In his weekly Virginia Beach ESPN radio appearance, Eagles quarterback Michael Vick said nothing has happened yet in regard to contract talks with the Eagles.
Last week, a source close to the situation indicated it became even more likely that Vick will get the franchise tag this year when he hit incentives this season that caused his pay to increase more than 30 percent from 2009. Language in the expiring collective bargaining agreement prohibits extending a contract when that happens. But the Eagles could franchise Vick and then sign him to a new deal.
"Not as of yet,'' Vick said, when asked about talks. "Everybody is just enjoying the break, getting their mind together. When it's time to do business, and talk football and contracts, it will happen at the right time."
Vick was asked by host Tony Mercurio if he is happy in Philadelphia. "I'm happy in Philadelphia. Hopefully, I can stay here. Sometimes it doesn't work out the way you want it to, but I'm hoping it does. We'll go from there. We'll see what all happens."
Vick departs for Hawaii on Tuesday for the Pro Bowl and is planning to bring his family. "I'm excited about it and I think I'm going to have a good time and enjoy the whole atmosphere and just take it all in stride," he said.
He also was asked with how he deals with the criticism that comes his way.
"In this country, you have the freedom of speech and you can say whatever you want," he said. "As long as you say it to the right people, not bluntly put out in my face, then it don't make me any difference. People can say anything they want. They can have their own opinions, but it doesn't mean it's valid ... It motivates me."
The season is over, but Michael Vick remains in demand.
Some of the heavy hitters in broadcasting are in hot pursuit, trying to land a sitdown interview with the Eagles quarterback. The stakes were raised last night during the debut episode of "Piers Morgan Tonight" on CNN, when Morgan interviewed Oprah Winfrey.
Vick has done sitdowns with each of the networks that cover the NFL, but clearly his story is about more than football.
Morgan asked Oprah what advice she would give Vick.
"I really don't want to talk about Michael Vick because I'm trying to interview him," Oprah said. "I will just save all my advice for when I sit down with him."
"I'm trying to get him as well. One of us is going to win," Morgan said.
He then proposed a "little wager," suggesting 100 British pounds. Oprah seemed game, but suggested they double it. "Make it two."
So, 200 pounds it is (about $320).
"If Michael Vick chooses to sit with you as his first interview and not with me, then that's the way it's supposed to be," Winfrey said. "God bless the man."
Barbara Walters also is believed to be interested.
Vick picked up another Comeback Player of the Year award yesterday, as we told you last night here on Eagletarian. Asante Samuel was named to the All-Pro team and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg was named the Assistant Coach of the Year.
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