Andy Reid sat down for an interview with Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News Wednesday while Peyton Manning’s press conference was going on in Indianapolis.
It’s no surprise, then, that Bowen asked Reid whether there was any interest in Manning. Reid doesn’t sound like a man looking to make a move away from Michael Vick at the quarterback position.
“We’re obviously happy with Michael,” Reid said. “You could ask that question of probably everybody in the National Football League except the Giants, right? … That’s not something we’re — we’re happy with Michael.”
Reid also discussed his meeting with Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III during the combine last month. Reid said he was impressed by Griffin and said he did well during their interview, but Bowen points out that Reid “didn’t seem to envision” trading up in the draft for a chance to select him. Reid also said he thinks Mike Kafka will be the backup quarterback with Trent Edwards third on the depth chart.
The interview also touched on Plaxico Burress, who hasn’t made much attempt to hide his interest in signing with the Eagles as a free agent. Reid says he “hasn’t gone there” yet, which is probably a good thing since he isn’t allowed to talk about Burress until free agency opens on March 13th. As for current Eagles wide receivers, Reid said that expects DeSean Jackson to sign his franchise tender and Bowen reports that he left with the impression that Jackson will be with the Eagles in 2012.
And, because it would be as impossible to avoid asking about bounties as it would be to ask about Manning, Reid gave his thoughts about them.
“I haven’t read all the documents, but by definition of the word ‘bounty,’ you don’t do that with other players. That’s not where you go. That’s not how you do business … Players want to hit you and hit you hard, but they don’t want to come in and, like, ruin your career … That’s just not how guys are wired.”