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2012 is a make-or-break year for Mike Vick

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is seen shortly before the start of the first quarter of their preseason NFL football game against the New England Patriots in Foxborough Reuters

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.

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29 Responses to “2012 is a make-or-break year for Mike Vick”
  1. pacodawg says: Aug 23, 2012 9:00 AM

    The browns will lay the smack down on Vick in the opener!

  2. rollinrubber says: Aug 23, 2012 9:01 AM

    Vick will never learn how to protect himself. The only guarantee you have with him is he will miss playing time every year due to injury.

  3. blackqbwhiterb says: Aug 23, 2012 9:02 AM

    Foles was really impressive in the highlights I’ve seen, big arm pretty accurate down the field to the speedy WR’s Philly has…Could be something there

  4. abninf says: Aug 23, 2012 9:14 AM

    They’re a dynasty this year so obviously he’ll make it.

  5. dogluverssuck says: Aug 23, 2012 9:16 AM

    If its a make or break year for Vick then quarterbacks like Matt Ryan and Jay Cutler are way past the make or break seasons. They have a combined 11 years of no playoff wins.

    If Philly lets Vick walk he won’t have to worry about another team lining up for his services.

    Any other qb would get killed behind that offensive line in Philly.

  6. blacknole08 says: Aug 23, 2012 9:16 AM

    I’ve always liked Vick, but if they don’t win this season, it very well could be his last. Nick Foles has looked very intriguing this pre-season and is probably the future at the position.

  7. polegojim says: Aug 23, 2012 9:17 AM

    Vick is like Tebow… excellent football player, just NOT a successful QB.

    Why wouldn’t the Eagles put him is a position of success, instead of just cutting him?

    WR and line up out of backfield on some plays?

    The Guy would wreak havoc.

  8. realnflmaster says: Aug 23, 2012 9:18 AM

    There is absolutley no way you can pay this guy 16 million a season to play.

    We should ask the dogs if he deserves it. Wait, we can’t.

  9. dogluverssuck says: Aug 23, 2012 9:22 AM

    One other thing Philly will have to consider is that every offense that he has played in, the running game benefits.

    Ask Warren Dunn and TJ Duckett how it worked out without Vick.

    It’s no surprise that Shady McCoy is rising up the running back chain.

  10. hotep999 says: Aug 23, 2012 9:24 AM

    The weekly bash Vick thread…. *smh*

  11. prince5000 says: Aug 23, 2012 9:26 AM

    Come on, this guy can’t even make it through the preseason anymore.

  12. pastabelly says: Aug 23, 2012 9:27 AM

    I wouldn’t get all too excited about Nick Foles. The Patriots sat much of their first team defense and played a pretty vanilla brand of defense.

  13. xxsweepthelegxx says: Aug 23, 2012 9:28 AM

    Nothing against Foles…but he “lit it up” against the back up Pats secondary. Hell, the Pats starters werent that good last year.

    Same thing happend with Flynn last year, he played well against a porous Pats secondary, and the again against Detroits secondary. Gets signed in Seattle, and may lose the job to Wilson anyhow.

    At the end of the day though, Foles looks promising…he could have completely crapped his pants out there but didn’t…so good for him and the Eagles.

  14. realitypolice says: Aug 23, 2012 9:36 AM

    There is absolutely zero chance that the Eagles pay Vick $16.5 million next year unless he has a much, much, better year this year than last.

    3,303 yds + 18tds + 14ints does not equal = $16.5M.

  15. dennisatunity says: Aug 23, 2012 9:38 AM

    Whether you pretend his contract was for $100 million, $80 million, or $32.5 million, the fact is that it was a ridiculous amount for a QB with career stats of a 56% completion rate, and only 1 year in his whole career in which he played all 16 games. I think the Eagles got exactly what they paid for–an exciting runner who is a below-average passer and who is always hurt.

  16. sevensgottago says: Aug 23, 2012 9:44 AM

    Vick was irreparably broken before he ever arrived in Philly. Total waste of time.

    Bring on Foles!

  17. cleverbob says: Aug 23, 2012 9:47 AM

    If he goes Andy goes, and vice-versa. Also, it’s not completely out of the question that he would agree to a contract revision if he played good but not great.

  18. jnbnet says: Aug 23, 2012 9:47 AM

    blackqbwhiterb says:
    Aug 23, 2012 9:02 AM
    Foles was really impressive in the highlights I’ve seen, big arm pretty accurate down the field to the speedy WR’s Philly has…Could be something there

    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    Foles did ply well, but it is important to remember that 12 or 14 Patriot starters did not even play. I do agree that he did show some promise.

  19. floriosfuglykid2 says: Aug 23, 2012 10:07 AM

    They can package up the #1 they get from Arizona for Foles to move up and draft a QB.

  20. rajbais says: Aug 23, 2012 10:13 AM

    I love Mike Vick’s way of doing things in life these days, but I personally feel that this will be his last year in Philadelphia.

    I hate seeing it end this way, but they’re without Jason Peters, the weaponry is not like Green Bay’s, and the defense isn’t scary.

    Plus, he’s hurt too often and is showing that he’s turnover prone.

  21. oriolesvsravens says: Aug 23, 2012 10:15 AM

    Put Foles in there with the 1’s for the rest of the preseason to keep Vick off his back. Get Foles ready for the typical midseason start because of Vick being injured.

  22. jpptuckosikiwinascar says: Aug 23, 2012 10:16 AM

    How is it a make or break year 4 vick he plays 4 the dream team! Tell u what philly fans Keep dreaming! Ha Lol

  23. congocash says: Aug 23, 2012 10:25 AM

    Do u think the eagles offensive line is under a little more pressure than other offensive lines around the league? Zero room for mistakes…. Otherwise its a broken qb.

  24. kingcarlbanks says: Aug 23, 2012 10:39 AM

    Everybody wants to discount how well Foles played by remarking about the quality of the defense. Just remember those same backups wiped the floor with Vick.

  25. bluebongzilla says: Aug 23, 2012 12:12 PM

    “It’s no surprise that Shady McCoy is rising up the running back chain.”

    Uhhhh yeah, but 8-8. Do you want stats or championships?

  26. tigrrrr says: Aug 23, 2012 1:05 PM

    Paybacks hurt, Vick!

  27. harlemdom says: Aug 23, 2012 1:12 PM

    Not to get off topic, but am I the only one that notice Nnamdi is soft, and he needs to be traded for Joe Haden. DRC will be the best corner we have this year Nnamdi is washed up.

  28. mancave001 says: Aug 23, 2012 7:57 PM

    rajbais says:
    Aug 23, 2012 10:13 AM
    I love Mike Vick’s way of doing things in life these days, but I personally feel that this will be his last year in Philadelphia.

    I hate seeing it end this way, but they’re without Jason Peters, the weaponry is not like Green Bay’s, and the defense isn’t scary.

    Plus, he’s hurt too often and is showing that he’s turnover prone.
    =================

    The weaponry? The Eagles arguably have the best WRs and running back (taken together) in the league. They have solid guys at TE as well. Blame Vick if you want but they certainly have the weapons to win.

  29. polapea says: Aug 27, 2012 10:49 AM

    The Eagles O-line is not the issue. Many of the sacks they give up are on Vick. He holds the ball too long and he never climbs the pocket. Any time he feels pressure he breaks the pocket too the outside which puts his tackles in a bind and often leads to sacks.

    Vick is gone next year.

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