Michael Vick played like one of the NFL’s best quarterbacks. Now, he’s going to be paid like one.
Vick reportedly agreed to a whopping six-year, $100-million contract with the Eagles on Monday, with $40 million guaranteed. The 31-year-old Vick could now be in Philadelphia through the 2016 season.
He was set to play out this season as the Eagles’ designated franchise player, which would have paid him just shy of $16 million for 2011. Instead, he’ll earn $16.7 million. Vick eased his way back into the NFL in 2009, seeing limited action with the Eagles. He took over as the starter last season, throwing for 3,018 yards in 12 games and rushing for 676.
We can officially declare that Vick’s NFL career has come full circle.
It’s sort of incredible to think about, but this is the second $100-million contract that Vick has received. The first came at the end of the 2004 regular season — Atlanta handed Vick a 10-year, $130-million extension that at the time made him the richest player in the league.
That season ended with a conference-title game loss to (oh, the irony!) the Eagles. Vick made it through two more seasons before heading off to jail, an unexpected turn that cost the controversial QB nearly $70 in base salary from that initial deal. Vick also had to eventually pay back more than $6 million of the bonuses he received on the contract, which totaled $37 million.
But for everything that went wrong while Vick was a member of the Falcons, it feels like the exact opposite has been true since he landed in Philadelphia. He signed with the Eagles just prior to the 2009 season for less than $2 million, with no money guaranteed.
It’s now up to Vick to stay healthy, stay out of trouble and reward that faith.