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Eagles must make a decision on Vick by fifth day of 2010 league year

The decision of the Eagles to do business with Mike Vick, and vice-versa, entails multiple levels of intrigue.

The option year of the two-year contract constitutes, in our view, one of the primary sources of potential drama.

Since the Eagles have Vick under contract for 2010 at a fairly large salary of $5.2 million, a bad year from Donovan McNabb coupled with excellent work from Vick in spot duty could prompt some to begin clamoring for Vick to become the full-time starter next year.

For now, the more likely scenario is that the Eagles will start the bidding for year two of the contract, after the current year ends.

Per a league source, the Eagles will be required to fish or cut bait on Vick by the fifth day of the 2010 league year. 

This will give the team an opportunity to shop him before the start of the next league year, and then a five-day window to get it done once the new league year begins in late February or early March (or later if the league and the NFLPA agree to delay the start of the 2010 league year pending a new CBA).

So the question will be whether anyone is willing to give up a draft pick (or more) for Vick, in exchange for the ability to secure his services for $5.2 million in what could be an uncapped year.

If more than one team is interested, the Eagles might be able to leverage a pretty good deal for themselves.
 

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23 Responses to “Eagles must make a decision on Vick by fifth day of 2010 league year”
  1. BrenstonBuckner says: Aug 14, 2009 3:56 PM

    They’ve covered their bases by signing Squeaky Fromme!!—What do you expect from a state that’s run by a Gangster!!

  2. Hap says: Aug 14, 2009 3:59 PM

    It shouldn’t take that long. We’ll know before the year is up if they want to keep him for a bargain or passe.

  3. CrypticNonSequiturGuy says: Aug 14, 2009 4:08 PM

    An SAT-type question:
    (note: only one answer is correct)
    Mike Vick is to dogs as Jeffrey Dahmer is to:
    A. oranges
    B. Andy Reid
    C. Tara Reid
    D. Tony Dungy
    E. Andrea McNulty
    F. people
    A cat has really great balance because of little fluid sacks in their inner ears–sort of like a carpenter’s level.

  4. Pack_Attack says: Aug 14, 2009 4:09 PM

    Brett Favre might be ready by then too!

  5. My Other Ride Is Your Girl says: Aug 14, 2009 4:11 PM

    Note to bEAGLE fans:
    leave your women @ home, your new back-up QB does very bad things when in the company of dogs

  6. houskat says: Aug 14, 2009 4:12 PM

    Is Mcnabb’s contract up this Year?

  7. Vidiotz says: Aug 14, 2009 4:13 PM

    That, and the possibility that both Dallas and the Redskins were interested in Vick, more than justifies the $1.6 mil spent on him. You could argue that Vick spending a year mostly on the sidelines behind a proven QB in a solid program would increase his value to potential suitors, while also proving his worth.
    Once the controversy storm dies down (assuming Vick can stay good – be a good boy Vick, that’s a good boy), this might just be of tremendous benefit to the Eagles.

  8. december says: Aug 14, 2009 4:27 PM

    Looks like they picked up some trade bait for cheap. Or if they stick with Vick, they can trade McNabb to the Vikings for picks (if Childress is still there).

  9. CincyJungle says: Aug 14, 2009 4:34 PM

    I just saw video on NFL.com of Jeffrey Lourie (CEO and Chairman for the Eagles) and Mike Vick. Jeffrey stated that three people were instrumental in getting him to allow Mike to come to the Eagles, they were Roger Goodell, Tony Dungy and Donovan McNabb. He referenced how Donovan was a personal friend of Mike’s.
    When Mike spoke, he thanked Donovan for his support and efforts to get him signed to the Eagles.
    I don’t think Donovan McNabb is worried about Mike Vick.

  10. Krow says: Aug 14, 2009 4:38 PM

    Sure. All the teams that really wanted Vick decided that instead of signing him now they’d wait till next year… when they’d have to give up picks to get him. Makes perfect sense.

  11. ProfessorEmmitt says: Aug 14, 2009 5:09 PM

    My Other Ride Is Your Girl says:
    August 14, 2009 4:11 PM
    Note to bEAGLE fans:
    leave your women @ home, your new back-up QB does very bad things when in the company of dogs
    ———————————————
    No, Jackass…. You’re other ride is your other hand…..

