ESPN’s John Clayton indicated earlier today that the Philadelphia Eagles will likely release Michael Vick on Friday.
According to Birds 24/7, it looks like the Eagles will leave Vick on their roster past February 6th, which is Wednesday. It also sounds like that he could end up sticking around until after this week while head coach Chip Kelly continues evaluate things.
According to multiple sources, however, the team does not intend to release Vick before then.
There is a provision in the contract that puts the Eagles on the hook for the $3 million only if he does not make that amount next season with another team. Vick will almost certainly find work next season and for at least $3 million, making the “deadline” pretty irrelevant.
The Eagles are not allowing it to alter their approach. I am told that Chip Kelly is still in the evaluation process. He hasn’t determined what he is doing at quarterback quite yet, so it would be ill-advised to part with Vick prematurely.
This is no guarantee that Vick will be in Kelly’s plans moving forward. The league year doesn’t start until March 12, so the new head coach has some time to formulate a plan.
I think Vick will be released at some point, we just don’t know when that will happen. I can’t imagine them not at least cutting him at some point then trying to re-sign him so they don’t have to pay him $45 million over the next three years.