The Eagles have to decide whether they can afford to trade a quarterback - presumably A.j. Feeley - before Michael Vick becomes eligible to play. They might gamble with two eligible QBs. Or, they could trade Feeley and assume that twice-cut Adam DiMichele isn't doing anything he wouldn't mind giving up for a few weeks, to make an NFL salary.
"I think Michael wants to play as soon as he can. On the other hand, I think he thinks this is fair, and probably in the range that was expected," Banner said. "We appreciate the commissioner's thoughtfulness. We think this is a good outcome, and we look forward to having him."
Vick, however, said he was "surprised" to not be eligible for the first two games, though he also said that he would have supported an even longer suspension, had one been ordered. He said being able to practice during the suspension would be "very important" to him - so put Vick down as opposing the exempt list option.