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If Kelly wants Vick in Philly, it’ll likely cost $15.5 million


As the Eagles try to close the deal with Oregon coach Chip Kelly, they reportedly are selling potential coach Chip Kelly on the presence of quarterbacks Nick Foles and Mike Vick on the roster.

That’s fine, but Vick has no intention or desire to reduce the $15.5 million salary he is due to earn in 2013.

It’s due to be the third year of Vick’s six-year, $100 million deal, which actually was a five-year, $80 million deal.  And we’ve consistently heard that, if the Eagles want to keep Vick, they’ll have to honor the terms of the contract.  (Others have reported the same thing.)

There’s a chance it’s bluster, especially if the reduced rate the Eagles will pay Vick is more than he can get on the open market.  While it’s technically tampering for other teams to tell the agent of a player who is under contract with a team what the player would be paid if he were free to be signed elsewhere, it happens routinely.

Also, Kelly is one of the coaches believed to most intrigue Vick.  So if Kelly lands in Philly and if no other team will pay Vick more than the Eagles will offer on a reduced deal, Vick’s best move could be to accept less money and stay put.

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25 Responses to “If Kelly wants Vick in Philly, it’ll likely cost $15.5 million”
  1. tooz56 says: Jan 6, 2013 12:08 PM

    Both parties agreed to that contract, so the Eagles should pay him the agreed amount. And people wonder why players are always trying to renegotiate after they have a good season…the owners always seem to do the same exact thing if a player has a bad season. Make it while you can !

  2. joshuavkidd says: Jan 6, 2013 12:12 PM

    So for you people who want Kelly your asking for the following… 1) A coach with zero NFL experience. 2) A coach with no ties to any current NFL coordinators. 3) Might mean the Eagles keep the most injury prone turnover machine in the NFL and would probably have him carrying the ball MORE often 4) Will cost the eagles at least an additional 15 million dollars?

  3. mazblast says: Jan 6, 2013 12:13 PM

    The issue is more “does Vick intrigue Kelly” than “does Kelly intrigue Vick”. Unless the Eagles sign Kelly AND Kelly really, really wants Vick, Michael’s time in Philly is over.

  4. nesuperfan says: Jan 6, 2013 12:17 PM

    He is not worth $15.5M. If Vick does not renegotiate, they will cut him, and then he will find out that no one else thinks he is worth $15.5M. No matter how you cut it, he will make less next year.

  5. 3fingerlenny says: Jan 6, 2013 12:17 PM

    Marcus dont want chip in Philly

  6. tvguy22 says: Jan 6, 2013 12:18 PM

    That would be the first stupid move he would make.

  7. fightinphils8008 says: Jan 6, 2013 12:20 PM

    neither Kelly or Vick is the answer in Philly

  8. raiders757 says: Jan 6, 2013 12:21 PM

    Vick is barely worth the league minimum anymore, let alone 15.5 million dollars. If the Eagles were smart, they would find a way to cut ties with him ASAP.

  9. eaglesnoles05 says: Jan 6, 2013 12:25 PM

    No no no no no. I’m sorry, but no. 2 years not so long to realize things aren’t working out and cut the cord. 3 years too much.

    The guy was so good for that stretch in 2010 that ANY coach would have been forced to hitch the wagon. And excited to do so. But that’s over. His decision making has regressed and it’s not good enough/ Too many weapons opn that team watching the other team get the ball because we don’t have a point guard qb who can just deliver it.

  10. dalucks says: Jan 6, 2013 12:28 PM

    Given that Phillip Rivers, Jay Cutler, and Matt Schaub make over 14 million dollars, 15.5 million for Michael Vick looks like a good deal.
    Considering the money that Matt Cassel, Mark Sanchez and Ryan Fitzpatrick make, Vick is probably at the right number.
    For the record, in my opinion, only the 5 elite quarterbacks (Brees, Brady, Rodgers and Manning in no particular order) should be making 15 million dollars or more. Big Ben should be at 13 million and everyone else should be making 10 million dollars or much less.
    We would have a great fan debate if they would post all 32 quarterbacks and their salaries so we can debate who is underpaid and overpaid.
    We would probably agree that 16 of the 32 quarterbacks in the NFL are highly overpaid.

  11. dangernearing says: Jan 6, 2013 12:29 PM

    @tooz56- Exactly, somehow one is viewed differently than the other. I don’t get it, either.

