Vick said "Cincinnati and Buffalo were better options," but he was pushed to the Eagles' organization by NFL advisers such as Tony Dungy and even commissioner Roger Goodell — a revelation sure to open eyes around the league.
The Eagles on Thursday issued a statement about Vick's comments, which also appeared in GQ Magazine.
"I felt it was necessary to put out a statement today clarifying the article in GQ Magazine," the statement said. "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."
Vick was used as a gimmick player in the Wildcat offense and minimal traditional offensive sets and goal-line formations in 2009.
According to Sports Xchange, Vick didn't say why he was steered away from the Bengals and Bills, but he indicates both teams told him he would start. The Bengals started Carson Palmer the past two seasons. The Bills have been searching for stability at the position for years.
Last season, with McNabb dealt to Washington in the offseason, Vick entered the season as the primary backup to Kolb but went on to start 12 games and earn the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award, leading the Eagles to the NFC East title with 30 total touchdowns (nine rushing).
Vick, convicted of dogfighting charges, spent 18 months in federal prison and was released in May 2009.
He has become an advocate for animal safety and has been involved in getting his message out to youth organizations about the risks of, in his words, following the crowd. He also speaks to prisoners in an effort to bring his message of hope and remind them life affords second chances.