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Eagles continue to insist that Vick is safe

Nine days ago, the Associated Press squared off with ESPN over reports that the Eagles are considering cutting ties with quarterback Mike Vick.

Now, it’s Yahoo! Sports versus the Philadelphia Inquirer.

As compelling battles go, these brouhahas falls somewhere between Spain versus the Netherlands and Alien versus Predator.  Still, with two weeks to go until camps start to open, we’ll take whatever drama we can get.

On Sunday, Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports reported that a high-ranking Eagles source said that the option of cutting Vick remains “absolutely” on the table.  Today, Jeff McLane of the Inquirer reports that “Eagles sources continue to insist Vick will be at camp barring something new and revelatory.” 

So what gives?  Apparently, there’s a (wait for it) schism in Philly.  Some in the organization want to move on, and some want to stay put — or at a minimum, they want to preserve leverage for trading Vick and/or trading for his replacement, like Ravens No. 3 quarterback Troy Smith.

Either way, this isn’t what the Eagles bargained for 11 months ago, when the shocked the NFL world by providing the platform for Vick’s much-discussed second chance.

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43 Responses to “Eagles continue to insist that Vick is safe”
  1. Bwa Ha Ha says: Jul 12, 2010 9:44 AM

    This vendetta of yours has become pretty obvious Florio.

  2. the Shoeman says: Jul 12, 2010 9:45 AM

    Florio,
    Stop with the “Vick” . . . 24 / 7 !
    there is nothing to it .. as of now,
    maybe in a few weeks.
    but for now …………………….
    click your ruby-red shoes together 3 times:
    say it:
    there is no-place like home.
    there is no-place like home.
    there is no-place like home.

  3. Cmoney20 says: Jul 12, 2010 9:46 AM

    “Ill mention Troy Smith in a Mike Vick article so I can kill two birds with one stone because im not the most obsessed writer ever regarding black NFL Qb’s”
    -Mike Florio

  4. Buck Melanoma says: Jul 12, 2010 9:47 AM

    Hey Florio – you really might want to take the TV’s advice & report your Vick hard-on to a doctor.

  5. DanSnyderSux says: Jul 12, 2010 9:47 AM

    Tick, tock, tick, tock………

  6. Switch1 says: Jul 12, 2010 9:49 AM

    Florio, getting really OLD and such a no news report. The guy does not even start, who cares but you about Vick!

  7. famucancer says: Jul 12, 2010 9:50 AM

    LOL…..Florio, do you think you hold a position of influence with the Eagles or something? LOL, please haters…dont KEEP falling for the banana in the tailpipe trick by PFT over this.

  8. mmdd1111 says: Jul 12, 2010 9:50 AM

    Vick is a thug, a loser, a scum, a hood and an idiot. The Eagles are bigger idiots for signing him . They get what they deserve. A 3-13 season would be well deserved.

  9. Heywood Jablowme says: Jul 12, 2010 9:51 AM

    Please cut this guy.

  10. Chapnasty2 says: Jul 12, 2010 9:52 AM

    What do you expect? This is the Eagles we are talking about!

  11. joetoronto says: Jul 12, 2010 9:53 AM

    If the Eagles keep this douche bag, they’ll lose the respect of football fans all around the world, not just in Philly.

  12. LiveNBreatheFootball says: Jul 12, 2010 9:55 AM

    Of course they bargained for this. Anyone with a brain knew that Vick came with the potential for negative headlines. This is exactly what they signed up for they gave him his more than second chance.
    However, the two positions are not irreconciliable. Until a trade is worked out or a final decision made to cut him, he is expected to be at camp.

  13. IrishDawg42 says: Jul 12, 2010 9:58 AM

    [b] “The guy does not even start, who cares but you about Vick![/b]
    Considering he is no longer 3rd string behind a starting Donovan McNabb, I would say this is a very big story to play out through training camp.
    If Kevin Kolb falls flat as a full time starter, Vick would be looked upon to return to starter status. The Eagles have NO ONE else to take over in such a scenario.
    Not sure what all the hate is for Florio, this is just an entertainment article anyway. Don’t like him, don’t read his stuff…Seems simple enough.

