Vick will give Eagles a chance to re-sign him
Michael Vick (AP/Matt Slocum)
Michael Vick (AP/Matt Slocum)
NFL writer
Posted Nov 11, 2010
Michael R. Martinez

When Michael Vick was in need of a job after his prison term ended, the Eagles stepped forward. Now he says he'll give them a chance to bring him back after this season.

Hard to believe that it’s been only 16 months since Michael Vick’s prison term for his involvement in dogfighting ended. But a career that had nosedived into irrelevance is now fully recovered with the Philadelphia Eagles. Vick isn’t just back, he’s in a position of power.

How so? Vick says if he gets a chance to become a free agent, he’ll give the Eagles the first crack at signing him, no doubt to a long-term deal with significant guaranteed money.

“When nobody else wanted me, they did, and I'll definitely have to take that into consideration when it's time to make a decision,” Vick told the Philadelphia Inquirer on Thursday.

Vick, who is in the second year of a two-year deal he signed shortly after his release from prison, has been among the league’s best quarterbacks this season. He took over for injured starter Kevin Kolb in Week 3 and has missed three games because of a rib injury, but he has an NFL-best 105.3 passer rating and has thrown for more than 1,000 yards in five starts. He has seven touchdowns and no interceptions and also has a 7.3-yard rushing average.

“It's great to be in this position, but the only thing I want to do is concentrate (on playing),” Vick said. “I know we're winning and we're playing well. Sky's the limit for everything.”

Including salary. The Eagles are likely to put the franchise tag on Vick before he reaches free agency, and the unsettled labor dispute between owners and players could factor in as well. The team might not want to offer an extension with the possibility of a lockout looming.

Eventually, though, he’ll get his money.

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