Fly Like... an Eagle? Vick Signs with Philadelphia

Mike GreenspireContributor IAugust 13, 2009

The Philadelphia Eagles have signed free agent Michael Vick, the quarterback's agent has confirmed.

Several reports, including that of Chris Mortenson's of ESPN, say Vick signed a 2-year deal. However, is reporting that it is only a one-year contract. Financial terms of the deal have also not been fully disclosed.

Either way, this move is bound to change the course of the NFL season. It looked like either Tampa Bay or Carolina, two of Vick's former rival teams while he played in Atlanta, were the two organizations showing the most interest.

I am personally shocked that the Eagles decided to sign him. However, it makes perfect sense.

Michael Vick's football style makes me believe that he will fit right into the playbook without any major adjustments at all.

I, for one, don't believe Donovan McNabb's starting role is in jeopardy. It seemed that common belief was that if anyone signed Vick they were going to use him as a utility offensive weapon, not a full-time QB.

When you think about it, that Eagles offense is going to be a literal pain-in-the-neck to deal with this season. Of course, you have the guys who have been there for a while, like Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook. But, think about what they have brought into the organization this off-season.

The offensive line was immensely upgraded with the trade acquisition of former Bills lineman Jason Peters. The offense became more dynamic in the draft when the Eagles took wide receiver Jeremy Maclin of Missouri and running back LeSean McCoy of Pittsburgh. And, to cap it all off with the biggest headline of them all: Vick has signed with Philly.

Watch this team soar (like Eagles) to the top of the pre-season favorites poll in Vegas.

Maybe Vick was the missing link for the Eagles. We'll find out soon enough. One thing is for sure, though; the Eagles, with one simple, under-the-radar move, have captured the eyes of America and the entire football world.

It sure is winding up to be a great NFL season!

-Mike Greenspire