Michael Vick has been signed by the Philadelphia Eagles, it has been announced. The Eagles, one of 26 teams to publicly state that they would not consider signing Vick, apparently changed their minds and picked up the 29-year-old, despite the presence of two back-up QBs already on their roster.
PETA didn't waste any time responding to the signing, saying that they were disappointed at the message the Eagles are sending to "young fans who care about animals and don't want them to be harmed."
Can everyone please get over this?
The whole dogfighting incident is over, Vick has expressed his remorse numerous times, and he spent the last season in the slammer. What more does PETA want from him?
Keeping him out of the NFL isn't going to make Vick a better person, and letting him return, as the Eagles have, isn't going to make them a worse team. I truly believe that Vick has turned himself around and is on the up-and-up.
Despite what fans might think now, everyone is going to follow this story throughout the season, and it'll make it make the NFL that much more juicy. No matter what Commissioner Goodell might say, he knows Vick's presence this season will garner his league more attention.
I can't wait to see how the Eagles use him.
What he will be making in the 2009 season has not yet been announced. Vick will be allowed to participate in every team activity except games until week six, when Goodell is expected to fully reinstate Vick, who was once the NFL's highest paid player.