As of now, we know that the Philadelphia Eagles will have Michael Vick under contract for 2011 season but there are plenty of questions that remain regarding his longterm future with the team.
Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote yesterday that it’s “unlikely that the Eagles would allow Vick to enter the season without a contract extension” despite the fact that the two sides have yet to discuss any sort of extension.
“We just talked about what can get done this year,” Vick said at the Maxwell Club dinner. “I think that anything else that happens is solely on me. I think I dictate that situation based on my play and performance and my actions on and off the field. So that ball is in my court.”
We’ve already mentioned that the Eagles are more likely to let things play out this season and see where they stand with Vick before committing to him longterm. Vick played brilliantly for the majority of the 2010 season but it was his play down the stretch which raised some questions as to whether or not the Eagles should retain him for more than the upcoming year. Opposing defenses keyed in on containing him while applying pressure which ultimately led to Vick’s dip in performance. You could argue that Vick was dealing with injuries at the time but it’s worth noting that the injuries that he sustained were caused by his aggressive running style which is exactly what makes him an effective quarterback.
Philadelphia is steadfastly sticking with their high asking price for Kevin Kolb which says to me that unless they find a team that’s willing to give them two first-round picks in return Kolb, they plan on having him under center following the 2011 season. Just to reiterate, Vick’s success is directly linked to his ability to scramble and make plays with his feet. The fact that he has shown improvement throwing the ball is the sugar on top which is why he is a risky longterm investment. The first thing that every player loses is his speed and agility so even if Vick is able to maintain his abilities for the next few years, it’s unlikely that he’ll be making plays with his legs at 35.
Despite being probably the most exciting athlete at the quarterback position, he seems like he’ll be treated more like veteran running back than a veteran quarterback.