While the Philadelphia Eagles have been active during the 2011 NFL Free agency period, quarterback Michael Vick is playing this season as the team's franchise player, having signed a one-year contract worth around $16 million back in March. On Friday, Vick confirmed rumors that he is in discussions with the Eagles to work out a long-term deal, ideally one that would take him to retirement, according to NFL.com.
The report cites a second source that believes the deal will be for three- to five-years, though there are plans for a one-year deal should these contract talks fail. At 31, Vick should still command a large sum in any deal. The mostly unproven Kevin Kolb has signed a six-year, $65 million contract and the 35-year-old Peyton Manning inked a five-year, $90 million deal at the end of July. Will the Eagles give out a contract like that or will it be a bit more modest?
Vick signed a two-year contract with the Eagles in 2009 and played in 12 games while Donovan McNabb was still the starter. He assumed the starting job in 2010 for 11 regular season games, but lost in the first round to the eventual Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers.