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The Circus Has Arrived: Michael Vick Joins Philadelphia Eagles

So, Michael Vick is an Eagle. Holy @#$%!!! My initial reaction is, I have no idea what Jeff Lurie, Joe Banner and Andy Reid are thinking. You have a franchise quarterback that you just handed more money in order to make him feel secure and safe. Now, you bring in a guy who just served two years in Leavenworth for purposely killing dogs for dough. An athlete who some feel doesn’t belong on the streets, let alone the NFL. Why, why, do you make this move? I don’t know.

Did they let Donovan McNabb in on the deal? Did he give them their blessing? Do they even care what he thinks? Again, I don’t know. This seems to say more about the development of Kevin Kolb than anything else. Kolb, currently injured, has shown nothing in limited time.

Is Vick an upgrade? He wasn’t a system quarterback before all his troubles. He’s been sitting in a jail cell for two years. Yeah, you can use him in a “Wildcat” formation for a few plays a game, but that doesn’t justify inking one of the most vilified athletes of the last 30 years. And it also doesn’t justify the public relations nightmare that’s about to hit the city of Philadelphia.

I don’t get it. How does this improve what many consider a Super Bowl-ready team? In my opinion, it doesn’t. The 2009 season now becomes all about Michael Vick. Forget the retooled offensive line; forget the dynamic rookie class; forget Joe Mays; forget Sean McDermott.

The circus has arrived. A circus named Michael Vick. As another vilified Eagle once said, “Get your popcorn ready!”

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