Here is your rumor of the day.
Source: "#Eagles are going sign Maclin to a two year deal."
— John Barchard (@JohnBarchard) January 31, 2014
I don’t mean that in a nasty way. John is a pretty stand-up guy from what I know, but I still think we have to classify this as a rumor for now. Even John is making sure people take this the right way.
— John Barchard (@JohnBarchard) January 31, 2014
I hope John is dead on the money and Mac is back. Would 2 years make sense? It might. Mac would have some security if something goes wrong with his ACL this year by having the extra year in the deal, which I’m sure would be built into the contract accordingly. Technically you could sign him to an 80-year deal with little to no bonus and then cut him after a season with no repercussions. Obviously Mac and his agent would only sign a 2-year deal if there was some benefit to their side.
If John’s report is right, he’ll get a ton of credit. If the report is wrong, I say we banish him from the village.
I’m not going to write a ton about Mac coming back until we do in fact get some more clarification or details. Would be great news if this is accurate.
BGN writer Mike Kaye asked Les Bowen and here is his update.
@mike_e_kaye Checked in w/some people, waiting to hear. Most likely scenario all along has been 1 yr deal w/the team that handled his rehab
— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) January 31, 2014
Sorry to disappoint fans who were getting all excited, but I'm told by source w/knowledge of situation, nothing imminent w/Jeremy Maclin
— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) February 1, 2014
To be fair to John, he didn’t mention a time frame with Mac’s re-signing. We’ll just have to wait and see.
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Mike Vick has been making the interview rounds and has made it clear that he wants to start in 2014. I have no problem with this. Vick is still talented. He’s healthy. It only makes sense that he wants to start.
As Vick made the rounds on radio row yesterday, making sure listeners in many markets knew his thinking, at one point he told ESPN radio, in response to a question about whether he would rather go to a possible Super Bowl team as a backup or start for a struggling team, “If it came down to that, I would have to lean in the direction of playing. That’s just being candid and being honest. I want to play. I feel like I’ve still got a lot of football to give.”
During a break between radio interviews, Vick told a pair of Philadelphia reporters he wants, “to be an asset to somebody’s team . . . I want to see what’s out there for me. I think it’s only right. This is the first time, probably the only time I have to do it in my career. I just want to take advantage of it. I’m excited about it. It’s new, and it’s kind of refreshing.”
That all sounds pretty good.
Then Vick went on 97.5 with Mike Misanelli and said some odd things.
“I just don’t think I would lose a quarterback competition,” Vick proclaimed. “I’m not saying that out of arrogance but out of confidence. The one thing I won’t do is go to any other place and battle for a position. Why would i do that?
“Battling for a position takes away from the game. It takes away from you preparing yourself and it takes away from you being able to give your team your all at an early stage. Battling with Nick was great, it was friendly competition but I couldn’t focus on the season and what was to come, but it was about being the best that I can be every day. I’ve been through that experience. I just want to go somewhere and get acclimated and start winning football games.”
Mike, I’ve got some bad news for you buddy. You are not going to be handed a starting QB job by any team. Will. Not. Happen.
That’s not an anti-Vick statement. This is just reality. Injuries have hurt Vick’s performance in each of the past 3 seasons. He missed time in 2010 as well, but played at a very high level all year long.
No team is going to look at Vick and see him as “The Answer”. No team will hand him a job. Remember that Andy Reid tried to trade for Alex Smith prior to 2012. Reid wanted some serious competition for Vick…or to replace him. This year Vick had to battle Nick Foles for the job. Vick was unquestionably the starter in 2011, coming off the brilliant 2010 season. Vick was up and down in 2011.
I don’t doubt that someone will give Vick a chance to compete for a starting gig, but no team will give him the job. Vick hasn’t proven he can be counted on to start a full season. He’s also an older player.
I hope Vick changes his attitude and embraces the challenge of a QB competition. It brought out the best in him in the summer of 2013. Vick didn’t like it because he’s just not used to competing for a starting spot, but I think it good for him. Donovan McNabb was handed the starting role in Washington and then Minnesota. He’s now out of the league. Veteran players have to get out of their comfort zone if they’re going to succeed with a new team. One way to do this is to make them fight for their job.
My preference is for Vick to go to Oakland. I think it would be fun to see him in the silver and black, running around and making plays. I don’t think Vick is going to have many suitors. He’s just not for everyone’s tastes. And I do know that no head coach is going to want to hear that Vick is against competing for his job. That statement is something I fear that Vick may come to regret.
Nothing says “Sign me!!!” like a 34-year old QB telling teams he wants to be given the starting job.