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Michael Vick writes letter thanking Eagles and city of Philadelphia

Michael VickAfter being released by the Atlanta Falcons in 2009 following his role in an an interstate dog fighting operation, Michael Vick was given another chance in the NFL by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Vick earned the league’s Comeback Player of the Year Award and was named to a Pro Bowl as a member of the Eagles.

With Nick Foles now in place as Philadelphia’s starting quarterback, Michael Vick signed a one-year deal with the New York Jets on Friday.

Appreciative of the Eagles organization and city of Philadelphia, Vick wrote a letter reflecting on the past five years. Here are his words, courtesy of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

I would like to thank the Eagles and the entire city of Philadelphia. I was honored to be their quarterback and took the privilege to heart every day. I especially want to thank Jeffrey Lurie and Andy Reid, who gave me the opportunity. I want to thank my teammates, who were not just coworkers, but friends. I also want to thank the millions of fans who cheered and supported our team.

People say Philadelphia fans are tough. I say they are fair. A player is not judged solely by his past or promises of the future, but by his actions today, and the next day, and the next.

In my time volunteering, I have met Philadelphia’s heroes. I’ve met at-risk children with few resources, but with teachers tirelessly helping them make the most of a second chance. I’ve seen the work of volunteers at school fund-raisers, food drives, after-school programs, hurricane shelters, Toys for Tots campaigns, Boys and Girls Clubs, and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and the meaningful work of the Humane Society of the United States. I’ve seen children choosing the mentorship of a football coach over peer pressure on a street corner. One of the best examples of a community deserving a second chance is the North Philadelphia Aztecs youth football team. As the players step onto Team Vick Field, they can hold their heads high and be proud that they are making Philly stronger.

The Eagles are an outstanding organization with a bright future, and I’m thankful for all the friendship, love, and support they gave me and my family. I look forward to seeing great things from them both on the field and in the community.

H/T Eye On Football

Michelle Beadle no longer a Jets fan after Michael Vick signing

Michelle BeadleNearly five years have passed since Michael Vick was released from prison after he pleaded guilty to bankrolling an interstate dog fighting operation, but that doesn’t mean some people have forgiven him for his actions.

Vick will forever be a dog killer in the eyes of many people. One such person is ESPN personality Michelle Beadle, who had some strong comments after the New York Jets announced that they had signed the free agent quarterback Friday.

You can figure there are many other people in the New York area who feel similarly.

I’ve always said I felt Vick was punished too harshly for his actions when compared to the punishments for other crimes and I’ve long forgiven him. Clearly there are many people who feel differently.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinions and choices when it comes to being a fan, and Beadle is showing hers. I can’t complain — I stopped being a fan of the Bengals after they signed one too many ex-cons and bad characters.

Jets release Mark Sanchez, sign Michael Vick

Mark SanchezIn the span of 10 minutes, the New York Jets announced a pair of moves Friday evening that is sure to have the city talking for some time.

The Jets released Mark Sanchez and announced the signing of Michael Vick.

Neither transaction should come as a surprise. The expectation always was that the Jets were going to cut Sanchez before the season. Though releasing Sanchez will cost $4.8 million against the salary cap this season, it frees up $8.3 million this season, according to Manish Mehta.

There was also strong speculation that Vick was going to sign with the Jets after he reportedly was telling teammates he thought that’s where he would end up.

The real interesting story here is that Vick’s contract reportedly is a one-year deal that will pay him $5 million. That’s a lot of money for a backup quarterback and tells us that the Jets plan to have Vick play. Whether that means using him in packages or otherwise, it’s a pretty clear indication that the Jets feel they need a good Plan B in case Geno Smith doesn’t work out.

The other question is what jersey number Vick will receive; he reportedly was making a fuss over No. 7, which has been Smith’s.

