Michael Vick signs with Philadelphia Eagles

Thursday, Aug 13, 2009 8:58 PM
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PHILADELPHIA -- By halftime, the Linc was buzzing: Michael Vick was an Eagle.

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Vick was the No. 1 draft pick in 2001 by the Atlanta Falcons, and once the highest-paid player in football. But he has not played since 2006 when his career came tumbling down.  AP
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Vick was the No. 1 draft pick in 2001 by the Atlanta Falcons, and once the highest-paid player in football. But he has not played since 2006 when his career came tumbling down.

Suddenly, no one seemed to care much about the preseason game against the New England Patriots on Thursday night. All that mattered to most fans was that the disgraced quarterback had joined their team.

Agent Joel Segal confirmed the signing, shortly before the Philadelphia Eagles announced it in a text message. The team gave Vick a one-year deal with an option for a second year.

"We don't need another quarterback, especially him," longtime fan Donald Crispin said.

The 29-year-old Vick, once the NFL's highest-paid player, has been out of action since 2006. The former Atlanta Falcons star was convicted in August 2007 of conspiracy and running a dogfighting ring, and served 18 of a 23-month sentence in federal prison. He also was suspended indefinitely by the NFL.

Commissioner Roger Goodell conditionally lifted Vick's suspension on July 27, allowing him to sign with a team, practice and play in the last two preseason games. Once the season begins, Vick can participate in all team activities except games, and Goodell said he would consider Vick for full reinstatement by Week 6 (Oct. 18-19) at the latest.

The Eagles reached the NFC championship game last season under quarterback Donovan McNabb, and are still looking for their elusive first Super Bowl win.

McNabb has led the Eagles to five NFC championship games and one Super Bowl appearance in the last eight years, and was rewarded with a $5.3 million raise in the offseason. The Eagles tore up his old contract with two years remaining, and gave him a new deal worth $24.5 million over the next two seasons.

The team is a surprise landing point for Vick. It was among 26 clubs that said there was no interest in him, but that may have changed when backup Kevin Kolb strained a knee ligament earlier this week. Kolb's injury isn't serious and he's expected to return next week. The Eagles also have veteran A.J. Feeley.

When news of Vick's signing circulated in the press box during the first half of the Eagles' preseason opener against New England, even the team's public relations staff seemed surprised.

The crowd quickly caught on at Lincoln Financial Field. Fans standing on the concourse were in disbelief. One guy wondered how quickly he'd be able to buy a Vick jersey. Another asked if this was a joke.

"It doesn't make any sense," said Michelle Harlan, a mother attending her first NFL game with a young son.

In a "60 Minutes" interview set to air Sunday, Vick accepted blame for not stopping the illegal dogfighting operation he bankrolled.

Vick said he feels "some tremendous hurt behind what happened."

He said he should have taken "the initiative to stop it all ... I didn't."

Asked if he was more concerned about his playing career or the dogs he hurt, Vick replied, "Football don't even matter."

The animal rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, wasted no time reminding people exactly what Vick had done.

"PETA and millions of decent football fans around the world are disappointed that the Eagles decided to sign a guy who hung dogs from trees. He electrocuted them with jumper cables and held them under water," PETA spokesman Dan Shannon told The Associated Press.

"You have to wonder what sort of message this sends to young fans who care about animals and don't want them to be harmed."

Since Andy Reid became the head coach in 1999, the Eagles have avoided players with character issues. The lone exception came in 2004 when Philadelphia acquired wide receiver Terrell Owens. That move paid off when Owens helped lead the Eagles to the Super Bowl in his first season. But T.O. quickly wore out his welcome, criticizing management over a contract dispute and feuding with McNabb. He was released midway through the 2005 season.

"I couldn't envision Mike being here," said former Eagles linebacker Ike Reese, a teammate of Vick's in Atlanta in 2005-06. "I didn't see where he fit in. I think most people in the locker room would accept it. Donovan is very secure in his position. He wants to see Mike get another opportunity."

