With Donovan McNabb in Washington and Kevin Kolb a bit heavier in the pockets with a one-year extension, the reality for Michael Vick is that he remains a backup quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Vick, who made his return to the NFL last season following a prison sentence, has expressed his desire this offseason to be a starter again. That’s no secret. And while Vick may or may not be happy with his status — there is certainly room to read between the lines of his comments from minicamp over the weekend — for now he is still saying the right things.
The Eagles decided to bring Vick back and presumably fielded trade offers (if there were any) this offseason that weren’t up to their liking. Which all brings us to where we are now: Does Vick have any issues being Kolb’s backup?
Marshall Faulk suggested on NFL Total Access Monday that if he were Vick, it would be a different scenario backing up Kolb than it was McNabb because of his past success in the league.
Michael Lombardi astutely pointed out that only the Eagles — who he believes plan to play Vick 12-15 snaps a game – know what level he’s still capable of playing at. Lombardi added that Vick should endear himself to coach Andy Reid this season, and any tape the former Pro Bowler can provide teams this season can only help his career. Keep in mind Vick would be an unrestricted free agent after next season, when he’ll be 31 years old.
Then again, we all know that Vick is one injury away from not being a backup. Check out the video above for more on Vick and the Eagles.