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Eagles opted not to keep Vick from playing "football" for Spike TV

We recently received a link to a video preview of Mike Vick’s appearance on Spike TV’s Pros vs. Joes, an athletic competition featuring pro athletes against average guys, typically with big mouths.

We can’t recall any current football players participating in the football episode.  And for good reason.  The standard NFL player contract contains specific language preventing a player from playing football in any situation other than for the player’s NFL team.  Here’s the relevant language, from paragraph 3:  “Without prior written consent of the Club, Player will not play football or engage in activities related to football otherwise than for Club or engage in any activity other than football which may involve a significant risk of personal injury.”

Three years ago, the Titans relied upon this clause to block cornerback Pacman Jones from moonlighting as a pro wrestler while serving out a one-year suspension, even though he would never again play for the team.

Here, the video shows Vick wearing full pads and playing offense and defense in a three-on-three competition, with teammates Derrick Brooks and Warrick Dunn.  In a couple of the clips, he is seen trying to make a tackle, although with Antonio Cromartie technique.  At one point, Vick dives onto a loose ball.

And Vick apparently did not obtain “prior written consent” of the Eagles for these “football” activities.  Per a league source, the Eagles knew about Vick’s involvement in the show and opted not to prevent him from doing it.

So why would the Eagles, who aren’t bashful about expecting players to honor every term of their contracts, let Vick expose himself to an injury that could have limited his availability in 2010 or destroyed his trade value?  Maybe they thought they’d have a graceful exit from the Mike Vick experience if he were to pop an ACL and be placed on the non-football injury list, which cuts off all further compensation.  Or maybe they believed it would be a positive gesture, in the hopes he avoids becoming “disgruntled.”

Regardless of the reason, there had to have been one.  The Eagles don’t do anything without a reason.

Meanwhile, we’re also told that the Eagles also were aware of quarterback Donovan McNabb’s involvement in the show, and that they opted not to give him a hard time, either.  But McNabb was only playing basketball, something that many players routinely do throughout the offseason as a way to help stay in shape.

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50 Responses to “Eagles opted not to keep Vick from playing "football" for Spike TV”
  1. adeem4578 says: Mar 14, 2010 10:52 AM

    Mike Vick still plays football??

  2. penguininbondage says: Mar 14, 2010 11:06 AM

    Reid was praying for two knee injuries.

  3. hope4sbvictory says: Mar 14, 2010 11:08 AM

    Wow, this really is a slow year for free agency

  4. .VoxVeritas says: Mar 14, 2010 11:17 AM

    More image rehab.

  5. slipkid says: Mar 14, 2010 11:22 AM

    gives them an excuse to cut him with no regrets and no further $
    and likely retrieve bonuses

  6. JunkYardDogg1156 says: Mar 14, 2010 11:24 AM

    # penguininbondage says: March 14, 2010 11:06 AM
    Reid was praying for two knee injuries.
    ————————————————————
    LOL yea really…we couldn’t get that lucky…

  7. KingJoe! says: Mar 14, 2010 11:24 AM

    Not a whole lot going on, when is the draft again? Maybe they could have one round every weekend for the next 7 weeks.

  8. realitypolice says: Mar 14, 2010 11:26 AM

    The reason is simple: Mike Vick has now violated the terms of his contract. ON FILM. Which means if the Eagles can’t trade him, they can petition to void his contract, and probably even go after the 1.5M roster bonus they just paid him.
    Who in the hell is advising Mike Vick? He went from being a stupid criminal to just plain stupid.

  9. OscarMooseFarmer says: Mar 14, 2010 11:28 AM

    Ricky Williams was on one year too.

