Report: Eagles to pay Vick's bonus

Citing “multiple league sources,” Geoff Mosher of the Delaware News Journal reports that the Eagles fully intend to pay Michael Vick’s $1.5 roster bonus, due March 5, and trade him thereafter.

The thinking is, $1.5 million is worth it if the Eagles can get a mid-round draft choice in exchange for Vick.  Mosher indicates that Philadelphia is targeting a third- or fourth-round pick as compensation.
The odds of getting a third- or fourth-rounder for Vick seem long, but time will tell whether this is a smart decision.  It’s possible that a team like Buffalo will emerge from the draft without a quarterback of the future or present.  Vick, 29, may be viewed as a better stopgap solution with more long-term potential than Ryan Fitzpatrick or Trent Edwards, convincing 91-year-old owner Ralph Wilson that Vick is worth a valuable pick in the 2011 draft.
More from Mosher: 
The Eagles are expected to “prioritize business over football” with regard to their quarterback situation.  So they’re willing to trade starting quarterback Donovan McNabb if a team meets their asking price, believed to be at least a first-round pick.

37 responses to “Report: Eagles to pay Vick's bonus

  1. Why give up a first round pick for McNabb when you can just draft a quarterback in any round that can complete passes to receivers’ shoes.

  2. the morons in philly who want to see mcnabb go will be hating themselves with kolb or some other bum. the nfl is a qb league. look at the struggling franchises… one thing in common crappy qb play
    be careful watch you ask for

  3. Someone will give up too much for Vick. Then again if “instant O” and “butts in the seats” when he gets you wins is your thing..then too much is a relative term. He has plenty left in the tank and a yr of rehab in philly has him ready too go.

  4. When has this regime ever picked football over business? Doesn’t surprise me one bit if this happens, far fetched as it may initially seem.

  5. Im tired of all these media-created trade rumors about Mcnabb, etc. Who else has to say that mcnabb will be back next yr?? I guess a new contract would shut everyone up, but I dont see that happening anytime soon. If the Eagles do trade away Mcnabb, it will be a huge blow to the organization..Kolb is over-hyped in my opinion (of course your going to throw 700-something yds in 2 games when you throw the ball 85 times)..trade Vick, get Bruce Campbell or Taylor Mays, maybe sign Sproles, and add a few Def. players, thats all.
    DO NOT TRADE MCNABB.

  6. I want McNabb to lose his job, but I don’t want the Eagles to have a competent quarterback…how should I feel?

  7. One thing I’ll give Reid credit for is his development of qb’s. Farve, mcnabb. I’m confident kolb will be pretty good. I think some accuracy in this offense will really change the way it works, for the better.

  8. “Eagles to pay Vick’s Bonus”=Trained eagles will randomly fly throughout the philly suburbs snatching puppies and delivering them to an undisclosed, out-of-state, Competitive Canine Karate camp.

  9. “Prioritize business over football”?
    Isn’t that what the Bucs did last year?
    Sounds like a brilliant plan.

  10. Ok once again, I know I am not an official spokes person for the Niners but I would like to trade a 1st rounder for McNabb. People can say he sucks all they want but in reality he would be the best QB in the NFC west and it would make the Niners the favorites to win the division for most people.

  11. I think it’s gonna be Lito Sheppard all over again. Allegedly anyway, they were offered a 2nd from the Saints for Lito and of course the unrealstic front office scoffed at that. They ended up getting like a conditional 5th from the Jets instead eventually.
    Vick will be the same thing. They’ll demand something stupid, not get it, and just make this whole thing a waste of time and distraction.
    I can’t imagine the Eagles being realistic when it comes to any of the QBs trade value and losing out getting nothing for any of them.

  12. Is a 3rd or 4th round pick really worth the $1.5 million bonus they will have to pay? In an uncapped year, can the Eagles trade Vick and get reimbursed the $1.5M from the team who trades for him?

  13. As a Cowboys fan with an interest in seeing the Eagles fail, I hope they keep McNabb. He just isn’t that good. I heard the original Helmet Hair, Mel Kiper, Jr. on ESPN Radio today say McNabb is in the lower echelon of elite QBs. Actually, he’s in the upper echelon of average QBs.
    He’s overrated. It’s not for the reasons Limbaugh cited in his pain pill fog. I think it’s because McNabb’s skilled in dealing with the media. He talks a good game, and the talking heads in the media play cheerleader for him. Let’s look at his time with Terrell Owens. It is widely perceived that TO destroyed McNabb and the Eagles with his antics. He certainly acted up in forcing his way off the Eagles. And, TO certainly makes himself easy to hate.
    But, look at what TO did for McNabb on the field. In 2003, the year before TO came to Philly, McNabb had a passer rating of 79.6. In 2004, with TO, it was 104.7, a jump of 25 points. That 104.7 compares to McNabb’s career passer rating of 86.5. His next best year without TO, his passer rating was 95.5.
    Why does nobody report that, except for one outstanding year throwing to a TO in his prime, McNabb is nothing more than a pretty good QB? And, now, going into his 12th season, he’s on the downside of his career. If the Eagles can sucker some team into giving a 1st rounder for McNabb, they should take it. That would be a sound football decision, not just a business decision.

