Michael Vick still wants to start, might wait out Chip Kelly

  • By Ian Rapoport
  • Updated: Dec. 19, 2012 at 03:22 a.m.

Sources who have spoken to Michael Vick say Vick believes he has another four years left in the NFL and wants to be a starter with whatever team signs him in the event he is released by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Those sources also said Vick would not want to join the New York Jets if Mark Sanchez is still the starter, but would consider signing with the Jets if he were paid more than Sanchez, making it clear that Vick was No. 1 on the depth chart.

Vick hasn't played since being sidelined with a concussion on Nov. 11, as the Eagles have been getting a look at rookie Nick Foles. He said on Monday that he wants to play, even though he understands the decisions the Eagles have to make as well.

"I'm a competitor, and I've always felt like and will continue to feel like I'm one of the best and can play at a high level ... I want to be out there," Vick said, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. "I want to play, but it's just not the ideal situation right now."

Vick's age (he'll be 33 next season), salary (he's due $15.5 million in 2013) and the Eagles' disappointing performance over the last two seasons all point to a likely new team for the former Atlanta Falcon.

Aside from the Jets, Buffalo, Arizona and Cleveland are mentioned as possibilities.

The sources close to Vick said he might wait to see if Oregon coach Chip Kelly decides to take an NFL coaching job in the offseason, adding that Vick has already imagined himself playing in Kelly's fast-paced spread offense.