Eagles retain Vick, for now
FROM WIRE SERVICES
As expected, the Philadelphia Eagles took advantage of a provision in Michael Vick's contract and did not release the quarterback before a Wednesday deadline that guarantees him $3 million, sources close to the situation said.
The clause permits the Eagles to keep Vick on the roster until the start of free agency starts on March 12 without having to pay the guaranteed figure as long as another team picks him up or pays him more than $3 million.
The provision buys new coach Chip Kelly some time before he has to make a decision on the 32-year-old quarterback.
The Eagles are not expected to bring Vick back at the $15.5 million salary in his contract. It is unclear if either side would be willing to renegotiate. Vick will have suitors if the Eagles release him. The Birds also have Nick Foles under contract.
Also, the Eagles have signed defensive end/linebacker Chris McCoy to a three-year contract and released tackle Demetress Bell.
McCoy had five sacks in two seasons in the CFL with Calgary. McCoy was originally drafted by Miami in the seventh round in 2010. He spent his rookie season on the practice squads of the Dolphins, Seahawks and Texans. McCoy signed with Pittsburgh during the 2011 offseason, but was released before the season opener.