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Bubba442
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Bubba442 08/13/09 - 09:07 pm
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Philadelphia is Super bowl

Philadelphia is Super bowl bound!

juantez
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juantez 08/13/09 - 09:11 pm
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Just as long as they are not
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Just as long as they are not BubbaBowl bound

justus4
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justus4 08/13/09 - 09:13 pm
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A good choice. Philly is the
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A good choice. Philly is the city of Brotherly Love and Vick will need all the love he can get. His perormance is what counts, so let the games begin! But watch the all-white media and their so-called expert sports talking heads all say the exact same thing. This is soooooooooooo predictable.

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Lost In Translation 08/13/09 - 09:21 pm
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Dang justus4. It doesn't

Dang justus4. It doesn't matter what the topic is you have to bring up race. You are the BIGGEST racist I have ever seen!!! Michael Vick, a criminal, signs with the Eagles, but watch the ALL-WHITE media. Whatever you piece of crap!!! Get the chip off your shoulder. No one owes you or anyone else anything!!!

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mgr 08/13/09 - 09:24 pm
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Justus anyone with sense

Justus anyone with sense doesn't pay attention to the Media,but I think there are quite a few folks giving him a second chance.

Crazy Irish
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Crazy Irish 08/13/09 - 09:48 pm
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Them folks shure is smart

Them folks shure is smart above the Mason/Dixon line ;))

LaTwon
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LaTwon 08/13/09 - 10:10 pm
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good for coach killa.........

good for coach killa......... perfect fit because they eat dogs in philly. matt ryan will put a b-slappin on the dog eaters. only more fitting place would be new orleans. he could run for mayor. he would be the smartest person there and he is one brain cell from needing a respirator to breathe. welcome to philly dog killa......... ddont forget your water bottle.

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brianw 08/13/09 - 10:40 pm
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Come on people....VICK SERVED

Come on people....VICK SERVED HIS TIME. Which Constitutional amendment says he has to serve perpetual penance for the his crime?

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Nativeson1 08/13/09 - 10:55 pm
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I'm so glad there are

I'm so glad there are sensible people who understand people make mistakes...Vick did his time, and is doing community service still, speaking to kids and groups about the pitfalls of dog fighting. Some people I guess have never did anything wrong, so I guess those are the ones who just can't let it go...Judge not lest ye be judged...Some people just love to hate and try and destroy others, simply because they are miserable little people with a computer and a opinion...

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carrera gt 08/13/09 - 10:57 pm
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Boycott the Eagles every way

Boycott the Eagles every way possible.

exmedic
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exmedic 08/13/09 - 11:06 pm
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I agree with brianw, give the

I agree with brianw, give the guy a chance.

Lost In Translation
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Lost In Translation 08/13/09 - 11:28 pm
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seriously AC...you removed my

seriously AC...you removed my post for comments violation because of what I said...no profanity...no vulgar words...I simply stated that justus4 was the biggest racist I've ever seen and that he has to throw the race card onto every single article on the ac website. and that he need to get the chip of his shoulder and that no one owes him anything. seriously...you removed my post for that!!!

r we judging
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r we judging 08/14/09 - 12:47 am
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I totally agree he has served

I totally agree he has served his time. Hence my screen name, Are we judging? Two days ago a man ran a school stop sign and killed a 6 year old. He was released on 10000 bond for vehicular homicide. Thats what we need to be in an uproar about. He will serve less time that vic did. So instaed of wastingtime boycotting the eagles please boycott the government for stricter laws on killing people. WOW. Be productive in saving human lives. When was the last time you boycotted for stricter laws on dui vehicular homicide. I did today when they let that man out on 10000 bond for killing a person.

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r we judging 08/14/09 - 12:57 am
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Also that is his job. What

Also that is his job. What does his job have to do with that. People get out if jail for murder. They are mechanics, barbers etc. They go back to work. Is anyone seriously saying that he shouldnt be able to WORK? Seriously ?????

colcamp1
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colcamp1 08/14/09 - 06:34 am
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Where can I find his new

Where can I find his new jersey? Go Vick!!!!

snickers123
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snickers123 08/14/09 - 07:19 am
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We are all human and make

We are all human and make mistakes.He served his time.Think he deserves a second chance.

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justthefacts 08/14/09 - 07:23 am
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I wish him luck. he provided

I wish him luck. he provided ATL fans with some great memories. He obviously wasn't a good guy. People can change. Now, when he plays the Falcons, well...

