Just as a I finished publishing a story about CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reporting that the Eagles had no plans to bring back Michael Vick ‘in any capacity’ in 2014, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk denied the validity of the report.
In response to a new report from Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports that Vick will not be back with the Eagles under any circumstances, a source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that, from the team’s perspective, nothing has changed in the 13 days since Roseman spoke on the matter.
I’d tend to think that the Eagles won’t ignore any calls from Vick’s agent Joel Segal, but they aren’t drafting up a new contract for Vick should that call come. Howie Roseman did give a quote at last week’s combine that might have suggested that though.
At the Scouting Combine, Eagles G.M. Howie Roseman told Pro Football Talk on NBCSN that the team plans to follow the lead of quarterback Mike Vick. The free-agent-to-be wants to have a chance to start, and the Eagles will be ready to talk if/when he doesn’t find that opportunity.
Florio did discuss why he believes Vick’s familiarity with the system makes him an ideal fit as the backup quarterback, should he be open to that, but I couldn’t disagree more. If the Eagles really think that Nick Foles is their franchise quarterback, it doesn’t make sense for the Eagles to keep a player like Vick, who still has a huge fanbase both locally and nationally, around and have Foles looking over his shoulder.
It makes enough sense to say that publicly, but I think for all intents and purposes, the Eagles are ready to move forward without Vick in 2014.