There’s this lingering belief held by some who cover and follow the Eagles that quarterback Michael Vick could return next season under a few different scenarios. Maybe a new head coach believes he maximize Vick’s (diminishing) tools. Maybe he fits into the high-octane spread offense of current head coach Chip Kelly. Maybe he goes off on Sunday against a division foe and reminds everybody what all the hype was about when he got back on the map in 2010.
You get the idea. But in any scenario in which Vick returns to Philadelphia, the 33-year-old quarterback would most certainly have to restructure his contract. According to reports, that’s not going to happen.
According to Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer, NFL sources believe Vick will not renegotiate his contract, almost assuring his departure from the team who took a chance on him in 2009.
Vick is schedule to make an absurd $15.5 million next season, but the Eagles do have a few options. They can cut the quarterback without penalty prior to Feb. 6. The Eagles could hold onto him past that deadline in hopes of striking a trade, but that appears unlikely at this point.
Asked whether or not he would like to stay in Philadelphia beyond this season Vick was coy.
“I have to just sit back and think about what has transpired and look at the situation as a whole,” he said. “Of course, you would like to come back and play. I love the organization and I love what they’ve done for me. … But if not, it’s been wonderful and I understand the nature of this business. At some point, we all got to move on.”
If there was any doubt that Sunday’s season finale against the Giants would be Vick’s last game in an Eagles uniform, there shouldn’t be now.