Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Vick cashes in on 2010 season
By Mark Malzewski, Keith Hawkins and John McTigue
AP Photo/Matt Slocum
Michael Vick led all quarterbacks with 566 scramble yards in 2010.
With his new contract, Michael Vick becomes one of three players in U.S. professional sports history to sign multiple $100 million contracts.
Not only did Vick, Alex Rodriguez and Shaquille O’Neal sign two different $100 million contracts, they also did it with two different teams. Despite being the second richest of the combined contract values, Vick’s average annual salary would be the lowest of the three.
• Alex Rodriguez -- 10 years, $252 million with the Texas Rangers in 2000; 10 years, $275 million with the New York Yankees in 2007
• Shaquille O’Neal -- Seven years, $120 million with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1996; five years, $100 million with the Miami Heat in 2005
• Michael Vick -- 10 years, $130 million with the Atlanta Falcons in 2005; six years, $100 million with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011
Vick’s deal is also now the eighth $100 million contract signed by a quarterback in the NFL (including his first deal in 2005) and history has not fared well for those quarterbacks.
Of the seven quarterbacks to sign such a contract (Brett Favre, Drew Bledsoe, Donovan McNabb, Daunte Culpepper, Vick, Carson Palmer and Ben Roethlisberger), only Bledsoe and Roethlisberger won a Super Bowl afterward with the team they signed with.
Roethlisberger did it as a starter, Bledsoe was the backup to Tom Brady with the New England Patriots.
Interestingly enough, Vick has now earned two $100 million contracts despite playing a full 16 game season just once. His play on the field may have teams overlooking the time he has missed.
In 2010, Vick continued to be a threat on the ground, averaging 9.9 yards per scramble attempt and leading NFL quarterbacks in scramble yards (566). But it was his improvement in the passing game that may have led to his new contract.
Vick set career highs in completion percentage, touchdown passes and NFL passer rating in 2010 while posting his first career 3,000-yard passing season. Vick was able to do most of his work from the pocket, finishing as one of five quarterbacks with an NFL passer rating over 100.0 from inside the pocket.