Vick talks about moving on

Members of the Indianapolis Colts exit the team's plane to rainy conditions in Florida. The Colts remain favored to beat the Saints in Sunday's Super Bowl.
Members of the Indianapolis Colts exit the team's plane to rainy conditions in Florida. The Colts remain favored to beat the Saints in Sunday's Super Bowl.
Posted: February 02, 2010

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Eagles quarterback Michael Vick said on Dan Patrick's radio show yesterday that he has expressed an interest to team management in playing elsewhere next season.

A report also had circulated that coach Andy Reid has assured Vick that he will be traded before the NFL draft, which begins April 22.

A team source said last night that neither claim is true.

The Eagles have a $5.25 million option on Vick's 2010 contract, and there have been reports that the team does not plan to pick up that option. The Eagles have until March 5 to make that decision.

It seems likely that the Eagles will try to trade Vick before making any decision on his 2010 option. If the Eagles are unable to make a trade, it's possible that they will release Vick, allowing him to search for a job as a free agent.

In a Friday interview with a New York television station, Vick denied accusations that appeared in the Dallas Morning News last month that claimed steroids dealer David Jacobs supplied the three-time Pro Bowler. Jacobs died in 2008.

"That's absolutely false," Vick said. "I wouldn't even entertain that question because it's something I've never condoned and never will."

Patterned after Pats

Saints coach Sean Payton said after he took the job in New Orleans in 2006, he focused on how the New England Patriots went about their business.

His last job before moving to New Orleans was as the quarterbacks coach under Bill Parcells in Dallas. But it was the Patriots' organization, not Parcells', that caught the coach's eye.

"It's important to identify who is having success," Payton said. "You've heard me talk about the Patriots, and paying close attention in our industry to organizations or teams like New England and really studying closely the reason they were successful, it's pretty good business practice to do that."

Payton was also once the quarterbacks coach with the Eagles under Ray Rhodes, but he made no mention of that time in his coaching career, either.

Bloomsburg's battler

A reporter asked Saints guard Jahri Evans about the biggest game of his college career at Division II Bloomsburg.

"We had a couple battles with East Stroudsburg," Evans said.

Super Bowl XLIV against Indianapolis will certainly trump those fierce battles with East Stroudsburg.

"This is definitely a dream come true," said Evans, a Philadelphia native who played at Frankford High. "I think there are a lot of small-school guys that are getting recognized. If you have the talent, they will find you."

Extra points

Gov. Rendell, also known as a Comcast SportsNet football analyst, said he is rooting for the Saints on Sunday because the city of New Orleans has "suffered so much." . . . The Saints' brief practice yesterday was moved from the University of Miami to the Dolphins' indoor practice bubble because of heavy rains that persisted all day. A forecast for more rain today has forced the NFL to move media day interviews to the inside corridors at Sun Life Stadium. The interviews are normally held on the field at the Super Bowl site.


Contact staff writer Bob Brookover at 215-854-2577 or bbrookover@phillynews.com.

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