I’m pretty positive that about 95% of Eagles fans are going to be pissed off about this, but I am not one of them.
It was reported that in their nine hours of meetings with the current Oregon Ducks head coach, the Eagles flaunted Michael Vick as the reason why Chip Kelly would be a perfect fit in the city of brotherly love. Vick, along with the “small and speedy receivers” resemble something of an older Oregon roster, which would fit Kelly’s “coaching style.”
Granted, Vick was far from exceptional this year, I put a lot of that on the fact that the Eagles essentially played the 2012 season without an offensive line. He may have worn out his welcome with the majority of Eagles fans, but I’m more than willing to give him a chance in a difference system and under a different head coach–even if it means paying him the $15.5 million he’s owed next year. And though Vick has stated he wouldn’t restructure his contract, it’s possible he’ll be forced to.
NBC sports has the rest of the story.
As the Eagles try to close the deal with Oregon coach Chip Kelly, they reportedly are selling potential coach Chip Kelly on the presence of quarterbacks Nick Foles and Mike Vick on the roster.
That’s fine, but Vick has no intention or desire to reduce the $15.5 million salary he is due to earn in 2013.
It’s due to be the third year of Vick’s six-year, $100 million deal, which actually was a five-year, $80 million deal. And we’ve consistently heard that, if the Eagles want to keep Vick, they’ll have to honor the terms of the contract. (Others have reported the same thing.)
There’s a chance it’s bluster, especially if the reduced rate the Eagles will pay Vick is more than he can get on the open market. While it’s technically tampering for other teams to tell the agent of a player who is under contract with a team what the player would be paid if he were free to be signed elsewhere, it happens routinely.
Also, Kelly is one of the coaches believed to most intrigue Vick. So if Kelly lands in Philly and if no other team will pay Vick more than the Eagles will offer on a reduced deal, Vick’s best move could be to accept less money and stay put.
And now it looks like if Kelly is landing anywhere in the NFL, it’s going to be in Philly. Earlier this morning, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen tweeted out some insider info:
Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and execs are headed back to Browns. Sources say they will reboot coach search without Chip Kelly in the fold.
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) January 6, 2013
The analysis and reactions out of the media have been mixed. All in all, I’d be a happy camper if Kelly brought his talents to South Philly. At least of the college coaches, he’s the best available option, and it’d be exciting to see what he could do with the pieces already in place.
Your reactions are welcome, whether you’re an Eagles fans or a fan of another team. Leave it in the comments.