Chip Kelly’s arrival in Philadelphia truly puts the future of the spread-option offense to the test, but that is only one question the former Duck coach brings to the City of Brotherly Love. Prior to Kelly’s arrival, Mike Vick’s Eagle future was seriously in doubt. He earned himself at least another season in Philly after Kelly proclaimed his interest in bringing Vick back to 2010 greatness, and it is impossible to know what we should expect from the 10 year veteran (or 12 years, depending on whether we include penitentiary time).
Firstly, it is impossible to foresee how the Eagles offense will look in 2013. They are using the same spread attack that Kelly used to great success in Oregon, and only time will tell how it transitions to the NFL.
Will Kelly’s NFL attack include less quarterback runs? Will he air the ball out more?
The answers to these questions will shape Vick’s Philadelphia future, but it will also be interesting to see just how much juice Vick has left in the tank. Picturing 2001 Vick in an NFL Chip Kelly offense sounds like a video game fantasy gone wild, but how will a worn down, veteran Vick fare in a run-heavy offense?
Vick recently beat shifty Eagles’ RB LeSean McCoy in a footrace, showed up to camp much bulkier, and has demonstrated the desire to have a great season. Those are all positive signs, but they don’t mean much if they don’t translate onto the field.
Vick’s newfound situation is particularly intriguing because of his up-and-down past. Vick’s NFL career has seen both good and bad moments, and that is without even considering the circus surrounding his dog fighting crimes and incarceration. The earlier part of his career included peaks such as beating the Packers in Lambeau Field, becoming the first QB to rush for 1000 yards in a season, and returning from prison to have a wildly successful 2010 season.
On the flip side, Vick has struggled over the past two seasons and has consistently been an inconsistent passer throughout his career.
It’s easy to be skeptical of a player who has only ever been great for brief stretches, but his flashes of brilliance are what give the Eagles 2013 season such an alluring appeal.
If he finds a way to stay healthy, demonstrate the athleticism that made him a household name, and not make head-scratching decisions on a week-to-week basis, the Eagles could be a surprise contender. Chip Kelly’s offense gives Vick the rare opportunity for a second career resurgence, an opportunity most athletes are not afforded. Vick has the tools to be perfect for Philadelphia’s new offense, but too much of his career has been spent discussing hypotheticals.
We all know that Vick can succeed with the Eagles, but no amount of speculation will tell us how he will play. Either Good Vick or Bad Vick could show up Week 1, and while we know that Bad Vick can make some ugly throws and has a tendency to get hurt, Good Vick’s potential is captivating enough to keep us wondering.
With the draft finished and all of free agency’s biggest and best names off the market, each team’s roster is, more or less, set. Until, of course, training camp. When training camp and the pre season rolls around there are always a series of cuts to every roster; most expected, others not so much. Predicting the obvious cuts won’t be much fun, what with them being obvious and all, and often requires absurd amounts of research as they aren’t generally what I’d consider “household” names. For a look at some of the less likely - yet, still all too possible - names that could be hitting free agency in August, division by division, take a gander down yonder.
Dallas Cowboys, C Phil Costa: While most Cowboys fans were hoping, I’m sure, to see Doug Free’s name come up, you need not worry; he will most likely be cut, just set for June 1st designation. The addition of Travis Frederick via the draft will likely lead to the Cowboys cutting even more dead weight on the offensive line. Seeing as Frederick plays center, his playing time will likely come at the expense of Costa. The Cowboys will save about half a million against the salary cap, which doesn’t sound like much, but when you’re cap situation is as messed as Dallas’ every bit helps.
Philadelphia Eagles, TE Brent Celek: No matter how creative Chip Kelly’s offense is, it’s going to be hard to find a way to get the football to three tight ends. Alas, that is the predicament the Eagles have found themselves in following their offseason additions of James Casey and Zach Ertz. Celek is coming off of a miserable season, and could find himself being the odd man out.
New York Giants, CB Terrell Thomas or Corey Webster: Pick your poison with either of these Giants corners. They are both coming off of miserable seasons. Thomas, of course, missed all of last year due to injury and Webster was just plain awful. There’s more money to be saved (about $300,000) by cutting Thomas, and he’s almost always injured anyways. My money’s on Thomas getting the axe.
