Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Posted: 12:20 p.m. Updated: 6:32 p.m.
By Andy Schwartz
It's official. Michael Vick is property of the Eagles for next season.
Assuming there is one, of course.
Vick on Wednesday signed the Eagles' one-year, franchise tender. The team placed the franchise tag on him on Feb. 15.
Under the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, which is set to expire Thursday night at 11:59 p.m., Vick will earn a salary equal to average of the top five highest paid quarterbacks in the league. Based on last year's salaries, according to team president Joe Banner, that figure is 16 million. After earning 1.625 million in 2009, Vick made 3.75 million last year.
However, the provisions regarding the franchise tag could change when a new CBA formed. Banner last month admitted that he wasn't sure the franchise tags would even exist once the CBA expired.
The franchise tag was expected for Vick, who enjoyed a rebirth last season, setting career-highs in passer rating (100.2), completion percentage (62.6) and yards passing (3,018). He was selected to his fourth Pro Bowl and was named Comeback Player of the Year.
Once there is a new CBA, the Eagles likely will look to extend his contract.
I think well see then, Banner said last month. We have interest in him long term. Everything he has said and everything his agent has said is positive. Hes somebody we think highly of.
The Eagles used the exclusive franchise tag on Vick, meaning he couldn't have received offers from other teams. The non-exclusive tag would have allowed him to negotiate with other teams, but any team making an offer to Vick would have had to compensate the Eagles with two first-round picks had the Eagles elected not to match it.
When they tagged Vick, the Eagles also placed the transition tag on kicker David Akers, who has yet to sign the tender and won't.
"We're just keeping our options open here," Akers' agent Jerrold Colton said Wednesday. "Ideally he wants to remain here and sign a long-term deal with the Eagles."
Under the current CBA, the tag allows the Eagles to match any offer Akers receives as a free agent and does not require any compensatory picks from the team making the offer. If he signs the transition tender, Akers would receive the average salary of the 10 highest paid kickers in the league.
The Eagles also made offers to linebacker Stewart Bradley, guard Max Jean-Gilles, cornerback Dimitri Patterson and running back Eldra Buckley. Bradley, Jean-Gilles and Patterson are scheduled to be restricted free agents, while Buckley is an exclusive rights free agent.
The Eagles can match offers made to Bradley, Jean-Gilles and Patterson. If they decide not to match the offer to Bradley, the club signing Bradley would have to compensate the Eagles with a second-round pick. Signing Jean-Gilles would cost a team a fourth-round pick, and Patterson would command no compensation.
Buckley cannot negotiate with another team.
However, these rules are based on the current CBA and could be rendered meaningless by a new one.
Elsewhere, Matt Nagy -- once an Eagles QB for an afternoon -- has been named offensive quality control coach after serving as a coaches assistant last season and a coaching intern during training camp the previous two years.
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