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Report: Vick signs 6-year, $100 million deal

Posted on: August 29, 2011 8:06 pm
Edited on: August 29, 2011 8:51 pm
 
Vick

Posted by Josh Katzowitz


Michael Vick: take your place alongside Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. Not so much for the consistency you've provided or for the championships you've won. But for the amount of money you make.

The National Football Post's Andrew Brandt is reporting that Vick and the Eagles have agreed to a six-year, $100 million contract, and ESPN's Adam Schefter writes that the deal includes about $40 million of guaranteed money.

Vick's Second Life
His deal, if you look at it from an average salary per year aspect, is less than Manning (five years, $90 million, $54.5 million guaranteed), but it’s comparable to Brady (five years, $78.5 million, $48.5 million guaranteed).* At the very least, it’s in that same stratosphere.

*To contrast, Kevin Kolb, who was ejected from Philadelphia by Vick, went to the Cardinals and got a $63 million deal with a $20 million guarantee.

Which is amazing considering where Vick was at this time two years ago: in prison for dog fighting and with a future that was extremely uncertain.

Now, as CBSSports.com’s Mike Freeman writes, Vick is that much closer to redemption. But it’s also a somewhat-curious decision by the Eagles, aside from the report that the new deal lowered Vick’s cap number by about $2 million (Vick had been playing under the franchise tag).

Obviously, Vick’s talent level and athleticism are second to none, but you have to wonder about two aspects of his game: 1) Is he brittle? Last year, he showed that, yes, he is injury-prone when he decides to tuck the ball and run. Vick has a tough time playing the way a quarterback should play when he’s scrambling (namely, sliding feet-first and getting the hell out of danger at the first sign of it). That's a concern. 2) Vick's detractors point to his trouble in reading NFL defenses. Which is not what you want to see if you're paying $100 million to your quarterback.

I guess the big question is whether Vick was worth this kind of money. At this point, it’s impossible to know, but if I had to guess, I’d lean toward "probably not." Remember, the Falcons gave Vick a $100 million deal in an earlier life. It didn’t work out so well for them. Vick's a different person now, but he's older too. One year of playing football in his post-prison life might not be enough to know whether Vick deserves this much money.

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Comments

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2011 9:38 pm
 

Report: Vick signs 6-year, $100 million deal

As soon as he gets his money the big slide will begin.  Best thing that could happen for the rest of the NFC East.
 



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2011 9:34 pm
 

Report: Vick signs 6-year, $100 million deal

Like Emmitt Smith says "Zebras can`t change their spots"   Has Vick changed?  I doubt it..but you have to play the game off the field. Vick has finally learned that.

Vick is fun to watch..and very dynamic.  Not sure with his style that he will ever last as he ages.



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2011 9:25 pm
 

Report: Vick signs 6-year, $100 million deal

Wow some of you really have blinders on. Vick was not let back in the NFL because the league believes in 2nd chances. He is one of the most marketable QB's ever.  This means alot of dollars for them.  The Eagles do not need Super Bowl wins to support this investment.  Vick will make them plenty of money over the next few years injured or not.  This has little to do with Vick turning his life around.  It is all about money!!  Love him or hate him (really there seems to be no in between with Vick) he is a cash cow for Philly and the NFL!!



Since: Feb 12, 2008
Posted on: August 29, 2011 9:24 pm
 

Report: Vick signs 6-year, $100 million deal

Wow. Just wow. Love him or hate him, this is just an amazing human story. He lost $100M because of his stupid and illegal behavior. By most accounts he's changed (moreso since someone was shot at his birthday party last summer). Now he's back on top having made the best of his 2nd chance. If this was fiction, no one would believe it.

In my opinion there are only a handful of guys in the history of the game that are worth that kind of coin, most of them are in the Hall of Fame (not the Hall of Shame).  I can't say that I love or hate Vick, the only man I love is my father and the only man I hate I've yet to meet.  Nevertheless, I agree it would make a good made for TV special but  an "amazing" story, I don't think so , more like pathetic.  Pathetic that a guy with all of the God given talent would throw it away and pathetic that a team would give it all back without doing anything to deserve it.  It's no wonder this country is going down the toilet.



Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2011 9:23 pm
 

Report: Vick signs 6-year, $100 million deal

LOL, average or below average? He had a 100+ QB rating and rushed for over 600 yards. If that is average, I honestly wonder what a star QB is supposed to be to you. I don't even like Vick, but comments like this are just silly, it's obvious people want to hate him for no good reason.



Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2011 9:15 pm
 

Report: Vick signs 6-year, $100 million deal

With this kind of money Vick can start a new dog fighting establishment.



Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2011 9:14 pm
 

Report: Vick signs 6-year, $100 million deal

All I can say is I am stunned. Has Philly lost its mind? They are paying way to much for a 31 year old QB that really has not shown that much. Yeah true he looked good in a few games last year but for the most part he was average or below average.  If they were ging to pay and old QB they shoulda kept McNabb around. Giving Vick a bunch of meny is a huge mistake, he will be in all kinds of trouble real quick.



Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: August 29, 2011 9:14 pm
 

Report: Vick signs 6-year, $100 million deal

Deals like this are why the Eagles don't win Super Bowls.



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2011 9:12 pm
 

Report: Vick signs 6-year, $100 million deal

Wow. Just wow. Love him or hate him, this is just an amazing human story. He lost $100M because of his stupid and illegal behavior. By most accounts he's changed (moreso since someone was shot at his birthday party last summer). Now he's back on top having made the best of his 2nd chance. If this was fiction, no one would believe it.



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2011 9:12 pm
 

Report: Vick signs 6-year, $100 million deal

Vick took Philly to the NFC title game in '10, started at QB in the Pro Bowl and earned AP Comeback Player of the Year honors. (US Presswire
He did? Wonder if Philly mgt. believed this headline when they gave out this contract. This sounds like a really dumb deal, the guy is over 30 and perhaps fragile and only had a hot streak of 4 or 5 games. $40 million guaranteed is A'LOT to give.


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