Eagles can’t sign Vick to new deal, for now

Now we know why there have been no substantive talks between the Eagles and quarterback Mike Vick on a new long-term deal.

Though nothing prevents them from talking, multiple league sources tell us that the Eagles can’t sign Vick to a new contract under the current labor agreement.

The details regarding the provisions that prevent a new deal between Vick and the Eagles aren’t completely clear.  But the bottom line is that, until March 4, the Eagles can only apply the franchise tag to Vick.  No contract may be signed for 2011 and beyond.

The Eagles aren’t saying whether they’ll use the franchise tag on Vick.

As of March 4, Vick’s status will depend on the maneuverings of the NFL and the union.  There could be a lockout.  There could be decertification by the union, which would potentially block a lockout.  The league could declare an impasse and impose the terms of its last offer.  Or the league could allow the current system to continue, something that NFL outside labor counsel Bob Batterman made clear in a Wednesday interview with PFT Live won’t be happening.

17 responses to “Eagles can’t sign Vick to new deal, for now

  1. Mike, you keep writing about Mike Vick when is he going to get signed. I think we all know he will get signed, or that he will for sure stay with the eagles. The eagles can only work with Mike Vick, obviously Kevin Kolb did not work out as much.
    cmon man!

  2. Tough to say Kolb “did not work out…” He didn’t really have a chance. He beat the Falcons as a starter and has had considerable success when given a fair chance. Vick rightly denied hm that chance, but don’t hold that against Kevin.

  3. The better story is what will they get for Kolb and where will he go…

    Vick isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

  4. The Eagles front office is too bright to sign him to a long-term deal. I see him being franchised and not being happy about not getting a long term deal. He still owes a few people money if my math is correct.

  5. Yeah, how did the narrative become “Kolb sucks”.

    Because he got KO’d by a Packers defense that also make Matt Ryan and many other fine QB’s look bad?

    Because he got hurt?

    Because he happened to be on the same team as Vick, who had an amazing season and was positively brilliant at times (DC, NYG)?

    Is he gonna be great? No.

    Could he be like Flacco – who is overly protected and checks down constantly and plays on a team with great defense? Why not!?!

  6. I would like to see Kolb go to Frisco. I think he’d be a good fit for that young, potentially explosive offense. 49ers O-line should be improved next season and they have some weapons at the skill position with Gore, Westbrook, Crabtree, VD, and Josh Morgan. I live in Northern California and I go to a few 9er games every year and I wouldn mind watching some former Eagles have some success on another team as long as they’re not playing against Philly. It was nice to see Danny Amendola make some big plays for St. Louis because he wasnt going to get much playing time on the Eagles roster.

  7. Everyone comes on here and tries to be funny and there are some very clever people on here. However like 90% of you are unbelievably corny. The corniest people are usually the ones that try to make dog jokes. I love this new thumbs up/ thumbs down thing because now these people can see how unfunny they are and feel like losers

  8. But what if there is no franchise tag? Then if he can’t be signed before March 4th, and cannot be tagged, then he will have much more leverage. I think Mike Vick will sign for 5 years and $75 million, with $35 million guaranteeed.

  9. The Eagles need to resign Vick to a long term contract and then trade Kolb who is only 4 years younger than Vick while Kolb has value.And then draft another QB and they can develop him and Kafka who is as good as Kolb to be the QB when Vick retires.

  10. ESPN’s Adam Schefter says this story is wrong and the Eagles can sign Vick before March 4.

  11. Isn’t that exactly what I said in the comments yesterday when you wrote about the lack of talks between the Eagles and Vick? Yes, that’s exactly what I said.

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