Suprise! Michael Vick Signs With Eagles

Joey GrissoContributor IAugust 13, 2009

RICHMOND, VA - AUGUST 27:  Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick makes a statement to reporters at the Omni Richmond Hotel after agreeing to a guilty plea on charges stemming from his involvement in a dogfighting ring August 27, 2007, in Richmond, Virginia.  (Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images)

Even before Roger Goodell lifted Vick's NFL suspension and officially allowed him to sign with a team, people and bloggers were storming websites making predictions about where Number 7's ultimate home would be.

There were some bizzare ones (Houston, New England) some strange ones (Detroit, Washington) and some that actually made a lot of sense (Oakland, San Francisco, Minnesota.) Not once, however, were the Philadelphia Eagles mentioned as a possible suitor. They were a strong team with a decent quarterback. No way in Hell, one would think, would they take their chances on Vick.

Well, think again.

Less than a month after his suspension from the NFL was lifted, he is officially a member of the Philadelphia Eagles after signing a 2-year deal with them just minutes ago, according to ESPN.

Now, I imagine that Donavan McNabb must be pretty pissed off right now. He leads the team to the NFC Championship and they respond by signing a replacement for him? What a great way to say "thank you!"

I do see a little bit of logic in this, however. McNabb tends to fluctuate as a QB, so whenever he isn't doing great, they sub in Vick. Kind of like having Lincecum as your starter and Mariano Rivera as your closer. Still, you don't do that to a player like McNabb.

Also, think about the fans. In Philly. Yeah, the fans who are notorious for being rowdy at even preseason games and booing Santa Claus just got Michael Vick on their team. Think about this. If they have a problem with McNabb, whose a great QB and a decent person, then how do you think they will deal with Vick, a former dog abuser who hasn't played in years?

Still, congratulations to Vick for making it onto a team so soon. Not the one we expected, but whatever. I am sure Eagles fans worldwide must be rejoicing. At least for now.