As the world turns, so does the Michael Vick rumor-mill.
In between being linked to the Jets and Buccaneers, Adrian Peterson trying to link him to the Vikings, and even rumors that the Jaguars were interested in Vick’s services, conflicting reports have surfaced on the Eagles interest in bringing Vick back to Philly as a backup, should none of those options work out.
Wednesday evening, CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported that Vick would not be back ‘in any capacity’ with the team in 2014, as they had ‘decided to go in a different direction with backup role’. La Canfora tends to be one of the most reliable national reporters, but within the hour of La Canfora’s report, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk denied the report, saying that ‘nothing had changed’ since he had spoken with general manager Howie Roseman at the combine, and he seemed open to bringing Vick back.
This morning, Rob Maaddi of the AP, echoed Florio’s sentiments.
Two people familiar with the situation say Michael Vick and the Eagles haven’t ruled out the quarterback returning to Philadelphia.
Both people spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday on condition of anonymity because they’re not discussing contract negotiations publicly.
As we approach tonight’s tampering window, the Eagles interest (or lack of, who knows?) in Vick may become a moot point if Vick gets any sort of opportunity to even compete for a starting job. In Philly he isn’t going to get that, and even if he decided at some point that he was open to being a backup, it would likely be sometime after the draft when any potential opportunities were filled. By that point, the Eagles will likely have committed to Matt Barkley as a backup, or gone in a different direction through free-agency.