The deed is done; Mike Vick has inked a six-year, $100 million deal that will keep him in Philadelphia for, likely, the rest of his career. Andy Reid has his human joystick locked up.
Reports and tweets have put the cap hit this year at $14 million. But, it’s fair to wonder how much beyond the $40 million guaranteed dollars he will actually see.
Getting Vick committed long-term was essential to freeing the Eagles to work on their other top priority — extending DeSean Jackson. Look for those talks to heat up now.
While it’s good to have this contract signed, and there was no doubt the Eagles were going this route and had to, you have to wonder how this will work out.
Vick came a long way early in the season last year. He made better reads and played quarterback better than he ever has. Still, the way the season ended has to make you wonder which Vick will show up.
The guy didn’t throw a pick in his first seven games last year, while tossing 11 scores. He then appeared on the Sports Illustrated cover and seemed to revert to old habits. Vick finished the last five regular season games and the playoff appearance against the Packers with another 11 TDs and seven interceptions. He threw at least one each game to end the year.
Also, Vick has a propensity to play recklessly when the pocket collapses and get injured. He’d rather take a hit and get the extra yard or two. You want that from your running back, not your quarterback.
And, with the Eagles revamped offensive line that includes two rookies and moving Todd Herremans to right tackle, you have to wonder how he’ll fare behind whatever protection they actually do give him. Look, you want a guy who is as mobile as Vick behind a shaky line because he can turn broken plays into 60-yard TDs. Still, he’ll also likely turn the ball over.
The Eagles did the right thing in locking up Vick. But, there are still question marks about whether this is the guy who will complete a six-year run as your franchise signal caller. At 31 years old, the guess is he sees about four years of that pay day unless he produces a Super Bowl. If he doesn’t the next coach will want his guy.