Vick Finds a Home with the Eagles
Michael Vick ended weeks of speculation Thursday by signing a two-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Vick's agent, Joel Segal, and Eagles spokesman Derek Boyko confirmed that the former Atlanta Falcons Pro Bowl quarterback is coming out of exile to join the Eagles.
Fox Sports, citing people close to the situation, reported that Vick will make $1.6 million for the first year of the deal. The Eagles have an option on the second year for $5.2 million.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell partially reinstated Vick to the league July 27, shortly after he served 18 months in prison for bankrolling a dogfighting operation. Goodell originally suspended Vick indefinitely Aug. 24, 2007, after he signed a plea agreement admitting his involvement with Bad Newz Kennels, which hosted and participated in dogfights in multiple states.
Vick can immediately practice with the Eagles and is eligible to play in their third preseason game, an Aug. 27 home date against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Goodell could decide to fully reinstate Vick at any time, and it's possible he could be in uniform for the Sept. 13 opener at the Carolina Panthers.
With five-time Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb on the roster, the Eagles didn't seem like a likely destination for Vick. McNabb also received a $5.3 million raise over the final two years of his contract in June.
But though many front offices across the league publicly slammed the door on signing Vick this summer, Eagles coach Andy Reid did not.
Reid said he thought Vick deserved a shot to return. "Sure," he said. "I'm big on second chances at this phase in my life."