Here’s what we know. The Eagles and Michael Vick agreed to a restructured three-year contract Monday. The final two years of the deal will void on March 15–three days into the new league year.
That one-year deal could be worth up to a reported $10 million which would save the team approximately $5.5 million on the services of Vick in 2013.
Here’s what we don’t know–if Vick will in fact be the team’s starting quarterback in 2013. The 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.
The picture is even more uncertain for the team’s other option at quarterback–Nick Foles. The second-year player 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.