Philadelphia Eagles Weren’t Michael Vick’s First Choice But They Weren’t His Last
After being released from Prison on August 13, 2009 Michael Vick signed a one year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. He would go to a team where they already had an established quarterback in Donavan McNabb and a good backup in Kevin Kolb. Vick would be the third string quarterback.
The next season Vick would re-sign with the Eagles despite being a third string quarterback once again, except it wouldn’t last long. McNabb after being named the starter again would be traded to the Washington Redskins making Kevin Kolb the starter.
Kolb would get injured in week one where Vick would replace him throwing for 175 yards, rushing for 103 yards and throwing one touchdown. Vick would go onto start the next two weeks in place of Kolb due to his injury. Vick would then get the starting job in week 4 where he would shine as one of the top players in the NFL joining quarterback Tom Brady in the M.V.P. talks.
The Philadelphia Eagles now entering the 2011-12 NFL season as the favorites after signing multiple big name players to deals such as Nnamdi Asomugha, Vince Young, Ronnie Brown and getting Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in the Kevin Kolb trade. Though, this dream season to be may have never happened if Michael Vick decided to go with his first or second choice.
In an interview with GQ Magazine Vick said that the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals seemed like better options at the time. Both teams wanted Vick badly at the time and both teams most likely would’ve made him their starter where in Philadelphia Vick had to wait his turn as McNabb was already the starter and Kevin Kolb was waiting next in line for his turn.
“I think I can say this now, because it’s not going to hurt anybody’s feelings, and it’s the truth … I didn’t want to come to Philadelphia,” Vick told the magazine. “Being the third-team quarterback is nothing to smile about. Cincinnati and Buffalo were better options.”
Do you blame him? However Vick doesn’t regret the decision of choosing Philadelphia at all, “I wanted to be with (coach Andy Reid),” Vick said. “I knew that I was going to have to sit, but I knew it was going to pay great dividends for me. I couldn’t see it at the time, but that goes to show how much I know because of how things worked out. I’m glad to be an Eagle and hopefully I will be for a long time.”
So don’t worry Eagles fans you heard it from him himself, he doesn’t want to go anywhere or regret going here, not even close. He wants to be an Eagle for a very long time.