  14. numberfour says: Jul 12, 2010 9:58 AM

    it is just a matter of time, wusse posse.

  15. realitypolice says: Jul 12, 2010 10:07 AM

    I am shocked that the Eagles would claim they are not thinking about releasing Vick. I mean, don’t teams that are trying to trade a player typically announce publicly that they would love to dump him? Isn’t that how you build trade value?
    DUH.
    Of course the Eagles would love to get rid of Vick. They openly shopped him before the draft.
    They are planning on bringing him to camp hoping that a) someone will have a QB go down in camp, and b) that Vick will look good enough that someone would give something up for him.
    Of course, now that he can only go to training camps that happen in PA, that kind of limits their options. LOL The Eagles took a huge risk giving him that roster bonus hoping he could keep his nose clean long enough for them to trade him.
    Now they are learning the same hard lesson everyone learns when they trust Mike Vick.

  16. realitypolice says: Jul 12, 2010 10:12 AM

    IrishDawg42 says:
    July 12, 2010 9:58 AM
    If Kevin Kolb falls flat as a full time starter, Vick would be looked upon to return to starter status. The Eagles have NO ONE else to take over in such a scenario.
    ==================
    Doubt it.
    If it appears Kolb is not the QB the Eagles had hoped, it will be……”Mr. Reid, Mr. Garcia is holding on line 1 for you.”
    Then Jeff Garcia can thank God and HGH that he’s getting another shot in the league.
    Mike Vick will never, I repeat never, be the regular starting QB for the Eagles. If Kolb gets hurt or sucks, Vick (assuming the Eagles don’t cut him outright before the season, and that Vick is allowed to travel to road games) will get one or two starts, max, while Garcia takes time to get ready.

  17. koch23jk says: Jul 12, 2010 10:17 AM

    The Eagles made their bed, now they must lay in it…

  18. .Vox Veritas. says: Jul 12, 2010 10:21 AM

    More Vick train wreck coverage, please!

  19. myeaglescantwin says: Jul 12, 2010 10:26 AM

    Is it better that Vick’s violence has shifted from animals to people?? i for one think so, animals have no reasoning, these people choose to be scumbags.. & they deserve the fruits of the life they sow.
    how cool do you have to be to get a man shot for ruining your birthday bash. thats gangster.
    I’m liking Vick more and more. The only thing that could have made this any better for Vick is if a murder occured then he would be a true G. I mean look what it did for Ray Lewis’s career. wasnt it next year to the super bowl. I’m liking our chances.
    –on another tip // I’d take this sort of publicity any day over the rest of the wife beating steroid abusers that we have in this NFL.

  20. numberfour says: Jul 12, 2010 10:38 AM

    well in one way he is safer now.
    i mean, he cant leave the great state of pennsylvania, now, can he?
    of course, someone will have to be assigned to keep him from going to marvin harrison’s bar.

  21. IrishDawg42 says: Jul 12, 2010 10:51 AM

    realitypolice says: July 12, 2010 10:12 AM
    “================== Doubt it.
    If it appears Kolb is not the QB the Eagles had hoped, it will be……”Mr. Reid, Mr. Garcia is holding on line 1 for you.”
    Then Jeff Garcia can thank God and HGH that he’s getting another shot in the league.
    Mike Vick will never, I repeat never, be the regular starting QB for the Eagles. If Kolb gets hurt or sucks, Vick (assuming the Eagles don’t cut him outright before the season, and that Vick is allowed to travel to road games) will get one or two starts, max, while Garcia takes time to get ready.”

