The last time the Redskins hosted a Monday night game, Eagles quarterback Mike Vick had a night for the ages. Now, his career in Philly most likely belongs to the ages.
The declaration from coach Andy Reid that rookie Nick Foles will serve as the starter for the balance of the season likely means that Vick will never play another down for the Eagles. With a $15.5 million base salary due in 2013 and a short window after the Super Bowl to avoid guaranteeing several million of it, the Eagles will cut the cord on Vick, barring a dramatic reduction in the value of his deal.
That’ll happen only if the next coach wants Vick, and if Vick wants to stay.
Complicating Vick’s attitude toward the franchise surely will be the events that resulted in the decision to replace Vick with Foles. Per a source close to Vick, it’s strongly believed that Vick would currently be playing, if the Eagles were still pursuing a playoff berth.
And so instead of dealing with the weekly speculation as to whether the Eagles are overstating Vick’s concussion in order to justify sticking with Foles, the Eagles have decided to make the change and go with Foles and render irrelevant the question of whether Vick can play.
As a result, he won’t play for the Eagles again this year — or most likely at any time in the future.