It’s official! After slapping him with the franchise tag a few weeks ago, the Eagles announced Wednesday that QB Michael Vick will be playing in midnight green for the 2011 season.
The Pro Bowler signed on the dotted line to accept the franchise offer that will make him somewhere in the $16 million range for 2011.
Vick posted 30 total touchdowns and led the Eagles to their first NFC East Division title in four years, after the team traded franchise QB Donovan McNabb last April.
The Eagles continued to tie up loose ends before the CBA expires Thursday night. The team tendered LB Stewart Bradley (2nd rd compensation) G Max Jean Giles (4th rd comp) CB Dimitri Patterson (no comp) and RB Eldra Buckley (exclusive right free agent). All are expected to be back next season with the Eagles.
Some notable players who were not tendered were guard/center Nick Cole, punter Sav Rocca, linebackers Omar Gaither and Ernie Sims among a few others.
It is uncertain how the tendering system will play out with the new collective bargaining agreement. It will take four or five years for players to be unrestricted. But at the moment, if any team offers any of these players contracts, the Eagles will have seven days to match or let the player go. If a player signs with another team the Eagles receive whatever round tender they slapped him with. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens here with less than 24 hours until we have an official lockout in the NFL.
Akers Not Happy
Kicker David Akers will not sign his transition tag before the deadline. Everyone is aware when the Eagles decided to give Akers the tag that he was not pleased with the move.
His agent, Jerrold Colton, was quoted a few weeks ago saying the move was a “shocker and a disappointment.” Akers wants job security and is looking for faith from the organization by giving him a long term deal. He has came out and says he wants to finish his career in a Eagles uniform. But just because he doesn’t plan on signing the tag doesn’t mean Akers won’t be back in Philly next season. Hopefully once the new CBA is determined the Eagles and Akers’ camp can agree upon a new deal.
kers has played the most games in an Eagles uniform and at age 36 he shows no sign of a decline. He was voted into the Pro Bowl last season and converted on 84% of his attempts and career high 23 touchbacks. Unfortunately, he will be remembered and scrutinized for his awful performance with two missed FGs in the Eagles 21-16 Wild Card loss to the eventual Super Bowl Champion, Green Bay Packers. Hopefully something will be worked out for this long loved Philly athlete.