Eagles to Franchise Michael Vick

According to numerous reports which surfaced prior to yesterday’s Pro Bowl, the Philadelphia Eagles will reportedly use their franchise tag on Quarterback Michael Vick. The Eagles’ decision to bring Vick back seemed to be a formality coming into the offseason. The only question was whether or not the Eagles would use the franchise tag. Some speculated that perhaps Vick would be awarded with a deal somewhere around 5-6 years.

Although, some players feel disrespected when slapped with the franchise tag, Vick made it clear coming into the off-season that he would be fine with being franchised which seemed to be a result of his value of his second chance. This reported franchise tag will have huge implications for Vick’s wallet. Michael Vick made $1 million in his first season in midnight green as a wildcat quarterback. Last year he entered the season as an overpaid backup quarterback and quickly became the best bargain in the league at quarterback. This franchise tag would result in Vick making $22-24 million next season.

Michael Vick spoke with the Philadelphia Inquirer on Sunday after the Pro Bowl to speak about how he felt about being the Eagles franchise player. “It’s great to know that they did want me around for another year.”

Obviously this deal has sparked speculation about Kevin Kolb. It has been reported that the Eagles are going to consider listening to offers for Kevin Kolb, who made it clear after the playoff lost to Green Bay that he wanted to start next season. The only issue there is that until a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is reached, players can not be traded. Teams are permitted to deal draft picks, but not players. The length of the labor negotiations between the league and the player’s union could have huge implications on whether or not Kolb is dealt.

Vick, along with Eagles teammate David Akers, were successful in helping the NFC defeat the AFC in the 2011 Pro Bowl so the offseason has officially begun for every member of the Eagles, and one Eagle in particular looks to be in line for a huge raise.

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