last place for the NFC East. Andy Reid was fired as soon as the season ended.
Kelly will bring change to the team and on Monday the question had been posed on whether the new coach would enter the season with a guarantee that both players would be on the team. He responded that he does hope so and noted that Vick’s mobility may be a better fit for his system.
He added, “There’s a skill set that Mike has that really excites me. … I look at his skill set, how he can throw the football, how he can beat you with his feet.”
One factor against the veteran player who has been with the Eagles for fours season may be his age; he turns 33 in June.
But maybe not.
Kelly commented, “He’s younger than (Dallas quarterback) Tony Romo, and he’s right about the same age as (Giants quarterback) Eli Manning. The only reason I say that is because I told Michael that this morning, and he didn’t know.”
And he’s younger than Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and we all know that guy can still play.