The Over/Under on How Many Starts Vick Makes in 2013 Will Surprise You

The Over/Under on How Many Starts Vick Makes in 2013 Will Surprise You

Some people believe Michael Vick is a very good to great NFL quarterback, some think he’s an overrated, inconsistent, and flawed player. Wherever you happen to fall on that spectrum, there’s one aspect to Vick’s game almost everyone can agree on: he’s injury prone.

Vick is the Eagles’ starting quarterback for now, but even if he continues to play at a high level, folks in the Delaware Valley seem resigned to the fact that he will get injured at some point. It can be a little misleading to say because there are some variables, but it’s also a fact Vick has appeared in 16 games only once during his 10-year career.

We’ve tended to think about it in terms of why it’s good to have Nick Foles around and when the 24 year old will get his opportunity to play, but naturally Vegas has a different spin. What’s the over/under on the number of games Vick will start this year? The line from Bovada.lv might be a bit startling.

Michael Vick - Total games started in the 2013 Regular Season   

Over/Under                               13½

Vick only needs to miss three starts this season to fall under that mark. To put that in perspective, he’s missed at least that many all three years he’s been the starter in Philadelphia.

In 2010, Vick missed two games with a rib injury, then was held out of a meaningless final game with a deep thigh bruise. In 2011, he missed three games due to the ribs again. Last season he wasn’t cleared to return from a concussion until five contests had gone by, then Andy Reid stuck decided to stick with Foles.

The possibility that Foles could take over and play well enough not to get bounced out of the lineup upon Vick’s recovery has to play into this line as well.

Of course, while Vick has been particularly injury prone during his time with the Eagles, he would have reached the over most of his years in Atlanta. Only once out of five years as the Falcons’ starter did he miss more than one game in a single season, indicating the angle has been played up a bit.

That said, Vick’s style at times can be reckless, and he often takes unnecessary hits from holding on to the ball too long, so it’s no wonder everyone expects him to get hurt. I think when you add the point that Foles has looked good too and might have a chance to seize the job if he can get in there for a game or two, you almost have to go with the under here.

Jahlil Okafor trade watch: Bulls reportedly unwilling to trade first-round pick

Jahlil Okafor trade watch: Bulls reportedly unwilling to trade first-round pick

With the NBA trade deadline nearly upon us — 3 p.m. Thursday — here is the latest on Jahlil Okafor. (We'll update this with news on Okafor throughout the afternoon.)

• The Bulls are still pushing to acquire Okafor, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

Chicago has been one of the rumored destinations for weeks — in fact, the Bulls were reported as a suitor for Okafor before the Pelicans, Blazers and Pacers.

• What's the hold-up? According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, the Bulls "have shown no inclination to this point of including" their first-round pick, along with a player, which is what the Sixers have been seeking for Okafor.

Johnson notes that forward Nikola Mirotic is available. Mirotic, 26, is a restricted free agent after the season. With Ersan Ilyasova traded to Atlanta Wednesday night, perhaps the Sixers could look at Mirotic as a backup four to Dario Saric. 

Mirotic's value is in his outside shooting — he's a 6-foot-10 forward who made 39 percent of his threes last season. But his numbers have dipped across the board this season and he's shooting just 38 percent from the field and 30 percent from three.

• According to ESPN's Marc Stein, Okafor's preferred landing spot is Chicago, his hometown.

• Obviously, it's not up to Jah — the Sixers will go with whichever offer is best.

Eagles wise to bring Jason Peters back, even with full salary

Eagles wise to bring Jason Peters back, even with full salary

This isn't a big surprise, but Jason Peters will be back with the Eagles — big salary and all — for the 2017 season.

While the Eagles approached the veteran left tackle about his contract in January, Peters has not restructured his deal, according to a league source. 

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport on Thursday morning reported that Peters will be back next season on his normal contract. 

Yes, Peters is expensive in 2017. His base salary after hitting another Pro Bowl escalator written into his contract is up to $10.45 million for next season (plus a $250K workout bonus), which comes with a big cap hit of $11.7 million. That cap hit is the highest on the team, but not outlandish for a high-caliber left tackle. 

The Eagles could have very well cut Peters and moved on. It would have saved them significant cap space to use elsewhere. They just wouldn't have found any player more valuable to pay with that money. 

Peters, 35, is still their best option to protect Carson Wentz's blind side. He made his ninth Pro Bowl in 2016 after playing all 16 games. The team hasn't been shy about wanting him back and Peters toward the end of the season said he wanted to return for another year. 

"We certainly want to have him back," Eagles vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said of Peters in early January.

“I love him. I want him on the team,” head coach Doug Pederson said with two games remaining this past season. “I don’t want him to go anywhere."

With Peters back, it means Lane Johnson's eventual trip to left tackle will be held off for another year. Eventually, he'll take over that spot … just not right now. 

During the season, Peters opened up about his future, saying he hopes Wentz can be the guy who finally gets him a Super Bowl ring (see story).