Michael Vick is back at the top of the NFL. Vick, who spent 18-months in prison for his involvement in a dog fighting ring, is now once again one of the top paid quarterbacks in the NFL. Vick just signed a 6-year deal with Philadelphia Eagles worth $100 million, with at least $40 million in guaranteed money.
Eagles coach Andy Reid said in a statement:
“I’m very happy we were able to reach an agreement with Michael on this long-term contract. It’s a product of all the hard work Michael has done to better himself over the last couple of years, both on and off the field. I’m very proud that he has been able to achieve success again in this league, but he’ll be the first one to tell you that there is a lot of work yet to be done by him and this team as a whole.
“And there’s no doubt in my mind that he will continue on that path.”
Vick was drafted as the number one pick in 2001. After signing a $130 million, 10-year contract in 2005 with the Atlanta Falcons, Vick was the top-paid player in the NFL. Endorsement deals from companies like Nike cemented Vick’s position at the top of the league.
But that all went away in 2007 when Vick was sent to prison for illegal dog fighting.
Vick has been regathering his sponsors over the last few seasons, and with this contract, he’s close to being at the position he was before his imprisonment.