Michael Vick is set to become a free agent in March, but the 33-year-old quarterback would be open to returning to the Philadelphia Eagles next season as the team’s backup, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday.
Vick would accept a backup role because he loves playing for coach Chip Kelly and enjoys a “really good relationship” with Foles, someone familiar with the player’s thinking told Rapoport.
Meanwhile, NFL Media columnist Michael Silver was told by a high-ranking team source that the organization is impressed with how Vick has handled his bench role and “people have noticed.”
“We all have a ton of respect for the way Mike has handled this, he’s been an amazing team player,”Eagles tight end Brent Celek told Silver.
Vick has been pushed to a backup role this season because of the rise of second-year passer Nick Foles.
Vick has remained unselfish since he was told by coach Chip Kelly last month that the Eagles would move forward with Foles as the teams starting quarterback for the remainder of the season.
“In all honesty, in all fairness, how can you take a guy out of the game who’s been playing so well?” Vick said of Foles. “I’ve been in this stage before, and I know what it’s like. I understand the position that this team is in, and the one thing I never want to do is be a distraction.”