Vick signs new contract
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Michael Vick has signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Pro Bowl quarterback was designated as the team’s franchise player Feb. 15. He signed the franchise tender Wednesday.
Under rules of the collective bargaining agreement that expires at midnight Thursday, a team must pay a franchise player the average of the top five salaries at his position. Vick would make an estimated $20 million under this tag.
Vick led the Eagles to a 10-6 record and the NFC East title after replacing an injured Kevin Kolb in Week 1. Despite missing three games with an injury, Vick had his best season. He set career highs in yards passing (3,018), touchdowns passing (21), touchdowns rushing (9), completion percentage (62.6) and passer rating (100.2).
Vick was voted The Associated Press Comeback Player of the Year after missing two seasons while serving a federal prison sentence.
Panthers tender Williams, Johnson, Marshall, Moore
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The Carolina Panthers placed restricted free-agent tenders on 14 players on Wednesday, including running back DeAngelo Williams, defensive end Charles Johnson and quarterback Matt Moore.
Cornerback Richard Marshall, linebacker James Anderson and tight ends Jeff King and Dante Rosario were also on the list.
There’s a good chance, however, that many of these tenders won’t be valid once a new collective bargaining agreement is reached. It’s part of the strange NFL offseason of uncertainty with the labor deal set to expire and possible lockout to start as soon as Friday.
Also given restricted tenders were receiver David Clowney, safety Marcus Hudson, long-snapper J.J. Jansen, defensive tackle Derek Landri, kickoff specialist Rhys Lloyd, linebacker Jordan Senn and cornerback C.J. Wilson.