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What? Philadelphia Eagles Sign Mike Vick?

Aug 13, 2009, 8:40 PM EDT

Vick If we had to choose a team interested in taking a chance on Vick, the Eagles would have been pretty far down the list.  With Donovan firmly entrenched as the team's starter for at least the remainder of this season, and Kevin Kolb still presumably the backup when he returns from what was thought to be a minor injury, it seems there is a little room for a guy who's been out of the league for two years.

Apparently, that's not the case as ESPN reports the club has agreed to a two year deal with Vick.

Update: According to Fox's Jay Glazer, the it's a one year deal for $1.6 million with a team option in 2010 at $5.2 million.

It's hard to make sense of the decision.  Vick wasn't a great quarterback before his sentencing, so he obviously isn't a candidate to take over for McNabb.  It's possible Kolb's injury is more serious than oncethought, but that flies in the face of team reports and first-hand quotes.  Maybe the team isn't thrilled with his progression?

It's also possible the Eagles view this as an opportunity to improve their third quarterback situation, similar to when they brought in Jeff Blake in 2004.  Nothing against A.J. Feeley, but Vick is a far more versatile player.  Then again, maybe it's just a test drive.  Vick won't be fully reinstated until after Week 6, at which time the team might decide they don't like what they see and simply part ways.

Whatever the case may be, and hopefully we'll know more soon, the signing is confusing because whenever a player is out of the league for any length of time, it becomes less and less likely he'll ever perform at a high level.  In Vick's case, his struggles with accuracy and running an offense were well documented, and only his supreme athleticism saved him in the past, something he won't necessarily be able to rely on as he gets older.

Of course, we won't know anything for certain until we see it for ourselves.  There is no denying Vick's ability as a playmaker when he was in his prime, and if he could channel even 50% of that, it might be better than any other backup in the league.  Dog fighting aside, it's an odd move to make, but time will judge whether or not it makes any sense.

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