Tag:Michael Vick
Posted on: July 27, 2011 7:12 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2011 10:33 pm

Report: Kolb won't report to Eagles training camp

Posted by Will Brinson

The Eagles already have one potential star who could hold out from training camp on their hands in DeSean Jackson and according to a report on Wednesday, they might have another: backup quarterback Kevin Kolb.

Though Kolb might not be a "star" per se, he is heavily involved in all the trade talk circulating around the NFL, particularly with the rumor that he's headed to the Cardinals in exchange for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and some draft-pick compensation.

But Philly and Arizona haven't been able to reach a deal as of yet, and so Kolb remains an Eagle for now. However, according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Kolb won't be showing up to Philadelphia's camp at Lehigh University when it begins on Thursday.

McLane also adds that "other teams are interested" in Kolb, but correctly points out that there "aren't many viable candidates remaining." That's because there aren't -- as I've noted before, the Cardinals seem to be playing a dangerous game of chicken with the Eagles, hoping that market fluctuations would allow them to get the 26-year-old at a discount.

But with most of the other potential quarterbacks that Arizona could chase ending up with other teams, it's going to be tough for the Cards to convince the Eagles they actually do have other options.

There's is an argument that Kolb's decision to hold out would actually help Arizona, because Philadelphia might be more inclined to get a potential headache off their hands.

Although given the Eagles track record with pawning off quarterbacks at the right time, don't expect them to panic too much.

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Posted on: July 27, 2011 2:21 pm

Frank Gore and DeSean Jackson plan to hold out

GorePosted by Josh Katzowitz

During the first two days of free agency, we haven’t heard too much about players threatening to hold out from training camp. Mostly, it’s been about high-priced veterans getting cut or teams overpaying for players who aren’t what they once were.

But that annual rite of training camp is about to begin, and, as the Sacramento Bee and the Philadelphia Sports Daily writes, that first two players who have made the probable decisions to hold out are 49ers RB Frank Gore and Eagles WR DeSean Jackson.

Gore is entering the final year of his contract, in which he’ll make a $2.9 million base salary with a $2 million roster bonus. But now that he’s 28, this might be the last chance he has to make a huge payday before teams consider him too old to be an effective starting RB.

It should also be noted that instead of participating in player-led offseason workouts that QB Alex Smith organized during the lockout, Gore remained in Miami to continue rehabbing his broken hip that ended his season last year.

For Jackson, the frustration has been evident since the beginning of training camp last year. He'll enter the final year of his rookie contract set to make $565,000, and QB Michael Vick intimated Tuesday that Jackson might not be at training camp, saying, "DeSean just has some things to think about and some decisions to make that only himself can make."

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Posted on: July 26, 2011 7:45 pm
Edited on: July 26, 2011 9:36 pm

Would the Giants really welcome back Plaxico?

BurressPosted by Josh Katzowitz

If you would have asked free agent WR Plaxico Burress the chances he would return to play for his old team, the Giants, after his stint in prison, he probably wouldn’t have been real confident.

The Eagles seemed interested in him (Michael Vick said something about how you can never have enough weapons), and though Burress apparently was eyeing the Bears, Chicago made it pretty clear the interest wasn’t mutual (psst, Burress also said the the Jets would be appealing to him).

But remember when Eli Manning said he would rather have Burress on his team instead of former Giants RB Tiki Barber? Maybe, Manning had a little bit of inside knowledge, because according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Giants are in contention to bring him back to New York.

With the Giants, Burress probably wouldn’t be counted as on a top-line target. At the age of (almost) 34 and having not played since the 2008 season, nobody is sure how much football talent Burress has left in his body. Plus, Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham are locked in as starters.

But Burress could add to the depth of New York’s WR corps, and if the Giants expect him as a third or fourth WR, that might make some sense.

Of course, Burress said this recently about coach Tom Coughlin: “My situation in New York, me and my coach, had an ambivalent relationship to say the least. Some things that I didn't agree with, with the way he went about things. And the only way to show my way was to just rebel. Is that who I am? No."

So, um, maybe the Giants and Burress wouldn’t be a great fit after all.

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Posted on: July 26, 2011 12:23 pm

Vick hints DeSean could hold out of Eagles camp

Posted by Will Brinson

Though you can certainly make a case that DeSean Jackson could be better about maintaining his image (a notable and regrettable homophobic slur on the radio this offseason stands out like a sore thumb), give him this: he's played ball with the Philadelphia Eagles when it comes to his contract status.

