Vick Ready To Move On

Mike Vick and LeSean McCoy keep loose on the sideline.
All of the questions were the type that you ask a player who is about to move on. The responses that came back suggested Michael Vick is ready to do just that.

“It’s hard to sum up my time here. Everything has been so surreal and has happened so abruptly,” said Vick right before cleaning out his locker Monday. “The thing I do know is I appreciate the fans, I appreciate this organization, I appreciate the relationships and the teammates I’ve been able to [have] in this locker room. There’s a lot of guys in here I’ll always keep in contact with and I’ll consider my brothers.”

Vick’s one-year deal is set to expire and he will become a free agent. He believes he can still play at a high level and is looking for another chance to be the No. 1 guy.


"My desire is to start," said Vick. "I'm 33, I still feel good, and the way I've been able to take care of my body this year, the things that I've learned from, the nutrition aspect of everything, really has given me another jumpstart. I feel good, I still know I can play and I'm just confident in what I can do based on what I do every day.

"I feel like I'm built to do this, and just want to continue to keep it going. I'm not finished."

Last year's proceedings had a similar feel to them in a way. Vick, unsettled by the locker room culture and frustrated after a dismal 4-12 campaign, sounded ready to part ways with the Eagles. The front office seemed ready to turn the page as well. As Vick walked out carrying a tarp full of his belongings, the general feeling was that he was exiting the NovaCare for good. Once Chip Kelly was introduced into the equation, the dynamics shifted.

Vick wants to be a starter, but it's yet to be seen what the market will be like for the veteran QB. Would he consider returning as a backup if there are no starting opportunities elsewhere?

"Yeah, I think we'll have to just cross that bridge when we get there," he said. "As of right now I can't even see that far. I'm praying things work out in my favor but you never know. I try to stay optimistic about everything and look at everything from a realistic standpoint as far as what I want and things I can obtain and what I want to try to continue to try to achieve."

The feeling is that this is it; that the last chapter of Vick's most memorable stay in Philadelphia has been written.

"I think this football team is in great shape. I think with Chip, and starting with Jeffrey [Lurie], and the structure that Chip has been able to put together, this organization is in great shape going into 2014 and beyond," said Vick. "I'm just thankful I've been able to be a part of it, learn so much, experience the things that I've had an opportunity to experience this year."

 

 

  • nicksaenz1

    We have so little invested in the QB position it’s hard not to advocate asking what his price would be to not hit FA. I’d like to think that’s been done, but I’d love to know the number if it was. If he’s gone, thanks for everything Mike. You’ve been a class act and gave us some great memories. i.e. infamous Redskins game.

    • OldDocRoss

      Agreed. He has his flaws as a player but he’s been a huge part of a few great memories. The Redskins game, Miracle at New Meadowlands…heck pretty much the entirety of that run in 2010. On top of that he’s carried himself real well here and handled both the Cooper incident and losing his starting job like an absolute champ.

      If this is it, I wish him all the best*.

      *except in the unlikely event he ends up in Washington, NY or Dallas, in which case I wish him nothing but turnovers and sad times.

    • JofreyRice

      I also think people underrate his part in the comeback Jackson capped off with the “Miracle in the Meadowlands II”. The lion’s share of praise should go to Vick for that game. It was really his force of will, alone, that inspired the comeback, and for me, it was his signature win as an Eagle.

      • jabostick

        Yep. That and that Redskins Monday Nighter where he scored 28 TD’s. Sums up why people fall in love with his potential even if there were an equal amount of head-scratchers thrown in.

        • Richard Colton

          That was one of my favorite Eagles games this century. I prefer a blowout to a nailbiter any day. Vick was unstoppable.

          • djack10

            The one time I found Steve Young to be tolerable was the post-game afterwards. He went absolutely crazy for Vick.

      • nicksaenz1

        It’s between that and the Redskins for me. The Redskins game was just such an offensive onslaught and I had Vick in fantasy and he got me something like 65 points.

