During the 2012 NFL season, veteran quarterback Michael Vick failed to live up to expectations for the Philadelphia Eagles for a second straight year. Vick’s wasn’t entirely at fault for his poor performances over the past two seasons with the offensive line in Philadelphia among the worst in the NFL, but his inability to stay healthy and consistently play well was thought to be enough to force the quarterback out of Philadelphia heading into the off-season.
Fortunately for Vick, the Eagles chose to retain the four-time Pro Bowler with a one-year deal according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter:
The Philadelphia Eagles re-signed Michael Vick on Monday to a one-year deal for the 2013 season, the team announced. Vick could make as much as $10 million next season, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
The one-year deal agreed to by Vick replaces the deal signed in 2011 worth $100 million.
With the team parting ways with longtime head coach Andy Reid immediately following one of the worst seasons in recent memory, the consensus in Philadelphia was Vick would be the next in line to be sent packing by the Eagles. Apparently, the team’s front office is optimistic Vick might be able to contribute at a high level with one more chance to shine under center next season under new head coach Chip Kelly.
There’s been much speculation since the hiring of Kelly recently on the direction of the team moving forward. The quarterback position has played a major role on Kelly’s teams over the past few years with the Oregon Ducks and therefore will likely be an important role on the Eagles next season.
Immediately after the hiring of Kelly, Vick was thought to be the ideal candidate to lead Kelly’s style of offense, but the team wasn’t entirely sold on the idea. Now it appears Vick will be given one more shot and might be able shine under center with Kelly calling the shots from the sidelines in Philadelphia.