Michael Vick is “proud” after getting exclusive franchise tag

Would a team give up two first round picks to sign Michael Vick to a huge contract?

The Eagles didn’t want to find out the answer to that question.  That’s why they used the “exclusive” franchise tag on him Tuesday.  Eagles President Joe Banner informed the media Tuesday afternoon that Vick got the exclusive tag.   That prevents other teams from even trying to sign Vick to an offer sheet in exchange for two first round picks if the Eagles didn’t match the offer.

The exclusive tag number could be higher than the traditional franchise tag number.  (It averages the top five quarterback salaries as of mid-April.)   Vick is the first player this season to get the exclusive tag.

Unlike David Akers, Vick sounds happy to be tagged.  (Of course, he’s making a lot more than Akers.)

“Proud to be an Eagle,” Vick wrote on Twitter.  “2011 will be a huge success!”

He then sent some fans happy birthday wishes and shout outs.  Surely, Vick’s creditors are also smiling Tuesday — the franchise number for quarterbacks is estimated to be around $16 million.

48 responses to “Michael Vick is “proud” after getting exclusive franchise tag

  1. Good for Vick.
    Bottom line, he paid his debt to society. I am a animal lover, but he paid his debt.
    BUT, The Eagles are the ones I am disappointed in. They have a policy NOT to hire convicted felons either in any team support staff, or stadium help.
    But guess who they did hire…
    Hypocrites

  2. Like I said earlier- he should be glowingly happy about this. And if he wasn’t, no way in H he’d have the balls to say he’s unhappy about making 20mil to quarterback the most explosive offense in the league. But he is.

  3. “With this new financial windfall I’ll be able to fully invest in ever more sophisticated devises for abusing and killing innocent do–… I mean, invest in books for needy school children.”

  4. Can we finally give him his due credit? Michael Vick the Falcon was flashy and exciting, but not a real quarterback. Michael Vick the criminal was a despicable man, one who deserved to lose everything and more. Michael Vick the Eagle has been an outstanding member of the community, a leader in the locker room, a student of the game, and a winner.

  5. Good for Vick. Im happy for him. And to you haters, Im sure Vick will have his debts paid off soon. He’ll be making some big endorsement $ within a year or two as well. Now if we could just get our defense back together! Nnamdi???? That’d be nice. I have faith in Juan Castillo as our D Coordinator. We just need another good CB and LB. Maybe another DE too. Juan is a good FOOTBALL coach and knows the game very well.

  6. i dont know.. 2 first rounders? thats a big deal.. maybe andrew luck next year.
    thats serious OL improvements too. .
    I’d take it from Carolina and get the Auburn DT. & at least a top 5 for next year.

    i’d do that and let Kolb do his thing.

  7. As a Giants fan I am very happy this signing insures another year of the egals not winning a Super Bowl
    By week 9 Vick will have been shot by one of his crew or locked up.

    This ahole has not reformed he has been waitin for the golden egg to be laid now that it has its party time in the hood

    I hope all the folks he stole from get theres before the bling truck backs up to mikeys house

  8. nickynick04 says:
    Feb 15, 2011 4:34 PM
    Good for Vick.
    Bottom line, he paid his debt to society. I am a animal lover, but he paid his debt.
    ==========================

    You either aren’t really an animal lover, or you haven’t done one minutes research into what Vick did.

    Forget the dogfighting. As heinous as that is, that is the LEAST of his atrocities.

    What should stop you from uttering nonsense like “he paid his debt to society” is the fact that he:

    a) personally murdered dogs in atrociously painful ways (smashing their heads on concrete, electrocuting them by attaching jumper cables to their testicles) and,

    b) amused himself by throwing untrained house pets into the pit bull ring and laughed while the house pets got torn apart.

    Imagine how twisted you have to be to enjoy those things. Do you really think 18 months in the pen can change that?

