After his performance last year, some people felt like Michael Vick was done. Not in the literal sense, but as far as being a productive starting quarterback. While Vick didn’t feel that way, he appears to have come to grips with the fact that his career may be in twilight.
As Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk points out, in an interview with Howard Eskin, Vick slipped in that he has “got a couple more years left.” I don’t think the comment was meant in the literal sense, that he is going to play two more years, but it certainly is a puzzling thing to say during a quarterback battle. I don’t think reminding Chip Kelly and the Eagles brass that even if you are successful this year you don’t really fit into their long-term plans, is an effective way to sway the quarterback battle in your favor.
As far as how many years Vick has left, him saying that he’s going to play a couple more years is interesting. If you remember, after Vick got out of jail, people tried to make the case that his speed would last longer because he missed two years because he was incarcerated. But what they forgot is that in Vick’s two years in jail, the body still goes through the natural process of aging, and I think we are seeing that now. Not to mention with Vick never learning how to slide, and playing behind a pitiful offensive line last year, he took a lot more big hits than the average pocket quarterback. And taking those hits doesn’t exactly prolong the career of a quarterback who is only 215 pounds to begin with.
All in all, we may be reading too much into Vick’s comments and the reality is that beyond this year Vick is likely not going to be the Eagles concern. If Vick doesn’t win the starting job, then it’s very possible he could request a trade or ask for his outright release. The Eagles may not grant him that, but he came back to the Eagles on a one-year deal, so if things don’t work out the Eagles won’t bring him back for 2014, nor would he want to come back. And if he beats out Nick Foles and Matt Barkley for the starting job this year, the Eagles will likely roll with Vick to start the season and if performs well he will play the whole year, while the Eagles groom Matt Barkley to be the long-term quarterback. Either way 2013 is highly likely to be Vick’s last season in midnight green, so it doesn’t matter if the soon to be 33 year-old Vick feels like he can play ten more years, because only one more is likely to be in Philadelphia.