Fantasy spin: Eagles sign Vick

Quarterback Michael Vick is back in the NFL after signing a 2-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles. (John Bazemore / Associated Press)

Michael Vick is back in the NFL after signing a contract with the Eagles. (John Bazemore / Associated Press)

Michael Vick is officially back in the NFL after signing a one-year deal (with a team option for a second year) with the Eagles. This might be the biggest news to come out of training camp 2009, but it’s really much ado about nothing in the world of fantasy football.

A one-time fantasy starter, Vick goes from the main man in Atlanta to the likely No. 1 backup in Philadelphia to Donovan McNabb, who will remain unquestioned atop the Eagles’ depth chart. Kevin Kolb seems destined to fall to the No. 3 spot.

Eagles coach Andy Reid is an offensive guru and no doubt will look to use Vick in some fashion (most likely in some sort of “Wildcat” formation), but the quarterback will have no significant draft value unless McNabb sustains a long-term ailment.

Of course, McNabb is no stranger to the trainer’s room. Since 2005, he has missed 15 games because of various injuries. Furthermore, he has started 16 games in a season just twice (2003, 2008) in the last seven years. If McNabb is forced to miss time at any point, Vick will be the hottest name off the fantasy waiver wire.

Fantasy leaguers do need to keep in mind, though, that Vick hasn’t taken an NFL regular-season snap since 2006. So even if Vick is thrust into action, there are no guarantees that he’ll instantly be the same explosive passer and runner he was in Atlanta.

Unless you’re in a larger league and feel the need to handcuff McNabb, Vick warrants little draft consideration.

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