  10. Bigbluefan says: Mar 14, 2010 11:38 AM

    Vick has never been a QB so now he is acting the role
    And Yes I am Antivick he should be back in the getto he he came from and for those of you that do not like it
    Kiss my pitbulls ass

  11. TryTheVeal says: Mar 14, 2010 11:44 AM

    All Vick is worried about is trying to regain the money he pissed away……..Obviously he has no soul, so he would have banged GODdells mother if cash was involved…Hell…let him Bungee jump off the Walt Whitman and forget to attach the harness as far as I’m concerned….I’d PAY to see that …..I’m so sick of this POS, does the PFT world know…….That the PA.SPCA has attributed the dogfighting incidents from 800 to over 2000 in the philly region since Vick was aquired?..what a great role model….Nice move Lurie Banner and Reid, you absolute complete jackasses…Tell us again how this is better for society…..And I cannot wait til next years games, when all the miscreants from North and West Philly, show up at the Linc wearing their….”Thats My Dawg” t-shirts with Vicks picture on them, …you know the same people who turn away when getting in line to get into the stadium, cause they don’t have tickets but get in the way of people who have had season tickets since the Vet opened………You Jackasses…

  12. In Motion says: Mar 14, 2010 12:08 PM

    I can’t wait to see Vick as a starting QB and doing well so all of you haters can eat your words and shut the hell up about Vick. Then finally we can move on and just talk football.

  13. BlueEyeDevils says: Mar 14, 2010 12:17 PM

    Damn the “Devils” are still hating…………
    Don’t “YOU” people have something better to do like “PROTEST” the rape of women by the artist know as “Ben The Rapist”.
    Oh that’s right, they were only white women and not dogs…………..
    Ha ha ha
    It must be nice to be a 3rd string quarterback and get you “fools” to blog about him……….
    Damn Vick stays in you idiots head……….
    Ha ha ha
    The Black quarterback, the future, get used to it…………
    Ha ha ha

  14. BlueEyeDevils says: Mar 14, 2010 12:20 PM

    adeem4578 says:
    March 14, 2010 10:52 AM
    Mike Vick still plays football??
    —————————–
    Obviously he does since you are the 1st one to blog on this thread………………
    Ha ha ha

  15. BlueEyeDevils says: Mar 14, 2010 12:23 PM

    slipkid says:
    March 14, 2010 11:22 AM
    gives them an excuse to cut him with no regrets and no further $
    and likely retrieve bonuses
    ———————————
    Is “stupid” your first or last name?
    They could have cut him last week and saved 1.5 million.
    You really should have taken those “hooked on phonics” courses…………..
    Ha ha ha

  16. BlueEyeDevils says: Mar 14, 2010 12:26 PM

    Bigbluefan says:
    March 14, 2010 11:38 AM
    Vick has never been a QB so now he is acting the role
    And Yes I am Antivick he should be back in the getto he he came from and for those of you that do not like it
    Kiss my pitbulls ass
    —————————————
    Actually the ghetto title belongs to that Big Dumb “THUG” in Pittsburg………..
    You know the one that rapes women…………..
    But they were just white women and not dogs, so it’s all good.

  17. adeem4578 says: Mar 14, 2010 12:37 PM

    Damn that guy was pissed

  18. CKL says: Mar 14, 2010 12:56 PM

    realitypolice says:
    March 14, 2010 11:26 AM
    The reason is simple: Mike Vick has now violated the terms of his contract. ON FILM. Which means if the Eagles can’t trade him, they can petition to void his contract, and probably even go after the 1.5M roster bonus they just paid him.
    Who in the hell is advising Mike Vick? He went from being a stupid criminal to just plain stupid.
    ________________________________
    If that’s true they can do that… WOW.
    He’s never been a good QB anyway. Being a stupid thug turd is the icing on the cake .

  19. YP2K says: Mar 14, 2010 1:02 PM

    So the Eagles are just going to cut him even though they won’t settle for anything less than a 2nd round pick for him . . . wow you guys are just dumb!

