With a firestorm of controversy swirling over a magazine article in which Michael Vick was portrayed as having said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell urged him to sign with Philadelphia instead of Buffalo or Cincinnati, Vick has issued a statement through the Eagles' public relations office clarifying the matter.
Per the statement:
“I felt it was necessary to put out a statement today clarifying the article in GQ Magazine. I did speak with many people, but the decision to sign in Philadelphia was based on my discussions with my agent, my family and with Coach Reid. And after those discussions, it became clear to me that this was the place I wanted to play and resume my NFL career. The Commissioner never told me to sign or not sign with particular teams. Again, I want to make it perfectly clear that this was a decision I made and, as I have said numerous times before, I’m very happy with the way it has worked out for me and my family.”