NFL: Vick is now the man in Philly with $100 million deal

Posted Aug 30, 2011 by Austin Tyler
Mike Vick has come a long way since his prison time a few years ago. The Eagles have now rewarded him with a $100 million contract for six years.
Michael Vick was brought in as a backup to Donavan McNabb, but when the organization seen the chance to make a move they did. The Philadelphia Eagles organization felt it was time to look to the future as they departed with long-time quarterback McNabb and take a shoot with Vick for the future.
In the time Vick played behind McNabb he showed glimpses of what he once was in Atlanta with the Falcons. In the season he became the starter, he should what he could have been in Atlanta if he actually did the things he was supposed to do. Vick said when he was in Atlanta that he really did not study film or apply his self because he was going straight off his “God Given” ability. It worked well in Atlanta, but combined with him actually doing the things he needed to do in Philly it helped him reach another level.
The Eagles had seen what they wanted with Vick and even sent away Kevin Kolb in the process. Kolb stepped in for Vick in a few games as he sat out with a chest injury, but when Vick returned to the field there was no denying he was back and ready to be the leader of the organization. Vick in just 11 games set career highs in passing 3,018, touchdown passes 21, rushing touchdowns 9, completion percentage 62.6, and passer rating 100.2. Vick also went his first seven games without throwing an interception. The game that put Vick over the top was the Monday Night game against the Washington Redskins as he accounted for six total touchdowns. Vick had four passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns as they put a hurting on the Redskins, 59-28.
Last Year Vick was also considered for the NFL MVP, and the cover of the John Madden EA Sports video game. For all of his accomplishments the Eagles have now rewarded him with a $100 million contract for six-years. That is not all as the Eagles are giving him $40 million in guaranteed money which is great in his favor after he filed for bankruptcy a few years back. Vick still has a high mountain to climb when it comes to paying back the creditors he owes, but this is a start.
Vick is now 31-years of age and is a long way from being the No.1 overall pick in the 2001 draft by the Atlanta Falcons. In this case it is not a bad thing but a good thing. Vick has shown the maturity and growth as player people were skeptical about, and now a man which people were also skeptical about after his situation. Vick is not just only a pillar in the Philadelphia community, he is now a pillar in the Philadelphia Eagles organization and he earned instead of it just being given to him.
Andy Reid was happy about the deal saying
I'm very happy we were able to reach an agreement with Michael on this long-term contract. 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.
Vick had other teams he could have played for, but figured Philly was good.
I think I can say this now, because it's not going to hurt anybody's feelings, and it's the truth. I didn't want to come to Philadelphia. Being the third-team quarterback is nothing to smile about. Cincinnati and Buffalo were better options.
Vick had talked to people about where he should sign, and they all felt that Philly would be the best fit.
Vick said
And I commend and thank them, because they put me in the right situation.