After Michael Vick was scheduled to be a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show to be aired on February 24th, it appears that the Philadelphia Eagles have finally decided to tag Michael Vick with the franchise tag. This is expected to cost the Eagles $20 million — the average of the top 5 highest-paid quarterbacks in the league after he was paid a meager comparatively $5.25 million in 2010.
Michael Vick gained the Associated Press Comeback Player of the Year Award this season, and he was a starting quarterback for the Pro Bowl. Additionally, he performed better than his seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. This season, Michael Vick had 3,018 yards passing, 21 touchdowns, 62.6 percent completion rate, a 100.2 quarterback rating and 9 rushing touchdowns. These were all career-highs for this former Atlanta Falcon quarterback, compared to all six years he was with the Falcons and the one additional year he was with the Eagles as the backup quarterback to Donovan McNabb.
In Vick’s wake, New England Patriots Tom Brady gained the Associated Press Most Valuable Player Award for this year by unanimous vote, and the Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was decimated in the NFC title game 48-21 by the Super Bowl XLV Champions Green Bay Packers and their quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Lastly, backup Kevin Kolb wants to go elsewhere, as he was teased and tested by head coach Andy Reid last season. The drama surrounding the Kevin Kolb situation may cause some off-season trouble even more than its practicality as the collective bargaining agreement is stalled.
Now the Philadelphia Eagles will have to rely on Michael Vick to carry them through the next few seasons, barring any serious injuries. With the changes in the offensive and defensive coaching staff, it will be interesting to see whether this will indeed be effective in the upcoming season. Most fans, including myself, are not too optimistic, and the constant assurances by the coaching staff and a few of the present and former Philadelphia Eagles doesn’t really temper the situation much.