Per Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the Philadelphia Eagles have officially decided that after a five-year stint in Philadelphia, Michael Vick won’t be returning to Philadelphia in 2014–even if he was willing to return as a backup.
Mike Vick will not be back with the Eagles in any capacity in 2014. They are moving in a different direction with the backup role
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 5, 2014
This isn’t exactly breaking news to anyone who lives in reality, but considering that there were still some people with the insane idea that Vick would be willing to return as a backup (or that the Eagles would want him to return as a backup for that matter), this feels like some closure.
On paper the idea that Vick could just hang around and hold a clipboard, and pop in if Nick Foles got hurt, sounded nice. The problem with that theory is that Nick Foles would have always been looking over his shoulder, and if he slipped up in a couple of games, media and fan pressure to give Vick a start would have been too much to make it worth having him on the roster as a backup.
I don’t know if Nick Foles is the Eagles franchise quarterback yet or not, but throwing 27 touchdowns and two interceptions in 2013, makes me want to find out. And keeping Vick here as a potential distraction (even if it wasn’t of his own doing) doesn’t make sense for the Eagles.
Besides, Vick is going to get a starting job. Vick lit it up the first two weeks of the season, before the Eagles, as a team, ran into the Broncos and Chiefs, two teams that they were not ready for at that point in the season. Someone, hopefully a team that gives Vick a fairly decent shot to be successful, will covet the fact that he will put asses in the seats, and can still throw and run at a high level.