The shotgun marriage between Michael Vick and the Eagles was an odd one, and it remains to be seen how successful it is.
Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News is certain, though, that Vick’s stay in Philadelphia is going to be short.
He convincingly wrote this week that there is an “unwritten understanding” between Vick and the Eagles that this was always a one-and-done proposition.
“Yes, the team does have an option to keep Vick for a second season at
the hefty price of $5.6 million,” Domowitch writes. “But unless something drastic happens,
like, say, both Donovan McNabb and Kevin Kolb get abducted by aliens,
they have no intention of exercising that option. And that’s the way
Vick wants it.”
The emergence of Kolb, not to mention McNabb’s contract, certainly supports Domowitch’s theory. So does Michael Vick’s play as a West Coast offense quarterback in Atlanta.
If Vick’s stay is so brief, some will question if it was worth it. But Andy Reid will have given Vick the chance to rehab his image, and the Eagles can portentially flip Vick for a draft pick next spring. Domowitch thinks a second-rounder sounds right, but there is a lot of football left to be played this year.
Vick’s play on the field will be the ultimate factor when judging the move.
Vick still needs to show something on the field or the Eagles could have a difficult time finding a trading partner next year, not to mention playing time this season.