Michael Vick shocked the football world last season when the resurgent star came off the bench and led the Philadelphia Eagles to the playoffs. Now, the Eagles are rewarding him. According to ESPN.com, Vick and the team agreed to a six-year, $100 million contract that makes him one of the highest paid players in the NFL.
Such a signing seemed unfathomable just two years ago when Vick returned to the field after serving an 18 month sentence for federal dog fighting charges. In his first year back, Vick saw limited playing time behind Donovan McNabb and Kevin Kolb. It looked like that would be the case in 2010, but Kolb got hurt and Vick took over, showing off the skills that made him one of the most electrifying players in the league.
"It's a product of all the hard work Michael has done to better himself over the last couple of years, both on and off the field," Eagles head coach Andy Reid told ESPN.
Despite Vick's prolific production last season (he threw for a career high 3,018 yards and rushed for 9 touchdowns), some have questioned the length and size of the contract – especially given that Vick is 31 years old and his style of play often leaves him vulnerable to injuries.
The large contract also brings up questions about how Vick handles his money. According to ESPN The Magazine, soon after he was suspended in 2008, it was revealed that although he had $16.1 million in assets from his time in the NFL, Vick had racked up more than $20 million in debt because of poor decision making.
The Eagles kick off their regular season on September 11 when they take on the St. Louis Rams.