The Eagles owe quarterback Mike Vick a base salary of $15.5 million in 2013. Vick privately has made it clear that he won’t be reducing his pay in order to stick around.
But a source with knowledge of Vick’s thinking previously suggested that he will be attracted to the possibility of working with two specific coaches — Chip Kelly and Jon Gruden. With Kelly now the coach in Philly, the question becomes whether Vick will soften his contractual stance in order to play for the former Oregon coach.
The broader question is whether the Eagles would offer Vick more on a reduced contract than anyone else would offer Vick, if he becomes a free agent. Also, and as Tim McManus of 97.5 The Fanatic in Philly suggested during Tuesday’s PFT Live, there’s a chance Vick has soured on his teammates with the Eagles.
Vick’s comments from the day after the season would suggest that perhaps he has.
We’ll know more soon enough. Within a few days after the Super Bowl, $3 million of Vick’s 2013 salary becomes fully guaranteed. It’s possible, but unlikely, that they’d allow the guarantee to vest before making a final decision.
Regardless, the presence of a new coach who likes his quarterbacks to be mobile adds a new wrinkle to Vick’s future, or lack of one, in Philadelphia.