      • EaglePete

        enh, the 2 champ gm wins because they are the ceiling in terms of “signature” wins. The rest are just folk lore. Until this team wins it all its hard to get real sentimental about the past except……the body bag game because thats just cool. Ill admit though, the excitement level was just through the roof for those 2 miracles.

        • BlindChow

          I really don’t agree with this sentiment (that the only thing that matters is the team “wins it all”). Obviously that’s the goal of every season, but only one team is going to do it.

          It’s way more important to me that the team is consistently competitive season after season, and always has a chance to make a run in the playoffs. But since the odds are so far against making the SB, what I really want is a team that is a lot of fun to watch and root for, and leaves me with hope that they will only be better the next season. That’s one reason why I really enjoyed being an Eagles fan this year.

          The worst thing in the sports fandom has to be supporting one of these franchises that maybe has an occasional good year, but never seems to get its act together. As Eagles fans we are constantly bombarded by division rivals touting how their franchises have won Super Bowls in the past, and I find it strange, because their team winning a SB in the 90′s means absolutely nothing to me. I wouldn’t trade anything to be a team with a trophy that is currently in the disarray you find in Dallas or Washington.

      • George

        I was at that game as a birthday present from my parents, and that was one of the best memories of my life. Just witnessing the sheer brilliance that ocurred that day was worth the price of admission. Not to mention that I got to rub it in the faces of all the giants fans there. That game was beautiful. Mike, I wish you the best.

    • guest

      Totally agree. And I’m sure they have spoken to his agent about it. But he has no motivation to accept anything. The Eagles aren’t going to rush out and sign a veteran backup. The veteran FA QBs are terrible. Vick, McCown, Henne. There’s one more I’m forgetting, but he’s on Henne’s level. McCown is talking about retiring, and will go back to Chicago if he doesn’t. We’re better off trying to develop Barkley and giving him the #2 reps than wasting time with Henne.

      I’m sure the Eagles know his price. Let him go out and try to get the Raiders or Jaguars or Browns or Bengals or someone to offer him a starting job. No rush. If he gets a job, then the Eagles can sign a veteran to compete with Barkley and/or draft someone in the middle rounds. And if he doesn’t get a job, then meet his price (it would be a short-term deal and the Eagles have plenty of cap room, so the actual salary is not an issue).

  • Will

    I like that Chip graded himself on W-L, cause that’s what really matters, kinda cool how he got 58.8%….hope Vick comes back as a back up he is way better than Barkley….

  • Bukester

    I am a Vick fan because it was fun to watch him play when he played well. Sounds obvious but many just cannot enjoy an unorthodox style. Quarterbacks get hurt and if Foles went down, I would feel good about having Vick around. That said, whatever people have said about Cooper and his n-word episode last year, and its impact on his resignability – would have to be repeated for Vick. Organizations will think twice before signing Vick. It just is. So, ja – if Vick and Cooper don’t get courted by the market, I would love for the Eagles to enjoy the “bad-rep” discount.

    • JofreyRice

      I don’t know. I don’t think he made one wrong move as an Eagle, off the field. He learned something from his fall, it’s clear.

      • Will

        You have to hand it to Mike Vick he has been nothing short of fantastic off the field since coming out of prison and done a lot of work in the community….I loved that MNF game against the Redskins, Mike ran that uptempo to the point the Redskins were panting and dropping like flies…lol…

      • Andy124

        Shooting at his birthday party. Couple quotes that were, at worst, pr misteps; Nothing close to a big deal.

        • Will

          Yup that freaked Mike out…after that zero from him…lol…lucky for Mike he had left the party…Mike stepped up as a leader to defend Cooper and Williams when those two got out of line and Cooper over the N word that was huge in my book…MV#7 has been a class act and deserves a shot to QB somewhere as a starter, if not would love to have him back in Philly…

        • Richard Colton

          we’ve all been there. it was bad…not Plexico at the club bad, but bad.

          • Andy124

            we’ve all been there.
            wait, wut? lol

          • mtn_green

            Just a shooting at a birthday party, happens to us all, right?

