There have been multiple reports with varying and conflicting degrees of information regarding the future of Michael Vick with the Eagles. ESPN’s John Clayton recently reported the team would cut Vick on Wednesday to ensure they won’t be on the hook for a $3 million guarantee to the quarterback.
That report, however, was debunked this evening by ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio, who says the team isn’t concerned about the guarantee and that Vick’s release isn’t imminent.
It was surprising, since it goes against multiple reports that the Eagles aren’t concerned about the $3 million guarantee. If he’s ultimately cut the Eagles will get a dollar-for-dollar credit based on what Vick earns elsewhere.
And I’ve reconfirmed via a source with direct knowledge of the situation that Vick won’t be released before the Thursday deadline, and that the Eagles aren’t concerned about the vesting of the $3 million guarantee.
So does this reveal anything about Vick’s future in Philadelphia? Well, no. The team may simply want more time to evaluate its options and because Vick will almost certainly make at least $3 million elsewhere next season should the Eagles part ways with him, it will not hurt the team from a financial standpoint.
From this perspective, the only way this becomes a negative thing is if Kelly is still unsure what he wants to do with Vick. One would hope at this point that Kelly has a definitive plan that either does or does not include Vick. If he’s still unsure, that doesn’t bode well moving forward.