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Report: Eagles will franchise tag Vick

Posted on: January 30, 2011 2:07 pm
 
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It sounds like the Eagles know where they want their offense to go next season, and it sounds like they know who they want to lead them there.

Not surprisingly, that’d be QB Michael Vick. And to wrap him up for another season without having to commit a long-term contract to him, the Eagles will place the franchise tag on Vick, according to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Vick, of course, was amazing for much of the season, supplanting Kevin Kolb as the official Donovan McNabb replacement and then leaving Kolb in a sticky situation (probably half the teams would use him as a starting quarterback, and unfortunately for him, the Eagles are not one of those teams).

But Schefter also writes Philadelphia will look to deal Kolb – who’s slated to make $1.4 million next year but also desperately wants to start. Considering the amount of interest Kolb should draw from other clubs, look for him not to be in an Eagles uniform next season.

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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 30, 2011 11:23 pm
 

Report: Eagles will franchise tag Vick

Big mistake! They need to trade Vick while his value is at its highest. Kolb is the better west coast offense qb and given time will be the better qb for the Eagles in the long run. Sure Vick will give you some highlight reel games but the Eagles will never win anything with him.  The Eagles have a lot of holes to fill and franchising Vick isnt going to fill any of them.  

First of all, you can't trade a player if he's not signed to a contract. And if they couldn't or wouldn't sign him to a long term deal, franchising him was their only option.  Actually, there was one other option... and that's do nothing.  But that would've been the dumbest move of the decade.  At least 4 or 5 teams would have lined up and started a bidding war for Vick...

And if you think they can't win anything with Vick, who do you suggest they start at qb they can win anything with?  You couldn't be thinking kolb is the man to lead the way, because if you are that's laughable beyond belief.  Who else?  A mid to late round first round draft pick?

Michael Vick started 12 games this year and looked fantastic overall.  He can still run like hell and had a qb rating of just over 100... awesome.  He's BY FAR the best qb that would have been available this off season if they wouldn't have franchised him.... and if anybody else would have been available that's better, they would have demanded a lot more then a 1 year deal for just under 20 million dollars.

But I just wasted my time... you're a pittsburgh fan... you don't know much....

Enjoy your beating this Sunday by the Packers... should be fun to watch.



Since: Nov 27, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2011 11:19 pm
 

Report: Eagles will franchise tag Vick

I agree with all-pgh.  This is something the Eagles whould really think out.  We all know Vick is a tremendous athlete.  He "will" definitely produce some highlight reel type plays.  If everyone remembers, we just spents the past 8+ seasons with someone who did the same thing.  That QB did not get us a championship.  Here's some food for thought:

Vick showed that he struggled as the season went on.  During the last 4 games his QB rating dropped from 105 to 84.  He threw 5 interceptions as opposed to 2.  He also began to make questionable decisions in the pocket and fumbled the ball when scrambling out of the pocket.

I know, I know....the offense line was a bunch of turnstiles.  Agreed. BUT.....

Vicks career passer rating is only 81.  He never threw for more than 3,000 yards.  His TD-Turnover ratio is 93-88.  His top completion percentage is 56 % and the most TD's he's ever run for are 8.  These stats are not including this season.  Average at best.

Kolb is better long term decision.  Vick "may" be the better short term decision.  Teams figured him out as the season went on.  Teams figured him out before he went to jail.  The Eagles shut him down in the playoffs with ease.  Plus, he will 31 next year and his durability is suspect.

Maybe Vick will get traded and the Eagles will move on with Kevin Kolb, a revamped O-Line and an offensive game plan that uses Shady McCoy (the guy only picks up 6-7 yards a carry--lol). 





Since: Aug 4, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2011 10:56 pm
 

Report: Eagles will franchise tag Vick

In a related story, he will also be microchipped and if he does not perform to standards, will be euthanized by whatever means necessary.



Since: Apr 27, 2009
Posted on: January 30, 2011 10:16 pm
 

Report: Eagles will franchise tag Vick

Big mistake! They need to trade Vick while his value is at its highest. Kolb is the better west coast offense qb and given time will be the better qb for the Eagles in the long run. Sure Vick will give you some highlight reel games but the Eagles will never win anything with him.  The Eagles have a lot of holes to fill and franchising Vick isnt going to fill any of them.  



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 30, 2011 9:35 pm
 

Report: Eagles will franchise tag Vick

if he can 80% of the player he was this season, he should be able to lock up a 3 year deal that should net him around $20-$25 million. 
If Vick plays the entire season and leads the Eagles to the playoffs again with a qb rating of 100, he's going to net a whole lot more then 20 or 25 million dollars.  He'll get most of what you suggested as a signing bonus alone...



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 30, 2011 9:31 pm
 

Report: Eagles will franchise tag Vick

As for Kolb, I don't blame im for wanting out.
I don't blame him either, but I doubt he's going anywhere anytime soon.  Why? Because the Eagles already paid out 80 percent of his 2 year deal with peanuts left to pay next season.  He got a 10 million dollar signing bonus and I believe the contract was for around 13 million dollars.

The Eagles aren't in the business to make Kolb happy.  The Eagles aren't in the business to bail out another team in need of a qb.  For another team to acquire Kolb at such a cheap salary it's going to cost them a lot more then Kolb's worth.....