  • Tom w

    Vick is best free agent qb in the market … W upwards of of 10 teams needing starters and only 4 first round qbs… We will land somehwhwre w chance to start. Gotta be impressed w a guy who still wants to compete when he could always take a backup deal like a Kyle Orton or Jason Campbell or hasselbeck. Reminds me of iverson but let’s hope Vick knows when to say when.

    • Richard Colton

      Id add Josh Freeman to your list of free agent slop. Vick is still a top 20 QB. I’d be surprised if a team didn’t give him a chance to start.

      • Will

        Matt Cassel should start for Minnesota next year..

        • Richard Colton

          You think Cassel starts over Ponder? As a one year placeholder, you’re probably right. Think the Vikes need to go QB early in the draft though.

          • Will

            yeah based off the game he had with us…

      • OldDocRoss

        My initial reaction was “still top 20, really? Are you sure that isn’t your wine glass talking?” so I went through them all and good lordy are there some not very good QBs gainfully employed in the National Football League.

        Based purely on talent there’s no reason he couldn’t compete for a starting job at about half the teams out there but age etc will obviously count against him. Minnesota could do a lot worse (Minnesota have made a habit out of doing a lot worse) but you’re right, they probably take a QB in rd 1.

        • Richard Colton

          I’m 90% sure the Wine Glass guy was Van Broklin. I hope he sticks around. By March, we’ll all be ready to hear why Dennis Dixon should be the starting QB.

          • OldDocRoss

            Given his dislike of you, love of Vick and inability to tell the difference between “critique” and “criticise” I’d wager he was someone else’s sock.

            Whoever he was, he was glorious.

          • nicksaenz1

            I thought it was #7

          • #7

            I don’t have to do that my friend. I get my point across

    • #7

      If he goes to those Bengals, look out. Perfect team and city

      • HowboutdemIggles

        I’m sure you’ll be there. Send a postcard.

        • #7

          Nah

  • Token

    Good riddance. Thank god that era is over.

    • Andy124

      Tell us how you really feel. :)

      • Will

        Token must be a Big fan of Barkley…lol…

    • #7

      Of course.

  • Andy124

    The only reason to think that Vick will be back is that we all thought he’d be gone last year and were wrong. I doubt we’ll all be wrong again, he’ll get a chance to at least compete for a starting gig elsewhere.

    • Richard Colton

      Prisco Logic. I love it.

  • jabostick

    I still love Vick and wish him the best – be it somewhere else, or here as a backup. Granted there will be an influx of new coaches but I have trouble envisioning where he’d go.

    • guest

      Oakland, Jacksonville, Minnesota, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Tennessee, St Louis. All those teams MIGHT be looking for a QB

  • ichristianlee

    Michael Vick, the city of Philadelphia embraced him after his prison stint because although we may be accused of being a city of unruly fans, we are also a city that is willing to show grace and give people a new beginning. We’re a blue collar city and we’re not affected by what the white collared guys say. We’ll vouch for a guy who convinces us he’s truly changed. And Vick, you didn’t make us regret our decision!

    You gave us Miracle in the Meadowlands 2, the Redskins thrashing in game one, you always played with all your heart, and stayed a class act on and off the field! We’d love for you to stay but we’d also love to see you get a starting job!

    • Will

      Very well put…

    • TDEvangelist

      I think saying that this town embraced him is an overstatement. There were many who wished him and the team success on the field, but few, in my experience, who did so without ambivalence. And of course there were the throngs of crude detractors – in my view they represent this city’s true pained heart and bitterly irreverent mind. Vick gave us a final season of character, perhaps it’s left an impression. And he’s turned over the reins to his experiential opposite who will hopefully succeed and bring this football town some much needed glory.

      • Jane Yavis

        Don’t know much about football, but have to say I agree on the “embrace/ambivalence” part. I’m with you regarding Vick’s reaction. His silent dignity regarding Kelly’s choices spoke far better of him than that TO/Cunningham fiasco. Vick may be happy to move on. The absolute unwillingness to forgive Vick regarding the dog incident was hardly a cry from just that white collar community.

