Michael Vick has signed a two year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, a shocking move considering the Eagles were one of 26 teams claiming to have no interest in the former first round draft pick. My how things change when your backup quarterback gets hurt! Eagles backup QB Kevin Kolb strained a knee ligament earlier this week, opening the door for Vick and a $1.6 million contract for the first year and an option for $5.2 in the second year.
Michael Vick is available immediately for practice and is eligible to play in the last two preseason games of the season. He can’t participate in regular season games until he is reinstated by the NFL, which commissioner Roger Goodell says he will consider by week 6 (Oct. 18-19) at the latest.
The news was announced during the team’s preseason game against the New England Patriots and according to ESPN, the “stadium was buzzing by halftime as word spread. Fans standing on the concourse were in disbelief. One guy wondered how quickly he’d be able to buy a Vick jersey. Another asked if this was a joke.”
Here is a video analysis of the signing with ESPN’s Chris Berman, Mort Anderson and Steve Young:
Here is video of some Eagles fans’ reactions in Philly:
And another ESPN video with Sal Paolantonio and Herm Edwards:
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