If I were Michael Vick I wouldn’t be sitting very comfortable during this July 4th weekend.¬† I would enjoy the barbecue but I wouldn’t be getting much sleep from knowing that my $5.2 million dollar 2010 salary could be in jeopardy.
The Associated Press claims a person familiar with the thinking of the Eagles regarding their controversial back-up quarterback has told him that the team is leaning toward cutting Vick regardless of what happens in the investigation of the shooting after his birthday party in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Now two ESPN reporters and one Philly.com reporter have talked to sources within the Eagles organization which deny that the team has made a decision or are leaning a certain way with regard to making a decision on Vick’s future with the team.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter wrote via Twitter at about the noon hour today, that reports on “Any report or speculation that suggests the Eagles are considering releasing Vick are not true.¬† A very high-ranking Eagles source says “NO” on report that Eagles are seriously thinking about releasing Michael Vick.”
ESPN’s Chris Mortenson wrote via Twitter earlier today, “A very high-ranking Eagles source says ‘No’ on report that Eagles are seriously thinking about releasing Michael Vick.
The Eagles released the following statement through Les Bowen of Philly.com.
Under normal circumstances, we would not issue a public statement regarding a matter still under investigation. However, due to the intense speculation that exists, we believe it is important to make a statement this afternoon regarding Michael Vick.
“Following the incident that occurred in Virginia on the morning of June 25, Michael and his representatives promptly contacted law enforcement agencies, the Philadelphia Eagles and the National Football League. The Eagles were provided with very detailed information during that discussion as to what took place at the event. Those details have not changed in any way over the course of the last week. Our investigation to this point has confirmed and has been consistent with the information that was originally communicated to us.
Furthermore, any report or speculation that suggests the Eagles are considering releasing Vick are not true. We will continue to gather information and monitor the situation and we will not have any further comment until that process is complete.”
In the Philly.com article, Bowen makes it a point to question the validity of the AP report because it doesn’t say a person in the organization believes they’re going to release Vick, but only that a person familiar with the team’s thinking says they’re going to release him.
Still if I”m Vick I wouldn’t be getting any sleep tonight.¬† How many times have the the Eagles come out and publicly denied something but we later find out that they were hiding their true hand.
There’s not much Vick can do to save his job right now, if they’re already decided that they’re going to part with him.
The biggest thing I see on his side is the fact that the Eagles recently paid him $1.5 million dollars in a bonus.¬† We all know that Eagles don’t like wasting money and that’s the reason I think they’re telling the truth this time around.