Let’s get two things straight: 1) Michael Vick is still under contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, and 2) if he is traded, it won’t likely happen before the preseason begins in late July, as NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora explained two weeks ago.
But those two facts didn’t stop the quarterback from discussing his future on an Atlanta radio station over the weekend as if he were a free agent or could control which team he is traded to.
“If I could play for any team in the league, it would probably be two teams. But if I had to pick one, it would probably be the Carolina Panthers,” Vick said during an appearance on the Gangsta Grillz radio show.
Vick, who did not reveal the second team, was asked why he had Carolina No. 1.
“Well, you know, it’s close to home. I like the uniforms. You get to play against Atlanta twice a year,” he said. “Ain’t nothing better than playing against your former team, right? So, yeah, that would be a good look. It would be a good look.”
The Eagles owe Vick a $1.5 million roster bonus if he is on the team Friday, the first day of the new league year. La Canfora previously reported that $1.5 million isn’t a significant number for the Eagles, who will likely pay it instead of cutting Vick.
According to the Charlotte Observer, the Panthers had an opportunity to kick Vick’s tires last offseason before he signed with the Eagles and decided against pursuing the quarterback. The paper reports that the Panthers aren’t expected to be interested now.