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Mike Vick won’t take a paycut to stay with Eagles

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick will make what is likely to be his final start for the team today. Vick, set to make $15.5 million next season, will not renegotiate his deal to stay with the Eagles, sources said, and is expected to command significant interest on the free-agent market.

The Eagles are about to embark on a coaching search and are not inclined to pay Vick what he is due to make after what has been a lost season for the team. They played rookie Nick Foles down the stretch and are looking at major changes to the staff and roster this offseason. Vick could command a deal in the $10 million range on the open market, given the dearth of options at quarterback in free agency and the draft, and given the large number of teams in the market for a passer. Buffalo and Oakland wanted to sign Vick when he was reinstated to the league, and Joe Banner, who helped bring him to the Eagles when serving as team president there, is now running the Browns, who need quarterback help.

Injuries have limited Vick the past two seasons, and Philadelphia’s battered offensive line exacerbated those issues. Going to a team with more solid protection would help, and with the spread offense in vogue these days, there should be plenty of options for Vick. Expect the Eagles to part with him soon, as $3 million of his deal become fully guaranteed if he is on the roster in February.
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Before joining CBS Sports, Jason La Canfora was the Washington Redskins beat writer for The Washington Post for six years and served as NFL Network's insider. The Baltimore native can be seen every Sunday... Full Bio

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