Various reports have said the Eagles have to pay Michael Vick's $1.5 roster bonus March 5, the day free agency starts. Actually, the Birds say, the date is March 10, the fifth day of the league year. Most likely, nobody is going to give up anything for Vick until the Eagles pay that money; otherwise, Vick becomes a free agent, and can be signed by anyone.
In a recent Atlanta radio appearance, Vick said his preference would be to join the Carolina Panthers, who have not been among the teams most frequently linked to him, for whatever that means. “Well, you know, it’s close to home. I like the uniforms. You get to play against Atlanta twice a year. Ain’t nothing better than playing against your former team, right? So, yeah, that would be a good look, it would be a good look,” Vick said on Atlanta's Hot 107.9 FM.
The Panthers are quarterback-challenged, with Jake Delhomme and Matt Moore, but they were uninterested in Vick last summer. Hard to know if that has changed.
Also, a St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist says the Rams have discussed trading for Donovan McNabb, which hardly seems surprising. He termed them "intense internal conversations" with the Eagles. Which doesn't really make sense -- either they're internal conversations, or they're conversations with the Eagles, but they can't be both.
Hard to see how McNabb fits into a long-term rebuilding scenario there, particularly when you factor in they'd have to part with something significant to get him. Vick remains a much more likely Rams target.
The National Football Report reports an expected low-level tender from the Eagles to Ellis Hobbs, which seems about right; the Birds would want to protect their interests, but there isn't going to be any bidding war for Hobbs, coming off a serious neck injury.
Nothing new on the Brian Westbrook front. Minnesota has been posited as a likely Westbrook destination, because their coach is Brad Childress, and the offense would be similar. But the Vikings play and practice on artificial turf. Hard to see Westbrook's left knee holding up to that. In fact, that was the point someone close to the situation made over the weekend at the combine -- Westbrook not only has to pass a physical, he probably has to find a team that plays and practices on grass. Might be tough.
The NFL announced today that the Pro Bowl will be played Sunday night, Jan. 30 at Aloha Stadium in Hawaii, the Sunday before the Super Bowl. TV veiwerhip might remain as high as it was last season in Miami, but certainly not attendance.