Vick Signs With Eagles

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 13, 2009 8:54 PM CDT
Michael Vick in 2006, while with the Falcons.   (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)
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(Newser) – Michael Vick is back in the NFL. The recently released dog-fighter signed a surprise two-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, reports ESPN. Vick—who claims debt of about $4 million—will get $1.6 million the first year with the possibility of $5.2 million the second. He can immediately start practicing and can play in the final two preseason games, but the league won't decide when he can play a regular-season game until about Week 6. Date to watch: The Eagles play the Falcons in Atlanta on Dec. 6.

The Eagles weren't thought to be in the running for Vick because they already have a big-name starting QB in Donovan McNabb, notes the New York Times. McNabb led the Eagles to the NFC championship game last season, though he did get benched at one point. Given McNabb's sometimes rocky relationship with the team and its fans, expect Vick to challenge him for the starting spot before the season's out.