Free-agent-to-be Michael Vick is convinced the Eagles give him the best chance to win a Super Bowl, philly.com reported Monday, citing an interview the quarterback conducted with Philadelphia's NBC-TV affiliate.
"I know we're only going to get better as a team," Vick said in an interview that aired Sunday. "I would love to stay here, love to be here, and I think this team gives me the best chance of winning a Super Bowl."
The Eagles won the NFC East in large part because of the re-emergence of Vick, who passed for more than 3,000 yards, rushed for nearly 700 and had a 100.3 passer rating in 12 starts after replacing an injured Kevin Kolb.
The irony is Vick didn't want to come to Philadelphia after his release from prison two years ago after serving time for a conviction for running a dog-fighting ring.
"I didn't want to come here to be honest with you," Vick said. "I knew I was going to be behind Donovan (McNabb) and Kevin, and I wanted to play. I just didn't see myself playing a heavy role in the offense.
"After awhile, I said to myself, you know what, it's just a blessing to have a team want me right now. Got the opportunity, and last year, everybody kind of grew on me."
Vick, who said he and coach Andy Reid have discussed what the quarterback can improve during the offseason, believes he hasn't played to his full potential in his NFL career.
He estimates he played to "65 percent (of his potential) in Atlanta, 85 percent here this year, going for 95 to 100 next year," Vick said. "I think next year will definitely be the year. That's the only thing I can think about now. It's funny because two years ago, I never envisioned myself being in this position. Four days after the playoff game, I'm thinking about next year."
Vick would like a long-term deal from the Eagles, but he said he is OK if the team places a franchise tag on him should one exist in the new collective bargaining agreement.
"Absolutely, absolutely. No problem," Vick said. "I think about my situation two years ago, and to me, it's about securing my future financially, but I was in a position where I didn't have anything at one point after having everything. So now it's all just a blessing, so whatever it is, whether it's a franchise tag or long-term deal, or however my agent and the Philadelphia Eagles, or whatever team may be, work it out, I'm going to be happy. But hopefully it's here."