That doesn't appear to be a guarantee any longer, though, and Philly quarterback Michael Vick hinted to reporters on Tuesday at the team's facility that Jackson might actually hold out before the 2011 season begins.

"Hopefully, he'll be here tomorrow," Vick said, per Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer. "DeSean just has some things to think about and some decisions to make that only himself can make."

One of the fascinating aspects of this whole ordeal is that, as we've previously discussed, Jackson's agent is Drew Rosenhaus who previously worked with the Eagles on another touchy situation involving a talented wide receiver, Terrell Owens.
Eagles Offseason

Rosenhaus has said he's going to handle things differently this time around, and Jackson himself has repeatedly said he wouldn't be a problem and has indicated he trusts the Eagles to get a deal done.

But at the same time, it became clear last year -- following Jackson's big concussion-causing collision with Dunta Robinson -- that he's concerned about his getting paid while he's still healthy and one of the only players in the NFL capable of making the Pro Bowl as a receiver and return man.

Which is why it wouldn't be entirely shocking to see him steer clear of the Eagles facility for a while.

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Posted on: July 24, 2011 1:45 pm
Edited on: July 24, 2011 10:54 pm

Report: Eagles are NOT interested in Favre

FavrePosted by Josh Katzowitz

On Saturday, CBSSports.com’s Ryan Wilson stirred the masses by writing about how the Eagles apparently were showing interest in everybody’s favorite retiree, Brett Favre.

Wilson pointed out that the source he was citing came from a Philadelphia talk radio host who isn’t always exactly … um … right.

Turns out the radio host’s report this time also was incorrect.

Although Eagles QB Michael Vick tweeted Sunday morning that he would welcome Favre as his backup (that update has mysteriously disappeared off his Twitter account), Foxsports.com’s Jay Glazer reports that two Eagles sources emphatically told him the rumors are false.

“(Favre is) not the option they are on,” Glazer wrote.

Which is bad news for those of you who like to gnash their teeth whenever Favre-related matters are mentioned. But probably good news for the rest of us. Including, most importantly, Favre himself.

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Posted on: July 19, 2011 6:30 pm
Edited on: July 19, 2011 6:57 pm

Vick comes out against dog fighting

M. Vick lobbied in Capital Hill to help curtail dog fighting (Getty).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Eagles QB Michael Vick visited Washington Tuesday, lobbying legislators to pass an act that has grown near and dear to Vick’s heart.

It’s called the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act, and, according to the Daily Caller, it “would apply federal criminal penalties -- fines and up to one year in prison -- to anyone attending or bringing a minor to an animal fighting event.”

Now, you might think that Vick is the LAST person* who should be talking about animal fighting (you do remember why he went to prison, yes?). But since he’s become a free man again, it seems that Vick has been an outspoken backer of all things good, whether it’s serving as a high school commencement speaker and giving out $5,000 college scholarships or trying to convince those in prison to change their ways.

*Vick, though, HAS become quite the endorser as of late.

But maybe that’s why Vick, who’s teaming up with the Humane Society on this issue, feels so strongly about this piece of legislation. After all, he was deeply involved in the dog fighting scene, and he’s seen (and participated in) the most despicable acts a human can commit on a canine.

He wants those who can be punished to be punished hard (kind of like he was, I suppose).

"I was a major part of [animal fighting],” Vick said, according to the website. “I know the game in and out. It won’t stop unless there is major change. It will continue to evolve and grow.”

Said Humane Society president Wayne Pacelle: “If you just criminalize the practitioners, you’re missing 98 percent of the people involved in the enterprise,”

When asked why he was involved in this piece of legislation, Vick said (via the Philadelphia Daily News): "I'm doing it for myself. I'm doing it for the Humane Society. I'm doing it for the animals, and I'm doing it for all the people out there who are involved, because there's so much more that you could be doing with your time. There's so many animals that could be raised in better households and used as pets and having happy homes instead of being used for pointless activity and being harmed. It took for me to go through what I went through to understand ... the magnitude of the entire situation. I’ve learned so much as time went on.

“Too many kids get involved in dogfighting, and it’s time to break this cycle. Animal fighting is a dead-end road for the young men, and there’s nothing but terrible outcomes for the dogs placed in a pit to fight. Since my case came to light, the laws against animal fighting have been upgraded, and here's another opportunity to strengthen the law and establish an even stronger deterrent.”

I know people who hate Vick -- will always hate Vick -- for his crimes against dogs, but at what point do you look at Vick and say, “Well, he’s trying to make things better?” Can those dog lovers ever forgive?

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Posted on: July 19, 2011 11:29 am

Vick on Plax: 'You can never have enough weapons'

Posted by Ryan Wilson

A week after Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson announced in a radio interview that he would love to play alongside Plaxico Burress, quarterback Michael Vick has said pretty much the same thing.

Appearing on The Michael Kay Show with fill-in host Stephen A. Smith, Vick said that he would want Burress on his team even though he has playmakers in Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Brent Celek.

“I mean you can never have enough weapons, I think," Vick told Smith, according to Sports Radio Interviews. "Obviously we’ll find a way to use them as well as the other 31 teams in this league who will be vouching to get him. I’m saying I wouldn’t say no. I wasn’t opposed to it. I would definitely open an invite if it was there and just see what happens. DeSean is a great player. He’s a future Hall of Famer. Jeremy is a future Hall of Famer. Brent as well, but we want to maximize our talent and I’m sure we’ll find a way to use him. We have great, great, leaders. I also think he would be good for the young guys. We’ll see what happens. It may happen. It may not.”

That's a lot of pass-catching Hall of Famers on one team. Either way, the attraction between the Eagles and Burress appears to be mutual. According to ESPN.com's Ashley Fox, who covered the Eagles previously for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philly is "going to go after Burress, and go after him hard."

Fox adds that "Vick had the time and space to regain his abilities in a relatively low-pressure environment, and because of Philadelphia's depth at receiver, Burress would too. The Eagles have a decent option in the slot in Jason Avant. To them, Burress simply would be a luxury."

The Vick-Burress comparison has been made before as a reason why Philly might be interested. But other than the fact that both men have been incarcerated in recent years, they're completely different players. Vick got out of prison when he was 29, and signed with the Eagles as a backup. Although Vick was predictably rusty at first, he still possessed the athleticism that made him one of the league's most dynamic players.

Burress, on the other hand, is 34 and even in his prime was never known for his speed or route-running ability. There's no reason to think he stumbled upon either while serving time. And while expectations for Vick were decidedly low when he arrived in Philly, the thinking with Burress seems to be that he can ease back into his old job and at some point during the season develop into the missing piece to the Eagles' Super Bowl puzzle.

Sounds like a stretch.

Which is pretty much what the Inquirer's Jeff McLane wrote on July 5. "When reports surfaced that the Eagles were first in line for Burress, the information was not leaked from their camp, team sources indicated. The Eagles remain neutral. They're nowhere near as interested as they were in Vick, post-incarceration, but they're not going to broadcast it. Reid is fond of Burress and doesn't want to hinder his return to the NFL. Now if the 6-foot-5 receiver would fall into his lap for a meager price, then Burress' signing could be something worth presenting to owner Jeffrey Lurie."

One way or the other, we'll know how the Eagles feel about Burress once free agency begins -- fingers crossed -- sometime in the coming weeks.

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Posted on: July 14, 2011 9:12 am
Edited on: July 14, 2011 12:32 pm

Report: Vick strikes rich endorsement deal

VickPosted by Josh Katzowitz

Another week, yet another endorsement for the formerly-toxic Eagles QB Michael Vick.

First, it was little-known Unequal Technologies, which makes protective gear that goes under his jersey and which signed him to a two-year contract at the beginning of the year. A few months after that, he got a deal with Core Synergy, a silicone wrist band.

Then, the big fish: Nike, which had dropped him in the face of dogfighting charges (and the subsequent conviction and jail time) re-signed him to a new endorsement deal.

And now, perhaps the richest endorsement of all: a three-year, $1.55 million deal with MusclePharm. That’s the word from NFL.com’s Jason LaCanfora.

Vick's Q Rating
The deal isn’t done yet, but apparently it’s close.

Assuming Vick’s representation closes the deal, he’ll apparently be eligible for Pro Bowl and postseason bonuses, and Vick would have social media responsibility with the company.

After 19 months in prison, Vick had one pretty good season last year, and now, he’s got four endorsement deals. What happens next season if he, say, wins the MVP or leads the Eagles to the Super Bowl? Could he ever be as big in the advertising world as he was before he went to jail?

At this point, it’d be a pretty good bet.

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