Gigantic breaking news out of the NFL, as one of the most controversial sports figures of the past decade has found a new home. Michael vick, who last played in 2006, is now a Philadelphia Eagle.
Vick, 29, was convicted of running a dog-fighting ring in his own home after the 2006 season, served nearly two years in federal prison for his wrongdoings. His personal friend and adviser, former Colts coach Tony Dungy, had hinted earlier this week on NBC’s coverage of the Hall of Fame Game that one would expect Vick to sign with a team as early as this week. Most, however, did not predict this.
Several teams around the league stated they had little-to-no interest into signing the former Pro-Bowler, citing that he would be a distraction to their respective team. The Philadelphia Eagles, however, apparently feel otherwise, as the squad has given Michael a two-year deal to serve behind star Donovan McNabb and perhaps elsewhere in the offense.
It has been suggested by many across the sports world that Vick can play other positions such as wide receiver, following a similar attempt by his younger brother Marcus in 2006. This could be evidenced by Michael’s 2006 statistics, as he became the first quarterback in NFL history to rush for over 1,000 yards. He would finish that campaign with 20 touchdowns as well, in what would turn out to be the last of his six seasons in Atlanta. The Falcons officially released Vick earlier this year.
Vick joins an offense filled with promise, sporting players such as the aforementioned McNabb, DeSean Jackson, Brian Westbrook, Jeremy Maclin, amongst many more in the stacked NFC East.
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