  9. SmurfJuice says:
    Feb 15, 2011 4:43 PM
    Can we finally give him his due credit? Michael Vick the Falcon was flashy and exciting, but not a real quarterback. Michael Vick the criminal was a despicable man, one who deserved to lose everything and more. Michael Vick the Eagle has been an outstanding member of the community, a leader in the locker room, a student of the game, and a winner.
    ==========================

    Everything Vick has done in the community has been COURT MANDATED.

    And a winner? What, exactly, has he won?

  10. 16 mil for a qb who won’t stay healthy the full season. 16 mil for a qb who will throw a pick in the endzone and cost you your whole season. I’d be pumped to be a eagle fan now.. Not!! They should have gotten some picks for him and started kolb and fixed their sorry d that they have.

  11. Gone are Michael’s days of running afoul of the law. These days he is a regular Boy Scout Eagle.

  12. He’ll probably have $5 left over after the creditors get their money. He should go for the Big Mac extra value meal.

  13. McNabb is more like “Donovan WHO?” right about now. He’s finished. History. Although I have to say that the way Shanahan and his clone (son) are treating McNabb is deplorable. First of all, to be benched for Rex Grossman (of all people) is the biggest humiliation you can ever lay on a quarterback.
    Second, if they don’t want the guy then just release him. It won’t cost you anything beyond the money and draft picks you’ve already thrown away on him. Spare him the indignity of all of this “backup” talk. He may well end up being a backup on some team, but on the Redskins?

  14. Was he also PROUD when he killed the dogs?

    Mark my words, he is just putting up a front. He will fall again and the true Vick will emerge.

  15. You have to give props to Vick for 2010, BUT, I would take the two 1st round pick IF another team was willing and roll with Kolb. You need the talent in the draft at it’s possible the Eagles could have another Aaron Rodgers there if they were to give him more time to develop. Vick is over 30 and is a running quarterback. That is a huge health concern. Take the two 1st rounders and roll the dice.

  16. He needs to strung up by his ankles, sprayed with cold water, then have mild electric shocks applied to his body so he experiances some of what he did another lifeform. He is a sick bastard and eventually he will pay the real price.

  17. CowboyErik said “He needs to strung up by his ankles, sprayed with cold water, then have mild electric shocks applied to his body so he experiences some of what he did another life form. He is a sick bastard and eventually he will pay the real price.”

    Right. I agree with you. He can be a football player and makes lots of money but we know that the “emperor wears no clothes”. His day will come and I hope I get to see it.

    And for all of the posters who keep parroting that “he’s paid his dues”. He went to prison for racketeering. He did not serve one day for torturing and killing animals.

  18. Here’s to hoping he gets crippled in week 1 & never takes the field again. As a life long Eagle fan, I am ashamed to have him on our team. He’s one of the single most evil individuals to walk among us in our lifetime. If you doubt that, actually real some about the torture & cruelty he administered with his bare hands because he admits it AROUSED him. He’s a vile POS that should still be in jail.

  19. 16 mil? Who does this guy think he is..?
    I give all the credit in the world to Vick making the turn around in his career but I don’t think he’s proved enough to be worth 16 mil.

  20. Poor Doggy.. 🙁

    It must have been yelping so loud when he was slamming its head to the concrete… or pushing it’s head under water… 🙁

    I don’t care if he “paid his debt”.. any person that would do things like that in the first place doesn’t deserve money like that.

  21. So, I can understand all the concern over the dogs that have been killed, but

    everyone does realize that Ron Mexico is spreading herpes to human women… right?

  22. @ bleedeaglegreen

    Kudos to you, my friend. Good to see there are still some Eagles fans with a backbone.

    This $16 mill is going to quickly expose this grotesque subhuman monster as just that. He’ll be back in jail (or hopefully dead) in due time. There are really only a handful of more dispicable individuals to ever step foot onto the gridiron.

    Break a neck, dog drowny.

