Vick Gets Franchise Tag
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The Philadelphia Eagles placed their franchise tag on quarterback Michael Vick on Tuesday, the team announced. Vick has a turbulent past, brilliant presence, and a bright future in the NFL.
In addition to Vick, the Eagles said they have placed their transition tag on kicker David Akers.
“Michael Vick and David Akers were two of our most valuable players last year,” coach Andy Reid said in a statement announcing the moves. “They were well deserving of their Pro Bowl berths and we’re happy to take this step to ensure that they’ll be back in Philadelphia next season.”
Vick led the Eagles to a 10-6 record and the NFC East title after replacing an injured Kevin Kolb in Week 1. Despite missing three games with an injury, Vick had his best season.
He set career highs in yards passing (3,018), touchdowns passing (21), touchdowns rushing (9), completion percentage (62.6) and passer rating (100.2).
Vick was voted The Associated Press Comeback Player of the Year after missing two seasons while serving a jail sentence and playing sparingly in 2009.
Under rules of the soon-to-expire collective bargaining agreement, franchise tags pay players the average of the top five players at that position. Transition tags pay players the average of the top 10 at the position, plus it gives teams the ability to match any offer given to the designated player in free agency.
It is uncertain if franchise and transition tags will be part of the next CBA.
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