Three years after Mike Vick suddenly and unexpected became a member of the Eagles, he could be only a handful of months away from suddenly and unexpectedly becoming not a member of the Eagles.
Last year, months after a career year that prompted whispers of MVP, MV7 signed a six-year, $100 million contract with the Eagles. Of course, it was actually a five-year, $80 million deal, because the contract contained a clause that wiped out a sixth year at $20 million if he took 35 percent of the offensive snaps in any one year of the deal. (He already has hit that mark.)
Even more accurately, it was a two-year, $32.5 million deal, which becomes a year-to-year proposition thereafter. And after the 2012 season, the Eagles have to decide whether to bring Vick back at $16.5 million for 2013.
Plenty of factors will influence the decision, including his performance this year, his ability to remain healthy, the outcome for the team, and whether coach Andy Reid returns.
Another factor will be whether the team thinks Nick Foles can take over. They’ll get plenty of evidence on that point when the Eagles face the Browns on Friday night.