    ___________________________________
    Mr. Reality, that was the whole point…
    This article is about the Eagles possibly CUTTING Vick, which is what you state they may do.
    You have just made the article relevant by stating this. Which was my point!
    But here is a little reality for you to police:
    As of today July 12th 2010, Mike Vick IS the backup QB for the Eagles. You can fantasize about 40 year old replacements all you want…
    But Florio is reporting on the possibility of Vick needing replaced which is what I posted about.

  22. poonhok says: Jul 12, 2010 10:55 AM

    No one is forcing you idiots to come to this site.
    If you don’t like Florio’s posting, go somewhere else…

  23. JunkYardDogg1156 says: Jul 12, 2010 11:08 AM

    poonhok says: July 12, 2010 10:55 AM
    No one is forcing you idiots to come to this site.
    If you don’t like Florio’s posting, go somewhere else.
    =======================
    Agree 100%

  24. realitypolice says: Jul 12, 2010 11:22 AM

    @IrishDog42-
    Boy, you’re a little sensitive. I don’t think I was exactly attacking your point. I was simply taking slight issue with your saying the Eagles have “no one” else to take over. It is fairly common knowledge that the Eagles are in somewhat regular contact with Garcia, and his name frequently comes up as an option. And that he would be on a plane 5 minutes after Reid called, and probably show in as a good a shape as anyone there. He knows the playbook and has a very high comfort level with the organization.
    I don’t think in this day and age, when a 40 year old future hall-of-famer just had the best year of his career, that it is “fantasy” to believe that Garcia could be effective. He has always been a well above average conditioned QB .
    And when did I ever say the story was irrelevant??? It is extremely relevant that the Eagles took a $1.5 million flyer when they paid Vick his roster bonus on the basis of Vick’s word that he could keep his nose clean, and now they are learning the hard way what happens to people that trust him.
    Sorry if I offended you.

  25. daddy_lover says: Jul 12, 2010 11:22 AM

    Florio,
    Did your dog lose to Vick’s?

  26. Mooch says: Jul 12, 2010 11:22 AM

    Because Vick is on welfare. Nothing about this is football. It’s a $5m handout to make a sad man feel better about his life choices.
    This about a sad old man, Reid, trying to save a lost soul so he can pretend he didn’t eff up with his kids.
    This is to sooth his hurt feelings over a judge telling him he was a bad dad who was going to kill his kids through lack of attention and oversight (after they were arrested and released there were still drugs in the house).
    It’s sad.
    Lookit, I feel for Andy. As a parent. But enough is enough.
    HE IS NOT YOUR SON.
    HE IS PLAYING YOU!
    Like Dookie with Prez on the schoolhouse steps. All Vick is missing is the junkman.

  27. The Hogster says: Jul 12, 2010 11:23 AM

    Ummm, maybe because he is safe?? Ever think of that one??

  28. Mooch says: Jul 12, 2010 11:24 AM

    And now we can move Greg Dobbs and Sardhino as Philly players who are more valuable to their team than Vick.
    If the Kixx still play I bet I can dig up a few more.

  29. Heinekenfun says: Jul 12, 2010 11:39 AM

    Everyone relax about hammering Florio on the Michael Vick thing..; we should all know by now that he (Florio) is on a constant search for the quarterback of the future.

  30. Mooch says: Jul 12, 2010 11:48 AM

    If we are talking 32 snaps…why not sign a 40 year old? Or a 50 year old?
    Is Rich Gannon available?

  31. tony325 says: Jul 12, 2010 12:01 PM

    I’m surprised there is no talk regarding Vick’s probation… Vick has to get permission to leave the state of PA. He had 2 events outside PA & probation wouldn’t let him leave the state because of the shooting in VA Beach:
    http://www.footballnewsnow.com/2010/michael-vick-cant-leave-pennsylvania-costs-two-appearances/
    I hope they let him leave for football games or they might as well cut him now.

