Michael Vick Signs Extension with Eagles

Posted: August 30, 2011 by admin54321 in Features, News

Michael Vick just signed the second $100 million deal in his career.

Today, Vick agreed to a 6 year deal worth $100 million with the Eagles. The deal has $40 million guaranteed and is also spread out quite evenly so he’ll be making a solid amount each year. You’ve got to think this deal has some sort of clause if Vick ever gets into any trouble again. When he signed his 10 year deal with the Falcons, he was arrested for running an illegal dog-fighting ring.

It is no question that this deal will raise some questions. Has Michael Vick matured enough to earn this type of money again? Everyone knows he has proven he still has talent, but will he remain as disciplined as he has been over the last two seasons?

Here is my take on this: I don’t think any player should be promised this much money at once. Usually by the time players reach the last couple years of a long-term deal, they do not play like they should be earning that amount of money. Deals need to be shorter and players should earn extensions as they continue to prove that they can still play. Think of Peyton Manning. He recently signed a 5 year, $90 million deal. I really think Peyton Manning is not as good as he used to be. Don’t get me wrong, Manning is amazing, but he just isn’t the quarterback he used to be. With shorter deals, teams don’t have to drop so much money at once and players truly earn their pay.

This is very unlikely to happen because players typically demand a lot at once (see: Chris Johnson) but if it did, I think deals would be a lot more fair. Plus, more importantly, teams would be able to take less risks on players like a previously convicted Michael Vick or an aging Peyton Manning.

Original image from Keith of Flickr under this license.


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