The Eagles will pick up the $1.5 million roster bonus that was due to Michael Vick by Tuesday, according to team sources.
This does not mean that the quarterback will definitely be back for next season, nor does it mean that the Eagles are on the hook for the rest of the $3.75 million he would make next season. Right now it means that Vick will not be released.
A message left with Vick's agent, Joel Segal, was not immediately returned.
If the Eagles are hoping to trade Vick picking up the option could give them some leverage in negotiations with interested teams. There have been reports that the Eagles would want nothing less than a second-round pick in return. It seems feasible that they could get a fourth- or fifth-round pick for the quarterback. They could also use Vick in a player-for-player deal.
Should the Eagles commit to bringing back Michael Vick next season?
Buffalo and St. Louis have been targeted as the least likely teams to want Vick. The Rams, however, signed former Eagles quarterback A.J. Feeley to a two-year contract on Friday. Vick has been very public about wanting to start. He was the third stringer last season for the Eagles and was primarily used in the Eagles' Wildcat or spread option formations.
He went on an Atlanta radio station last week and said that if he were to play for another team his first choice would be to play for the Panthers. Carolina released long-time quarterback Jake Delhomme on Friday, but it appears as if the Panthers will give the job to backup Matt Moore.
Head coach Andy Reid went on 97.5 The Fanatic on Friday and reiterated that Donovan McNabb was his starting quarterback for next season. He also said that there was a "pretty good" chance that all three of his quarterbacks -- McNabb, Vick and Kevin Kolb -- would be back for next season. That seems unlikely considering that Vick would cost the Eagles $5.6 million.
In other news, the Eagles will likely be the next stop for free agent Marlin Jackson, according to league sources. The Colts cornerback is scheduled to visit with the Ravens on Tuesday. Jackson's season was cut short last year when he tore his ACL. The year before he tore the ACL in his other knee.
Here's our earlier post about defensive end Aaron Kampman signing with the Jaguars.