Mike Vick contract could be one of the worst ever.
Michael Vick’s career has now come full circle, as the NFL’s most controversial star has agreed to a 6 year, 100 million dollar contract extention with the Philadelphia Eagles. The deal will include 40 million dollars in guaranteed money. It was first reported by Andrew Brandt on twitter around 6:45 this evening:
Vick was the story of the year last year, and absolutely deserved an extension. However, I don’t see him playing 6 years wth the Eagles, or living up to his hefty salary while he’s there. Perhaps the Eagles should have learned from Atlanta how well giving the quarterback 100+ million works.
In 2010, Vick started the season as the backup to Kevin Kolb, but quickly entered the lineup after a week 1 Kolb injury. Kolb never won his job back, though he did fill in for an injured Vick midway through the season. The 31 year old lefty finished the season with 3,018 yards passing, 21 TD and just 6 interceptions. Furthermore, he ran for over 600 yards and scored 9 times on the ground. He single-handedly carried my fantasy team over multiple weeks. The one knock on his overall game was the fact that he fumbled 6 times last season.
Looking at his game log from 2010, it’s easy to see that teams were beginning to figure him out. Once teams forced him to roll right, Vick went from a flawless QB to a good QB. Over his first 6 games in 2010, Vick had a QB rating over 100 four times, and threw 11 touchdowns with 0 interceptions. To close out his year, the Newport News native had a rating over 100 just once, and had a TD/INT of 10/6.
I see this trend continuing into 2011, even with the amazing amount of talent that has filtered off to Philly this offseason. Vick battled injuries last year, and his style of play makes him very susceptible to more. While I have no doubt that he is one of the toughest players on the football field, you can only do so much when you’re hurt. If Vick has to play hurt, the Eagles will struggle. He’s already 31 years old, and even with his time off in prison, he’s taken more than his fair share of big hits. One has to wonder how his body will react 2, 3, 4 years down the road.
Maybe I’m just jealous that the Bills don’t have any players on their team worthy of a 50 million dollar contract, let alone 100. Maybe (probably) the Eagles have the deal set up so they can cut him in 4 years if he’s reached the end without losing much money. It’s still a lot of money to pay a quarterback who’s nearing the end of his peak and closing in on his contract with ESPN. Best of luck to you Michael, you’ll need it when you don’t live up to this contact in 3 years.