  20. kingkolb says: Mar 14, 2010 1:08 PM

    hey try the veal,
    why are you so angry on a Sunday morning? You need to drink or smoke something brotha. Lighten up. Treat others the way you wish to be treated. Unless you want people to line up to see you jump to your untimely death off the WWB without a secure bungee. I’m jus sayin’ it’s Sunday man. Praise God and participate in a random act of kindness or something. Jesus would’ve invited Michael Vick to follow him. Remember, Jesus hung with the thieves and prostitutes….
    I went to the Denver game and told a few of those protesters to find Jesus. They told me to go eff myself. I support you Michael Vick. Jesus forgives you and so do I.

  21. In Motion says: Mar 14, 2010 1:08 PM

    TryTheVeal, you sound scared man. LOL

  22. TryTheVeal says: Mar 14, 2010 1:32 PM

    @InMotion……..What is preventing any team from making him their starting QB?…Could it be his obvious lack of skills?…..His dimwitted IQ…..Tell us…….What’s holding him back…….You mean to tell me every NFL owner/businessman is missing out on you’re genius about Vick?.They do own teams to make a profit, and if Vick could win a title, why wouldn’tt they cash in?…..Nobody make more money than a super bowl champ…Go play Madden and tell me again how great his SKILLS are…………Idiot…hate this

  23. slick12 says: Mar 14, 2010 1:45 PM

    penguininbondage says:
    March 14, 2010 11:06 AM
    “Reid was praying for two knee injuries.”
    LOL! So am I penguininbondage. It’s Kolb time. Let’s do this.

  24. realitypolice says: Mar 14, 2010 1:55 PM

    BlueEyeDevils says:
    March 14, 2010 12:23 PM
    slipkid says:
    March 14, 2010 11:22 AM
    They could have cut him last week and saved 1.5 million.
    =======================
    Why would they do that? Now they can wait and try and get something for him. If they can’t, they can cut him later and then go get the 1.5m back. Because Vick, being the illiterate retard that he his, voluntarily broke his contract by not getting permission to play football on the TV show.
    Of course, knowing Vick, he probably spent the whole 1.5 by now.

  25. Skoods says: Mar 14, 2010 2:02 PM

    Ben Roethlisberger raped two women. Much worse than what Michael Vick ever dick.
    Ben should be in prison.

  26. SmackMyVickUp.com says: Mar 14, 2010 2:19 PM

    Vick: A return to the Eagles would be “an everyday struggle”
    Michael Vick said playing for the Eagles next year would be “an everyday struggle” and said he “won’t be a Wildcat guy.”
    The comments came in an interview with Bob Costas that aired last night during NBC’s pregame show before the Eagles hosted Dallas.
    The Eagles signed Vick to a $1.6 million contract for 2009, with a team option for the second year at $5.2 million.
    “It would be hard,” Vick said of returning to the Eagles, according to excerpts released by NBC. “It would be an everyday struggle. But I would have to take that time to hone my skills and get better. I’m excited about the opportunity I have moving forward whether it’s with Philadelphia or another team.”
    However, after last night’s game, Vick told the Associated Press that his focus is on helping the Eagles win a Super Bowl and not where he’ll play next year. He declined to speculate about the future, although he said has spoken about it with Tony Dungy, the former Colts coach who is an analyst for NBC and a Vick adviser.
    “It’s what I thought it would be,” Vick told the AP. “I knew I couldn’t come in and do anything that would disrupt the rhythm of the offense and what we had going on here. I knew I was going to have to be patient.”
    “I won’t be a Wildcat guy. I can’t,” Vick told NBC. “It’s a different style of play. It’s almost like a hit-or-miss type of thing. My position is quarterback. That’s what I was born to do.”
    Vick also conceded that he has had some doubts about his ability, after serving 18 months in federal prison.
    “I would be lying if I said there wasn’t some doubt there,” he said. “I’m being realistic about the situation.”
    “I told Michael to just worry about this year,” he said. “It’s technically up to Philadelphia. If they want him back, he has to stay there.