  • mtn_green

    Wow, can he really start somewhere? Are there fan bases saying “bring us Vick till our qbotf is ready’?

    • JofreyRice

      I follow a guy on Twitter who writes for Cincy Jungle, and they are so ready to move on from Dalton, Vick is their #1 target–though they’re aware he’s also turnover-prone.

      • pjcostello

        He’s a better fit for an established team like Cincy than he is for a team with a new head coach, like Houston or Tennessee.

    • bentheimmigrant

      There are a few places I could see. I think TB has a good D within a year, and may want someone like Vick for a couple years to give them a shot at something.

      • BlindChow

        Actually, it seems like there are quite a few places he could go. Tennessee would be another one. Great opportunity there, as Locker is injury prone as well, so Vick would have a good chance to start either way.

        • pjcostello

          Not sure a brand new coaching regime wants to start its tenure off saddled with a veteran QB prone to injury… why not draft one and grow together?

      • anon

        If TB can develop Glennon or find a guy i think TB be tough. That d
        will be a prob.

        • #7

          They should play Glennon. Dude improved this year

    • anon

      I think he’s a starting calibur QB, i just think the durability issue is going to kill him. Would have loved him as a backup but can’t blame him for wanting more.

      • #7

        The Bengals are loaded.

        • anon

          I thnk they ride with the redhead and marvin loses his job

          • #7

            Every team needs a backup

  • cliff henny

    no one disliked vick more than me, and he won me over. not going to lie, what he did to those dogs still bothers me, but he seems to be a different person. he was an absolute joy to watch. not sure how i feel about him coming back, it’s not him, it’s the fanboys. as an eagles fan, know whatever best for team should win out, but let’s be honest, it’s nice that a bunch have already cleared out.

    • GEAGLE

      CLASS ACT as a person…few men have ever rehabilitated themselves like him..really respect him as a man….QB, not so much lol..best backup we could ever ask for as a contender tho…shame he is leaving…FOles will get hurt at some point, Vick could have chased superbowls here and drive chips Ferrari offense every once in a while

      • Mike Calabrese

        Bro no offense and normally I like your posts, but between this post and last one where you say “Don’t let door hit you…” makes you look very bi polar on this one.

        • GEAGLE

          Don’t let the door hit you as a FOOTBALL PLAYER, much respect to the MAN!!! What’s so hard to understand?

        • #7

          Bi polar. Good call on him. Add Ph.D to your name.

          • GEAGLE

            If I’m Bi polar, both of my sides put you to shame lol……

            Get real kid…you know you ain’t on my level, go play in traffic

          • #7

            You play that idiot role quite nicely

  • theycallmerob

    You stay classy, Michael

  • GEAGLE

    Don’t let the door hit you…I actually thought he might be smarter then this…

    You ain’t starting pal…your best bet is a team that will allow you to compete with a young QB..maybe they let you start for a few games, but you will either get hurt, or benched halfway thru the season because a young QB is ready to play…

    You are moving your family to a new city so you can start AT BEST, 4 games for your next team….enjoy! Had you been smart enough to look in the mirror and be strong enough to accept the realization of your limitations, and play the good soldier backup, yon could have extended your career 5 more years….SMH, who’s more delusional? Vick or his agent? Sorry Vick, Bill Obrien ain’t putting up with your kind of play…have fun competing with Terrell Pryor or Geno Smith…you had a spot in Minnesota til Leslie Frazier got fired

    • BrickSquadMonopoly

      You’re making yourself sound like a classless fool. Everything Mike has done this year hes done right. You don’t just like Foles you hate Vick its pretty sick the stuff you say hes allowed to try to earn a living. So sad.

      • HowboutdemIggles

        Nothing wrong with liking Foles. Also the things he did this year weren’t good enough, but now Nick has someone to thank for showing him how to play the game now.

