Philadelphia Eagles' Michael Vick: I'm playing in 2014


NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported last month that Eagles quarterback Michael Vick would be open to returning to Philadelphia next season as the team's No. 2. Whether or not they want him back, the 33-year-old passer sounds determined to return for a 12th NFL season.

"I don't worry about it," Vick said this week, per CSN Philly. "My skill set is still there, my arm is still there, my legs are still there, I'm still a playmaker, that's evident.

"I'm playing again next year," he said. "That's the way I look at it. I know at some point I'll be back out there."

The rise of Nick Foles has buried any hint of a quarterback competition in Philadelphia, leaving Vick -- at most -- as a backup heading into 2014.

WIP-FM's Howard Eskin told NFL Network's "NFL AM" on Wednesday that Vick "has been nothing but a model citizen in that locker room ... and obviously he hopes that will get him a job.

"I, at one time, didn't think he was going to come back here," Eskin said. "I don't know how many jobs for starters are going to be out there for Michael Vick, but nonetheless, he should be in football next year because he'll do the right things for (a team)."

As I sat across from Around The League's Dan Hanzus here in the newsroom, we brought up the possibility of another future: the Jets. Vick would be an interesting fit for a New York team in need of a veteran to compete with and nurture Geno Smith should Mark Sanchez be sent packing.

Vick's durability issues prohibit a rational front office from paying him starter's money, but he's immediately better than 90 percent of the league's wayward crop of backups. He'll be back.

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