Could Mike Vick Request a Trade After Rollercoaster 2012 Season?

Thomas GaliciaContributor IINovember 5, 2012

Michael Vick's 2012 has been a forgettable one on the field.

Coming into Philadelphia's Week 9 Monday Night Football game against the New Orleans Saints, Vick had thrown nine touchdowns, but also threw eight interceptions and fumbled the ball nine times. He would throw a pick-six against the Saints, who boast one of the worst defenses of all time.

In addition to the pick-six, Vick would finish with 272 yards passing and one touchdown, but he constantly failed to score from the red zone in the 28-13 loss.

However, not everyone blames Vick for his struggles, as his brother Marcus Vick went on a Twitter rant blaming the Eagles for Vick's struggles, with his criticism specifically directed towards the offensive line:

This not even an NFL type of O-line. What happen to the hogs the Eagles had last year and year before? Call Winston Justice back n Jamal J

— Marcus Vick (@MVFive) November 6, 2012


Prior to that tweet, though, Vick tweeted a request that the Eagles trade his older brother that he has since deleted, but not before being re-tweeted in the Twitterverse:

Marcus Vick chimes in… RT @mvfivePlease trade my brother. We requesting out of Philly!!!! Please please please......

— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 6, 2012


Could Marcus Vick have been tweeting the frustrations his brother has with the Eagles organization? Could Mike Vick himself want a trade?

Yes. Sometimes a change of scenery is the best thing for a player to get back on track, but if Vick does leave Philadelphia, odds are it won't be via trade.

Vick is scheduled to make $15.5 million in 2013, with a cap hit of $16.9 million. After 2013, Vick is due another $49.5 million through the 2016 season, with a combined $9.2 million in bonuses also owed to him throughout that contract (numbers courtesy of This contract would be far too onerous for any team to trade for, and it will be difficult for the Eagles to get anything in return for it.

If Vick wants out of Philadelphia like his brother seems to imply, he will get that opportunity, but not through a trade. Instead, it's more likely that the Eagles (who will likely start rebuilding anyways), would release Vick, eating his 2013 cap hit in exchange for more flexibility in the future. This way, Vick will have his choice as to what team he'd like to sign with.

But even if Andy Reid stays in Philadelphia for another year and Vick decides to stay with him, he will still have to rework his contract.

Either way, Michael Vick won't be traded at the end of the season, regardless of what his brother Marcus wants. Even if there is no trade, there's still a chance that Vick finds a new home in 2013.