Michael Vick Returns to Chip Kelly’s Eagles With Reworked Deal
Michael Vick will be back with the Philadelphia Eagles next season after restructuring the six-year, $100 million contract he signed in 2011. New coach Chip Kelly said Vick will have to compete with Nick Foles for the starting quarterback job.
“Knowing that we have Michael and Nick back at quarterback gives us a direction in terms of what we’re going to do offensively,” Kelly said yesterday during a news conference.
Vick’s one-year deal will be worth as much as $10 million, according to the NFL Network, amounting to at least a $5.5 million pay cut. The Eagles didn’t announce the financial terms.
Vick, 32, passed for 2,362 yards, 12 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while playing 10 games during an injury-filled 2012 National Football League season.
The Eagles had a 3-7 record in games Vick started and the four-time Pro Bowl selection was benched at one point in favor of Foles, who was a rookie last season. Vick suffered a concussion in the Eagles’ Nov. 11 game against the Dallas Cowboys and returned to the lineup for Philadelphia’s final game, against the New York Giants.
“In this league, you better have two, so I’m excited about the two of them,” Kelly said. “They’re both going to compete. And who the starting quarterback is to start the season off is going to be won on the practice field.”
Kelly, the former head coach at the University of Oregon, was hired to replace Andy Reid, who was fired after the Eagles finished the season with a 4-12 record.
Kelly ran an up-tempo offense at Oregon that may be suited to Vick, who’s thrown 123 career touchdown passes while averaging seven yards per rushing attempt over 10 NFL seasons. The Ducks averaged 49.5 points a game under Kelly last season, the second-most at college football’s top level.
“What I look at is skill set first and foremost -- what he can do, how he can throw the football, how he can beat people with his feet,” said Kelly. “I guess the best way I can put this is I agree there is a change of scenery going on here. For Michael Vick, there is a change of scenery, but not a change of address.”
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