Moments after the Eagles finished introducing newly signed QB Michael Vick on Friday, his agent, Joel Segal, made the interview rounds inside from the team’s NovaCare Complex.
There have been ongoing internal debates inside the newsroom and during NFL Network production meetings throughout the offseason as to what the market would be for Vick when he was eventually put on the free market. There were also many disagreements. But according to Segal, the interest in Vick was there.
“There was significant interest,” Segal told NFL Network’s Kara Henderson on Friday. ”We had calls from a plethora of teams. It came down to three teams, and when [Eagles president] Joe Banner called, this was where Mike wanted to go to, and it went from there.”
So why the Eagles?
“I think there are a lot of reasons,” Segal explained. “You look at the infrastructure of the club, its a traditional team of success. Andy Reid is one of the finest offensive minds in the league. And, I think really important to Mike, was having a Pro Bowl quarterback, a great guy, Donovan McNabb, here. There’s no rush for Mike to play. He can come in slowly, get his skill set back, and when needed, hopefully be ready.”
Be on the lookout later today on NFL.com for video highlights of Vick and Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie from today’s press conference.
– Frank Tadych