Eagles, Vick agree to $100 mil
PHILADELPHIA — If it weren't clear before, it is now: Michael Vick is the face of the Eagles franchise.
The Eagles and Vick agreed to a six-year, $100 million contract with $40 million guaranteed, NFL sources said Monday night.
The team later confirmed the length of the deal, which locks the quarterback up through the 2016 season. Vick's return to prominence has been remarkable and faster than anyone could have imagined.
In 2007, he lost nearly everything when he was convicted on dogfighting charges and sent to prison. In the last 12 months he's gotten nearly everything back: a starting job, endorsement deals and a blockbuster contract.
Vick, 31, did not return a message left seeking comment.
Vick's deal makes him among the highest-paid players in the game — again. His per year base salary of $16.7 million is less than only Patriots quarterback Tom Brady ($18.01) and Colts quarterback Peyton Manning ($18 million), but is more than New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning ($16.25 million) and Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers ($15.3 million).
Brady signed a reported five-year, $78.5 million contract with $48.5 million guaranteed in September 2009. Peyton Manning's deal came last month when he inked a reported five-year, $90 million contract with $54.4 million of that guaranteed.
Peyton Manning is back. Whether he is ready to play is an open question.
The Colts activated Manning from the physically unable to perform list Monday. A few hours later, the four-time MVP pulled on his white No. 18 jersey and a helmet, and jogged onto the practice field, renewing hopes that he might actually play in the season-opener at Houston on Sept. 11 four months after neck surgery.
"That's kind of been my goal all along, trying to get better and I know everybody's into predictions and everybody wants to have the breaking news," an upbeat Manning said. "But I just can't give you any more than what I'm giving you."
He said again that he won't play in Thursday night's preseason finale at Cincinnati.
Clearly, though, Manning is getting closer. He acknowledged that he is healthy enough right now to take a snap or play a series to keep his consecutive-games streak intact but insists he won't.
Ndamukong Suh is answering questions again about his style of play. The Detroit Lions defensive end hasn't been asked by the one person who concerns him.
"I'll consider myself a dirty player when my mom calls me a dirty player," he said Monday.
Suh is back in the spotlight after an incident with Patriots lineman Logan Mankins during a post-whistle scuffle in Detroit's 34-10 preseason win Saturday night.
Suh pointed out that an official saw the entire play and that they had discussed Suh's attempt to get Mankins away from the Lions' Lawrence Jackson. Suh was not called for a penalty, while Mankins received a personal foul for grabbing Jackson's face mask.
"I don't regret it at all," Suh said. "What I find funny about the situation is that I wasn't the one called for the 15-yard face-mask penalty, and I also didn't know you could get fined for defending a teammate."
He said he had a "great talk about the play with the referee who was right there."
"He said in the future, I should let them handle those situations, but that he understood exactly what I was trying to do," he said.
Cincinnati Bengals running back Cedric Benson was sentenced to 20 days in jail Monday after reaching a deal to settle two misdemeanor assault cases in Texas.
Benson said he will surrender to authorities on Oct. 17, which is the Monday of Cincinnati's bye week.
Benson's jail time could be significantly shorter than the sentence. He could be given credit for any time served when he was arrested and state law requires inmates be given two days credit for every day they are rewarded for good behavior. Jail overcrowding also could shorten his stay.
The Tennessee Titans have placed running back Chris Johnson on the reserve/did not report list in a move that frees up an extra roster spot for the final preseason game.
The administrative move has no impact on contract talks with Johnson, who met with the Titans last week but remains a holdout.