Michael Vick: Will the Eagles Seek Protection for Vick in the NFL Draft?
Michael Vick Given $20 Million By Eagles, But Will They Snag a Backup Plan in the Draft?
The Philadelphia Eagles gave Michael Vick a nice, big thank you for becoming the biggest story in the NFL this season not involving a lockout yesterday, when they signed him to a one-year, $20 million deal.
The Eagles gave Vick their franchise tag, and the quarterback quickly signed the offer, which awards him a one-year salary that ranks in the top five salaries at his position.
However, given Vick's injury history, and the fact that he missed a solid chunk of time last season, could the Eagles look for a backup plan in this year's draft?
It's not a terrible idea, when you consider how much Vick puts his body on the line each week. He's not a massive player, like Cam Newton from Auburn, and his smaller frame might not weather the abuse so well as he enters his 30's. With Kevin Kolb all but headed out of Philly, considering all of the offers Philly's gotten so far, they could sure use a backup.
There are options in this year's draft class, depending on what the Eagles are looking for in a backup quarterback this time around. If they want another passer like Vick, players like Nevada's Colin Kaepernick or Virginia Tech's Tyrod Taylor would be good mid-to-late round grabs. But, if they're in the market for a more traditional pocket passer, players like Alabama's Greg McElroy, Iowa's Ricky Stanzi, or Wisconsin's Scott Tolzien are all on the board and likely to be available later on.
All in all, it makes sense for the Eagles to find some sort of backup plan for Vick, although their options are wide open as to what it could wind up being.
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