  23. bigbluefan1 says: Feb 15, 2011 5:00 PM

    As a Giants fan I am very happy this signing insures another year of the egals not winning a Super Bowl
    By week 9 Vick will have been shot by one of his crew or locked up.

    This ahole has not reformed he has been waitin for the golden egg to be laid now that it has its party time in the hood

    I hope all the folks he stole from get theres before the bling truck backs up to mikeys house
    ________________________
    Says the guy whose team’s star receiver is still in jail for a gun violation after having been dumb enough to shoot himself. Btw, how have your Giants fared since they lost Plax?

  24. realitypolice says: Feb 15, 2011 5:02 PM

    SmurfJuice says:
    Feb 15, 2011 4:43 PM
    Can we finally give him his due credit? Michael Vick the Falcon was flashy and exciting, but not a real quarterback. Michael Vick the criminal was a despicable man, one who deserved to lose everything and more. Michael Vick the Eagle has been an outstanding member of the community, a leader in the locker room, a student of the game, and a winner.
    ==========================

    Everything Vick has done in the community has been COURT MANDATED.

    And a winner? What, exactly, has he won?
    _________________________
    You can debate all of the other issues concerning Vick that you want, but his community outreach work is NOT court mandated. He’s not a guy that was sentenced to community service in lieu of jail time. He was sentenced to jail and he’s now out on parole. If you want to question his community outreach work, then say it’s all about generating good P.R. and rehabilitating his image. There’s no need to make things up or claim that incorrect statements are facts.

  25. ny82jy says: Feb 15, 2011 5:09 PM

    16 mil for a qb who won’t stay healthy the full season. 16 mil for a qb who will throw a pick in the endzone and cost you your whole season. I’d be pumped to be a eagle fan now.. Not!! They should have gotten some picks for him and started kolb and fixed their sorry d that they have.
    _______________________
    A NY fan mocking Eagles fans because Vick threw a pick? Now that is funny. Vick was towards the top of the list for fewest picks thrown, while Eli threw more picks than any other QB in the league. Sounds like someone is still a little butt hurt by the New Miracle in the New Meadowlands. Btw, if you want the Giants to get back to the big game, they’re going to have to find a way to actually come up with a win against the Eagles. Eagles are riding a seven game winning streak vs. the Giants right now.

  26. giablommi says: Feb 15, 2011 8:16 PM

    @ bleedeaglegreen

    Kudos to you, my friend. Good to see there are still some Eagles fans with a backbone.

    This $16 mill is going to quickly expose this grotesque subhuman monster as just that. He’ll be back in jail (or hopefully dead) in due time. There are really only a handful of more dispicable individuals to ever step foot onto the gridiron.

    Break a neck, dog drowny.
    _______________________
    It’s funny how none of you seem to recognize the cognitive dissonance of your comments. You condemn the man for what he did to dogs (and rightfully so), and then you go on to describe vile acts that you want to see done to a human being. If that is actually what you want to see happen to another human being, then that makes your desires as vile as his.

  27. Actually, I believe his bankruptcy judge provides only a certain amount of money he can spend. I read something about a year ago that said he needed to live somewhat frugally (by NFL standards) even though he was make a few mil, because the judge gave him a strict allowance.

  28. 1 good season and you get 16 million, how many seasons did it take Manning,Brady,Favre,what a joke. I can only hope he has a career ending injury,nothing life threatening. The real Vick will be back soon.

  29. @stanklepoot

    Right & with that cleaver handle we should all take your words seriously. Freedom of speech is for ALL, not just fools that support a discusting POS that tortured already hurt animals for arousal.

  30. bigbluefan1 says:
    Feb 15, 2011 5:00 PM
    As a Giants fan I am very happy this signing insures another year of the egals not winning a Super Bowl
    By week 9 Vick will have been shot by one of his crew or locked up.

    If the Eagles aren’t winning the Super Bowl for another year you can bet your ass that Giants won’t be making the playoffs. After all, it has become commonplace for the Giants to play the role of the wak kid in the neighborhood that gets bullied by the Eagles.

