After months of speculation, the Philadelphia Eagles have decided not to part ways with veteran quarterback Michael Vick.
Once longtime head coach Andy Reid was officially fired following the 4-12 season in 2012, the next move was thought to be the release of Vick, but the team has decided to go in a different direction by keeping the veteran in Philadelphia for at least one more season at a considerable discount.
Vick signed a contract with the team at $100 million back in 2011, but has been unable to stay healthy or lead this team back into the NFL playoffs ever since. Despite that being the case, the Eagles’ front office is confident Vick is the right man for the job under center with new head coach Chip Kelly calling the shots on the sidelines in Philadelphia next season.
Vick appears to be confident after agreeing to a new deal with the team and talking with Kelly. The veteran quarterback is ready to get back to work and excited at the prospect of being successful in Kelly’s offense via Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk:
Although Vick and Kelly haven’t spent much time going over Xs and Os, Vick said he likes what he has heard from Kelly so far.
“I could tell that he was innovative, and that’s what it’s all about in this league,” Vick said. “You have to be able to change up from week to week and I think Chip will be able to do that. I think I can handle that.”
Although few college coaches become a success right out of the gate once having made the jump to the NFL level, Kelly will try and follow in the footsteps of another former member of the Pac-10/Pac-12. Jim Harbaugh, formerly of Stanford, was able to make the jump to the NFL back in 2011 and was immediately successful with the San Francisco 49ers leading them to the NFC Championship game in his first season and a Super Bowl appearance one year later.
It remains to be seen whether or not Kelly’s offense will transcend on the NFL level, but Vick and the Eagles franchise are confident it will do just that while making Philadelphia a contender once again in the NFC.