  27. Lombardi 6 says: Mar 14, 2010 2:21 PM

    Skoods—You’re truly a douchebag—-

  28. BlueEyeDevils says: Mar 14, 2010 2:25 PM

    TryTheVeal says:
    March 14, 2010 1:32 PM
    @InMotion……..What is preventing any team from making him their starting QB?…Could it be his obvious lack of skills?…..His dimwitted IQ…..Tell us…….What’s holding him back…….You mean to tell me every NFL owner/businessman is missing out on you’re genius about Vick?.They do own teams to make a profit, and if Vick could win a title, why wouldn’tt they cash in?…..Nobody make more money than a super bowl champ…Go play Madden and tell me again how great his SKILLS are…………Idiot…hate this
    ———————————–
    He hasn’t been offered to another team because according Michael Lombardi of the NFL Network, Andy Reid is infatuated with Vick and he will shop Kolb & McNabb before he shops Vick.
    He wants Vick to be his starter, otherwise he would not have received that roster bonus.
    Get over it “YOU” people Vick is here to stay………..
    Afterall, if he was insignificant, would you be wasting your time blogging today……………
    Ha ha ha
    “The black quarterback”……………. The future of the NFL……………Get over it………..
    Ha ha ha

  29. JMClarkent says: Mar 14, 2010 2:25 PM

    I wonder which comments don’t make it through the edit…

  30. BlueEyeDevils says: Mar 14, 2010 2:27 PM

    slick12 says:
    March 14, 2010 1:45 PM
    penguininbondage says:
    March 14, 2010 11:06 AM
    “Reid was praying for two knee injuries.”
    LOL! So am I penguininbondage. It’s Kolb time. Let’s do this.
    ——————————————
    Kolb/Brady Quinn/Derek Anderson
    Their all the same “Great White Dopes”
    Ha ha ha…………………
    Kolb will only start in Philly if both Vick & McNabb are injured……………..
    Ha ha ha

  31. BlueEyeDevils says: Mar 14, 2010 2:31 PM

    realitypolice says:
    March 14, 2010 1:55 PM
    BlueEyeDevils says:
    March 14, 2010 12:23 PM
    slipkid says:
    March 14, 2010 11:22 AM
    They could have cut him last week and saved 1.5 million.
    =======================
    Why would they do that? Now they can wait and try and get something for him. If they can’t, they can cut him later and then go get the 1.5m back. Because Vick, being the illiterate retard that he his, voluntarily broke his contract by not getting permission to play football on the TV show.
    Of course, knowing Vick, he probably spent the whole 1.5 by now.
    ——————————–
    – Have you seen the contract?
    – Have yo spoken to the Eagles?
    – Do you even know your head from your azz?
    If Vick had not received permission from the Eagles, he would be cut by now……………….
    “The Black Quarterback”……….. The future of the NFL……………Get over it……………….
    Ha ha ha

  32. TryTheVeal says: Mar 14, 2010 2:31 PM

    Yeah…….I’m scared….LOL…….Really scared your gonna label me a hater….Actually it petrifies me….It’s a shame Vick is POS and you can’t admit it cause of skin color…….Blue eyed devil yanno…..

  33. In Motion says: Mar 14, 2010 2:31 PM

    @trythe veal #1 I don’t play madden as a business owner I’m too busy. Vick will be a starter this year just give him time. He is still only 29 years old and is under contract with the Eagles and why did the Eagles just pay him a 1.5 million dollar roster bonus? because he is a bumb right? Yeah sure, I think Andy Reid knows a little more about talent than you and me put together! Just stop hating man and when Vick starts this year i want to see you on this blog!

  34. BlueEyeDevils says: Mar 14, 2010 2:33 PM

    Skoods says:
    March 14, 2010 2:02 PM
    Ben Roethlisberger raped two women. Much worse than what Michael Vick ever dick.
    Ben should be in prison.
    ————————————-
    That will never happen because he is a White Ghetto Thug and we all know there are two sets of rules.
    Even white women are secondary to dogs………
    Ha ha ha

  35. Count Sacula says: Mar 14, 2010 2:35 PM

    @ Blue Eyed Devil
    Thanks for posting your racism for all of us to see. Not defending Rapistberger but he still has not been convicted….yet. Vick was caught red handed killing dogs like the savage that he is. Wanna talk about Leonard Little, Rae Carruth, Ray Lewis, Donte Stallworth? How about OJ Simpson? Hehe.
    Go preach your hate on a Black Panther Party message board or something. Nobody wants to read it here. Jackass.