  12. Shackman v2.0 says: Aug 14, 2009 5:13 PM

    Of course, this scenario all depends on the assumption that he plays well this season. After over two years out of the league, I certainly have my doubts. What’s going to happen if his play is less than stellar or worse yet, he stinks up the joint? Then the Eagles will have no choice but to simply cut him. Nothing ventured, nothing gained I guess.

  13. troll_aikman8 says: Aug 14, 2009 5:24 PM

    McNabb is already buckling under this new pressure.
    Next season McNabb will be in Minnesota and Reid will have a 3 ring circus at QB: Vick, Kolb and Vince Young.
    Good job Eagles, let your wings soar.

  14. gwitsch says: Aug 14, 2009 6:07 PM

    One can only hope that if Michael Vick performs poorly, he is subjected to the same sanctions he inflicted on his dogs that did not fight well. My fondish wish is that he is slammed to the ground then hung, then electocuted with jumper cables and finally held under water until he stops struggling.
    Shackman v2.0 says:
    August 14, 2009 5:13 PM
    Of course, this scenario all depends on the assumption that he plays well this season. After over two years out of the league, I certainly have my doubts. What’s going to happen if his play is less than stellar or worse yet, he stinks up the joint? Then the Eagles will have no choice but to simply cut him. Nothing ventured, nothing gained I guess.

  15. slapme7silly says: Aug 14, 2009 6:07 PM

    Vicks a murderer; electrocution, hanging, and drowning, great example for the kids! Show us how much class you don’t have, Eagles.
    Man, whatever you need to win Beagles

  16. Jackal138 says: Aug 14, 2009 6:12 PM

    “McNabb is already buckling under this new pressure.”
    He is? Thanks, sports guru! Your insight is so much clearer than the words Donovan says.

  17. Bubby Brister says: Aug 14, 2009 6:26 PM

    Hey, OrtonsNeckBeard, you should probably check this video out.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXStPqhLmIk

  18. weezilgirl says: Aug 14, 2009 6:28 PM

    Below is what Michael Vick said today to 250 kids at a basketball camp. If he thinks this bullshit will “revamp his image”, he is so, so wrong.
    ***The free agent NFL quarterback, who last month finished a 23-month federal prison sentence for dogfighting, told a crowd of about 250 to “use me as an example for your dreams.” Vick also told them that after accomplishing his goals he “allowed someone who didn’t have my best interests at heart to take all that away from me,” according to a release from the school.***
    He doesn’t have any intention of taking responsibility for the torture and abuse that he visited upon innocent dogs.

  19. stanjam says: Aug 14, 2009 6:47 PM

    The Vick deal still makes no sense to me. No one knows if he has anything left after two years away. He wasn’t a great QB to begin with, definitely not on the same level as McNabb, who is one of the best in the NFL (even is you base it on how little he actually turns the ball over). The Eagles would have been better served building a team around their QB, instead of spending money on another QB who is essentially an unknown and a lightning rod for controversy.

  20. SkinsFanInNebraska says: Aug 14, 2009 9:28 PM

    Well, hopefully Vick truly is remorseful. And hopefully he will really turn over a new leaf.
    But if he turns out to be a schmuck, then Philly fans will have him for lunch.
    Thank you, Dan Snyder and Vinnie Cerrato, for not signing him.

  21. empty13 says: Aug 14, 2009 9:44 PM

    unless they dont plan to use him as a regular qb.
    westbrook doesnt sound healthy.
    i bet this was explained to lurie as “vick can be OUR T.O. and be the last building block to get us back to the super bowl”.

  22. MasterShake says: Aug 14, 2009 11:25 PM

    CrypticNonSequiturGuy says:
    August 14, 2009 4:08 PM
    “An SAT-type question:
    (note: only one answer is correct)
    Mike Vick is to dogs as Jeffrey Dahmer is to:
    A. oranges
    B. Andy Reid
    C. Tara Reid
    D. Tony Dungy
    E. Andrea McNulty
    F. people
    A cat has really great balance because of little fluid sacks in their inner ears–sort of like a carpenter’s level. ”
    And you have great balance because of little fluid sacks on your chin!

  23. Jackal138 says: Aug 15, 2009 12:56 AM

    SkinsFanInNebraska says:
    August 14, 2009 9:28 PM
    Well, hopefully Vick truly is remorseful. And hopefully he will really turn over a new leaf.
    But if he turns out to be a schmuck, then Philly fans will have him for lunch.
    Thank you, Dan Snyder and Vinnie Cerrato, for not signing him.
    —————-
    Exactly. It’s good to see an NFCE fan with an understanding of how Philly fans feel now.

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