  14. Ship McNabb to the Raiders, where he can spend time mentoring JaMarcus Russell on playing the race card in press conferences.

  15. this class sucks– I, for one, am very glad that you have nothing to do with the organization. I think it would be absolute stupidity to trade at least a 1st round pick for McNabb.

  16. this class sucks says:
    February 27, 2010 10:14 PM
    Ok once again, I know I am not an official spokes person for the Niners but I would like to trade a 1st rounder for McNabb. People can say he sucks all they want but in reality he would be the best QB in the NFC west and it would make the Niners the favorites to win the division for most people.
    I totally agree. 49s are pretty much a QB away from bein legit.

  17. dedhed says:
    February 27, 2010 9:28 PM
    the morons in philly who want to see mcnabb go will be hating themselves with kolb or some other bum.
    ___________________________________
    You associate yourself with a group of horrbile music-listening, drug-takling losers are YOU are calling people morons? Take another hit of LSD jackass.

  18. The Eagles are paying the bonus to try and limit the money owed to Vick by any potential trade partner. I don’t know that saving $1.5 million is enough for someone to give up a 3rd. Vick clearly didn’t set the world on fire with his performance in Philly this past season.
    Now phillyeagleschamps, you’ve been pretty persistent that the birds are going to the big game with Vick at the helm. Quick question; exactly how many teams with winning records did Philly beat last year? Answer; One, the Falcons, and Matt Ryan sat out the game. Yeah, they look like a Super Bowl team to me.

  19. I would not trade any player on the roster for McNabb. He is a self-centered, choking, overrated, prick.

  20. Eagles should trade Vick for a 3rd or 4th round pick. Shop Mcnabb around for a 1st round pick or try to trade Kolb for a second round pick and draft a young QB that might become something special. Jevan Snead Maybe?

  21. @ Evan Silva: Re: DNabb, “prioritize business over football” is the only part of the story that actually was said.
    Seriously, do you guys just make shit up?
    I’m paraphrasing, but the article mentions “sources that are familiar w/the Eagles way of thinking..” What the hell does that even mean?
    It means, I don’t have credible sources so I ran into a guy w/an Eagles’ sweatshirt in a bar who told me…..

  22. East Bay Ray says:
    February 28, 2010 1:12 AM
    As a Cowboys fan with an interest in seeing the Eagles fail, I hope they keep McNabb. He just isn’t that good. I heard the original Helmet Hair, Mel Kiper, Jr. on ESPN Radio today say McNabb is in the lower echelon of elite QBs. Actually, he’s in the upper echelon of average QBs.
    __________________________________
    Your last sentence is just about perfect. He’s just good enough to get you beat when it counts.
    Your point about the media is good too. I liken him to Favre in that aspect. They are both passive aggressive selfish whiners who like to play the martyr role. But the press loves them because they talk…. sometimes joke around…and always give them things to write about.

  23. Since Vick had absolutely no impact in ’09, they’re really paying $3.1 million to get whatever draft pick they can get for him. And you can add that/those draft pick/s salary/ies on top of it.

  24. “The Eagles are paying the bonus to try and limit the money owed to Vick by any potential trade partner.”
    No, they’re paying him the bonus because if they don’t, he becomes a free agent in less than a week and can sign with whatever team will have him and the 0-3gles get nothing.

  25. Of course they will pay Vick the bonus. A competent QB in the NFL is a commodity.
    theKING will tell you what happens:
    1) they sign McNabb for 1 yr with club option.
    2) they give a modest raise and 3 years to Kolb.
    3) Vick goes to St Lou or Buff.
    It’s McNabb’s swan song. WIN and he can reqrite his history. Lose or struggle and it becomes Kolb’s team. Kolb is a potential star QB-he CAN play.
    Eagles may get a pick that becomes starting LB or S for Vick. You would have to say that is a great trade. They draft Bruce Campbell or Taylor Mays. They sign Peppers. Pretty good off-season. It’s a crying shame McNabb has been so polarizing, he’s the black version of Eric Lindros. All that talent, too big of a mouth, momma’s boy.
    KING~out

  26. @KING
    A pick that becomes a starter for Vick? This year? I can’t imagine anyone giving up more than a conditional pick for Vick. Would not be at all surprised if Vick wasn’t traded until after the draft (the reason to pay the bonus to control his rights and save the new team a million plus).
    You can have all of Julius Peppers and Taylor Mays you want. The French Army doesn’t quit as often as Julius Peppers and while Taylor Mays has impressive triangle numbers, he couldn’t cover a cough.

  27. Florio and posse need to get thier facts straight.
    [i}Citing “multiple league sources,” Geoff Mosher of the Delaware News Journal reports that the Eagles fully intend to pay Michael Vick’s $1.5 roster bonus, due March 5, and trade him thereafter.[/i]
    First of all, Vick is due a bonus on the 5th day of the league year, which equates to March 10th. I know you cronies can’t do math so I thought I would share that with you.
    This is a very important five days since the market will have a few attractive FAs at the QB position come March 5th. The Eagles front office did that so that any potential suitors would have those five days to decide before the Eagles would be on the hook for the bonus. Tools!

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