Michael Garcia - December 1, 2012
The ongoing saga of the Philadelphia Eagles and Michael Vick just keeps getting more twisted around. According to CBS Sports' Mike Freeman's sources, Vick says he's ready to play. Other sources in that same article say that some of Vick's teammates are worried about his long term health. You don't hear that very often. Guys want to win, win now and play with who gives them the best chance.
In a post on NFL.com, Howard Eskin's report is linked where he has sources saying Vick's concussion symptoms are getting worse. That post was updated with info from the Eagles' trainer saying that was wrong, that Vick isn't getting worse, he just has plateaued. With the way that Philly's season has gone, it wouldn't be a surprise to find out that the team might actually be taking their time to make sure Vick is healthy because they want to see what rookie Nick Foles can do. Their season is lost at this point so why not get game experience for who looks to be their QB of the future?
Vick has to be kind of worried at this point. He was far from his best this year, and there's little doubt that the Eagles are going to move on after the year. Coach Andy Reid is almost certainly gone, and that definitely doesn't bode well for Vick, who's due $16 million next season, including a $3 million bonus if he's on the roster a few days after the Super Bowl.
Vick's stats before he got hurt were pretty underwhelming. In nine starts (he barely played the 9th before getting hurt), he had 11 TD passes against nine interceptions. He had only rushed for 307 yards and one TD in that span, and his QB rating was just 79.2. The upside for Vick is that he's only 32-years-old and is still really athletic. GMs might have some questions about why things went so bad this season though.
I don't see how he gets a job somewhere next season, even if it's not a guaranteed starting job. But like I mentioned in a post the other day about places where Alex Smith of the 49ers might end up, the list is virtually the same for Vick. There will be teams desperate for a veteran, maybe even to start, but there are also some good QBs in the upcoming draft. I'm sure Vick will land somewhere, but not for $16 million.
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