After spending 18 months in federal prison for dogfighting charges, Michael Vick returned to the NFL, signing a two-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. Read more on Michael Vick’s Eagles deal below.
Andy Reid, the Eagles coach, said they decided to sign Vick after several meetings with the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback and with former NFL coach Tony Dungy, who is serving as a mentor to Vick.
“Michael has proven he’s on the right track,” Reid said. “I’ve had a chance to talk to Michael a few times to make sure I know exactly where he’s at, and he’s in a good place.
“I’m very excited … to have a good football player. You’re talking about one of the top quarterbacks in the league when he was playing, and he’s familiar with our offense, having done it the last few years in Atlanta. It’s a very exciting thing. We feel very good about it.”
Reid obtained the approval of Michael Vick by Jeffrey Lurie, team president Joe Banner, and quarterback Donovan McNabb before adding Vick to the team.
“I pretty much lobbied to get him here, because I believe everyone deserves a second chance and what better place to come (than) here,” McNabb said after the Eagles lost their preseason opener to the New England Patriots 27-25 on Thursday night. “I look forward to him joining us in the next couple days.”
The Eagles did not disclose details of the contract but ESPN reported Michael Vick will earn $1.6 million this season with a team option on the second year for $5.2 million.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reinstated Vick to the league July 27. For now, Michael Vick can practice with the Eagles and is eligible to play in their third preseason game, an Aug. 27 home date against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Goodell could fully reinstate Vick at any time, and he could be in uniform for the Sept. 13 season opener at the Carolina Panthers.
The Eagles have scheduled a press conference Friday morning at 11 a.m. ET at team headquarters.
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