    • #7

      Stupidity

    • GiveMeABreak

      Witless worm …

  • GEAGLE

    Can anyone tell me why shady refused to speak today? Some “captain”

  • GEAGLE

    I can see it Now, jerry Jones making Vick the highest paid backup ever!! 8years, 10 mil per season, 30million dollar signing bonus, with 2 billion in dead money owed if they want to cut him before year 7…after winning a bidding war against Synder of course
    .

    • George

      Beautiful.

  • http://www.jhkayejr.com Joseph Kaye

    Good luck, #7. I’m a long-time vegetarian & pretty ardent animal rights advocate, and I really think you’ve made your amends.

  • Bdawkbdawk

    Props to Vick for calling the owner “Jeffrey.”

    • guest

      Thats what he tells the players to call him. Lurie is not some uppity billionaire. He’s a good guy. The players like him.

  • dislikedisqus

    Thanks Mike. I admire your professionalism. I enjoyed your time here. The Redskins’ games will be in my memory for a long time. As long as you never beat the Eagles in a playiff game, I wish you all the best.

  • GEAGLE

    We are DOOMED! Better start looking for ILBs…my beloved young stud backer Mykal Kendricks needs to be replaced. Rihanna announces to the world her Mykal Kendricks crush, he won’t be able to resist the vixen, and it’s all downhill from there….

    • anon

      It’s the offseason, i’d say crush that make a few music videos and call it a day.

      • cliff henny

        wrong kind of videos.

        • HowboutdemIggles

          That’s a video I’d watch.

  • #7

    Good luck #7. Played as hard as you could and at times to a detriment. Amazing talent, reminds me of watching Barry Sanders . I know people get on me, but this is the most fun I’ve ever had watching Eagles football…well and Randall. I’ve never been to Philly and plan to visit in the summer, but I was glad that Philly embraced him..tough of course…

    The two greatest displays of football I’ve ever seen with the Miracle comeback and the Skins demolishing. Never won the SB, but was close and it’s hard for any QB for the most part…my constant statements saying “it’s a team game”. I really try not to blame the QB…just too easy.

    We all just saw Andy Dalton completely suck in the playoffs for the third playoff game in a row. If the Bengals sign him up, look out. Those football Gods you people get so pissed off about need to bless his ass so he can stay healthy.

    Vick and Cunningham’s careers are damn near the same. I think Vick has one more big year in him and then he might be due for a backup role. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a Cunningham Viking season from him. Wish him the best, just not against the Eagles

    • Token

      I can picture you sobbing while typing that.

      Yea, all the losses were great and all but im happy to be moving forward.

      • #7

        All good. Funny how you say my posts are stupid yet you always reply. And still give you up votes when you say something right. Nothing from you of course

    • Andy

      You’ve never been to Philly?

  • Kev_H

    He’ll be back. I think the Eagles were the only team who would take him on in 2009 and he is less desirable today. The guy is still one of the most hated athletes and he doesn’t bring enough to the table to be worth the PR trouble. I think he can win them a few games if needed, so it’s a good thing for the birds.

  • anon

    Jamies Winston is the truth. Also having a 6’5″ WR is the truth as well.

    • #7

      He’s got to tighten up that release. Looks like Byron Leftwich 2.0 out there

  • Rob Fink

    By far one of the most valuable players on this years team. He is an idol to most players, and the way he handled himself was with true professionalism and class. Wish Mike the best for his future, and would love to see him back.

  • Mike Calabrese

    Vick was a class act here in Philly. He is a geniuine story of someone in public eye who took advantage of a 2nd chance. All best in finishing out career and hope grt paid one last time.

  • daggolden

    Eagles better find a solution at backup and quick. What Eagle fan has confidence in Matt Barkley if Foles goes down. Be very careful what you wish for.

    • nicksaenz1

      I’d be curious how he does with a few reps since Kelly actually gets his #2 some reps. Plus, his shoulder should be completely healthy by now.

      • cliff henny

        MB did the almost impossible, was a human turnover machine but also showed a little bit in 2 games he played. he moved well in the pocket, got the ball downfield, threw with half decent timing on crossers and showed better arm strength. i blasted pick little bit in spring, but am willing to hold judgement on him till he obviously 100% and gets full preseason.