Washington Redskins, WR Santana Moss: Santana Moss is coming off a solid bounce back campaign, but it might not have been enough to secure his future with the club. The only reason I’m saying this is because the Redskins have wanted to get Leonard Hankerson more involved in the offense for quite some time now. They could also save $2M against this season’s cap, which could allow them to add a much needed veteran defensive back in training camp, just by cutting Moss.
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Last week we showed you the AFC, and this week we’ll give you a draft ranking of every division in the NFC. First up is the NFC East, which is as competitive as it gets in the NFL, both on the field and during the draft. This division came away with one clear loser and three teams that should be relatively happy with how they did in the draft. This is how we think the teams in this division stack up against one another in the draft:
1. New York Giants – The Giants win this division because they ended up with four players that could have been picked in the first round, which is something that few teams in the NFL can claim following the draft. Offensive lineman Justin Pugh may not have been the obvious first-round pick, but he was a great left tackle in college, and even if he doesn’t make it as a left tackle in the NFL, he’ll be able to start somewhere else on along the offensive line. The defensive line got a big boost in the second and third rounds with Johnathan Hankins and Damontre Moore, two players that could have been picked much earlier and give the front seven an infusion of youth.
The Giants didn’t need a quarterback, but being able to take Ryan Nassib in the fourth round was an opportunity too good to pass up, and if Nassib develops as expected the Giants could trade him in a couple years for something much more than a fourth round pick. On the down side, New York didn’t address their need at linebacker, and they waited until the fifth round to address their need at safety, getting 6’4’’ Cooper Taylor out of Richmond, but they have the most talented class in this division, which puts them at the top of this list and among the top 10 draft classes in the NFL.
2. Philadelphia – Chip Kelly’s teams at Oregon were known for speed, but Kelly’s new team added a lot of size in this draft. Philadelphia’s first pick was offensive tackle Lane Johnson, who’s not just big but athletic as well. The Eagles then added tight end Zach Ertz to give their offense a tall and versatile player. The defensive line is getting a makeover as well, with third round defensive tackle Bennie Logan, as well as Joe Kruger and David King, two defensive ends drafted in the 7th round.
The pick that elevates the Eagle’s draft class considerably is getting quarterback Matt Barkley in the fourth round. Barkley could have been the first overall pick last year, and he still could have been a first or second round pick this year, so the Eagles getting him in the fourth round makes him a valuable pick; plus he’ll factor into the quarterback competition right away. This draft class won’t blow too many people away, but the Eagles did what they needed to do to start reshaping their roster with a new head coach, and they should be satisfied with the players they added to their roster.
3. Washington – The Redskins were held back by not having a first round pick, but they compounded their problems by not using their picks wisely, especially in the later rounds. The one thing Washington did well was addressing the problems in their secondary, which needed a lot of help. The first pick they made was in the second round, where they got cornerback David Amerson, a big corner with first-round talent, but who is far from a sure thing to succeed in the NFL.
Washington also drafted two quality safeties, Phillip Thomas in the fourth round, a potential starter, and Bacarri Rambo, who was a major steal in the 6th round after being an All-American in 2011. The Redskins also added a nice offensive playmaker in the third round with tight end Jordan Reed. However, after having a lot of success with Alfred Morris last season, Washington used two late-round picks on running backs. Chris Thompson and Jawan Jamison are both good backs, but without running back being an area of need those picks could have been used to build up depth elsewhere. In the end, aside from the improvements made to the secondary, the Redskins didn’t do a whole lot to help themselves in this draft, which is why they rank third in the NFC East.
4. Dallas – What the Cowboys were doing the weekend of the draft is a question their fans will be asking for quite some time. First, they completely ignored their needs along the defensive line, which was a position they needed to address at some point, even if it wasn’t early on. Their next problem is that they reached to draft center Travis Frederick is the first round when they could have found a comparable player later in the draft. They also should have used multiple picks on offensive linemen to help protect Tony Romo.
Another problem is that they didn’t draft a safety, which was arguably their biggest need, until the third round, when they could have drafted a difference maker at that position with their first round pick. Those are three huge mistakes made by whoever is calling the shots in Dallas (looking at you Jerry Jones). The Cowboys did give Romo a couple of helpful receivers to throw the ball to in wide receiver Terrance Williams and tight end Gavin Escobar, but the value of those two players pails in comparison to the mistakes made throughout the draft, giving the Cowboys by far the worst draft class in the NFC East and one of the worst in football.
An Associated Press investigation has discovered that hundreds of thousands of protected birds are killed each year by wind farms, but that the deaths have been kept secret and are never prosecuted.
