If Vick is on the Eagles roster Feb. 6, 2013, three days after this season’s Super Bowl, $3 million of his nearly $16 million salary becomes fully guaranteed. But if the Eagles opt to release Vick before Feb. 6, 2013, they will not have any financial obligation to him and his contract will come off their salary cap without any charge.
Yahoo – Should the Eagles release Vick before that date, they’ll save $15.5 million in cash and free up $12.7 million in salary cap space. 2012 third round pick Nick Foles is currently No. 2 on the depth chart and would presumably get the first crack at the starting job, though competition could be added in free agency or next year’s draft.
Do you believe the Eagles will make it to the Super Bowl? If so, then — besides being a wonderfully-blind homer — you’re in the minority of people who think Michael Vick will play in an Eagles uniform next season.
Schefter can say “playoffs or cut” all he wants, but given Vick’s six-game sample size thus far this season, his age, and the $15.5 million dropping the controversial QB would save the Eagles it seems very obvious to me that this is a Super Bowl-or-cut situation for Vick. Howie Roseman is far too shrewd of a businessman to stand for anything less. Playoffs won’t do it — not for a 33 year-old turnover prone quarterback with a contract like Vick’s. It’s going to take a Super Bowl appearance at the very least for #7 to keep his job.
While as fans we always hold out hope that Andy will get the ship righted during the bye week and that the Birds will make one of their patented late-season runs and go on to win the Super Bowl — most signs (and oddsmakers) point to this not likely being the case. Which makes the probability of Nick Foles being anointed starting quarterback mere days after the Super Bowl extremely high. That is, if he hasn’t already been named starter by then already.
If this is indeed the last go-round for the Michael Vick Experience as a starting NFL quarterback then so be it. It’s about more than football for Vick, and thanks to his time on the Eagles hes had the opportunity to clear his name with much of the country, take a couple last legit cracks at a title, and (most importantly) pay back his creditors so he can have a peaceful life after football. The Eagles wouldn’t owe him anything nor would he owe them. Both sides would simply move on.
2010 was sure fun, though.