Michael Vick

Philadelphia Eagles' Michael Vick walks the sidelines in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

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The Philadelphia Eagles are apparently in no rush to make a decision on quarterback Michael Vick, even with a deadline looming.

Under the terms of the six-year, $100 million contract he signed two years ago, Vick is due to receive a $3 million roster bonus if he is still on the Eagles' roster on Wednesday. But the Eagles will only owe him if they keep him on the team, if they release him and he sits out the entire 2013 season or if he signs with another team for less than $3 million.

New coach Chip Kelly has to decide whether Vick or second-year quarterback Nick Foles is the better fit for his offensive system. There is also a possibility that Kelly will sign one of his former Oregon quarterbacks, Dennis Dixon, who is currently on the Baltimore Ravens' practice squad, and/or take a quarterback in the April NFL draft.

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One of the stipulations in bringing Vick involves his salary. He is due to make $15.5 million next season and would have to accept much less money to be retained.

And there are other factors. Vick will turn 33 in June and is coming off back-to-back rough seasons. He committed 33 turnovers via 24 interceptions and nine fumbles in 2011-12 against 30 touchdown passes, missed eight games over the last two seasons because of injuries, and lost his starting job to Foles in 2012.

However, Vick is also still one of the league's most versatile quarterbacks, one of the few who can gain yards by throwing and running. Given Kelly's option-oriented offense at Oregon, Vick would seem to be the better choice than Foles, who is more of a pocket passer.

The Eagles also have to finalize their coaching staff. Kelly has reportedly filled a number of vacancies, but none have been officially announced. In addition, he has yet to find a defensive coordinator.

Two of the possible candidates, San Francisco secondary coach Ed Donatell and Baltimore linebackers coach Ted Monachino, just coached in the Super Bowl.


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