An estimate by the Wildlife Society Bulletin supposes that 573,000 birds are killed by wind farms each year, including 83,000 hunting birds such as hawks, falcons and eagles. Each one of those deaths is a federal crime.
The Obama administration has never prosecuted a wind energy company for killing a bird, Fox News reported. The administration has prosecuted oil companies when birds drown in their waste pits and power companies when birds are killed by their power lines.
The deaths of the rare birds show there are certainly some downsides to using renewable energy. The amount of available wind power has doubled during President Obama’s first term.
"It is the rationale that we have to get off of carbon, we have to get off of fossil fuels, that allows them to justify this," said long-time environmentalist Tom Dougherty. "But at what cost? In this case, the cost is too high."
Some feel that it appears a double standard has been put in place that allows wind power companies off the hook but still holds oil and electric companies accountable.
It doesn’t sound like this issue will be going away anytime soon. Grainger Hunt is an eagle expert who researches the U.S. wind-power industry and the effect that it has had on the eagle population in a northern California area known as Altamont Pass.
“There is nothing in the evolution of eagles that would come near to describing a wind turbine,” Hunt said. “There has never been an opportunity to adapt to that sort of threat.”
If there’s one position in the NFL where it’s common for undrafted free agents to turn into stars, it’s running back. Even with over two-dozen running backs selected, there were still plenty of talented backs left on the board when the draft was over. Here are a few running backs that could become significant contributors in the NFL, despite going undrafted:
Ray Graham – NFL teams were no doubt weary of using a draft pick on an undersized running back with a history of injury like Graham, who tore his ACL during the 2011 season, but before that injury Graham was one of the most talented backs in college football. He wasn’t back to full strength last season, but he should be close by the time he starts training camp with the Texans, who he signed with after the draft. When healthy, Graham is an explosive back with good vision and quickness, but he’s also not afraid to run inside and get physical. He also has good hands that allow him to catch passes out of the backfield and line up in the slot. If his knee holds up, Graham is too talented not to find an NFL team that can use him.
Onterio McCalebb – After running past defenders in the SEC for the past four years and being the fastest player at the NFL combine, it was a surprise to see McCalebb go undrafted. He’ll likely step into the NFL as one of the fastest straight-line runners in the league, which will give him a chance to find a home somewhere and make plays in a variety of places. He signed with Cincinnati, who was looking for running back help heading into the draft, but the Bengals may look to move him around the field, possibly at slot receiver, cornerback, and definitely on special teams. He may not have the size or strength to handle a lot of touches in the NFL on a week-to-week basis, but McCalebb is a player that needs to get the ball in his hands, and when he does, he’ll be able to make an impact and become a player that NFL teams covet.
Miguel Maysonet – Maysonet is a small-school running back, but he has a chance to make a big impact in the NFL. He is a one-cut back that rushed for nearly 2,000 yards at Stony Brook last year. Maysonet isn’t a flashy runner that is going to break loose and take it to the house very often, but he keeps his legs churching and gets the tough yards. Maysonet may be easy to overlook because he comes from the FCS level, but he’s as talented as most major college running backs. He signed with the Eagles and should be a good fit for Chip Kelly’s offense; if not, there are a lot of other teams that would be lucky to have him.
Stefphon Jefferson – Jefferson rushed for over 1,800 yards at Nevada last year, so there’s no reason to think he can’t be a productive NFL runner. He has good vision and is able to run through the line of scrimmage with a great burst once he sees the hole. He may not make a lot of big plays, but he doesn’t make a lot of bad plays either; he’s consistently productive, and at the end of the day that’s going to matter more to NFL teams than pure skills. Jefferson signed with Tennessee, which is a roster he may be able to make as the third running back on the depth chart.
Michael Ford – Ford went undrafted because he got lost in a crowded backfield at LSU last season and wasn’t able to put up impressive stats. The previous season he was LSU’s leading rusher, but still had to split the carries with three other backs. On most other college teams he would have been the feature back and put up the kind of numbers that would have made him a mid-round pick. He has a nice combination of size and speed that we often see in SEC running backs, which will allow him to be a productive runner in the NFL. Ford signed with the Bears, but if they don’t want him, he’s talented enough to catch on with another team and stick around the league for a while.
We’ve spent so much time over the past month examining the quarterbacks in this year’s NFL Draft and criticizing them as a whole for being one of the worst classes of quarterbacks in draft history. Now that the draft is over, let’s take one more look at them, where they were drafted, and what the future may hold for them.
E.J. Manuel, Buffalo – This pick shocked a lot of people on two fronts: first, many assumed the Bills would take Ryan Nassib, and second, most thought Manuel was more of a second or third round pick than a first rounder. Regardless, the new coaching staff in Buffalo believes they have their quarterback of the future.
Manuel appears to fit what Doug Marrone is looking for in a quarterback better than Nassib; Manuel is taller, a better runner, and has enough arm strength to cut through those stiff Buffalo winds (although Nassib has great arm strength as well). With Kevin Kolb and Tarvaris Jackson in the picture, Manuel will have to earn his spot as the starter, so he may not play right away. It may be best to give Manuel a year to develop before becoming the starter, but if the Bills are struggling midseason, Marrone could hand things over to his rookie.
Geno Smith, New York Jets – It was a surprise to see Smith fall to the second round, but he was the second quarterback taken in the draft. Smith’s presence on the Jets roster really complicates things for that franchise, as it’ll be tough to part with Mark Sanchez’s contract. However, Smith should get a fair shot to win the starting job, and if Sanchez, Greg McElroy, and David Garrard are his competitors he’ll have a realistic chance of winning that competition and starting right away. Even if Sanchez retains the starting job, he’ll have Smith breathing down his neck the whole time, which could set up quite a quarterback controversy in New York this fall.
Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay – Glennon was drafted in the third round, which was a little earlier than expected, especially with Matt Barkley and Ryan Nassib still available. The Bucs taking Glennon isn’t exactly a vote of confidence for incumbent Josh Freeman, who’s entering the final year of his contract. Freeman should begin the season as the starter, but if the team struggles they may give Glennon a look to see if he might be a better option for the future than Freeman.
Matt Barkley, Philadelphia – The Eagles moved up in order to take Barkley with the first pick of the fourth round, which is a far cry from where he would have gone last year had he come out. On the surface, this is a curious pick, as Barkley clearly isn’t the kind of runner or athlete we’re accustomed to seeing in Chip Kelly’s offense; however, Barkley is a smart quarterback that can read defenses and get the ball out quickly, which is what Kelly is looking for in a quarterback. Barkley will enter what should be one of the more intriguing quarterback battles in the NFL, as he’ll be competing for the starting job with Michael Vick and Nick Foles. Which player Kelly goes with at quarterback this year is tough to predict, but he clearly has a plan in mind for Barkley’s future in Philadelphia.
Ryan Nassib, New York Giants – The Giants got great value by being able to draft Nassib in the fourth round, after he was a potential first or second round pick. His experience with a variety of offenses in college, his proficiency running a no-huddle offense last year, and all his great intangibles make him the perfect backup quarterback for the Giants. Should any trouble arise with Eli Manning, the Giants will definitely be covered. In the meantime, Nassib has a chance to develop into a quarterback that can become a starter for someone other than the Giants, and a couple years down the road the Giants might be able to trade him and get a lot more than a fourth round pick in return.
Tyler Wilson, Oakland – Wilson is the kind of quarterback that could greatly benefit from a year or two of development, but with the Raiders he may get a chance to play right away. Matt Flynn and Terrelle Pryor don’t inspire a lot of confidence, which could open the door for Wilson, and if nothing else he has a chance to beat out Pryor for the backup job, which could give him a realistic chance to become the starter in a year or two, if not soon. Wilson may be the toughest quarterback in this class, and if he ends up seeing the field this year, he’s going to need that toughness playing behind Oakland’s offensive line.
Landry Jones, Pittsburgh – The Steelers really needed a young quarterback in place to back up Ben Roethlisberger, who is quite vulnerable to injury these days, and Jones is a good candidate to fulfill that role. He was a starter at Oklahoma for nearly four full seasons, so Jones has the kind of experience that NFL teams like in rookie quarterbacks, and that experience will help him if he’s pressed into service this season. Pittsburgh might have to simplify things and scale down the playbook for him if Jones has to sub in for Roethlisberger, but he has the arm strength to make all the throws, and drafting him to be a short-term backup is a good pick in the fourth round.
Brad Sorensen, San Diego – Sorensen was the first of four quarterbacks taken in the seventh round. He didn’t play major college football, but he has NFL size and a cannon of an arm, so he’s worth taking a chance with in the final round of the draft. Phillip Rivers isn’t close to the end of his career, but he may be past his prime, so it doesn’t hurt the Chargers to start acquiring some reinforcements, and Sorensen is a good sleeper pick.
