November 11, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) passes the ball beyond the reach of Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware (94) during the first half at Lincoln Financial Field. The Cowboys defeated the Eagles 38-23. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Vick 2014 NFL Free Agency Destination: Washington Redskins

The log jam at quarterback is something to behold for the Philadelphia Eagles.  What makes it even more interesting is the lack of a clear front-runner.  Granted, Michael Vick seems like a favorite because of his experience and his natural fit in the offense of new head coach Chip Kelly.  The problem is Kelly may want to move on with a young option at quarterback.  Besides that Vick enters NFL free agency in 2014.

Nick Foles and Matt Barkley ready to push Vick for starting job

Perhaps no freakier athlete has played the position of quarterback like Michael Vick has.  Yet, at the end of the day, he proved no less human than the rest of them.  Whenever a quarterback gets hit a lot, he doesn’t play well.  In just 10 games last season he was sacked 28 times, not counting a ridiculous number of shots he kept taking from opposing defenders.  As a result former Eagles coach Andy Reid benched him in favor of rookie Nick Foles.  Now with Reid gone, Vick has one last chance to reclaim his starting job before his contract expires.  Otherwise he faces a lot of uncertainty in free agency at age 33.  Foles will certainly try to challenge him, as will promising 4th round draft pick Matt Barkley.  What it comes down to is what head coach Chip Kelly sees.  Vick seems to have an early edge because of his ability to run, but that doesn’t offer any guarantees.  Kelly, like any other coach, wants to see a quarterback who runs the offense right, not the best athlete.  That is why experts, and a lot of fans, expect 2013 to be Vick’s last in Philadelphia.

Kirk Cousins could become prime trade bait after Robert Griffin III returns

The question then shifts to where he might go next year.  At his age the likelihood of landing a starting job is remote at best, especially with a promising quarterback class expected in the next NFL draft.  However, there could be a number of viable backup jobs teams would love to have him for.  One of the bigger surprises on that list is the Washington Redskins.  The reason for that is what the season holds for their current backup Kirk Cousins.  He showed off some serious skill last season, winning key games while helping Washington to their first playoff berth in seven years.  What lay ahead for him depends on the health of starting quarterback Robert Griffin III.  If the Rookie of the Year returns without incident from his torn ACL, the need for Cousins will diminish, while his trade value will skyrocket.  History shows teams love bringing in experienced quarterbacks who are still very young, which he is.  If Washington did this it would leave their backup slot exposed.

That is where Michael Vick comes in.  His skill set of mobility and big arm would mesh well with the pistol offense the Redskins like to run with RGIII.  Best of all his price would be affordable given age and injury history.  If anything else he could by them time until they find another young backup to develop.

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  • Adam Banig

    I gotta say, I could see it happening. If & only if Cousins is traded. I also see the redskins drafting another Qb if Cousins is gone to groom. Of course, if Pat White works out as a #3 Qb, they might not feel inclined to sign a vet like Vick at all or even draft a young Qb.

    A lot hinges on how Pat White continues to do in this offense.

    • Erik Lambert

      White is an athlete but is also short and not known for his accuracy. Vick has more proven experience and is exactly the kind of guy you want as a backup. We’ll see.

      • Adam Banig

        He and Vick are the same height. :?

        White has more experience in the zone read offense as he played it all through college and Vick didn’t.

        Vick is 5 years older than White also.

        I’ll agree White does need to work on his accuracy, but I trust the Shanahans and LeFleur as much as any Qb gurus in the NFL to have a Qb go from poor to average or slightly above.

        Shanahan did it with Plummer

        • Erik Lambert

          Actually, Marc Trestman did it with Plummer before Shanahan did. White did a lot of zone-read, yes, but Vick also has the advantage in playing the West Coast system under Reid, another style Shanahan likes.

  • joey just

    We should keep Cousins regardless of who else is out there,we need to keep both of our quarterbacks.We need to take care of other positions on our squad.

    • Erik Lambert

      Easier said than done, especially if he keeps playing well every time he sees the field.

    • Adam Banig

      I’d love to just keep cousins, but eventually we’ll lose him after 2015 when his contract is up. The smart move is to trade him for a 1st or 2nd if we can before his contract is up, but if his market value is never that high, then, yes you hold on to him. I have a tough time believing that after this season or next that a team won’t be offering at least a 2nd for him.

      I like Kirk cousins, but there’s a few of him every year in the draft. Guys that should go higher than their drafted but have a few small flaws and they drop a few rounds.

      Matt Flynn, Tj Yates comes to mind and I believe in this years draft Landry Jones will prove to be like a cousins.

  • Adam Banig

    Ugh. Come on man. Plummer was erratic in Arizona.

    In az he constantly had a passing % in the mid 50′s.

    2003, 1st year in Denver his percentage jumped 9 points.

    Vick may have some experience in the west coast, but he only had one good passing year in it with one of the most talented group of wrs in the NFL.

    He’ll also be 33 next year. I hope the skins skip then old geezers and draft someone