Michael Vick said today he is not worried about his contract situation, and head coach Andy Reid said the issue would be dealt with at "the appropriate time," but that the team has been limited by uncertainty over the NFL's labor dispute.
"I'm not really worried about that right now," Vick said. "I think it's all going to take care of itself at the appropriate time. I totally understand, but I’m going to keep playing, try to put myself in the best position that I can possibly be in and let it take care of itself."
Reid used almost the exact same words about 25 minutes earlier in his own session with reporters.
"There’ll be a time and a place (the contract) needs to be addressed and we’ll address it," Reid said. "It's a crazy deal with the collective bargaining agreement … we really haven't done anything with anybody, it’s just a different year here."
Vick's future in Philadelphia is the biggest question looming over the team for the long-term. His contract expires at the end of this season.
With Vick back on the cover of Sports Illustrated for a story about his career's second act, and fan reaction to it, Reid said Vick's rehabilitation is genuine.
"Sometimes an image can be, there can be an acting part to an image, and I don’t think you’re seeing any acting here," Reid said. "This is what he’s decided to do, he’s been doing things in the community just about every Tuesday, his day off, and any time he can get off to do other charity work."
He added, "He understands he made a huge mistake and the only way – thank goodness we’re in America – but the only way he can right that wrong is by giving back now and by changing and helping others not make the same mistake, so that’s where he’s at mentally, and he’s very humble about it."
Vick was asked about those who will never forgive him or cheer him.
"Regardless of what people say, it doesn’t matter to me. I appreciate the positives, but I appreciate the negatives as well because it only drives me and motivates me," Vick said.
Vick also spoke about his charitable work -- primarily speaking at schools to try to discourage dog-fighting.
"I’m just doing what I feel like I promised myself I would do, what I’m obligated to do and I enjoy doing it. If I thought it was going to fatigue me or tire me out, then I wouldn’t do it," Vick said. "I’m just trying to do things that I felt in my heart that I felt like I should be doing."
As he told Sports Illustrated, Vick said his summer birthday party that ended with the shooting of a co-defendant in his dog fighting case was a "turning point."
"It was a turning point in my life when I realized I had to get things in order and get my priorities in line and that’s what happened. That was the point where I said, OK, I get it now," Vick said.
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