Although Nick Foles has played so well this season that there is no doubt that he’s the quarterback of the future for the Philadelphia Eagles, there is still a chance that Michael Vick decides to re-sign with the team. Matt Barkley would be the team’s No. 2 quarterback if Vick ends up signing elsewhere, and the Eagles would be totally fine with keeping Barkely and likely signing a more stable, veteran quarterback to start in case Foles gets injured. Vick could still be a part of their future plans as that backup, based on an interesting report released today.
According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Michael Vick “could be a stop-gap starter” for a couple of teams, but he’s also “open” to re-signing with the Eagles to be their backup quarterback. Why? Well, Rapoport reports that Vick loves the city of Philadelphia and is also “close” to Nick Foles. Neither statement comes as a surprise, especially since Vick voiced huge, heart-warming support for Foles earlier this season and stated that Foles should be “the guy” based on his play. Foles is definitely the guy, but we’ll see if the Eagles are open to keeping Vick around as the backup; I honestly hope they are, because it would be nice to see him staying around in Philly.
Other teams could certainly complicate this, of course, because Vick is still a viable starter in this league. The biggest things that will hurt him are age (33) and injuries, with both likely causing Vick’s maximum contract to be something like a two-year deal. Vick’s injury history is especially concerning, and a nagging hamstring issue is what caused Foles to take the reigns in the first place.