  12. bluereign says: Jan 6, 2013 12:40 PM

    tooz56 says:
    Jan 6, 2013 12:08 PM
    Both parties agreed to that contract, so the Eagles should pay him the agreed amount. And people wonder why players are always trying to renegotiate after they have a good season…the owners always seem to do the same exact thing if a player has a bad season. Make it while you can !


    Both sides also agreed that the Eagles could get out of the deal if they cut him before a certain date.

  13. joshuavkidd says: Jan 6, 2013 12:42 PM

    Just because a ton of other busts are drastically overpaid, doesn’t mean you should hang on to your own bust. I’d much rather cut ties with that 15 million dollar anchor and use the money elsewhere.

  14. bizurk says: Jan 6, 2013 12:42 PM

    Mike Vick fancies himself a starter, but I can’t think of more than 2-3 teams for whom he could walk in and take the position. Jags? Jets? Buffalo? Cleveland? Even if all those teams shun drafting a new QB, AND one of them decides to take on the Mike Vick Experience (no wheels edition), there’s still no way they’ll pay him $15 mil.

  15. amaf21 says: Jan 6, 2013 12:42 PM

    and kelly is intrigued by vick’s coach-killing ability.

  16. dangernearing says: Jan 6, 2013 12:53 PM

    bluereign-Both sides also agreed that the Eagles could get out of the deal if they cut him before a certain date.
    Whats that have to do with a restructuring to stay in Philly? I think you missed the point, Bubba.

  17. tooz56 says: Jan 6, 2013 1:06 PM

    @bluereign I agree, but IF the Eagles want him to be an Eagle in 2013 then they should pay him the agreed amount in the contract OR not cry and drag their feet when a player has an outstanding season and asks to renegotiate his contract.

  18. drcutty369 says: Jan 6, 2013 1:06 PM

    @ dalucks – Rivers, Cutler and Schaub all make less than $14 mil, with Rivers being the only one to crack $10 mil a year.

  19. raoool says: Jan 6, 2013 1:31 PM

    Over the last 1/2 dozen gut wrenching games this season, I continued watching Eagles games thinking… it can’t get worse.

    But it did get worse. With each debacle, the Eagles established new levels of ugly. Olè blocking, alligator arm receivers and gift wrapped turnovers on offense; ‘defensively’ wide open opponents’ receivers and arm waving (non)tackles. (Andy must have updated his notebook before the Chiefs interview to at least black out that part about wind resistance bringing down ball carriers).
    The stomach churns continued.

    When the season ended (can’t say mercifully) and Andy’s inevitable departure came down, that gut-churn finally went away.

    But the thought of Kelly coming here and keeping Vick around just got me feeling nauseous again.

    $15.5M/yr or $11/hr doesn’t matter – Lurie can p— his money away however he chooses. But if the Eagles keep Vick around for 2013 birds’ fans can only hope they’ve identified their QB of the future as the #1 pick in the 2014 draft.

  20. fatelvis77 says: Jan 6, 2013 1:43 PM

    Vick will be wearing green next year-NY Jets green. Yes, Woody is THAT stupid.

  21. yahmule says: Jan 6, 2013 1:46 PM

    If Kelly wants to hitch his wagon to that loser, he’ll be back on a college sideline in no time.

  22. nomoreseasontix says: Jan 6, 2013 1:58 PM

    Vick’s gone.
    They could always find a young. cheap guy to run around in circles and throw interceptions.

    They won’t have to spend $15m for that…

  23. raoool says: Jan 6, 2013 2:22 PM

    circles would be an improvement. It’s the bouncing off his O-lineman that makes vick so useless.

    Sanchez doing it once and coughing up a fumble (6?) gets a lot of coverage; I guess Vick doing it 1/2 dozen times a game got old and so doesn’t get quite the attention.

  24. 1bucfan813 says: Jan 6, 2013 4:23 PM

    blah blah blah!!! People and their radicalism comments. Get real. We Buc fas had a staff of College coaches. We all complained, but it did not turn out to be so bad. If we had a couple of CB and our Qb could be more consistent. We would’ve made the play offs. We all expected worse, but we had the best offence ever in Buc history. Philly fans STOP crying so much for once. Your team needed an offensive line and a better Qb.

  25. chi01town says: Jan 6, 2013 6:32 PM

    Philly & Vick signed a contract. They
    both agreed so Vick needs to play &
    Philly needs to pay.

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