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55 F-100 08/14/09 - 07:34 am
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Vick should have been banned

Vick should have been banned from the NFL for life!! Let the hood-rat thug play in Canada or Europe to earn a living.

colcamp1
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colcamp1 08/14/09 - 08:13 am
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What a wonderful world we

What a wonderful world we live in, where a trailer park rat thug, can get along with a hood rat.

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xpresso1 08/14/09 - 08:17 am
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Wow 55 F-100 that is pretty

Wow 55 F-100 that is pretty harsh. I am a huge dog lover.. however the man did do his time. Now if he does it again, then so be it .. he should be banned .. but have you ever made a mistake that other people would hate you for but you learned from it and became a better person?? I think if people are going to protest Vick then they should take time and protest every other person who has been convicted of animal cruelty..he is just a man like any other man. I am also so thankful that the good Lord is not as harsh as we often times are, otherwise none of us would be headed to heaven. Have a wonderful and blessed day.

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marien 08/14/09 - 08:21 am
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Are you ready for some

Are you ready for some football............ Go Vick

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 08/14/09 - 08:42 am
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Everyone wants to persecute

Everyone wants to persecute Michael Vick for bankrolling and carrying on a dogfighting operation, but where is the outrage over Donte Stallworth killing a pedestrian while driving under the influence? Driving under the influence is a much more serious offense than dogfighting, at least human lives were not at stake in the dogfights. Don't get me wrong, I in no way support dogfighting, and Michael Vick was guilty of a few moral indescretions also (like lying). However, isn't deciding to drive a vehicle while drunk just as bad as trying to cover up one's involvement in an illegal operation.I'm just saying--------

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BombquishaDavis 08/14/09 - 08:44 am
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Sigh...Wide Receiver

Sigh...Wide Receiver drunkenly hits a man and kills him. He does less than 30 days; mother neglects her children-- and in court the testimony is so bad it causes the Judge to retreat to his chambers---and she gets to go to jail on the weekends....on and on...HEY...I love dogs too. But lets put this in perspective..he did his time. If we believe in the American justice system, we let folks do their time and then see what the outcome is. Why should he be any different. I wish him all the best.

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1941 08/14/09 - 08:56 am
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I am from philly,and with

I am from philly,and with Vick, backing McNabb,the Eagles should go all the way!!Retired Army;We call it as we see it, that is just the way it is in philly!!!!

justthefacts
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justthefacts 08/14/09 - 09:13 am
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philly fans are the worst

philly fans are the worst fans in every sport. If Vick fails..God help him.

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Niko Mahs 08/14/09 - 10:03 am
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Vick should do well in

Vick should do well in Philly. He paid his debt to society. I personally would have let him play right away and donate 80% of his salary to the SPCA. But that's over and he made his mistakes and hopefully learned from the experience. Time will tell and I hope his second chance bears some fruit. Ironic that Matt Ryan's family is from suburban Philadelphia.

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HotFoot 08/14/09 - 10:19 am
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I hope he's injured before he

I hope he's injured before he ever takes the field to play a single game. I don't care if he did his time. Sex offenders do their time, but then continue to be punshed the rest of their lives. May he never have a day of peace or earn another dollar.

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jewel 08/14/09 - 10:31 am
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Hotfoot I pray you or anyone

Hotfoot I pray you or anyone in your family ever does anything wrong. Hoping for someone to get hurt, lose peace, and become penniless... Why? Vick was inmature, with time on his hand and money and I think he grew up.

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plzgetalife 08/14/09 - 10:46 am
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Why the sour comments???!!!

Why the sour comments???!!! LOL...haters!! Mike has paid his debt to the system/peta/ and whoever. Now lets get back to football!! Congrats Mike!

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stillamazed 08/14/09 - 11:12 am
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Vick got the time he did

Vick got the time he did because of who he was and the media frenzy surrounding the whole thing, yet people who injure human beings get barely a slap on the wrist. This man was wrong for what he did, he served his time so let him get on with his life, who are we to judge him further, everyone makes stupid mistakes in their lives and I am sure even some of the negative posters right here on the site have....

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