Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Eagles place franchise tag on Vick; transition on Akers

The Philadelphia Eagles have officially placed the franchise tag on QB Michael Vick and the transition tag on K David Akers.

Vick enjoyed his finest season as pro in 2010 with career highs in passer rating (100.2), completion percentage (62.6), and passing yards (3,018) while becoming just the second player in league history to throw for 3,000-plus yards, rush for 500-plus yards and accrue a 100-plus passer rating in one season, joining Steve Young (1992). Along the way, Vick earned a starting spot on the NFC Pro Bowl squad while garnering NFL Comeback player of the year honors.

A five-time Pro Bowl selection and the leading scorer in Eagles history (1,323 points), Akers completed his 12th season in Philadelphia in 2010 by leading the NFL in scoring with 143 points. Since 2000, Akers leads the NFL in points scored (1,312) and field goals (291) and was named to the NFL’s all-decade team of the 2000s. The Eagles all-time leader in games played with 188, Akers also ranks third in league history with 134 career postseason points.

“Michael Vick and David Akers were two of our most valuable players last year,” said head coach Andy Reid. “They were well deserving of their Pro Bowl berths and we’re happy to take this step to ensure that they’ll be back in Philadelphia next season.”

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