Michael Vick Franchise-Tagged by Eagles
Michael Vick Has Come Full Circle
Redemption really exists!!! Today, Michael Vick received the franchise tag from the Philadelphia Eagles. Despite his breakout return to the NFL, many didn’t think it would happen. Three years ago, some didn’t believe that Vick would return to pro football; now, he’s again being rewarded as one of the best players in the game.
If franchise tags are upheld in the CBA negotations, the move will tie Vick to Philadelphia for the 2011 season and put the Eagles in a better position to potentially trade Kevin Kolb, who wants to start somewhere next season.
Vick made $5.25 million in 2010 but would make an estimated $20 million — the average salary for the five highest-paid quarterbacks in the league –as the Eagles’ franchise player.
Vick was selected to start the Pro Bowl, his fourth trip to Hawaii in eight seasons. He set career highs in yards passing (3,018), touchdowns passing (21), touchdowns rushing (9), completion percentage (62.6) and passer rating (100.2). The Eagles (10-7) were 8-3 in games he started and finished.
The Eagles brought Vick back to the NFL in 2009. Coach Andy Reid and former Eagle Donovan Mcnabb had to ask permission from local groups such as PETA and the Philadelphia Mayor to bring him in. He has said he hopes he can work out a long-term deal to stay with the team.
The franchise tag is in dispute this year because the NFLPA considers it “meaningless” if the league’s CBA expires on March 4.
Vick fans be on the lookout as he will appear on Oprah Winfrey’s show on Feb. 24.
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