To retain Michael Vick for 2010, the Philadelphia Eagles must pay the part-time quarterback a seven-figure option bonus by March 5, and even in an uncapped season (as next year is expected to be), that's an awful lot of money for owner Jeff Lurie to ante up for a guy who played so sparingly this season.
In fact, ESPN.com has confirmed the two sides could meet as early as next week to begin dialogue toward a resolution of Vick's status for 2010. While Vick enjoyed his one season in Philadelphia, and agrees that the strong support group with which he was surrounded aided him in getting his life and career back on track, he has made it clear he would like a legitimate shot at an NFL starting job in some team's training camp next summer.
And he certainly isn't likely to get it in Philadelphia, where the incessant trade rumors surrounding Donovan McNabb are unfounded and three-year vet Kevin Kolb is still regarded as the franchise's quarterback for the long term. So the Vick camp will likely press for his release from the Eagles well in advance of the March 5 deadline. And because of the option payment, they're apt to get it.