Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

15 Feb 2011

Eagles Franchise Vick, Transition Akers

The Eagles have placed the franchise tag on quarterback Michael Vick and the transition tag on kicker David Akers.

Adam Schefter reports that the Eagles placed the exclusive franchise tag on Vick.

Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 15 Feb 2011

6 comments, Last at 18 Feb 2011, 9:50am by Dean


by Randy Hedberg (not verified) :: Tue, 02/15/2011 - 12:53pm

I don't know why they would need to use the exclusive tag. I can't picture a team giving up two first-round picks plus $15 million a year for a 31-year-old running QB who might still be considered a character risk.

Then again, Dan Snyder needs a QB. Never mind.

by andrew :: Tue, 02/15/2011 - 2:28pm

The ironic thing would be if Kolb were one of the QBs that helped set the Franchise tag value.

by the cat in the box is dead (not verified) :: Thu, 02/17/2011 - 2:28pm

The Franchise Tag is based on last year's salary details, so the numbers are in already.

by Anonym (not verified) :: Fri, 02/18/2011 - 12:36am

The exclusive tag is based on this year's numbers. The non-exclusive tag is based on last year's numbers.

by TimothyB (not verified) :: Thu, 02/17/2011 - 5:39pm

I think that is the best move the Eagles can make, and highly doubt that he is a character risk anymore.

by Dean :: Fri, 02/18/2011 - 9:50am

Have you been paying attention???

He's been out of jail for 18 months. He promised us he was going to turn his life around and lied again. He promptly threw a party where a man got shot - oh and it was against the law for him to be in the same place as that man. Now he tells Sports Illustrated that even though he was lying about turning his life around before, he really means it this time and we should please, please believe him. Yet somehow, his name is attached to another pay-to-attend party at the Super Bowl. Which, of course, is conveniently all a misunderstanding once it becomes public. But he really means it this time that he's turning his life around.

Maybe he has. But if I walked into a job interview and told the prospective employer that I hadn't been to jail for 18 months, they'd laugh in my face.

Lets see him keep his name out of the Crime Section of the newspapers for, say, ten years - maybe only 5 if you really are desperate to believe in him for some absurd reason - before we start buying into the idea that his rehabilitation is anything more than a carefully crafted marketing plan.