Michael Vick will return to the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013, hoping that he will flourish under the team’s new head coach, Chip Kelly.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the deal, which makes sense for the rebuilding Eagles. If Vick can work within Kelly’s system, he may have a longer-range future with the team. If not, the Eagles and Vick would be free to part after the 2013 season. Philly.com’s Jeff McLane reports that Vick and the team agreed to a restructured contract that is three years in length, but is only for one year because the last two years will be voided March 15.
Heading into training camp, Kelly will not commit to either Vick or Nick Foles as the starter.
“There’s an open competition. Michael knows that, Nick knows that,” Kelly said at a press conference. “Nick knew every step of the way what we were doing. I specifically wanted to make sure Nick was included in the plans. I think both of them have outstanding qualities in terms of being quarterbacks in this league. Both of them have started in this league.
“I also know in this league you’d better have two [quarterbacks]. So I’m excited about the two of them. They’re both going to compete, and who the starting quarterback is to start the season off is going to be won on the practice field.”
Vick struggled with injuries and inefficiency in Andy Reid’s ennui-marked final season with the team. He appeared in 10 games, completing 204 of 351 passes for 2,362 yards, 12 touchdowns and a 78.1 passer rating. He had 62 carries for 332 yards and one touchdown.
“I am grateful and proud to be a Philadelphia Eagle,” he said in a statement. “My heart is in Philly and this community is important to me. I look forward to playing for Coach Kelly, [owner] Jeffrey Lurie and the entire Eagles organization, the city of Philadelphia and the fans. I am training hard this offseason and will be ready for Coach Kelly’s team vision and leadership. Our goal is to win.”