Well, I didn’t see this one coming. Sort of.
The Eagles, in what has to be considered at least a somewhat surprising development, have agreed upon a three-year pact with quarterback Michael Vick. The numbers and language of the contract, however, essentially make the contract a one-year deal because the remaining two years will be automatically voided on March 15.
The contract could be worth up to $10 million, essentially saving the Eagles $5.5 million on Vick this upcoming season.
Despite the deal, the picture at quarterback remains vague at best for the Eagles. Vick will not be named the starter prior to the start of the season by Chip Kelly, but will instead compete for the job.
Many were hoping to move on from Vick–an injury prone, turnover prone, aging signal-caller who has been mightily inconsistent over the past two seasons.
But clearly both the team and Vick believe it’s a good match. The move means the Eagles will attempt to win big in 2013, while Vick is hoping the one-year deal will lift his fledgling stock as he hits the market in 2014.
The move also creates obvious uncertainty for Nick Foles. The second-year quarterback was 1-6 in 2012, but showed signs of progress in Andy Reid’s offense. The hiring of Kelly immediately created uncertainty for Foles, who does not possess the ideal attributes for an Oregon-style offense. It’s unclear whether Foles will compete for a job in Philadelphia or if the Eagles will explore the trade market.
More to come.