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Eagles Give QB Vick A $100 Million, Six-Year Deal

PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) — Michael Vick is really back on top now.

Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles agreed on a six-year contract on Monday that again makes the Pro Bowl quarterback one of the highest-paid players in the NFL.

A source familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press the deal is worth $100 million, including about $40 million guaranteed. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because terms weren’t released.

Vick has come a long way since spending 18 months in federal prison on dogfighting charges. He led the Eagles to the NFC East title last year, was the starting quarterback in the Pro Bowl and was the AP Comeback Player of the Year.

Vick was due to earn slightly more than $16 million this season after the Eagles designated him the franchise player in February. He’ll make a little less, possibly giving the Eagles salary cap flexibility to give Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson an extension.

The 31-year-old Vick joined the Eagles in 2009, and played sparingly as the third-string QB behind Donovan McNabb and Kevin Kolb.

He started last year as the backup, but forced his way into the starting role with his exceptional performances after Kolb got hurt in the season opener.

Vick guided the Eagles to an 8-3 record in 11 games as a starter in his first season playing full-time since 2006. He set career highs in yards passing (3,018), touchdowns passing (21), touchdowns rushing (9), completion percentage (62.6) and passer rating (100.2). Vick also rushed for 676 yards.

Vick, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2001 draft, once was a megastar with the Atlanta Falcons. He signed a $130 million, 10-year deal in 2005 that made him the top-paid player in the league then. But Vick lost it all when he went to jail and he eventually filed for bankruptcy.

He was reviled by fans when he came back, but has won them over with good behavior off the field, a humble attitude and spectacular play.

“I’m very happy we were able to reach an agreement with Michael on this long-term contract,” said Andy Reid. “It’s a product of all the hard work Michael has done to better himself over the last couple of years, both on and off the field. I’m very proud that he has been able to achieve success again in this league, but he’ll be the first one to tell you that there is a lot of work yet to be done by him and this team as a whole. And there’s no doubt in my mind that he will continue on that path. I give a lot of credit to Joe Banner and Joel Segal for getting this deal done.”

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  • Shef in Philly

    Ever since the Eagles signed Vick, I have seen less and less in the Newspapers and TV of what Vick has done or is doing to get the message out to the Children about Dog Fighting. If Vick is doing something to get the message out, he is not getting through to the children. I see how many pit bulls are in the SPCA that come from Dog Fighting and how many children are involved in this. The Eagles are so desperate for a Super Bowl, they will take a felon to achieve this. All our children see this and see this is acceptable behavior and you get paid for this.

  • shef in philly

    Only in America can you do something as despicable as Vick has done and be awarded a contract as large as his. Why doesn’t Vick take some of the guarenteed 40 Mil, and support the SPCA. There are a large amount of innocent animals that need support along with the SPCA. They are always in need of support. I am all for anyone getting a second chance, just not at the tune of 100 Million Dollars. The Eagles are taking a big risk. Vick has not proven himself to be a 100 Million Dollar QB.

  • Chris Ross

    This is definitely a risky move on the part of the Eagles. Vick is obviously known as one of the least durable QB’s in the league because of his scrambling ways. He takes hard hits and the bigger those hits are the harder a player falls. Vick isn’t a big guy and you wonder if as he gets older can he handle the punishment he takes on a weekly basis. With that being said, you can’t fault the Eagles for giving him that much money. I mean, Larry Fitzgerald did get $50 million guaranteed. In the end though, as a fan, I’m just happy that Michael Vick is playing at a high level once again and I hope that he can stay healthy in the future.

  • Stan

    What has he done to justify a contract like that ? If he won the SuperBowl last yr maybe then, a couple of good games and a few bad games at the end of the season, give me a break, 40mill guaranteed. I’m not a happy eagles fan at this point. When he gets hurt, which he will because he runs.I think It’s a bad investment at this point. If this doesn’t pan out this yr then Ried should go.

  • Ness

    I’m still hoping he gets knocked out for the season by game three – not that I would watch. I haven’t watched an Eagles game since this dog killer crawled onboard. I hope the Eagles fail miserably.

  • Louise

    He’s a better actor than quarterback – ‘humble’ ‘repentant’ ??? Give me a break!
    So sad we honor tossing a ball more than honesty, integrity and decency. No Eagles for me – Go Phillies!

  • Tom

    Who Let the Dogs Out? Woof, Woof, Woof, Woof! 100 mil Buys a lot of dog food!

  • Bill Keys

    I’m sure people that have lost their jobs and homes due to the economy are happy to hear a convicted felon is getting 100 million dollars to throw a ball around a field. He should still be in jail for what he did. The Eagles and the fans whos support this deal should be ashamed of them selves.

  • Robtee4

    Go Eagles!!! There are a lot of true Eagle Fans that believe this is our year to win the SuperBowl. I believe in the Eagles and Mike…. Spent your money wisely Vick!!!

  • Chic DiNatale

    Top dollar for a convicted felon???? I guess crime does pay. Jail time–$100 million. Not bad. Should be against club rules about convicted felons. What is good for one should apply to all. What does that say for previous offenders?

  • grumpy

    Bye bye Super Bowl…….. Watch the shrinking fan base during the season……….Go Packers!

  • Mike in Philly

    Even before this I was starting to become Steelers fan.. They are Pennsylvania team with greatness in their history… I can no longer root for team
    With Reid and Vick on it.. I’m done.. You are going to watch arena league football in philadelphia… Pass pass pass … I think I will pass LOL

    • Bob

      Greatness? They have a rapist for a QB, yet you want to lynch someone who killed dogs. What Vick did was despicable, but the man served his time.


    Just one more reason to hate the Eagles.

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