Amid speculation that the Philadelphia Eagles may make a move with backupQB Michael Vick, sources familiar with Philadelphia’s decision-making process said the only way the team would release Vick is if he forced them to do so — meaning he lied about what happened in the early morning hours of June 25, after his 30th birthday party.
Sources said the Eagles have invested a lot of time in Vick, and they’re inclined to see him finish out this season, the final year of his two-year contract.
As for the monetary investment, it’s pretty big considering he’s a backup, not a starter.
Vick’s base salary for 2010 is $3.75 million, with $1 million of it fully guaranteed. nfl jerseys The $1 million was guaranteed on March 12. Vick was also paid a $1.5 million roster bonus in early March. If he’s on the 53-man roster on Sept. 8 (first week of the regular season), the rest of his base salary becomes guaranteed because he’s a vested veteran. According to a source, Vick also has over $2.7 million in incentives based on playing time and other parameters.
Regarding acquiring Baltimore Ravens QB Troy Smith, any interest in Smith would only come if the Eagles decided to part with Vick, sources said. Philadelphia, as pointed out by a pro personnel source, wants to keep using the wildcat formation this season, with or without Vick. Apparently, coach Andy Reid continues to be intrigued with prospect of developing that specialty package. Smith would be able to easily handle running the wildcat because of his movement skills, the source added. The source also said Philadelphia wouldn’t have interest in Baltimore QB John Beck because of his lack of arm strength and slow movement in the pocket.
In other news, the team agreed to terms on a four-year deal with fifth-round pick Riley Cooper (WR, 6-3, 222, Florida), the team announced. According to a source, Cooper’s four-year deal is worth just over $1.96 million with a signing bonus worth roughly $171,500.MLB jerseys
Cooper figures to challenge for the No. 5 receiver role in training camp. If he makes the team coming out of the preseason, Cooper could be a part of the team’s red zone package because of his size.
The Baltimore Ravens officially signed veteran QB Marc Bulger on Tuesday. Bulger, who agreed to terms on a one-year, $3.8 million deal almost three weeks ago, will assume the No. 2 role.
Bulger’s signing will give the team excellent veteran experience behind starter Joe Flacco. Bulger’s integration into Baltimore’s offense shouldn’t be hard, because he played in a similar scheme with the St. Louis Rams before last season, a source said.
The team also signed third-round pick Ed Dickson (TE, 6-4, 250, Oregon) to a three-year deal. Dickson agreed to the deal worth just shy of $1.88 million with a signing bonus worth just over $662,000 nearly two weeks ago.