According to sources who are close to Michael Vick, they tell NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport that the Eagles quarterback believes he has “another four years left in the NFL,” and plans to holdout for a starting job this offseason if the Eagles release him.
“Those sources also said Vick would not want to join the New York Jets if Mark Sanchez still is the starter, but he would consider signing with the Jets if he were paid more than Sanchez, making it clear that Vick was the No. 1 quarterback on the depth chart,” writes Rapoport.
Rapoport adds that the source said Vick might wait and see if University of Oregon head coach Chip Kelly decides to take a head coaching job this offseason, as Vick has always imagined himself playing in Kelly’s high-pace spread offense.
With the Jets as one possible landing spot for Vick, Rapoport believes other possibilities could be the Bills, Browns, and Cardinals.
Vick has finally recovered from the concussion symptoms that he had been dealing with for a number of weeks now, but this decision is clearly designed to minimize distractions for the team.Philadelphia will keep rookie Nick Foles in place as their starter for the rest of the season with Trent Edwards as his backup.
It’s basically a foregone conclusion that Vick will be released at the end of the season, rather than pay him a staggering $15.5 million next season.