Monday, February 11, 2013
Impact of Vick development
By Tim Kavanagh
For all the folks speculating on the Philadelphia Eagles' decision regarding QB Michael Vick this offseason, there's been an important development.
According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the Eagles have signed Vick to a re-structured contract: a one-year deal for 2013. As Schefter notes, it's a win-win deal. If the Vick-Chip Kelly offense succeeds, they can get another deal worked out for future seasons; if not, it's an easy break-up after the 2013 campaign.
The bigger impact may be on the non-Philadelphia teams that are looking for a new QB option this offseason (Arizona, Buffalo, Cleveland, Jacksonville, Kansas City and the Jets): the supply of viable, starting-caliber quarterbacks has now been reduced by one, upping the value of players like Alex Smith and Matt Flynn in trade, and perhaps the contract offers for a player like Matt Moore, who isn't a franchise-altering passer, but a proven commodity as a pro. This could also increase the chances that a QB is drafted by one of these passer-needy teams in the first round this April.