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Lurie: Eagles no "dream team"

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said he hopes to have quarterback Michael Vick on the team for "many many" years, that the team doesn't believe in negotiating extensions with players who are holding out and he downplayed talk of the Eagles as a "dream team."

Lurie: Eagles no "dream team"

Jeff Lurie gave his annual "state of the team" address in Lehigh Thursday. (Ed Hille/Staff Photographer)
Jeff Lurie gave his annual "state of the team" address in Lehigh Thursday. (Ed Hille/Staff Photographer)

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said he hopes to have quarterback Michael Vick on the team for “many many” years, that the team doesn’t believe in negotiating extensions with players who are holding out and he downplayed talk of the Eagles as a “dream team.”

Lurie, meeting with reporters Thursday for his annual “state of the team” press conference, talked up the Eagles NFC rivals and said his team has a lot of work to do.

“We’re about as far from a dream team as you can be. We’re playing catch up. The only dream team I know about is the Green Bay Packers,” Lurie said. “We dream to become as good as the Green Bay Packers and hold that trophy.”

He talked up the Packers, Saints, Falcons, Rams, Giants and other NFC teams. But Lurie said the only goal of this season is to win the Super Bowl.

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“We only have one goal. We’ve won so many division titles, we’ve been in five championship games, the Super Bowl, the only goal for us is to win the Super Bowl,” Lurie said.

He would not get into details of talks with DeSean Jackson, but he made it clear what the team’s policy is regarding hold outs. Asked if that policy is to not negotiate with holdouts, he said, “that’s been our philosophy.”

Lurie would not discuss specifics about Jackson’s hold out or contract situation.

He did sound optimistic about getting a long-term deal done with Vick.

“He’s in his prime and I look forward to having Michael for many, many years,” Lurie said, though he declined to discuss specifics about contract negotiations.

After the press conference, Lurie praised departed Eagles Kevin Kolb and David Akers while talking to the Inquirer. He said he spoke with each of them.

"(Akers) will be a member of the Eagles family for life," Lurie said.

He said Kolb is "going to do a great job out there."

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