Thursday, July 30, 2015

Vick: Will take Eagles' loyalty into consideration

Michael Vick knows that he's put himself in a much better position in terms of his long-term future with his play this season, but the Eagles quarterback said that he isn't concerned right now about a new contract or where he's going to play next season.

Vick: Will take Eagles' loyalty into consideration

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Eagles QB Michael Vick is not concerned about his next contract right now. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)
Eagles QB Michael Vick is not concerned about his next contract right now. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)

Michael Vick knows that he's put himself in a much better position in terms of his long-term future with his play this season, but the Eagles quarterback said that he isn't concerned right now about a new contract or where he's going to play next season.

But when it comes time to make a decision -- if he ever becomes a free agent -- Vick said that the Eagles, who signed him in Aug. 2009 not long after he was released from prison, could get the first crack at him.

"When nobody else wanted me they did and I'll defintely have to take that into consideration when it's time to make a decision," Vick said.

Vick is playing in the last year of a two-year deal. With the way he's played thus far -- he was named NFC offensive player of the month in September and NFC offensive player of the week for his performance against the Colts -- Vick could be the premier free agent on the market in the off-season.

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"It's great to be in this position but the only thing I want to do is concentrate [on playing]," Vick said Thursday afternoon following practice. "I know we're winning and we're playing well. Sky's the limit for everything."

The Eagles, of course, could place a franchise tag on Vick even before he reaches free agency. The NFL labor unrest could also factor into the team's decision to either give him an extension sometime before the end of this year or following the season.

Vick, who took over as the Eagles' full-time starter in Week 3 when he replaced Kevin Kolb, has started only four games this season. He missed three games when he injured his rib cartilage last month against the Redskins. Kolb jumped back in as the starter for three games and amassed a 2-1 record.

Kolb, once deemed the heir apparent after the Eagles traded Donovan McNabb in April, is signed through next season.

Vick, who is the league's leading passer, returned on Sunday and guided the 5-3 Eagles past the Colts, 26-24. He'll face the Redskins again on Monday night.

 

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