As Chip Kelly enters his first off-season as Eagles Head Coach, the first position he has to correct is the quarterback position.
While Nick Foles appears to have no place in whatever fast paced offense Kelly chooses to implement, Michael Vick appears to be one of Kelly’s best options. That is largely due to the lack of any great quarterbacks in the draft, especially with scrambling ability. It also does not appear that there are any substantially better options available through free-agency or trade.
All of that taken to account, if Kelly decides that Vick will not be the man heading forward Vick is likely to be cut, because trading him would bring back a minimal return at best. It is important to remember that if Vick is retained he will make 16.5 million dollars next season so his value would be around a fourth or fifth round pick. And to do that Vick would have to remain on the roster past February 6th, which means the Eagles would owe him 3 million dollars. At that point you have to ask if a fourth or fifth round pick is worth 3 million dollars. Probably not.
Yet Reports from the NFL Network’s Jason LaCanfora suggest that the Eagles will pay Vick at least the three million, as Chip Kelly weighs the future of the quarterback position in Philly. LaCanfora stressed yesterday that he does not feel either side is pressing to get anything resolved, and that Vick will likely earn at least his three million.
The best thing to tell Birds fans who are struggling to wait for the decision on Vick’s future, is that while it is tough to wait, Kelly is evaluating each option and hopefully will make the choice that is best for the team’s future.