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Is Michael Vick Worth $100 Million?

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Michael Vick is one rich dude.

The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback signed a six-year contract worth $100 million dollars with $40 million of it guaranteed.   This deal will make him one of the highest-paid players in the NFL once again.

So is Vick worth $100 million?

You’re damn right he is!

Vick is a franchise quarterback.  You have to pay him like one.

Last year, he led the Eagles to an NFC East title – going 8-3 as a starter.  He had one of the best seasons of his career with career highs in passer rating (100.2), completion percentage (62.6) and passing yards (3,018).

Vick is the face of the franchise. You need to keep him happy.  That’s the going rate of franchise quarterbacks these days.  You want a superstar, you have to pay him.  He’s polarizing.  Vick brings people to games; he sells jerseys and is energetic.  He’s a popular player – for better or worse.

It’s a smart move to lock him up now.  He doesn’t have to worry about his future during the year.

There are worse quarterbacks out there that are making a lot of money.  The QB market has dictated that Vick is worth $100 million.

Kevin Kolb signed a one-year deal for $12 million last year with Philly.  After he was traded to the Cardinals, he inked a five-year contract extension worth a maximum of $63.5 million, with $21 million guaranteed.  Kolb has started less than 10 NFL games in his life.

Eli Manning signed a $100 million deal. He is worth it?

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Donovan McNabb made $11 million dollars last year with the Redskins.  In fact, he signed a 5 year/$78 million deal during the season. ($40 million of it was guaranteed).  What happened? The Redskins traded him. If they didn’t trade him, they would have cut him. McNabb wasn’t going to ever see $78 million.

Don’t be fooled by the length of the contract at 6 years. Only $40 million of it is guaranteed.  He could be cut in 3 years. He might not make it to year 6 but the main part of the deal is the $40 million.

People think this will put too much pressure on Vick?  Are you kidding me? Don’t you think there was pressure on him after serving nearly 2 years in prison and then coming out of prison and being hated by everyone? He then had to prove to people that he wasn’t a villain. And then he had to prove that he was a good football player again. That’s freakin’ pressure. He’s proven that.

I also think there was real pressure of being in prison. Call me crazy, but getting chased around by a group of dudes in the prison shower is far more pressure than running from defensive lineman on Sundays.  Getting a contract like this is gravy. He’s been rewarded. It’s the ultimate redemption story.

Before you sink me, ask yourself this question: Would your team take Michael Vick as their starter right now?

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