Head coach Chip Kelly is considered a forward-thinker, so he seems like just the man who can use quarterback Michael Vick’s ability to run to his advantage. However, there are a lot of other things to consider at the position aside from a quarterback’s ability to run.
Vick’s biggest issue has always been his limited value as a productive passer, which is still a requirement to be a good quarterback at the NFL level. If Kelly can’t get Vick to be a better passer, it might not matter how productive Vick is on the ground.
There was virtually no way the Eagles were going to pay Vick what he was owed under the terms of his original contract, so the two sides restructured it this offseason. His incentives were the most notable changes. In addition, nothing in it is guaranteed, according to Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com.
Basically, the Eagles can cut Vick without having to pay him any more money. Perhaps the only thing NFL teams like more than cap savings is real savings. It’s like the difference between saving a few real dollars versus saving a few Monopoly dollars.
As for the salary cap, the Eagles would save $4.5 million if Vick is released, which includes taking $7.7 million in dead money against the cap in 2013. The hit is damaging, but the Eagles wouldn’t be on the hook for anything else.
The Eagles obviously aren’t going to cut their best quarterback, which means Vick must look worse than rookie quarterback Matt Barkley and returning backup Nick Foles. At this point, the competition for the starting job remains wide open, so training camp will actually determine Vick’s fate.
Unlike some other positions on the football field, any extra cost at the quarterback position is worth it. Combined, Barkley and Foles will be paid less than 10 percent of what Vick will make in 2013 if they all make the team, but that doesn’t mean the Eagles would be satisfied with 10 percent of Vick’s production.