For Philadelphia Eagles, It's Not Worth Picking Up Michael Vick's Option

Dan ParzychSenior Writer IFebruary 10, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 20:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles rushes against the San Francisco 49ers at Lincoln Financial Field on December 20, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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There have been numerous reports expressing how Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is showing interest with playing in a different city">Michael Vick is showing interest with playing in a different city next season. He believes there are a number of teams he could start for in 2010 and have an impact on their offense now that he has a full season under his belt.

If Vick remains an Eagle, he will most likely remain as the No. 3 quarterback behind Donovan McNabb and Kevin Kolb to go along with his random appearances in the wild-cat formation.

The main question that Joe Banner & company should be asking themselves is would keeping him around really be worth all the money?

The Eagles have until March 5 to decide on whether or not to pick up Vick’s 2010 option worth $5.25 million. If they decide not to pick up the option, there’s a good chance Philadelphia will put him on the trade block. Otherwise, they may have to end up just releasing him.

From a standpoint of an Eagles fan, the Michael Vick experiment was fun while it lasted. It was fun each time he ran into the huddle as there was hope for that break-through play we were so used to seeing from him before his dog-fighting incident–and we were lucky enough a few times this season.

His 34-yard scramble at the beginning of the game against the Chicago Bears. His two touchdowns–one passing and one rushing–in his homecoming to Atlanta against the Falcons. Even his 76-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin in the opening round of this year’s playoffs.

Still, at the end of the day, business is business when it comes to the NFL, especially for the Philadelphia Eagles.

To pay $5.25 million for a player who will never start next season–unless McNabb and Kolb both suffer injuries–would be a poor investment for a team that already has too many talented quarterbacks as it is.

It was fun while it lasted, but it’s time to let Vick take a chance as a starter with a different team. When he signed with the team during the 2009 preseason as a third-string quarterback, it seemed highly unlikely that Vick would be satisfied as a backup for more than one season, which is part of the reason why he’s beginning to express interest in playing elsewhere next season.

Now, the only mystery that remains is which teams will pursue Vick once the Eagles make a decision on what to do with his option for 2010.

From a business perspective, let’s just hope Eagles’ management is smart enough not to pay him the $5.25 million next season.

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