The Philadelphia Eagles and quarterback Michael Vick took the field Monday night in an effort to salvage their season against a New Orleans Saints squad doing the same, and before the first quarter had even ended Vick had taken to Twitter to request that he be traded from Philadelphia.
No, not that Vick. That would have been a neat trick, though, and one heck of a smartphone commercial.
Marcus Vick, Michael's younger brother, wasted no time in expressing his displeasure with the state of affairs along the offensive front and clamoring for his brother's departure from the City of Brotherly Love.
The tweet requesting the trade disappeared almost as quickly as it appeared (likely at the behest of someone more levelheaded than Marcus), but that doesn't mean it wasn't there.
Please trade my brother. We requesting out of Philly!!!! Please please please……
— Marcus Vick (@MVFive) November 6, 2012
Welcome to the Internet Marcus, where nothing ever really goes away.
So far, in a season that's been a disaster for both the Eagles as a team and Michael Vick as a player, the 32-year-old has said all the right things, and it's surely not his responsibility to monitor his idiot brother's Twitter account, but it does raise an interesting question.
What are the chances that Michael Vick will be playing for the Eagles in 2013?
Could Michael Vick be traded after the season?
The short answer, unfortunately for the Eagles, is no, even though as the losses pile up, the end of the Michael Vick era draws closer and closer in Philadelphia.
The reason, as it usually is in the NFL, is money. Given the enormity of the contract the Eagles handed Vick after his fantastic 2010 season, it makes no sense for another team to give the Eagles compensation and take on that contract, even if it was interested.
This isn't to say that Michael Vick won't end up on another NFL team in 2013. That appears more and more likely by the day, but it's going to come in a very unceremonious fashion...with Vick being shown the door in much the same fashion that Andy Reid is about to be.
And it's a shame that's it come to that.