Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Could Vick be back for Philly?
By Tim Kavanagh
Many have been operating under the assumption that Michael Vick will not be returning to the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013, and that he could be cut prior to Feb. 6, when $3 million of his $16.5 million salary for this upcoming season is guaranteed. However, that may be a false premise.
According to what sources have revealed to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the $3 million deadline is not seen to be as big of an issue as some outsiders believe. As we know, the Eagles can't trade Vick until after the league year begins in March, and the right to take more time to consider all options is apparently worth the $3 million to Jeffrey Lurie and Co.
The options on the table include trading Vick, retaining him at the same salary or asking him to take a pay cut. Between now and the beginning of the league year, the club will consider how Vick will fit into Chip Kelly's offense, and how much they're willing to offer as part of a salary re-structuring. While a trade might make a lot of sense from a long-term rebuilding sense (if they can get someone else to offer multiple draft picks), there's certainly an argument to be made for letting Kelly see what he can do with Vick at the helm of his offense this fall.
ESPN NFC East blogger Dan Graziano offers his opinion on the chances of Philly sticking with Vick: