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Michael Vick has agreed to a restructured contract to remain with the Philadelphia Eagles but will have to fight to keep his starting quarterback job, the NFL club announced on Monday.
The deal, reportedly for only the 2013 season, will give Vick a chance to show new Eagles coach Chip Kelly what he can do with a team that struggled to a 4-12 record last season, but with rival Nick Foles also in the talent mix.
Foles replaced Vick as the starter late last season after Vick was sidelined by a concussion.
Vick has played for the Eagles for the past four seasons since serving a prison term for his role in a dogfight gambling ring, making 35 starts for the club that took a chance on the former Atlanta Falcons star.
With the Eagles, Vick has completed 60.2 percent of his passes for 51 touchdowns and 30 interceptions as well as running for 1,597 yards over the past three seasons. But Vick, 32, also fumbled 12 times.
"I've followed Michael's career and I understand what a talent he is," Kelly said. "Our sole focus and goal is that we're going to put an offense on the field that's going to score points. Whoever that is, I don't know. There's nobody ruled in. There's nobody ruled out."
Foles, 24, completed 60.8 percent of his passes for six touchdowns and five interceptions but is more of a typical dropback passer than the run-pass threat Vick offers.