Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick agreed to a restructured contract that amounts to a one-year deal.
PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly decided to bring back Michael Vick for another season with a restructured contract, but buried beneath his praise for Vick was his admission the “landscape for other quarterbacks” wasn’t very promising.
And that essentially summed up Kelly’s decision to keep Vick.
“I agree there is a change of scenery going on here,” Kelly said Monday. “For Michael Vick, there is a change of scenery, but not a change of address.”
First-year Eagles coach Kelly, previously the coach at Oregon, has other options that include second-year QB Nick Foles, the draft or free agency. But the 32-year-old Vick is the most accomplished of Kelly’s present options, and the new deal gives the Eagles flexibility for this season and beyond.
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Vick’s contract is technically for three years, but the final two years will be voided March 15, three days after the start of the league calendar. So, in essence, Vick signed a one-year contract. It is worth $7 million — $3.5 million is guaranteed — and could be worth up to $10 million if he meets a number of performance-based incentives, according to a league source.
“I am grateful and proud to be a Philadelphia Eagle,” Vick said in a statement.
“My heart is in Philly, and this community is important to me.”
Vick said at the end of last season he wanted to be the starter in 2013. He will have that opportunity. He might not have had as good an opportunity elsewhere, so he agreed to a deal that will pay him less.
Vick was to earn $15.5 million in 2013, but a mere $3 million was guaranteed.
“I think in terms of Michael, we look at everything,” Kelly said. “What I look at is skill set, first and foremost. What he can do, how he can throw the football, how he can beat people with his feet. There are a lot of different factors he has.”
Kelly did not name Vick his starter, although Vick’s return doesn’t help Foles. Kelly said there would be “an open competition” between the two quarterbacks.
“Michael knows that. Nick knows that,” Kelly said. “Nick knew every step of the way what we were doing. I wanted to make sure Nick was included in the plans, and I think both of them have outstanding qualities in terms of being quarterbacks in this league.”
Vick has a 56-44-1 record in 101 pro starts. The Eagles were 10-13 in his 23 starts over the last two seasons. Vick missed 11 games in the last three seasons with injuries — five games in 2012 because of his second concussion in two years.
Foles started six games when Vick was sidelined and compiled a 1-5 mark as a rookie. He was thrust into a difficult situation. The Eagles’ offensive line was battered, there were injuries at the skill positions and the team as a whole was sinking under lame-duck coach Andy Reid.
“There is a skill set that Nick has that really excites me about him,” said Kelly, who coached against him when Foles was at Arizona.
Kelly places great emphasis on a quarterback’s decision-making and getting the ball out quickly, areas in which Vick has struggled.
“Do I think he can get the ball out quick? I think he’s got an unbelievable release,” Kelly said. “It’s up and out and it’s quick.”
• After bulking up on wide receivers during the 2012 season, the San Francisco 49ers must consider bulking up even more on receivers during the 2013 offseason.
Two of their wideouts, Randy Moss and Ted Ginn Jr., will become unrestricted free agents next month and two others, Mario Manningham and Kyle Williams, tore knee ligaments late in the season.
All of which makes San Francisco a potential landing spot for Percy Harvin, whom the Minnesota Vikings reportedly are willing to trade.
Harvin has one more year left on his contract — at an affordable $2.9 million — but wants a long-term deal that would make him among the highest-paid receivers in the NFL. According to reports, Harvin clashed with coach Leslie Frazier last season.
• Buffalo coach Doug Marrone released two veterans, linebacker Nick Barnett and strong safety George Wilson, the Bills’ two leading tacklers last season. Officially, Barnett was cut because he failed a physical.
Compiled from The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Associated Press and The Sacramento Bee.