PHILADELPHIA — Quarterback Michael Vick, who was slated to earn $16 million next season, has agreed to a restructured deal with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Vick, who was injured and inconsistent last season, eventually giving way to rookie Nick Foles, now has a three-year contract, and will compete with Foles to see who runs Chip Kelly’s offense.
Vick, who returned to start the season finale vs. the New York Giants in December because Foles was injured, finished the season with 2,362 yards passing, 12 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. The Eagles finished 4-12 and in last place in the NFC East.
Andy Reid was fired as coach the day after the season ended, and Kelly was hired last month. Vick, who will be 33 when next season begins, is still elusive when healthy, and seems equipped to run Kelly’s aggressive, up-tempo offense that he is bringing to the Eagles from Oregon.
“He wanted to be here,” Kelly said Monday in his first meeting with the media following his opening press conference Jan. 17. “I had never met him before. The one thing that attracted me to him, is Michael is a competitor. Nick is, too. You want guys who want to compete.”
CHARGERS: NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith says the union is still concerned about team doctor David Chao even though he reportedly has been cleared by an independent panel.
Smith said in a statement that neither the Chargers nor the NFL initiated an inquiry or provided oversight of Chao even though he has been found liable of malpractice.
At a pre-Super Bowl news conference, Smith called for Chao to be replaced. The NFLPA filed a complaint.
Quoting a club source it did not identify, the U-T San Diego reported Sunday that three independent doctors “totally exonerated” Chao.
GIANTS: Signed defensive back Terrell Thomas. He missed 2011 and 2012 after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.