Holy Shih Tzu! Eagles Sign Michael Vick

Matthew WatersContributor IAugust 14, 2009

RICHMOND, VA - AUGUST 27:  Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick speaks 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)

Can you believe that the same team who was reluctant to give Donovan McNabb a couple extra bucks (in their minds) per year just signed the most controversial player in the league? The same team who refused to give Brian Dawkins every single dollar he earned through his blood and sweat at Veterans Stadium and Lincoln Financial Field?

But yes, in fact, the Philadelphia Eagles have signed ex-con, ex-dogfighter and current Humane Society spokesman Michael Vick.

The report, confirmed by Chris Mortensen of ESPN, is that the Eagles have signed Vick to a two-year deal, terms not yet released. The Eagles, FYI, play the Falcons in Atlanta on week 12. Get 'cha popcorn ready. Did someone say that before?

I feel like I'm rambling like a giddy schoolgirl.Now, don't get me wrong. I love dogs, and my nine-year-old beagle Rusty means more to me than anything.

He might bark his ass off, but the thought of someone pitting him against another dog and fighting for his life sends shivers down my spine. At this point, though, after his 2+ years behind bars and home arrest and countless hours served and not yet served in community service, I have a feeling that image sends shivers down Vick's spine as well.

Even if he's not completely rehabilitated from his dog fighting days, Andy Reid will take care of that. He's a religious man, and as much as he'll be helping Vick on the field you can triple that output for how he'll be helping Vick off the field.

If you don't feel Vick should be in the NFL, or free at all, then shame on you. Donte' Stallworth spent 24 days behind bars for killing a man with his Bentley because he was driving drunk. There's something wrong with that picture. As much as I love dogs, an animal will never be worth more than a human life.

Michael Vick brings a whole new level of options to the Eagles. First, no more worrying about Kevin Kolb if McNabb goes down (Go ahead, cheer. I'll wait). Second, we already have multiple quick players on our offense. But with Vick the Wildcat offense just jumped to a whole new level. You can now do anything, and I mean anything, on offense with Vick as an additional option.

Please, no hate mail. If you want to talk about how the man doesn't deserve another chance to make a living after serving his fair share of time behind bars, do so with someone who cares. Michael Vick is a free manβ€”soon enough, he'll be free of defenders and waltzing into the end zone for the Philadelphia Eagles.


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