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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

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’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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Since: Feb 12, 2008
Posted on: August 29, 2011 8:50 pm

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

Awful lot of money for a guy that's two years removed from prison, oft injured and has yet to accomplish anything worthy of that kind of money.  GLad to see the Eagles making the same mistakes the Redskins have been known for in the past. 

Since: Aug 20, 2011
Posted on: August 29, 2011 8:49 pm

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

Smart move by the eagles. They are getting this done now before vick becomes a free agents after this year and teams can lure him away. Sure its a lot of money to invest in a guy who hasnt proved years of worthiness but i feel like the risk is worth it.

Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: August 29, 2011 8:44 pm

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

Actually it was against Louisville in the gator bowl.  But you must be a Felony "U" fan

Since: Dec 22, 2010
Posted on: August 29, 2011 8:44 pm

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


Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2011 8:42 pm

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

Southbeach25, your wrong, the other worthless Vick stomped on a helpless guy while wearing cleates. VT verse FSU. The entire Vick family are useless thugs.

Since: Jul 24, 2011
Posted on: August 29, 2011 8:42 pm

A vehicle for social change

I am proud of Jeff Lurie and the Eagles organization.  Despite the negative energy from alot of people locally and nationally, they have decided to take the high road and teach the country a lesson in forgiveness.  Giving a criminal another chance.  This country has a habit of completely burying a convicted person who has paid for his crime.  It is nearly impossible to get a decent job and frankly, I don't blame most of them for continuing to follow a life of crime when they get out.  It's no point!  Why try to be good and do the right things if there are so many people who are working their ass off just to keep you from making a decent life for yourself and overcoming your mistakes?

This country needs to learn how to forgive and give second chances.  As horrible as the things were that Mike Vick did to those dogs; dog fighting and the activity surrounding it is wildly popular in the southern regions of the country.  For both blacks and whites. He just got caught because he is high profile.  I'm glad that he got caught because it sheds a light on this crime and now they can put laws in place to prevent this in the future.  Having said that, this country has a history of abusing and treating poorly people of color.  As recently as 45 years ago MLK was killed because he was fighting for equal rights.  Guess what?  The country moved on.  Black people have learned to forgive.  And ALOT of well educated and successful white people did not pay a penalty for the things that they did.  This dog thing.... while it is ashame, also needs to be forgiven.  It is far less of a crime then was committed against actual human beings.  I dare all of you people to look deep into your soul and FORGIVE.  Release all of that negative energy.  It's unnecessary and unproductive. 

Since: Dec 1, 2007
Posted on: August 29, 2011 8:42 pm


This is awesome to read.  As a Falcons season ticket holder I am thrilled that a competitor in the NFC is falling for this guy.  He is not an accurate passer and will once again sink a franchise.  I would take Matt Ryan over Mike Vick any day of the week.

Since: Apr 16, 2010
Posted on: August 29, 2011 8:41 pm

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

So now the Eagles have gone out and done something like the Skins have...But the difference is that Vick has performed better out on the playing field..Maybe not 100 million's worth,but the Eagles have gotten way more production out of Vick then the Redskins have gotten out of Haynesworth..Michael Vick is good but I dont think he has proven that he is worth that amount of money like Tom Brady or Peyton Manning have..With all the moves the Eagles have made at least on paper it's kind of now "Do or Die"....

Since: Jun 2, 2009
Posted on: August 29, 2011 8:39 pm

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

Not bad for an X-con.

Since: Aug 29, 2011
Posted on: August 29, 2011 8:39 pm

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

I think this is great for the NFL as a league.
Plaxico has been a complete idiot when it comes to regret, asking for forgiveness, and just trying to be a better person.

This is a great reward for someone who did terrible things but also paid for what he did.
He's still doing community service, going to schools and speaking, working at humane societies, and just being a good person.

He served his time, he proved himself to be a heck of a QB last season, give him a chance!

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