Eagles reaching out to animal welfare groups

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Eagles owner Jeff Lurie, a noted animal lover, vowed that the signing of Michael Vick would eventually be a positive thing for the community. On Monday, the Eagles unveiled a new program called TAWK, which stands for Treating Animals With Kindness.

The Eagles awarded three grants of $50,000 each to three animal welfare groups, including the Humane Society of the United States. To most of us, it seems odd that treating animals with kindness is something that needs to be taught. But as Vick's conviction for running a dogfighting ring showed, there are still folks who need to be educated on how to treat animals.

I've been pretty skeptical about the Eagles' motives in signing Vick, but it's good to see that they are following up on some of their promises. I'll be interested to see if the Eagles continue down this path when Vick is gone, which will be sooner than a lot of people think. If Vick can perform reasonably well during his limited time on the field this season, he'll be starting for another team in 2010 -- at least in my opinion.