Michael Vick’s 2012 season appeared done just a week ago, but funny things happen in the NFL. Rookie QB Nick Foles broke his hand and Vick was named as the starter for the Eagles season finale. Not only is Vick making the last regular season start for the Philadelphia Eagles, he’s likely making his last start as a member of the Eagles.
An unnamed source told the Philadelphia Inquirer in recent days that Vick is unwilling to renegotiate his contract for next season. Given the wholesale changes which are anticipated in Philadelphia heading into next season, the Eagles will likely be releasing the veteran quarterback. Vick has a $15.5 million dollar salary for 2013 but the Eagles do have a three day window after the Super Bowl to release him and be free of any guaranteed money due for next season.
Vick’s future with the Eagles could very well hinge on who the next coach becomes. One also has to keep in mind that Vick will be 33 before the start of next season, he has been injury prone his entire career and has been a turnover machine in the last two season when he has played.
The Eagles front office is obviously unsatisfied with the failures of the last two seasons and a complete housecleaning might be in order.
If released, Vick will generate interest as a free agent with a year where the draft class is suspect and not many veteran quarterbacks of starting caliber will be available through free agency.