Philadelphia Turmoil: Why the Eagles Can’t Afford to Release Michael Vick

July 6, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Rumors are abounding that the Philadelphia Eagles plan to release Michael Vick in the very near future. The team denies any and all reports about this, but with the current (and potential) PR nightmare that is the shooting at Vick’s birthday party still shrouded in mystery, one could understand why the rumor is so strong.
Vick is due more than $5 million this year, which is likely to be his last in Philly; Vick wants to be a starter, but Kevin Kolb is currently entrenched in that spot for the Birds, so No. 7 would likely have to go somewhere else to be the man.
Plus, as Philadelphia Inquirer beat reporter Phil Sheridan noted in his article, if it’s found that Vick is lying about the timeline preceding the shooting, then he would be violating the “standards” owner Jeffrey Lurie imposed on Vick when he was signed.
So between all this PR riffraff and the potential of a suspension looming, why wouldn’t the Eagles want to get rid of the “a...

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