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So, all those rumors about the Patriots acquiring disgraced NFL quarterback Michael Vick were unfound and untrue. Vick instead signed a deal with the Patriots’ opponent Thursday night, the Philadelphia Eagles.
Once the highest paid player in the NFL, Vick signed a one-year contract worth $1.3 million with an option for a second year at $5.2 million. He won’t be allowed to play for the Eagles until Week 6, which is when Roger Goodell will decide if Vick should be fully reinstated.
Vick, 29, hasn’t played in an NFL game since 2006 after serving an 18-month sentence for running a dogfighting ring. After serving his time, the Eagles decided to give Vick a second chance. He won’t compete for a starting job with incumbant Donovan McNabb, but he could play alongside him if the Eagles decide to use the Wild Cat offense.
Of course, PETA was furious with the move.
“PETA and millions of decent football fans around the world are disappointed that the Eagles decided to sign a guy who hung dogs from trees. He electrocuted them with jumper cables and held them under water,” PETA spokesman Dan Shannon told The Associated Press.
Reaction: I expected an NFL team to sign Vick, but I didn’t expect it to be a talented team with a good shot of representing the NFC in the Super Bowl. With Vick, besides the media circus, the Eagles could do some serious damage, assuming he’s as fast and athletic as he used to be. He’s a very dynamic runner and also has a cannon for an arm, so Andy Reid will have fun creating new players that involve both McNabb and Vick.
Will it put the Eagles over the top? Probably not, but the move probably won’t hurt.