New Deal For Michael Vick, Six Years, $100 Million

Michael Vick, star quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles, has inked a new deal that will keep him with the team for another six years. The deal, worth $100 million, includes $40 million in guaranteed funds.

My, how things come full circle.

Vick’s story is one for the ages — he was drafted as the first overall pick of the 2001 NFL draft by the Atlanta Falcons. Vick became Atlanta’s pride of joy; its shining star and cause célèbre. Then came 2007, and the dog-fighting scandal. It all but stripped him of life as he knew it, requiring him to serve just under two years in prison.

Once released, Vick was signed as a backup quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles. His light was too bright to be ignored and he eventually supplanted Donovan McNabb as the starter and continued his road back to respectability.

This years Eagles carry the burden of great expectations, with offseason acquisitions such as Nnamdi Asomugha, Jason Babin, Ronnie Brown, and Vince Young, but it is this gargantuan contract bestowed upon Vick that will become the greatest measuring stick.

Let the regular season games begin. I’m ready to see Ookie earn his money.

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