Nick Foles should be the starting QB for the foreseeable future, but the backup situation is a bit of a mystery. The Eagles have Matt Barkley and GJ Kinne on the roster right now. Barkley wants to be the backup (or more). Kinne would love to make the roster as the No. 3 QB. Even that might be a longshot for him.
I lean toward him being the backup in 2014.
Michael Vick is the top FA QB on the market and is shopping himself to the teams that need a starter. While he is the top guy, he’s not a prize free agent. Age and durability questions will affect his situation in a major way. Lots of teams will be curious about him, but I don’t expect there to be many suitors.
Judy Battista wrote a very good piece on him for NFL.com. The on-field experiment didn’t pan out as hoped, but there is no question that the off-field experiment was a major success. Vick is a changed man. Character will actually be one of Vick’s selling points this time around. How crazy is that notion?
I do expect Vick to land a job where he’ll be the front-runner for the starting spot. I don’t think he’ll return to the Eagles, where he would clearly be behind Foles. Vick wants to play and I don’t blame him one bit. Go somewhere with an opening at QB.
If things don’t pan out elsewhere, I’m sure the Eagles would be willing to talk to him about a 1-year deal. They will want Barkley on the field sooner rather than later. I just think Vick would be very hesitant to return. He was a backup for part of 2012 and most of 2013. Vick desperately wants to get back on the field. He knows the clock is ticking and his career is winding down.
The most recent rumor had the Bucs and Jets interested in Vick. Both teams have defensive-minded head coaches. Those guys tend to be more comfortable with mobile QBs. I still love the thought of him going to the Raiders. That’s my preference.
As far as Kinne…we’ll see what he does this spring. It would be cool for him to win a job, but I have my doubts. (forgive me Brandon Lee Gowton)