Vick To Make Return To Football With Eagles


Qb To Get 1-year, $1.6m Deal With Team Option For 2010

August 14, 2009|By David Teel | David Teel,Tribune Newspapers

Michael Vick is returning to professional football with the Philadelphia Eagles, where he'll team with a respected owner, coaching staff and quarterback.

ESPN first reported the contractual agreement Thursday evening, and two sources close to Vick confirmed the deal to the Newport News Daily Press in Hampton Roads, Va.

A former Pro Bowl quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons, Vick has not played football since 2006. He served 18 months in prison on a federal conspiracy charge related to a dogfighting ring and was suspended indefinitely by the NFL.

Under the terms of his recent reinstatement, Vick is eligible to practice immediately. He can participate in the Eagles' final two preseason games, Aug. 27 at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars and Sept. 3 at the New York Giants.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has yet to finalize when Vick can play during the regular season. He is to decide by mid-October.

If Goodell keeps Vick sidelined until then, Vick could make his regular-season debut with Philadelphia in a Monday-night contest Oct. 26 at the Washington Redskins, the closest NFL stadium to his Virginia hometown. In another scheduling quirk, the Eagles play at Vick's former team, the Falcons, on Dec. 6.

Fox Sports said Vick signed a one-year contract worth $1.6 million with a team option for 2010 worth $5.2 million. The $1.6 million is more than twice the minimum salary for a player with Vick's tenure but far shy of the $9 million he was scheduled to earn in 2009 with his Atlanta deal.

Vick, 29, has declared bankruptcy.

In the Eagles, Vick joins a franchise seemingly well equipped to handle possible protests of his signing. Under owner Jeffrey Lurie's stewardship, the team is a perennial contender and last season advanced to the NFC championship game before losing to the Arizona Cardinals.

Incumbent quarterback Donovan McNabb is entering his 11th NFL season. Coach Andy Reid is a two-time NFL Coach of the Year, and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg runs a West Coast offense similar to what Vick used in Atlanta.

The Eagles have serviceable backup quarterbacks in veterans Kevin Kolb and A.J. Feeley, meaning they could deploy Vick as a receiver or kick returner.

A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Vick was considered the fastest quarterback in NFL history and is the only player at his position to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season.

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