That Chip Kelly wanted to re-work Michael Vick’s deal and sign him to a reworked $10 million agreement likely means the first-year head coach envisions Vick as his starter in 2013. That Kelly referenced Vick’s skillset as one that really “excites” him provides even more evidence of those intentions. But at his press conference today, when asked about the team’s immediate plans regarding Vick, Kelly was less than forthcoming.
“I’m not ruling anything out,” he said.
The new deal, which is much more manageable and far less of a commitment to the injury prone and aging quarterback, could make Vick a much more tradable commodity for a team desperate to add a veteran presence at quarterback.
Given the new deal and Vick’s willingness to restructure, Chip Kelly has to be at least think Vick has a chance to start for the Eagles in 2013. Still, he may grow tired of the experiment quickly and realize the team should go in a different direction.
Kelly stresses ball security and quick reads, something Vick has struggled mightily with over the last two seasons. Perhaps Kelly’s offense will cure Vick’s recent ills, but if it doesn’t, then the team would still be in position to swing a deal.
Kelly also left the open-ended his plans for quarterback Nick Foles, indicating a trade of the second-year player also wasn’t an impossibility.
The Arizona product struggled at times for the Eagles on his way to a 1-6 record as a starter, but he was playing behind a backup offensive line and a depleted set of skill receivers. Still, Foles made quick reads and showed signs of consistent improvement as the year wore on. Whether or not Kelly may consider trading Foles is now a question that must be asked.
So while know that Vick has a new deal, we are a long, long way from understanding the long-term ramifications of it.