        • nicksaenz1

          Agreed. I’d like to see how he progresses if he actually gets some of Lazor’s and Chip’s time and instruction. Big difference in running the scout team and prepping with the #1.

        • GEAGLE

          I have a feeling we like Barkley….
          We had a 2nd round grade on him, and he showed Improved arm strength and that he wasn’t afraid to get after it when he was thrust into action….obviously we didn’t like the results, but he didnt come in like a timid rookie backup…he came into the game firing…now if we can work on him firing the ball only to players wearing midnight green, and his arm continues to improve, we might have something…

          Now don’t misinterpret that as me believing in Barkley! he didn’t show me the encouraging signs that I saw when FOles had to play as a rookie, but I don’t view him as some lost cause either that we shouldn’t spend time grooming

          • cliff henny

            yeah, if lolskins can be excited about cousins, then we can be encouraged by barkley.

          • Andy124

            While I agree about being somewhat hopeful for Barkley, I’m not about to start using “the lolskins did it” as a good reason for anything. lol

          • guest

            Someone reads Tommy Lawlor…lol

  • John J. King

    Elway was 37 when he won the SB. Unitas was playing, I think, until he was 40. Lots of great QBs became legends in their mid to late 30s. This man has come back from a self inflicted hell, paid for it and should have a chance to win the big one. That said, I hope we can keep him.

    • #7

      I was opposed to him coming back at first, but now feel better about it. I think he’s gone though and these guys that are saying good riddance are stupid. If Barkley has to come in the game, we’re finished

      • guest

        Barkley will be better with an entire offseason with these coaches. Its completely unfair to judge him based on the limited action we saw. Very few QBs excel in their first year. He has time to develop.

        Or maybe he does suck, and he’ll be cut before training camp. The point is, we don’t really know yet.

        • anon

          that was a whole new level of terrible for a guy w 4 years of starting experience in college and who whined about being on the bench.

        • #7

          He started 4 years of college and he looked lost out there. And like anon said below, this guy was already complaining and hasn’t earned the right to do so. Get over there rook and carry them shoulder pads and shut up

  • TheCatalyst

    I got a Vick Eagles jersey as soon as it was released. Loved seeing his talent in ATL and was excited that he was on my team and I wasn’t really too disappointed. Sure he was turnover prone last year, but the stagnant offense and awful defense didn’t help either. Glad he got one more go this year. I’ll always wear my Vick jersey with pride.

    • #7

      He’s not done yet

      • Richard Colton

        spoken like a true believer

        • #7

          Problem with that too, eh?

          • Richard Colton

            nope. I actually agree. Think it’s 90% that he’s done in Philly, but he absolutely deserves a chance to start somewhere. I’d like to see him work with AJ Green or AD.

          • #7

            After watching the Andy Dalton collapse, that is the team he would fit with best. I’m not high on Minny at all..and who wants to play there now? They’re playing outside this year since that dome is being torn down

          • Richard Colton

            True – but that’s a lot of age on Defense. Allen has maybe one or two great years left. How many more carries does Peterson have left in the tank? Its a team built to win now, sans QB. If MV wants to start, he can’t be choosey. Id rather go to Minnesota than Jacksonville, but Cincinnati would be my first choice.

          • #7

            No Jacksonville. Would be a bad choice..and no Raiders. If anything, be a backup here. At least the weapons and o-line would already be in place. Would like to see Cincy, but i wouldn’t be surprised if they extended Dalton. And you’re right about AP. Also, is Cordarrelle Patterson a #1 WR? Don’t know. Tough position to be in

  • Richard Colton

    The Great Mike Vick

    • Richard Colton

      come on, you abandoned the Wine Glass that quickly?

      • #7

        You’ve become a celebrity on here

        • LB01

          #7 the Bengals was a great call I think the same love to see MV7 there they actually called him before Andy Reid did but he chose Philly

          • #7

            Yep and the Bills was the other option he had at that time. Bengals would be the best fit if he leaves here