Eagles, QB Vick agree to restructured deal

Michael Vick took a significant pay cut to stay with the
Philadelphia Eagles and compete for a starting job.

The four-time Pro Bowl quarterback agreed Monday to a
restructured three-year contract with the Eagles, just two seasons
after signing a $100 million extension that included $35.5 million
in guaranteed money. The new deal is essentially for one-year,
however.

A source familiar with the contract said Vick could earn up to
$10 million in 2013 if he meets all his performance incentives, and
the team will void the remaining two years on March 15. That person
spoke on condition of anonymity because the terms haven’t been
released.

Vick was slated to earn about $16 million next season, including
a $3 million roster bonus. He lost his starting job to rookie Nick
Foles last season, but new coach Chip Kelly will give him a chance
to win it back.

”I am grateful and proud to be a Philadelphia Eagle,” Vick
wrote on Twitter. ”My heart is in Philly and this community is
important to me.”

Vick had a breakout year in 2010, leading the Eagles to the NFC
East title, winning The Associated Press Comeback Player of the
Year award and starting in the Pro Bowl. But he’s battled injuries
and inconsistency the last two years.

”What I look at is skillset first and foremost,” Kelly said.
”What he can do, how he can throw the football, how he can beat
people with his feet. There are a lot of different factors he has.
And you have to look at the landscape for other quarterbacks. I
guess the best way I can put this is I agree there is a change of
scenery going on here. For Michael Vick, there is a change of
scenery, but not a change of address.”

Since the Eagles hired Kelly to replace Andy Reid, there’s been
plenty of speculation about which quarterback will run his
aggressive, up-tempo offense. Though Kelly has been effusive in his
praise for Foles, the slow-footed, pocket-passer isn’t an ideal fit
for a zone-read offense. Kelly, though, said he will cater his
offense around his players’ strengths. After all, he’s known for
being an offensive innovator who had tremendous success at
Oregon.

”I don’t think what we do offensively can be said in one or two
words that we’re either this or we’re this,” Kelly said. ”We’re
an equal-opportunity scoring operation. Whether we run the ball
over the goal line or throw the ball over the goal line really
doesn’t bother me, it’s how do we move the football.

”There have been games we’ve had to throw it in our league 50
times and there are games we have to run it 50 times. You need to
be built for the long haul. There is a skill set that Nick has that
really excites me about him. I think we’ve got an older quarterback
in Michael who is 32 now, and have a younger guy in Nick who is
going into his second year, and I think it’s the ideal situation
for us moving forward this season.”

Kelly didn’t rule out a trade, however.

”I don’t rule anything out, I don’t rule anything in,” he
said. ”But I know moving forward we, as an organization, had to
make a decision on what to do with Michael, and I want Michael to
be part of this team.”

Vick has missed 11 games because of injuries over the last three
seasons. He sustained a concussion in Week 10 last year and Reid
decided to let Foles play the rest of the way because the Eagles
were in last place. They finished 4-12.

Vick returned to start the season finale against the New York
Giants because Foles was hurt. He finished the year with 2,362
yards passing, 12 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, and also lost
five fumbles.

A former No. 1 overall pick by Atlanta, Vick was signed by
Philadelphia in 2009 after missing two years because he was in
federal prison. He came in as the No. 3 quarterback behind Donovan
McNabb and Kevin Kolb.

After McNabb was traded and Kolb was injured in the season
opener in 2010, Vick took over and was outstanding. He had career
highs in yards passing (3,018), completion percentage (62.6),
touchdowns passing (21), touchdowns rushing (9) and passer rating
(100.2).

But he hasn’t come close to playing up to that level. There are
questions, of course, about his durability and his age – Vick will
be 33 in July.

”He’s younger than (Dallas quarterback) Tony Romo, and he’s
right about the same age as (Giants quarterback) Eli Manning,”
Kelly said. ”The only reason I say that is because I told Michael
that this morning, and he didn’t know.”

Vick is undersized and stubborn about playing it safe. He
usually takes on tacklers instead of running out of bounds and
dives headfirst instead of sliding.

”I looked at the films, and studied the tape. When you look at
Michael, it’s his toughness. That cannot be overrated at all,”
Kelly said. ”We looked at his skill set. He still has that skill
set. He can still throw the football.

”He’s got an unbelievable release, and it’s our job as coaches
to make sure he can get the ball out quickly.”

The Eagles scored just 280 points last season as they endured an
eight- and a three-game losing streak. Only Arizona (250) scored
fewer in the NFC.

When asked whether Vick or Foles would work with the first-team
offense in training camp, Kelly smiled and quickly showed he’s
going to be able to handle the Philadelphia media just fine.

”We’ll go alphabetical,” he said with a grin. ”First name?
Last name? We’ll flip a coin.”

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