2011 Philadelphia Eagles Preseason Notebook: Jeremy Maclin talks Vick Extension

What a day to be at Philadelphia Eagles Practice!  One day after Birds QB Michael Vick signed a  6-year extension, everyone at Eagles’ practice was talking about the team’s unquestioned leader including WR Jeremy Maclin.

As usual Taking It to the House and 97.3 ESPN – Atlantic City, NJ Eagles Beat Reporter Matt Lombardo was on the scene to get this exclusive footage.

Eagles Agree to Six-Year Extension With Michael Vick by Matt Lombardo and Lloyd Vance

One question that  faced the Philadelphia Eagles as they make final preparations for the 2011 season was: “What to do with Michael Vick?”  On Monday night, the Eagles answered the lingering question, by inking their franchise quarterback to a long term extension. 

After weeks of negotiations with Agent Joel Segal, the Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to terms on a six-year contract extension with franchise quarterback Michael Vick.

The deal signed by Vick on Monday night according to league sources is worth $100 million with $40 million in guarantees. Additionally the contract is not backloaded, which means that there is a legitimate chance that Vick (31) will earn between $16-$17 million per season over the life of the deal.

From a strictly pride perspective, Vick — career starting record of 46-31-1 as a starter — can now take solace in the fact that he is among the top three highest paid quarterbacks in the National Football League.  He now is being paid like Tom Brady and Peyton Manning as the Birds have hitched their wagon to the “Michael Vick Experience”  for the next six years.

Before his shiny new deal, Vick — career passing numbers 1169-2115, 55.3%, 14609 yards, 93 TDs, and 58 TDs with 4630 yards and 32 TDs rushing —  was playing under the team’s franchise player tag with a cap number of $16 million this season.  Which gave the Eagles a window until September 20th to extend him to a long term deal or allow him to play out this season on the franchise tag.

In 2010, Vick took over the reins of the Eagles offense in the third quarter of the season opener against the Packers in relief of Kevin Kolb who left the game with a concussion. The 9-year veteran signal caller finished the 2010 season with a career-best 3,018 yards, 21 touchdowns, six interceptions with an additional 676 yards and 9 TDs rushing in only 11 starts (8-3 record).  He also made his 4th Pro Bowl after being name the starter for the NFC in the annual league All-Star game.

The former 2001 NFL Draft first overall pick ‘s signing to this massive extension, truly shows his “redemption” after serving an 18-month prison sentence for dog fighting.   Vick, who is only 298 yards shy of breaking former Eagles great Randall Cunningham’s NFL QB rushing yards record, will now more than likely end his career as a Philadelphia Eagle. 

Which is a mighty long way from the firestorm of reaction that accompanied his signing back in August 2009.  Remember Eagles owner Jeffrey Luries saying at the time of Vick’s signing, “This took a lot of soul searching for me. I was asked to approve Michael Vick joining a very proud organization several days ago. Sometimes in life you have to make extremely difficult and soul-searching decisions where there is no right answer”. 

Now hopefully,  just “maybe” everyone will concentrate on “Michael Vick the football player” and put his troubled past behind him, as clearly the Philadelphia Eagles have done. 

Leftovers

D-Jax Next in Line — It is unclear as of yet what the salary cap implications of this Vick’s extension are for the Eagles.  But initial thoughts are that team GM Howie Roseman, HC Andy Reid, and Executive Joe Banner now have the cap flexibility to work on a long-term extension with dynamic 4th-year receiver DeSean Jackson and his agent Drew Rosenhaus. Jackson is in the final year of his rookie deal and set to make just $600,000 in 2011.  And the speedy receiver already had  held out for the early part of training camp in hopes of a new deal.

 

 

Matt Lombardo is a reporter and host for 97.3 ESPN in Atlantic City, NJ. Matt can be reached on Twitter @MattLombardoPHL

Lloyd Vance is the Editor for Taking It to the House , who is also a member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA).  Lloyd can be reached on Twitter @lloydvance_nfl

Indianapolis Colts Fail to Secure Franchise, Enter The Pros And Cons Of Kerry Collins. By Barry Barnes

 

What a wake up call for the Indianapolis Colts

After years of not preparing for this day, a day when their prized possession in quarterback Peyton Manning would be hampered by an injury or defeated by father time, causing his dynamic NFL career to take a turn. The Colts may be revisited by losing days earlier than expected.  Continue reading

Were Owner Jerry Richardson’s Comments Racist or Inappropriate Towards Cam Newton? by Barry Barnes

This week, we shockingly learned that Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson asked 2011 NFL Draft No. 1 overall pick, former Heisman-winning Auburn QB Cameron Newton, some “tough” questions about tattoos and piercings in a pre-draft interview

Luke 6:45: “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.”

The many who believe in this statement may hold people accountable for words spoken at all times, whether said out of anger or not.

Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson asked his young quarterback Cam Newton a simple question, in his “opinion”: Continue reading

Eagles Overcome Offensive Line Woes to Beat Browns By Matt Lombardo

The Eagles offensive line was porous. Michael Vick looked frustrated. And yet there were enough bright spots from Thursday night’s 24-14 Eagles win over the Cleveland Browns to leave Eagles fans hopeful.

Throughout the first quarter of Thursday night’s pre-season game against Cleveland, the Eagles offensive line looked lost in translation. Danny Watkins appeared equally confused in both pass and run protection. Meanwhile when Watkins looked to his left, Rookie Jason Kelce was at times a revolving door to oncoming Browns defensive tackles, and on one particular play forgot to snap the ball which led to a false start.

“I hate to make mistakes like that,” Kelce explained after the game. “And I really hate to see No. 7 knocked to the ground as often as he was.”   Continue reading

Colts Sign Kerry Collins By Jason King

Colts owner Jim Irsay tweeted on Wednesday morning that the Indianapolis Colts have signed veteran quarterback Kerry Collins. This is definite confirmation that the status of Peyton Manning is up in the air — not only for the season opener at Houston — but for some time into the regular season.

Colts veteran QB Peyton Manning has almost been robotic-like by starting in every one of his franchise’s games since he was drafted with the first overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft.  RoboQuarterback, as some members of the media have dubbed Manning, has started an incredible 208 consecutive regular season games and 19 consecutive postseason games, which would bring his incredible streak to an amazing 227 consecutive games started.   Continue reading

The Oakland Raiders Select Terrelle Pryor in NFL Supplemental Draft by Lloyd Vance

The Oakland Raiders are giving another renegade speedster an opportunity as Al Davis added another weapon to his team by selecting former Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor in the 3rd round of the 2011 NFL Supplemental Draft

One of the bigger non-events on the NFL Calendar, the Supplemental Draft, is in the books for another year.  However this year’s rendition of the Supplemental Draft was probably talked about more than any other since its inception in 1977.

The reason for the hoopla around this year’s event was the emergence of former Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor (6’5, 232, 4.38).  After a checkered past in Columbus, Ohio, causing many to wonder if Pryor would even be selected at all on Monday.  Well everyone’s wait ended when the NFL’s largest conference call gave us the news that Pryor had been picked in the 3rd round by Oakland Raiders with the 18th pick of that round. Continue reading