Michael Vick has finally found an NFL home for the next two years, and it's not one most expected. Chris Mortenson of ESPN announced the Philadelphia Eagles signing between plays of Cardinals-Steelers preseason game. Vick signed a two-year deal
Vick will be going to a team with a deeply entrenched starter in Donovan McNabb, and a hobbled back-up in Kevin Kolb. Kolb sprained a ligament in his left knee earlier this week and looks to return in the upcoming week, and I doubt the Vick signing is any indication that Kolb is behind schedule in his return.
So what is the appeal for the Eagles to bring in Vick? If anyone on the bench were to do the unlikely and unseat McNabb as the primary signal caller, I would think that Kolb this year and next would be more prepared to do it due to his experience in filling in for McNabb as recently as last year. McNabb is a bit of an injury risk, so Vick could be brought in as security in case McNabb were to go down and Kolb can't handle the job well enough, but that hardly seems worth a two-year deal and an upcoming media firestorm.
So what could the real reason be that the Eagles are bringing in Vick? Special packages such as the "wildcat" or similar formations? What about the merchandise sales, would that be the motivation? Or are the Eagles concerned that certain injuries may leave them without enough serious playmakers and this is their way of solving that problem?
Only time will answer these questions, but for now we can only speculate and depending on your stance, scratch your head, rejoice, or sit back and watch.
UPDATE: Fox's Jay Glazer is reporting the details of the Vick contract. Apparently it is a one-year $1.6 million deal with a team option for a second year worth $5.2 million.