The Philadelphia Eagles, after trying in vain to trade receiver Hank Baskett, have opted instead to dump him in the circular bin for holding waste.
The move was necessitated by a desire to activate quarterback Mike Vick to the 53-man roster. Previously, Vick was on an exempt list; he was permitted to attend meetings and work out on his own, but he was not permitted to practice.
(Several media members have reported this move, either by Twitter or otherwise. In lieu of pissing off any of them by omitting him or her, I’ll go ahead and piss off all of them by mentioning none of them.)
The Eagles had the ability to move Vick to the active roster at any time, or to leave him on the exempt status. He remains suspended until Week Three.
The team now has four quarterbacks on the active roster: Donovan McNabb, Kevin Kolb, Jeff Garcia, and Vick.
McNabb has a broken rib. Kolb is expected to start against the Saints on Sunday, if McNabb can’t play.
The move means that the two starting quarterbacks from Vick last regular-season game are now on the same roster — Garcia had limited duty in a 24-17 win over the Falcons in the final week of the 2006 season.
The leading receiver in the game, with 177 yards, was Hank Baskett.
Because Baskett is not a vested veteran, he’ll be required to pass through waivers.
In other words, he’ll be playing for the Lions on Sunday.