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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick lost his starting job this season. He has been forced to watch Nick Foles excel under center. Vick is an unrestricted free agent after this season, and Philadelphia may allow him to walk.
Yet, his optimism remains intact.
Vick’s five-year career in Philadelphia will likely come to a close after this season, but the 33-year-old quarterback (turns 34 in June) still believes he can start for another team.
“I don’t worry about it,” Vick told CSN.Philly.com. “My skill set is still there, my arm is still there, my legs are still there, I’m still a playmaker, that’s evident. I think at some point, I’ll be playing somewhere.”
Vick might land on another NFL roster after this season.
It seems unlikely a team will bring him in to start.
Vick was 15-9 as a starter during his first two years with the Eagles, but 5-11 the last two years, including 2-3 in 2013. He has 57 touchdown passes, 13 rushing touchdowns and 33 interceptions with the Eagles.
However, Vick’s inability to stay healthy is a red flag for any team who has a quarterback opening.
The last time Vick played in all 16 games was during the 2006 season with the Atlanta Falcons. He has not played a full season since joining the Eagles in 2009, mostly due to injuries (Vick was a backup quarterback during his first season). Vick appeared in five games this season before a hamstring injury forced him out of the lineup. He sustained another hamstring injury a few weeks later.
If Vick is not offered a starting job during free agency, he would consider returning to Philadelphia as a backup quarterback.
“Yeah, if it doesn’t work out, if all else fails, absolutely,” Vick told CSN.Philly.com. “You can never rule that out.
“It all depends what happens, where I’m at in my career. Never rule it out. But I’m not thinking of that right now. I’m not thinking about the future. I’m just thinking about doing whatever I can to help this team win a Super Bowl.”
Vick will have to help his team from the bench during the postseason.
That might be the same option waiting for him during free agency.
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