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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: Feb 12, 2008
Posted on: August 29, 2011 9:10 pm
 

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

Vick is worth every penny of this deal. He will prove people wrong again this year with another great performance. He is a top-tier player and a gamechanger. He did his time and came back strong, and better than anyone thought he would.



Wow, to think doing time for killing dogs and having an average season by Manning and Brady standards was worthy of $100 million contract. I thought that was reserved for QBs that have actually won something and can stay healthy for an entire season.  Has Vick ever acommplished any of those (except being thrown in prison) at any point in his football career?

As a Skins fan it will be fun to watch Professor Lurie and The Skipper Reid aboard the SS Vick shipwrecked and stranded on Eagles' Island for years to come. 



Since: Apr 1, 2009
Posted on: August 29, 2011 9:05 pm
 

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

    Phillypower: its not about forgivenees, giving a redeemed man a second chance, they gave him a second chance last year! Giving Vick this kind of money for really only one year of starting.. is insane! They could have done this deal next year no matter how well he plays this year. If he plays poorly this year.. then what?

    I'm a fan of the only real team in Pennsylvania, and I must concurr with the majority (I think), I like Vick. He seems to be still getting better, which you would hope from someone who hasn't won anything. However, paying the man before he asks, or deserves it is beyond dumb, its mindboggling!

    You call your owner a genius, or smart? Talk to me in two years, or even next year, and we'll see if you still feel the same way.




Since: May 26, 2008
Posted on: August 29, 2011 9:00 pm
 

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

Desean Jackson has to be pissed! All this money flying around and none flying his way.



Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: August 29, 2011 8:58 pm
 

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

As decent as Rivers has had in the last five years.  How dissapointing to be a charger fan and have great regular seasons and choke in the playoffs.  How many games has Vick missed from injury, just a handful.




Since: Aug 29, 2010
Posted on: August 29, 2011 8:57 pm
 

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

Vick is worth every penny of this deal. He will prove people wrong again this year with another great performance. He is a top-tier player and a gamechanger. He did his time and came back strong, and better than anyone thought he would.



Since: Oct 16, 2009
Posted on: August 29, 2011 8:57 pm
 

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

Yes, Ryan has taken them far.... Does your city win anything? Braves 14 division titles. ONE WS...nice !!

Go to Buckhead, have a beer and start to cry in it now.....



Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: August 29, 2011 8:55 pm
 

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

hahahahahahahaha! This crappy GM should be fired NOW!



Since: Aug 29, 2011
Posted on: August 29, 2011 8:54 pm
 

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

Why do you care how much money he is getting or what he did to deserve it? Are you the gm/owner of the eagles?? And as for Goodell letting him into the league again, he did it because of the all the extracuricular stuff Vick did and said he was going to do in order to get reinstated. And just to refresh your memory on you having no idea about the excon dogfighter. Um hes not the only one who does this. In the south its almost like a religion, but no one talks about it because its illegal. Watch the movie bloodsport with van damme and its the same prinicpal of what happens except its with dogs. And yeah its a movie, but if you think that events like that do not happen with adults underground then your blind.




Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: August 29, 2011 8:54 pm
 

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

Wow, Vick really hit the jackpot with this one.  (And the Eagles really went off the deep end.)  What are the chances that Vick will remain healthy, given his style of play at quarterback?  This contract extension is a giant gamble for Philadelphia.

Can Michael Vick achieve the same level of success as Peyton Manning or Tom Brady?  Though his athleticism and competitiveness are undeniable, it remains to be seen how well taht will translate into success.  One thing's for sure, though:  A guy can buy a lot of dogs with $40M...





Since: Feb 14, 2009
Posted on: August 29, 2011 8:52 pm
 

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

Forget any character issues, this guy has injury issues. He's not a pocket QB, he's a movement QB, and we all know how that turns out. Plus he has never consistently shown that he is a high calibur performer at the QB position, period. He had a decent year last year, and now the Iggles give him this kind of money? Ridiculous. If I were a Philly fan, I would be upset right about now.


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