Report: Michael Vick would make fuss about No. 7 jersey in contract negotiations with Jets

michael-vickMichael Vick has worn No. 7 throughout his entire career. He wore the jersey number at Virginia Tech and has worn it during all 11 of his NFL seasons. Vick is currently a free agent, and one of the teams said to be interested in signing him is the New York Jets. He’ll reportedly get a chance to compete with Geno Smith for the starting job if New York signs him, but that’s not all Vick would be competing for.

Smith, who the Jets drafted to be their quarterback of the future, currently wears No. 7. According to TMZ, that could be a “big issue” for Vick if he negotiates a contract with the Jets. Vick has a clothing line called V7, and the brand name would make little sense if he stopped wearing the number.

While noting that the jersey situation wouldn’t be a deal-breaker for Vick, TMZ speculated that the 33-year-old could want more money if he can’t have No. 7. That seems pretty insane to me.

I get that Vick has a brand associated with the No. 7. I also get that a starting quarterback might be less likely to give up his number than a reserve player who is allowing a veteran to wear it. That said, teams aren’t exactly banging down the doors to sign Vick. If he gets an opportunity to compete for a starting job, he’d be wise to take it even if he has to wear No. 56.

H/T SI Hot Clicks

Mike Vick thinks he is headed to the Jets?

Michael VickMike Vick is the top free agent quarterback on the market, and it sounds like he thinks he may end up signing with the New York Jets.

According to NFL reporter Mike Freeman, Vick has told his former Philadelphia Eagles teammates that he thinks he is headed to the Jets.

Though Freeman says Vick has told people he thinks that may be his landing spot, that by no means indicates we have a done deal. There are plenty of teams who will have interest in Vick, and Freeman believes whoever offers the most cash will get the quarterback.

The Jets have been frequently mentioned in connection with Vick this offseason. The Bills, Texans, Bucs and Raiders are other teams who could be interested in the former Eagles QB. Minnesota and Jacksonville were possibilities until they re-signed Matt Cassel and Chad Henne, respectively.

One of the reasons why the Jets have been considered a strong possibility is because of the connection between Vick and current Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, who was Vick’s OC when he had success in Philly.

Adrian Peterson: Michael Vick would make Vikings a playoff team

Michael-Vick-NFC-PreviewThe Philadelphia Eagles are expected to release Michael Vick at some point in the coming days, which will make him one of the most intriguing names on the free agent market. Vick said after the season that he “very badly” wants another chance to start, and we’d be surprised if some team didn’t at least give him a shot in training camp. Could the Minnesota Vikings be that team?

If Adrian Peterson gets his way, that would be a possibility. Peterson took to Twitter on Wednesday to lobby for his team to sign Vick.

We’re assuming he meant “instantly.” That can’t make Christian Ponder feel all that good about himself, but we all know he has limited ability. Vick is prone to making mistakes and has not been able to protect the football over the past couple of seasons, yet he remains a player who could be worth gambling on. There’s no denying he has game-changing ability.

Peterson will turn 29 later this month. There were already rumors about him being traded last season as Minnesota played its way to a 5-10-1 record. AP is one of the greatest running backs to ever play the game, and he deserves a shot at a championship. Expect the Vikings to at least pretend they’re listening if he is serious about wanting Vick as a teammate.

H/T Jimmy Traina’s The Big Buzz

Mike Vick is a little confused about who won Super Bowl MVP

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Mike Vick was just trying to tweet his support for Russell Wilson and explain why he felt like the Seattle Seahawks quarterback should have been named MVP of Super Bowl XLVIII, but he ended up looking somewhat foolish instead.

No disrespect to Mike Vick (or Doug Baldwin) but I believe Malcolm Smith won MVP.

There actually is a great case to be made for Wilson as MVP. He threw for two touchdowns and played extremely well in the second half to ensure Denver didn’t come back.

I actually would have voted Cliff Avril for MVP. He’s the one who put the pressure on Peyton Manning both times to cause each of the interceptions, and I think it was fitting for a defensive player to win MVP. Kam Chancellor also had a great argument to win the award as well.

Anyway, good job, good effort, Vick.