  31. stanklepoot says:
    Feb 15, 2011 9:25 PM
    ny82jy says: Feb 15, 2011 5:09 PM

    16 mil for a qb who won’t stay healthy the full season. 16 mil for a qb who will throw a pick in the endzone and cost you your whole season. I’d be pumped to be a eagle fan now.. Not!! They should have gotten some picks for him and started kolb and fixed their sorry d that they have.
    _______________________
    A NY fan mocking Eagles fans because Vick threw a pick? Now that is funny. Vick was towards the top of the list for fewest picks thrown, while Eli threw more picks than any other QB in the league. Sounds like someone is still a little butt hurt by the New Miracle in the New Meadowlands. Btw, if you want the Giants to get back to the big game, they’re going to have to find a way to actually come up with a win against the Eagles. Eagles are riding a seven game winning streak vs. the Giants right now

    Actually i could give two craps about the giants. Im a jets fan as the jy at the end of my name stands for jets yankees. Get it straight dumba**
    I liked watching the eagles beat the giants.. Still dont change the fact that Vick sux..

  32. and honestly cant believe im about to defend the Giants but when was the last time the eagles won a superbowl. Who gives a crap they have a seven game win streak vs the giants. Eli is a superbowl MVP. Vick is a dogkiller fresh outta jail..

  33. “A NY fan mocking Eagles fans because Vick threw a pick? Now that is funny. Vick was towards the top of the list for fewest picks thrown…”
    ^^^^^
    Considering his final pass of the season was an INT, I’d say that is mockworthy.

  34. stanklepoot says:
    Feb 15, 2011 9:34 PM
    It’s funny how none of you seem to recognize the cognitive dissonance of your comments. You condemn the man for what he did to dogs (and rightfully so), and then you go on to describe vile acts that you want to see done to a human being. If that is actually what you want to see happen to another human being, then that makes your desires as vile as his.
    ______________________________
    I’m with you. Got two dogs and I would never place either of them above the life of a person who didn’t harm another person. Vick was wrong to do what he did. He admitted it, said he was sorry, went to jail and is now trying to do better with his life. He might even be sincere about it, who cares so long as he doesn’t harm another animal or break the law like he did in the past? I’ve never a seen a published report where he’s wished harm on another person which is more than some of the people posting here can say. As for the Eagles, I like the team. I like that they took a chance on a guy who seems to want to do better. His arrogance seems gone, he says the right thing, tries to do the right thing and he is the most exciting QB in football. As fans who do not personally know him or any of the pro athletes we comment on, is this not the best we can hope for from these people? The unwritten rule for all athlete should be something like this; Don’t be a douche or, if you have been in the past, apologize and try to do better. That should be the rule for these posts, too.

  35. stanklepoot says:
    Feb 15, 2011 9:21 PM
    realitypolice says: Feb 15, 2011 5:02 PM

    You can debate all of the other issues concerning Vick that you want, but his community outreach work is NOT court mandated. He’s not a guy that was sentenced to community service in lieu of jail time. He was sentenced to jail and he’s now out on parole. If you want to question his community outreach work, then say it’s all about generating good P.R. and rehabilitating his image. There’s no need to make things up or claim that incorrect statements are facts.
    ========================

    I’ll look into that- if you’re right, I certainly apologize for being mistaken in my understanding of the facts.

    Doesn’t really change the gist of my point, which is that what community outreach Vick is doing is hardly being done voluntarily out of the goodness of his heart.

    I do have some inside information (a relative of mine has been involved in several of his appearances) that indicate he treats these appearances as performances- that is, he shows very little enthusiasm for the cause before and after the time he actually spends in front of the audience (and the TV cameras).

    Whatever- I don’t have any issue with him being allowed to make a living in the NFL.

    But I will never root for him, nor will I ever believe that he feels any differently about animals than he did before, or that he regrets anything other than getting caught.

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