Kolb has no bargaining power at all...  he can't even sit out and demand a trade because he could be forced to pay back as much as half of that signing bonus.  Remember, it wasn't a roster bonus.... players can get roster bonuses and pay nothing back.... signing bonuses are a different story.  A player is required to play out his contract if getting all of that up front money...

The ball is in the Eagles hands.... not Kolbs.. and not in any other team's hands that needs a qb....



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 30, 2011 9:26 pm
 

Report: Eagles will franchise tag Vick

Next year will be his last year as an Eagle. I'm sure he's pizzed that they tagged him. They will have lost Kolb by then and will have no QB. LMAO @ Philly.
Vick said over a month ago he would be DELIGHTED if the Eagles franchise him.  Why wouldn't he be?  He'll get almost 20 million dollars and completely pay off the rest of his creditors as per his bankruptcy agreement. 

He'll have a great year, he'll stay relatively healthy as he has his entire career and he'll make a fortune in his next contract..... 

What's there to be "pizzed" about?



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 30, 2011 9:24 pm
 

Report: Eagles will franchise tag Vick

Andy is at it again. Sure put the tag on Vick and hope he can finish the season. You see what other teams did to him at the end of the season. Guess what, They will start out the season the same way. If he doesn't get the protection and learn how to pick up the blitz, it could be a short season for him.
What are you talking about?  In the last 3 years before Michael Vick went to jail playing in Atlanta he missed a total of something like 2 games, didn't he?  Atlanta had a DISGUSTING oline when he was there.  They didn't have a probowl running back or the all world tight end they got after he left.  They revamped literally their entire oline before Matt Ryan took a snap... yet Vick stayed healthy.

And this year, his first chance to start in a long time he stayed healthy.. he was just fine.  He started 12 games and wasn't injured in all of the other 4 he missed... he wasn't injured in week 17.... that was crap.  They wanted to rest him for the playoffs and created a good excuse so the league wouldn't go after them for not fielding their best team.

Yes, the Eagles have to improve their oline.. and you wait, they will.   Vick will have a huge year and sometime before it ends the Eagles will give him that huge extension...

Along the way, haters will be haters and jealous fans will be jealous fans.....   in the end, Vick will once again be a very rich man and a prominent figure in the NFL.... as he was for so many years... like it or not. 



Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2011 9:09 pm
 

Report: Eagles will franchise tag Vick

The Miami Dolphins would gladly trade for Kevin Kolb if Coach Reid wants to deal. Chad Henne has been a major disappointment since given the starting role at QB. You look around the league and you can easily name a dozen teams that desperately need a quality quarterback. That's one of the reasons that Peyton Manning is soon to break the bank with a record contract. Good quartebacks are extremely rare in the present.

A great quarteback makes an average team really good or even great. Where would the Dolphins be right now if they chose to sign Drew Brees when he was a free agent instead of signing Daunte Culpepper? What about  drafting Matt Ryan instead of Jake Long? There is no guarantees in the NFL, but one thing is for sure, without a legitimate quarteback under center, you are not going to make the playoffs.
For every 10 quarterbacks drafted, maybe one will contribute in the NFL. There's 100 Ryan Leif's for every Peyton Manning.

It used to be that a team with a strong defense could make up for a substandard quarterback. Trent Dilfer is the posterchild for that by winning a ring with the Ravens back in the 2000 season. It will be hard for there to be another Dilfer. The NFL Rules Committee has since orchestrated a set of rules designed to help the able quarterback and stifle the defensive backs tryning to the defend him. You get 15 yards penalized for just sneezing on a QB. So, it's now a league driven by that position. Matthew Stafford became an instant multi-millionaire when he inked the richest (so far) contract for an NFL rookie in pro football history. Injuries aside, I bet the Lions are happy with that investment.

Now, if Vick, as well as Andy Reid, can adjust to the way that his offense is being defended, and Vick can eliminate most of the direct hits he's getting, the Eagles will continue to thrive on offense. I saw to many 7-step drops and deep routes. How about some crossing routes underneath to counter the heavy blitzing?

To Reid and Eagles front office, Mike Vick is money in the bank and Kevin Kolb is a risky investment. I don't agree with letting Kolb go, but if it means he'll go to the Dolphins, I'm all for it. Chad Henne has been coached not to lose games, when other young quartebacks like Matt Ryan and Mark Sanchez have been coached on how to win games. Henne has no confidense left and the Fins should eventually move towards another starting QB. Let's give Kolb a try.



Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: January 30, 2011 8:09 pm
 

Report: Eagles will franchise tag Vick

Andy is at it again. Sure put the tag on Vick and hope he can finish the season. You see what other teams did to him at the end of the season. Guess what, They will start out the season the same way. If he doesn't get the protection and learn how to pick up the blitz, it could be a short season for him. Besides this they took away the long ball shots down field and in five losses D Jack was held to 2 receptions and no TD's in three of those games. ALL I CAN SAY IS ANDY BETTER PICK UP A GOOD BACK UP QB. Don't forget Andy in the last 3 years always opens up with some part of the team missing. NO KICK OFF OR PUNT RETURNER-NO SAFTEY OR CB(rookies) SUSPECT OFFENSIVE LINE. My last line is 2 years in a row ONE AND DONE.


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