Former Hokies quarterback Michael Vick restructured his contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday, agreeing to what amounts to a one-year deal that could be worth as much as $10 million.
The deal replaces the six-year, $100 million contract he had signed but no doubt would not have finished without being cut for salary cap purposes. He’ll be a free agent after next season.
Vick’s return to Philadelphia opens some intriguing possibilities in the up-tempo offense new coach Chip Kelly is bringing with him from Oregon (and one that he’ll be operating under former Virginia offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, who is the Eagles’ new quarterbacks coach).
Vick, who will turn 33 before the season, threw for 2,362 yards and 12 touchdowns with 10 interceptions in 10 games last season, getting knocked out with a concussion for several weeks before losing his job to rookie Nick Foles. The Eagles went 4-12.
In the last two seasons, Vick is 10-13 as a starter. He’s missed 11 games the last three seasons with injuries. Still, with Monday’s news, you figure he’ll have a good shot to earn the starting job in an open competition with Foles this offseason.
I’ll throw it to the blog for discussion: is this a good fit for Vick? Are you intrigued about the possibilities of an athletic quarterback like Vick playing in Kelly’s system, which should involve a good deal of option plays? Or do you think he would have had more success — and a clear-cut shot at starting — somewhere else in the league?