At a time when more and more quarterbacks are performing at a high level even on the wrong side of 35, there’s no reason to think that more of them won’t do the same thing.
Mike Vick may not be one of those who will do the same thing.
During Saturday’s interview with Howard Eskin of WIP in Philly, during which Vick clarified/justified/whatever his recent remarks about wanting coach Chip Kelly to name a starter before training camp, Vick mentioned in passing that he’s “got a couple more years left.”
But Vick is only 32. Sure, he’ll turn 33 later this month, but a “couple more years” means he’d retire at 34, after the 2014 season.
For now, we’ll regard the statement as non-binding filler aimed at illustrating the differences between himself and Nick Foles, who is entering his second season.
Then again, since Vick’s primary justification for saying that he wants an answer from Kelly before camp is that Vick was simply being truthful, there’s no reason to assume he was being untruthful when he provided an estimated duration of his remaining career.
Of course, the bigger question is whether the Eagles or anyone else will be willing to make Vick the starter in 2014. With a one-year deal in Philadelphia, there’s a chance he’ll have to consider commencing the clipboard-holding phase of his career, if he can’t find a team that will hand him the job or if he can’t beat out whoever he’d be competing with.