  36. realitypolice says: Mar 14, 2010 2:59 PM

    BlueEyeDevils says:
    March 14, 2010 2:25 PM
    “The black quarterback”……………. The future of the NFL……………Get over it………..
    ===================
    That’s why all of the top QB prospects this year are black…..
    Oh wait, none of them are.

  37. TryTheVeal says: Mar 14, 2010 3:13 PM

    I’m still amazed BuckWheat never won an emmy……..Know what i mean Blueeyed……And by the way In Motion, you do realize the Eagles signed Vick cause their entire FO thinks they are smarter than anyone else?……….They thought for sure they could at least get a 2nd rounder for him…and no one is biting….It just proves this team is run by a bunch of jackasses, Reid and Mcnabb are joined at the hip, or did the last decade pass you by…I’d rather have Kolb throwing to a bitching Terrell Owens than Mcnabb burning worms at hank basketts feet…

  38. JunkYardDogg1156 says: Mar 14, 2010 3:36 PM

    BlueEyeDevils says:
    March 14, 2010 2:25 PM
    “The black quarterback”……………. The future of the NFL……………Get over it………..
    ————————————————————-
    This guy is the “A” typical Vick defender. Spews race hating BS, brings others into the mix to deflect on his hero, ignorant of the real facts by choice, defends his boy with blind undeserving loyalty, things he says make absolutely no sense & all reek of race baiting mundane babble. His posts are entertaining though due to the absurdity of his thoughts & his “YOU” people owe us mentality.
    VICK is a sub-human POS. Nothing you deflect to with your race hating idiocy & fantasy stats are going to ever change that.

  39. damnitall says: Mar 14, 2010 4:13 PM

    @ # JMClarkent says: March 14, 2010 2:25 PM
    I wonder which comments don’t make it through the edit…
    These are the comments that don’t make it through the edit…. on a busy day. When in the past have you seen so many comments from the intellectual BlueEyeDevils make it through?

  40. damnitall says: Mar 14, 2010 4:22 PM

    @ # JMClarkent says: March 14, 2010 2:25 PM
    I wonder which comments don’t make it through the edit…
    These are the comments that don’t make it through the edit…. on a busy day. When in the past have you seen so many comments from the intellectual BlueEyeDevils make it through?

  41. realitypolice says: Mar 14, 2010 4:39 PM

    BlueEyeDevils says:
    March 14, 2010 2:31 PM
    Have you seen the contract?
    – Have yo spoken to the Eagles?
    – Do you even know your head from your azz?
    If Vick had not received permission from the Eagles, he would be cut by now……………….
    ==========================
    Don’t have to see the contract- that clause is standard in every NFL contract
    The article states that he had not recieved written permission, so obviously I, and everyone else, is commenting based upon that.
    Again, why would the Eagles cut Vick now, when they can hang onto him as long as they want to try and get something back- then cut him later if they don’t and get that 1.5M back because he broke his contract.
    BTW- Lombardi never said the Eagles weren’t trading Vick because Reid is enamored of him, he said they haven’t traded him because they are currently seeking more than teams are willing to pay. They want at least a second round pick, because if they hang onto him this year and he signs somewhere else next year, they would most likely get a compensatory 3rd rounder next year.
    You can look it up on National Football Post if you actually care about facts at all, which it doesn’t appear that you do.

