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Vick says he wants to play for the Panthers

Though Eagles quarterback Mike Vick has been trying his best to say all the right things regarding his destination for the 2010 season -- even if it means staying put in Philly -- Vick recently slipped off message during an interview with an Atlanta radio station.

Asked where he’d like to play, Vick made a choice.

“If I could play for any team in the league, it would probably be two teams, but if I had to pick one, it would probably be the Carolina Panthers,” Vick said, via Charles Chandler of the Charlotte Observer.

(Vick never identifies the other team.)

The reasons? “Well, you know, it’s close to home,” Vick said. “I like the uniforms. You get to play against Atlanta twice a year. Ain’t nothing better than playing against your former team, right? So, yeah, that would be a good look, it would be a good look.”

Vick also applied a “C” to his performance with the Eagles in 2009, and that’s still a letter grade or two higher than the performance generated by Panthers starter Jake Delhomme.

Earlier in the segment, Vick said it was hard “as the season went on” to take a back seat to Donovan McNabb.

“I think and know I can make certain things happen,” Vick said. “There ain’t nothin’ like havin’ your own team. . . . Because you dictate everything. So, yeah, it was hard.”

As to the future, he says he’s still waiting for find out his future in Philly, and that he still wants to be a starter.

Vick is due to receive a $1.5 million roster bonus on the fifth day of the 2010 league year, and there have been widespread reports that the Eagles will pay the money, apparently because they’re not happy with the trade offers that have been received to date for Vick. But if they hope to get draft-pick compensation aimed at helping the team in 2010, the Eagles need to move him before April 22.