When it came time for new Eagles coach Chip Kelly to evaluate quarterback Michael Vick, he decided to look beyond the turnovers and injuries that marred his last two seasons and opted to focus on the intangibles.
Kelly met with Vick twice over the last month and came away convinced that the veteran quarterback is still capable of being a Pro Bowl-level player.
"I had never met him before, so I had no preconceived notions," Kelly said Monday. "The one thing that attracted me is he's a competitor. He's not afraid of anything and he loves competition. I also love his toughness and that can't be overrated at the quarterback position. And he obviously still has the skill set to be successful."
As a result, Vick is staying with the Eagles for at least one more season.
The two sides agreed to a restructured contract on Monday. The new deal is officially for three years in order to satsify guidelines under the league's collective bargaining agreement, but the final two years become void on March 15.
That leaves Vick with an incentive-laden contract that could be worth as much as $10 million, including the $3 million roster bonus he received on Feb. 6.
"Michael Vick is going to get a change of scenary," Kelly said, "but not a change of address."
Vick was originally scheduled to make $15.5 million in 2013 under the terms of the six-year, $100 million pact he signed two years ago.
Because of his lofty salary and his inconsistent performances over the last two seasons, the Eagles were expected to release him during the offseason.
"I am grateful and proud to be a Philadelphia Eagle," Vick said Monday in a statement. "My heart is in Philly and this community is important to me. I look forward to playing for coach Kelly, (owner) Jeffrey Lurie and the entire Eagles organization, the city of Philadelphia and the fans. I am training hard this offseason and will be ready for coach Kelly's team vision and leadership. Our goal is to win."
Vick, who will turn 33 in June, is coming off a pair of poor seasons after making the Pro Bowl in 2010. In 2011-12, he committed 33 total turnovers with 24 interceptions and nine lost fumbles while throwing 30 touchdown passes. He also missed eight games over the last two seasons because of rib injuries (2011) and a concussion (2012), respectively.
He also was demoted late last season in favor of rookie Nick Foles, who apparently will also be given a chance to be the starter next season. In addition, there is a possibility that Kelly will sign quarterback Dennis Dixon, a former standout with Kelly at the University of Oregon who is currently on Baltimore's practice squad.
"I'm not ruling anything out," Kelly said. "Who the starting quarterback is this year will be won on the practice field."