Michael Vick Given Franchise Tag by Philadelphia Eagles: Smart Move by Philly?

Filed in Gather Sports News Channel by on February 15, 2011 0 Comments

Michael Vick will remain with the Philadelphia Eagles for at least one more season.

The Eagles slapped the franchise tag on the resurgent quarterback on Tuesday, which came as a surprise to very few.  As a franchise player, Vick will receive the average salary of the top five quarterbacks in the NFL.  According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Michael Vick should make almost $20 million next season.  Vick made $5.25 million this past season.

File:Michael-Vick Jets-vs-Eagles-Sept-3-2009 Post-Game-Interview.jpgOf course, all of this could mean absolutely nothing as the collective bargaining agreement is set to expire at the beginning of March and there is a question as to whether or not franchise tags will be a part of the next CBA.

Regardless of what happens between the owners and players, placing the franchise tag on Michael Vick was an extremely smart move by the Philadelphia Eagles.

While Michael Vick had an MVP-caliber season in 2010, it was his first great season since returning to the NFL and, some would argue, in his career.  He started out white hot, but cooled off a bit near the end of the regular season and average in the team’s postseason loss to the Green Bay Packers.

By giving Michael Vick the franchise tag, the Philadelphia Eagles are basically asking Vick to prove to them that he can do it again.  It makes Vick show that he can consistently play at his 2010 level and that this season wasn’t a flash in the pan.

It also gives the Eagles some wiggle room if Michael Vick were to get injured.  As a quarterback who likes to create plays with his feet, Vick tends to get hit a lot more than pocket quarterbacks do.  And when he does get hit, it’s usually by linebackers running at high speeds.  Vick missed three games this past season due to injury and has been prone to getting dinged up in the past.  By not locking into a long-term deal, the Philadelphia Eagles are not responsible if anything happens to the 30-year-old quarterback.

Luckily for the Eagles, Michael Vick has not shown any displeasure in being placed with the franchise tag, unlike Logan Mankins in New England.  Vick has proven to be a model citizen in Philadelphia and has taken on a team-first attitude.  Vick appears to be happy just to have a job in the NFL and a second chance at his dream.

Of course, how could someone not be happy with $20 million?


© Ryan Desmarais 2011


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