Would You Pay Michael Vick $20 Million?

That is the question that the Philadelphia Eagles have been wrestling with since the end of the season and the answer is yes as Michael Vick has signed a one-year contract with the Eagles.

Vick was designated as the team’s franchise player Feb. 15 and he signed the franchise tender last week. Under terms of the expiring CBA the Eagles had to pay Vick the average of the top five salaries at his position, which is about 20 million.

Vick had a career year last season as he set career highs in yards passing (3,018), touchdowns passing (21), touchdowns rushing (9), completion percentage (62.6) and passer rating (100.2) while leading the Eagles to a 10-6 record and the NFC East title.

With Vick signed for next season you would have to think that the Eagles would like to trade back-up Kevin Kolb, but the labor situation is working against the Eagles here. There are at least 5 NFL teams that are in desperate need of a QB, and you would expect that at least one of them would be willing to trade a first round pick in the draft for Kolb, instead of drafting an unproven quarterback. But when the CBA expires, teams will not be allowed to trade players, thus the Eagles will be stuck with Kolb until after the draft and maybe until training camps open. At that point he will not be worth nowhere near what he is worth today on the trade market.

 

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