  42. rocman101 says: Mar 14, 2010 5:13 PM

    After watching that video I can see why no one wanted to sign Derrick Brooks

  43. Rickah99 says: Mar 14, 2010 5:52 PM

    @ Blue Eyed Evil,
    Really?
    How did that brilliant decsion making work out for Steve McNair?
    Stay in the hood you clown!
    “Ha ha ha”

  44. .VoxVeritas says: Mar 14, 2010 6:28 PM

    I dunno Blue Eyed Devil, since Doug Williams black QBs don’t really seem to have done that well. Lots of records (mostly Moon), sure, but little else. Look at McNabb, probably the best black QB prospect since Moon or Williams. Fat, stupid and out of shape for the most important game of his career. Didn’t know that games could end in a tie, tried to call a 4th timeout in a crucial situation. Vick? Reid thought no more of him than a “wildcat” gimmick in ’09. Campbell, Culpepper, Russell, all scrubs. Wallace and Garrard are not that much better.
    Maybe it’s just a general slump for black QBs but recent trends show that if you have a black QB starting on your team, forget about winning the Super Bowl and consider yourself lucky to make it to the playoffs. We’ll see how that plays out for the future.

  45. vickfan says: Mar 15, 2010 7:15 AM

    Back the hell off! Im sick of people feeding off others mistakes like an addiction! everyone still in vicks ass needs to get a life of thier own so that they can focus on something other than talking smack on a man who has lost everything already! Because he still makes more than you, gives you zero right to think that he didnt loose a thing! Hes talent from head to toe! PERIOD! like it or not fans will follow vick no matter the team! Vick is alive and well! Enjoy 2010, Vick is still here in the NFL! Read it and weep!

  46. Mooch says: Mar 15, 2010 11:36 AM

    “…talking smack on a man who has lost everything already!”
    “Because he still makes more than you…”
    So…has he lost everything or is he wealthy? You contradict yourself in the same paragraph. Which is it.
    Honestly, I don’t care. Vick will have as much impact on this squad as the kid we just signed from Air Force. A total non-factor, because even if he still had superior athletic ability Reid wouldn’t know how to use it.
    And he will be on the squad through 2010, because Andy and Joe need to save face. The whole signing was a fiasco. No plan upfront, no plan at the end. Just no plan.

  47. Rickah99 says: Mar 15, 2010 11:40 AM

    Recent trends also suggest if your QB is named Rom-O-Choke, you’ll most likely not win many playoff games….1 to date!

  48. Mooch says: Mar 15, 2010 11:48 AM

    Vox – most white QB’s don’t make it either.
    In fact, aside from the Mannings, Brady, and Rothlesberger, the other white QB’s have been woefully deficient as of late.
    I’d point out that the QB’s you mention did not play in pro-style passing offenses in college. The over-reliance by their college coaches on athleticism over ‘system’ makes the transition to the pro game harder.
    These aren’t guys coming from USC-Notre Dame-Tennessee, the programs that are associated with traditional passing attacks. We’re talking Alcorn State, Syracuse, CFU, etc.
    Just a thought. Given the limited sample size this factor radically skews the numbers we’re analyzing here.

  49. JunkYardDogg1156 says: Mar 15, 2010 2:01 PM

    # vickfan says: March 15, 2010 7:15 AM
    Back the hell off! Im sick of people feeding off others mistakes like an addiction! everyone still in vicks ass needs to get a life of thier own so that they can focus on something other than talking smack on a man who has lost everything already! Because he still makes more than you, gives you zero right to think that he didnt loose a thing! Hes talent from head to toe! PERIOD! like it or not fans will follow vick no matter the team! Vick is alive and well! Enjoy 2010, Vick is still here in the NFL! Read it and weep!
    ————————————————————
    What you’re tired of doesn’t mean anything to anyone. What he lost is because of his own sick behavior, no mention of that in your post though, never see a MV supporter blaming MV for his actions, just blaming others for taking him to task for what he did & would still be doing if he hadn’t have been caught. You should he tired & ashamed of yourself, defending something that could perpetrate the extreme sadistic acts of evil MV will always be infamous for. Nothing you are tired of changes the fact Vick is a sub-human POS.

  50. buddha says: Mar 15, 2010 6:59 PM

    VOX, why didnt you mention Quincy Carter?? I guess since he was a cowboy he must have been good, huh??lol

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