Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Vick signs monster deal with Eagles

$100 million dollar man
The comeback is complete, at least financially.

The Eagles and quarterback Michael Vick have agreed on a new six-year contract worth $100 million with $40 million of that guaranteed.

"I'm very happy we were able to reach an agreement with Michael on this long-term contract," Eagles coach 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."

The 31-year-old Vick spent 19 months in prison after pleading guilty to federal dogfighting charges.

He began his comeback and Eagle career in 2009 as the third-string quarterback before starting the 2010 campaign as the backup to Kevin Kolb after Donovan McNabb was traded.

Vick quickly ascended to the starter's role after the first game of the season and was named the 2010 Comeback Player of the Year by the Associated Press, Sporting News, and Pro Football Weekly after registering career highs in passer rating (100.2), completion percentage (62.6) and passing yards (3,018) en route to his fourth career Pro Bowl berth.

He became just the second quarterback in NFL history to throw for 3,000-plus yards, rush for 500-plus yards (676), and accrue a 100-plus passer rating in a season, joining Hall of Fame QB Steve Young, who did so in 1992 for the San Francisco 49ers.

In addition, Vick set the Eagles single-season record among quarterbacks with nine rushing touchdowns while ranking second in team history in completion percentage, QB rating and INT percentage (1.6). For his efforts, Vick was named the recipient of the Bert Bell NFL Player of the Year award from the Maxwell Football Club and garnered NFC Offensive Player of the Year accolades from the Kansas City 101 Awards.

A multi-dimensional threat from the quarterback position, Vick’s 11 career 100-yard rushing games are the most by a QB in NFL history and his 4,630 career rushing yards ranks second behind Randall Cunningham (4,928). His 1,039 yards in 2006 were the most ever by a QB in a single season. In addition, he holds four of the top five single-game rushing totals by a QB since 1970, including a career-high 173 yards at Min. (12/1/02).

A former first overall pick of the NFL draft in 2001 by the Atlanta Falcons, Vick starred collegiately at Virginia Tech where he led the Hokies to a 20-1 record over two seasons and carried the school to the National Championship in his first year as a starter in 1999.

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