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Vick Could Very Well Return In 2010

With very little league action taking place until the March 5 opening of free agency, most of the talk around the Eagles at present time focuses on rumor and speculation.

Of course, the hottest-button topic in Philadelphia is the situation at quarterback. The Eagles boast three talented, starting-caliber quarterbacks in Donovan McNabb, Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick. Making matters more interesting is the fact that each of their contracts runs out at the end of the 2010 season.

Conventional pontification has deemed that Vick is the quarterback most likely to be somewhere else in 2010, but that's not the case according to NFL Network's Mike Lombardi.

"The Eagles are in a unique position," Lombardi said. "They have three very good quarterbacks and they have no intention this off-season of trading Michael Vick. Now a lot of people around the league feel like that's a lot of false bravado, they're going to release him because he has a roster bonus due in march. (That's) not the case. The Eagles feel very comfortable with him. In fact, the Eagles feel that as this off-season continues, they can incorporate him more into their offense, seven to 15 plays. He's a unique player. Plus the fact that he could start at a moment's notice. So most of the National Football League will take this as a surprise, but the Eagles believe they're in a very good position and they won't trade Michael Vick.

"Ultimately it will come down to how he's utilized. With an off-season with Andy Reid's creativity, Marty Mornhinweg, the offensive coordinator's creativity, and a chance to blend (Vick) into their high-octane offense, perhaps it will work with an off-season and I think that's what the Eagles are looking more towards in the off-season."

When asked about the state of the quarterback position last Friday, Eagles' president Joe Banner explained that there is a scenario where all three quarterbacks could return in 2010, even without any changes to their respective contracts.

"It's possible that any one or all three of the quarterbacks could be here with one year left on their deal, or one guy can get an extension," said Banner. "I think the status quo is in the cards as a possible outcome."

And if you think that muddles what Andy Reid said regarding Donovan McNabb's status as the team's starting quarterback in 2010, think again. When asked specifically about McNabb's status for next year, Banner made it crystal clear that Reid's quote meant exactly what it did.

"I think Andy's comments were unambiguous," Banner said. "I understand it's still a valid and viable question. I don't know if there's anything to clarify or add to what he said. He's the decision-maker. He's the spokesperson. I think he was clear."

-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 12:03 p.m., February 3

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