  32. 60minuteassassin says: Jul 12, 2010 12:01 PM

    Heywood Jablowme says:
    July 12, 2010 9:51 AM
    Please cut this guy.
    ——————————
    I disagree, but only because if these are the choices Vick is going to make on his best behavior, can you imagine the chaos that will follow him if he is out of the league and has nothing to lose?

  33. Mooch says: Jul 12, 2010 12:15 PM

    60minutes…
    Agreed, but how is preventing that scenario worth $5m to my team?
    If they cut Vick and resign him for veteran minimum, I would stop getting annoyed at him. Pay the scrub a scrub salary. That is all I ask.

  34. IrishDawg42 says: Jul 12, 2010 12:40 PM

    “Sorry if I offended you.”
    Never was I offended realitypolice…
    I used your statement to backup the point of my statement to the posters saying that this type of article is irrelevant.
    I then merely responded to your elaboration on Jeff Garcia with a quip. If you were going to have a possibility of a veteran leading the franchise into the near future, why trade McNabb? IMHO that was a terrible move…but I am a merely a Browns fan looking in from the outside.

  35. numberfour says: Jul 12, 2010 12:41 PM

    he isnt worth the minimum salary compared to the headaches he causes, either.

  36. bigrig says: Jul 12, 2010 12:52 PM

    Eagles aren’t going to be able to get anything for the convict. That ship has sailed.
    If they could get another team to watch film of him from 5 or 6 years ago, maybe. But every team has seen the current version of Vick. No takers.

  37. Football Fan says: Jul 12, 2010 1:40 PM

    You have to question the validity of ESPN’s sources. We all know Mort and Daniel Jeremiah are close and I’m sure Jeremiah, who is just an area scout and has no say, is telling ESPN that Vick is safe. I would bet that Yahoo and others who are hearing Vick could be cut are talking to coaches or executives while ESPN is just talking to former ESPN employee (for a week) and area scout Jeremiah.

  38. Opie says: Jul 12, 2010 1:44 PM

    I’m just happy the “S-word” has been brought back into the posts on PFT!!!
    The season hasn’t kicked off yet and we’ve got schisms back in their rightful place!
    At least the Eagles’ schism is only with 1 player….in Dallas, they’ve got a handful of schisms developing..

  39. Mooch says: Jul 12, 2010 2:12 PM

    Schism? Isn’t that whay JeMarcus Russell drinks?

  40. Wrathchild says: Jul 12, 2010 2:20 PM

    What gives? Actually, those two statements by Eagles officials make complete sense and are in line with each other.
    If the one official said “Cutting Vick is definitely OFF the table,” and the other said Vick will be at camp *barring something new and revelatory*,” then you have your much sought after schism. In this case, one means there’s no way he’s getting cut over this, the other means he could be if we get some more evidence.
    However, one said it’s absolutely an option to cut Vick, the other said, he’ll be at training camp UNLESS something new comes up. So, you see, if you actually bothered to think about it, those two statements completely align with each other.
    Something new comes up, the option to cut him is on the table. However, nothing new has come up, he hasn’t been charged with anything, so no reason to cut him.

  41. Marc F says: Jul 12, 2010 2:28 PM

    nice to know Florio is such an Eagles fan. at least that explains why he is SO obsessed with Vick.
    hey florio, maybe you’re just looking for a little Man-Love from vick, huh?

  42. NationalFelonLeague.com © says: Jul 12, 2010 8:49 PM

    “Eagles sources continue to insist Vick will be at camp barring something new and revelatory.”
    —————–
    Like being barred from traveling?
    I bet Vick’s handlers insisted he would show to his football camp when they took the $2000 payment.
    People who call at 2 am do so hoping to get voicemail or an answering machine. His handlers are just as classy as he is.

  43. Ryan35 says: Jul 12, 2010 8:54 PM

    The Hogster says:
    July 12, 2010 11:23 AM
    Ummm, maybe because he is safe?? Ever think of that one??
    I assume we are not talking about STD’s here?

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