- Phil Sheridan, ESPN Staff Writer
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PHILADELPHIA -- If quarterback Nick Foles' first run through the Super Bowl media gauntlet was a welcome-to-the-big-time event, Michael Vick's sounded more like a farewell tour – at least as far as the Philadelphia Eagles are concerned.
Appearing on ESPN Radio with Scott Van Pelt and Ryen Russillo Thursday, Vick was asked directly if he's finished with the Eagles. Vick's contract expires in March.
"I don't know," Vick said. "Right now, I'm just trying to figure out what's the best situation for me. I want to play. And that's the bottom line. I really feel like I have a lot to give. I really understand what the situation is right now. Just got to be real and be cognizant of everything that's going on, but I want to play."
There was an interesting moment when Vick was asked what he'd do if given a choice between being a backup on a team with Super Bowl expectations or being a starter.
"I love the game of football," Vick said. "I think it will always be ingrained in me. If it came down to that, I would have to lean in the direction of playing. That's just being candid and being honest. I want to play. I feel like I've still got a lot of football to give. I can continue to help younger guys and I can make the team better. And that's just being honest. I know I can do that."
Of course, Vick believes he can still be a quarterback capable of making a team a Super Bowl contender. That's the whole point. And any team willing to sign Vick, who turns 34 in June, as its projected starter would be looking to win right away.
"I'm praying that's a possibility," Vick said. "I'm trying to prepare myself each and every day now for that moment. It's a very exciting time for me. I've never been in this position before, where I may have an opportunity to pick where I want to go. If that situation comes about, which it will be, then I'm going to make the most of it. I'm going to work hard, going to train hard and ultimately try to become a difference-maker within somebody's franchise."
Because of Foles' emergence, that is very unlikely to be the Eagles.
"I want to finish strong," Vick said. "That's the only thing that's in my sight now, is to try to finish with a bang. I've still got a lot left in the tank. I still feel good. My body's still in great shape. Unfortunately, the last two years, I‘ve been resting. I played a little bit last year and then I had nine games off. Same thing the year before."
Leave it to Vick to find the positive spin on his tendency to miss time with injuries.