Philadelphia Eagles Expected to Pay Quarterback Michael Vick's $3 Million Bonus

Bryn SwartzSenior Writer IIIJanuary 28, 2013

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 28: Quarterback Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks to pass against the Atlanta Falcons during a game at Lincoln Financial Field on October 28, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Eagles will likely pay the $3 million that is due to veteran quarterback Michael Vick by February 6, according to a report by CBSSports's Jason LaConfora, as new head coach Chip Kelly is still studying the film of Vick from 2012.

In other words, the Eagles will take the $3 million loss if the team does end up cutting Vick during the offseason. But they don't want to move too soon, which makes sense.

If Kelly decides that he is not interested in Vick, the Eagles could shop the soon-to-be 33-year-old. once league play begins on March 13.

Vick had originally been rumored to head to New York but new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, who coached Vick in Philly for the past four seasons, is not interested in reuniting. Neither is Vick, for that matter.

It's unlikely that Vick would go to Kansas City, even though they need a quarterback, because Andy Reid's firing from Philly following the past season can directly be traced to the poor play of Vick. Why go through that again?

Other destinations for Vick include Buffalo, St. Louis, Cleveland, Arizona and Oakland

Currently, the Eagles have the fourth overall pick in the 2013 draft. They could use that pick to select a quarterback, such as Geno Smith or EJ Manuel, or they could go with 2012 rookie Nick Foles as the starter.