Thursday, August 13, 2009
Breaking News: Michael Vick Signs Two-Year Deal With The Eagles
Former Atlanta Falcons' QB Michael Vick has agreed to a two-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. Vick is set to make $1.6 million in his first year with the Eagles with an option for the second year worth $5.2 million. Vick could also earn up to three million dollars in incentives over the two year deal according to ESPN.com.
This signing could have left a few fantasy owners with some questions, questions I will be answering today.
How does this effect Donovan McNabb?
Vick is set to back-up Donovan McNabb while it seems Kevin Kolb will get pushed down to number three on the depth chart. I expect Andy Reid to develop an offense for Vick to run (like the wildcat). Vick could even play some WR, as he had done a few times in the past with the Falcons. I would be surprised if I don't see the Eagles run a few trick plays with him.
In no way do I see Vick stealing the starting job from McNabb.
Does Vick have fantasy value?
As of now, his fantasy value is minimal. Donovan McNabb will remain the starting QB. Vick's assumed role in the Eagles' offense isn't big enough to make him relevant to fantasy football as a QB in shallow leagues. I'm predicting a very inconsistent year from Vick. I'd say he's worth a draft pick in deep leagues to stash away on the IR while he is out until week six at the latest.
If you're a McNabb owner in a deep league you better be that guy. In the last seven years, McNabb has only played two full seasons. If anything happens to McNabb, Vick suddenly becomes fantasy relevant in all formats.
Until then, I would not recommend owning Vick in a 10 or even 12 team league, as you should have a serviceable back-up to McNabb already.