We’d been told during the season that, once the season ended for the Eagles, negotiations would commence regarding a new contract.
A full 10 days after the Eagles were bounced out of the tournament by the Packers, no progress has been made.
“Nothing has happened as of this point,” Vick told 97.5 The Fanatic, via the Philadelphia Inquirer.
“Just with my train of thought and my way of thinking as a player, if I want to be here, I’m going to do whatever it takes to be here,” Vick said. “I can say it over and over again, but then when I say it to my agent [Joel Segal] it’s a totally different story. It’s a totally different story when I speak to him about it and his opinion about it. So who knows what’s going to happen. I have to follow his lead in that regard and he’s the expert in that field.”
So what does Segal think about it?
“We don’t even talk about it,” Vick said. “I’ll mention it, he’ll say something about it. “But I think till the time comes we’re really buckle down.”
The Eagles are expected to use the franchise tag on Vick, in the event that they can’t work out a long-term deal before the late-February deadline for applying the device that would prevent him from becoming an unrestricted free agent. Recent reports indicate that the league has asked teams not to use the tag until the league can study in further detail whether the franchise tag survives the current labor deal.
If the teams ultimately don’t use the franchise tag before the annual deadline, it’ll be pretty clear that a lockout is coming when the clock strikes 12 on March 4.