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With Jay Cutler signing a seven-year, $126 million deal to remain in Chicago, Michael Vick vaults to the top of the free-agent class at the NFL's most important position.
There's a chance the 33-year-old could remain in Philly. As Reuben Frank of CSN Philadelphia reports, Vick has left the door open for a return to the City of Brotherly Love as Nick Foles' backup.
That is, "if all else fails."
You see, Vick also still very much wants to start in 2014.
“I don’t worry about it," Vick said, per Frank. "My skill set is still there, my arm is still there, my legs are still there, I’m still a playmaker, that’s evident. I think at some point, I’ll be playing somewhere.”
He may well get that chance. After all, there's no shortage of NFL teams desperate for help under center, and Vick's resume will no doubt appeal to some of those squads.
Vick may have lost the starting job with the Eagles, but he wasn't horrible in 2013.
For the season, Vick averaged over 220 total yards of offense per game, with seven total scores and five turnovers. His passer rating of 86.5 was close to the 87.9 average he's posted since re-entering the NFL in 2009. That passer rating, by the way, is higher than the last two Super Bowl winners (Joe Flacco of the Ravens and Eli Manning of the Giants) over that same span.
However, Vick will be 34 in June. He also hasn't played more than 13 games in a season since 2006. Over the past three seasons, Vick has 39 total touchdowns and an eye-raising 38 turnovers.
That sounds much more like a band-aid "bridge" starter than any sort of long-term solution for NFL teams hurting at quarterback.