Thursday, August 13, 2009

Vick, Eagles agree on contract

I was sitting in my easy chair watching the Eagles-Pats preseason game when I thought I heard the announcer mention that the Eagles signed Michael Vick. I had hoped I misheard so I checked the story online and lo and behold...its true. I am somewhat ambivalent because I know he served his time for the crime and he probably does deserve a chance to re-enter society. But I really wish he didn't turn out to be an Eagle. By the way, I turned the game off and watched a CSI rerun. How do you feel about this?

The Michael Vick wait is over.

Sources told that the quarterback has reached a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, with a one-year option. 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.

The deal was reached Tuesday, but wasn't finalized until Thursday. Several head coaches have told that they would love to have signed Vick but were unable to because of trepidation on the part of their owners. Vick makes sense for the Eagles as a second QB option if Donovan McNabb goes down with an injury. Vick has not played in the NFL since 2006. The former Atlanta Falcons star was convicted in August 2007 of conspiracy and running a dogfighting operation, and was sentenced to 23 months in federal prison. He also was suspended indefinitely by the NFL. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell conditionally lifted Vick's suspension on July 27, allowing him to sign with a team.

Vick can immediately take part in preseason practices, workouts and meetings and can play in the final two preseason games. He can apply for full reinstatement by Week 6 in October. The Eagles went to the playoffs last season under McNabb, and are still looking for their first Super Bowl win.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.


  1. You know, you can get fired from a job for making a politically incorrect comment; an employer may not hire you because they don't like what's on your credit report--there are so many inconsequential reasons for not getting a job. The Eagles choice to hire someone who abused, killed, maimed and used animals' bloody bodies for profit is just beyond me. I would hope that regardless of the fact that Vicks "paid his debt to society" people still understand that his character has not changed. You cannot do that to innocent animals and all of a sudden be redeemed. I do not think that Mr. Vicks has paid enough, certainly not enough to be given his old life back.

  2. From an ex-loyal Eagles fan, I am shocked and appalled to hear that Jeffrey Lurie did some "soul-searching" and realized that Michael Vick deserves a second chance!!! Unfortunately, all of the poor defenseless dogs that were unlucky enough to cross Mr. Vicks' path will not have that same opportunity. What a digusting excuse for a human being...I will never watch another Eagle's football game again!