Despite suffering through one of the worst seasons of his career, Michael Vick still had plenty of suitors in the early NFL offseason. The 32-year-old drew heavy interest from Arizona, Buffalo and Cleveland as all three teams are looking to upgrade their QB position. However, Vick decided to stay put in Philadelphia – even if it meant taking a $5.5 million paycut.
He signed a one-year, $10 million restructured deal to come back to the Eagles for a fourth year. And what’s interesting about this is that Vick probably could have earned more money by going to one of the aforementioned teams. However, he chose to stay in Philly for one big reason – Chip Kelly and his new offense.
The Perfect Situation
Over the past four years, Chip Kelly built a reputation as an offensive mastermind at the University of Oregon. His Ducks were regularly among the nation’s top scoring teams, and this helped him compile a 46-7 record at Oregon. Taking all of this into account, it’s no surprise that Vick was excited about returning to the Eagles – despite suffering through an injury-plagued season where he threw for just 2,362 yards, 12 TD’s and 10 INT’s.
Vick discussed the matter by saying, “I feel like this is the perfect situation for me. After talking with Chip and looking at the offense, I wanted to be here.” He added, “This is about making it work. Whatever I had to do, I wanted to make this work.”
When considering what Kelly’s offense can do for a quarterback, it’s easy to see why Vick would want to return. The large number of option plays and emphasis on quarterback speed is great for Michael, who, even at 32, is one of the NFL’s faster players.
Chance of Success?
The Eagles have invested $10 million into Michael Vick while hoping that he can regain the same form he had in 2010 – which saw him throw for 3,018 yards, 21 TD’s and 6 INT’s, and rush for 676 yards and 9 more touchdowns. However, Vick is far from a sure thing since Nick Foles will provide competition for the starting QB role; Foles threw for 1,699 yards, 6 TD’s and 5 INT’s in his seven rookie appearances.
However, Michael thinks that he can put the injuries and struggles of the past two years behind him as he said, “Physically, I think I’m right there as good as the 23-year-old me I was way back when I got started. I’ve been training hard already with Tom Anderson and he’s going to have me ready to play in this offense by next season.”
Plus the offensive weapons are all there, which is something that isn’t completely true with Cleveland, Buffalo and Arizona. Vick has a star running back (LeSean McCoy), two strong wide receivers (Jeremy Maclin, DeSean Jackson) and a very solid tight end (Brent Celek) in Philadelphia.
The right pieces and offensive scheme are certainly there for Vick this coming season. Now it’s up to him to stay healthy and prove that his skills haven’t diminished with age.