Zac Dysert, Denver – John Elway made a low-risk move by taking Dysert, who received a lot of mixed reviews leading up to the draft. The Broncos drafted Brock Osweiler last year to be Peyton Manning’s backup, but it doesn’t hurt to bring in Dysert to challenge Osweiler for the backup job. If his health holds up, Manning could have a few years left in the tank, so the chance to play in Denver is limited for Dysert, but he’ll get to learn from the best in the business.
B.J. Daniels, San Francisco – This pick probably surprised Daniels as much as anybody. His skill set is fairly similar to Colin Kaepernick, although talent wise the two are obviously worlds apart. He could challenge Colt McCoy as the backup, he could move to wide receiver, or the 49ers could use him to simulate Russell Wilson in practice two weeks a year. With so many draft picks and so many different ways to use Daniels, this pick is pretty sensible on the part of the 49ers.
Sean Renfree, Atlanta – Matt Ryan isn’t going anywhere, but the Falcons aren’t exactly set at the backup quarterback spot, which is where Renfree’s future lies. Renfree has good size as well as the arm strength to make all the throws, and spending his college years with David Cutcliffe should have him well prepared for the NFL. As a backup quarterback, Renfree has some potential, and Atlanta was wise to give him a chance.
If there’s one thing you can count on during the NFL Draft, it’s being surprised, and this year’s draft did not disappoint in that department. Here are the five biggest surprises of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Eddie Lacy was the fourth running back taken – Lacy was thought of as a possible first round pick, especially with the Green Bay Packers picking 26th overall, but Lacy managed to stay on the board until the 29th pick of the second round when Green Bay’s patience paid off for them and they were able to take him anyway. As surprising as it was for Lacy to fall that far, it was even more surprising to see three other running backs come off the board before him. The Bengals had coveted Giovani Bernard all along, but Lacy being passed up by the Steelers and Broncos for Le’Veon Bell and Montee Ball respectively was unexpected.
The Buffalo Bills took E.J. Manuel in the first round and not Ryan Nassib – This pick sent quite a few jaws to the floor. Ever since Doug Marrone became the head coach of the Bills, many speculated, and some even assumed, that Buffalo would draft Nassib after spending his college years with Marrone at Syracuse. But the Bills shocked everybody when they took Manuel 16th overall to be their quarterback of the future. Marrone’s connection to Nassib had many thinking he would be going to the Bills in either the first or second round while Manuel was not thought of by many to be a first rounder. Manuel may actually fit the offensive system Buffalo is going to run better than Nassib, but it was still quite a shock to see Marrone pass up the quarterback he groomed in college for someone else.
Mike Glennon was drafted before both Ryan Nassib and Matt Barkley – With all due respect to Glennon and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, it’s hard to fathom how Glennon was off the board before either Barkley or Nassib. There wasn’t a lot of consensus on the pecking order of quarterbacks in this year’s draft, but most had Barkley and Nassib ahead of Glennon. Surprising as it was to see Barkley and Nassib wait until the fourth round to get selected, it was even more surprising to see Glennon come off the board even earlier in the third round.
Geno Smith dropped to the second round – No one was more surprised (and visibly upset) that Smith left Radio City Music Hall Thursday night without a home than Smith himself. Other than Ryan Nassib possibly going to the Bills, it was assumed that Smith would be the first quarterback drafted and that he would go somewhere in the first round. In the end, there just weren’t enough teams willing to use a first round pick on a quarterback considering how weak this year’s class was at that position, although once the second round started Smith didn’t have to wait too long to hear his name.
Tyler Bray went undrafted – It’s unusual for the most talented quarterback in a class to go undrafted, but then again this was an unusual class of quarterbacks. It’s no surprise why Bray went undrafted; despite his great talent he has some character issues, isn’t known for having a great work ethic, and lacks leadership, as well as several other essential intangibles for the quarterback position. However, it was still surprising to see none of the 32 teams take a chance on drafting Bray, while quarterbacks like Sean Renfree and B.J. Daniels were selected.
Free agency has just begun, and teams are nowhere near done. Many of the big names like Greg Jennings, Wes Welker, Cliff Avril, Aqib Talib, etc. etc. are still available. That being said to this point there have been some winners and losers. A little early to grade offseason moves, especially without even a single game to judge their merits on, so the declared winners and losers are all written in pencil. No.2 pencil’s to be exact. Check back a week later for an upgraded winners column, but for now here’s who I see coming out on top.
Kansas City Chiefs
He may not have come in free agency, but getting Alex Smith was a great start. They followed that up by signing Bowe long term and placing the franchise tag on Branden Albert. After keeping some of their best players in town, they went out and made some great depth moves. They signed Dunta Robinson last friday, and when free agency started they snagged Chase Daniels, Anthony Fasano and Mike DeVito. Nothing too flashy, but great depth moves.
The Bears made arguably their best move before free agency started by placing the franchise tag on Henry Melton. After doing what they could to keep their amazing defense in tact, they quickly moved on to their more pressing needs on offense. Getting a good tight end in Martellus Bennett and a Pro Bowl tackle in Jermon Bushrod. The signing of Bennett must have Cutler grinning from ear to ear right now. Not only does he now have a tight end capable of catching, but Bennett is also a great blocker. Next up, signing Brian Urlacher.
Their top priority to this point has been protecting their budding star quarterback Andrew Luck. They signed one of the better tackles on the market in Gosder Cherilus and added former Patriots guard Donald Thomas. On the defensive side of the ball they signed one of the more underrated cornerbacks in the game in Greg Toler. Something tells me they’re just getting started too.
The Dolphins kicked off free agency by throwing money at players like a drunken sailor. They signed arguably the best player on the market - no matter what position - with the addition of Mike Wallace, and replaced Karlos Dansby with former Ravens linebacker Dannell Ellerbe. They continued their defensive makeover by adding Philip Wheeler. The Fins also re-signed Chris Clemons. Just imagine if they were able to sign Jared Cook too, as they had hoped to. All of a sudden Ryan Tannehill’s not so short on passing options.
They aren’t the sexiest picks in free agency, but they’re the kind of underappreciated guys that go a long way in winning. The Eagles signed NT Isaac Sopoaga, FB/TE James Casey, CB Bradley Fletcher, LB Jason Phillips and S Patrick Chung. Chung is the best pick up of the group, as this team needs a serious makeover at safety. Their best move though came not with an addition, but a subtraction. The Eagles finally released Nnamdi Asomugha after he refused to take a pay cut. This move will save the Eagles roughly $11M against the cap, and could prompt further spending.
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Talk about something everyone knew was coming. The odds of the Philadelphia Eagles keeping Nnamdi Asomugha and his $15 million salary were roughly the same as the odds of the team keeping Michael Vick. Oh, wait, nevermind.
But yeah, the Eagles have released Nnamdi. He is getting $4 million from the Eagles this year regardless, so there was no way they would have kept him with a salary re-negotiation. They’d essentially have to pay him $4 million more than market value and that wasn’t happening for a player with declining skills and questionable desire to play the game anymore.
General manager Howie Roseman released a statement to make it sound like they’ve been wrestling with this decision for a long time. Which, umm, they haven’t.
“Coach Kelly and I each had a chance to speak with Nnamdi earlier and he took the news with a lot of class,” Roseman said. “We expected nothing less than that from him. He has been a true pro on and off the field for this organization and our community and we wish him all the best as he continues his NFL career. We spoke to his representatives at the Combine about his future status with the team and wanted to take time to analyze and make a decision. In the end, coach and I both felt we needed to move in a different direction at the cornerback position for 2013 and beyond.”
Nnamdi is now free to pursue a life of religious fulfillment.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has canceled his highly-anticipated book-signing tour because of death threats he received over the past few days.
Vick was scheduled to appear at various Barnes & Noble stores in New Jersey, Atlanta and Pennsylvania this week; however, in light of threats made against his life, the 32-year-old opted to officially skip the Pennsylvania signing, and will soon announce that he is scrapping the rest as well.
According to the Associates Press, the threats indicated that store employees would be harmed if Vick made his scheduled stops.
Vick famously served 18 months in federal prison for running a dogfighting ring. He reportedly financially sponsored the endeavor and personally participated in the proceedings.
Byron Williamson, president of Worthy Publishing, told Phillymag.com that "we cannot knowingly put anyone in harm's way, and therefore we must announce the cancellation of Mr. Vick's book-signing appearances."
After being released from prison, Vick worked with numerous organizations in an effort to speak out against animal cruelty and the dangers of dogfighting.