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Eagles sign formerly jailed QB Michael Vick to a two-year deal

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Philadelphia Eagles are taking a flyer on formerly jailed quarterback Michael Vick. He has agreed to terms on a two-year, $1.6 million deal.

The deal also hopes a $5 million option for the 2010 season. He signed with the Eagles nearly a month after being reinstated by the NFL.

Former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick rolls out to throw a pass during training camp at the Atlanta Falcons Training Complex
Michael Vick rolls out to throw a pass during training camp at the Atlanta Falcons Training Complex (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

He had been suspended by the league as he was in jail for a year and a half for his involvement in a dogfighting ring. In December 2007, he was sentenced to 23 months in prison.

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He was released from prison this past May. The Atlanta Falcons cut ties with Vick this past June.

“I’m a believer that as long as people go through the right process, they deserve a second chance,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said. “He’s got great people on his side; there isn’t a finer person than Tony Dungy. He’s proven he’s on the right track.”

With the Eagles, Vick is expected to backup Donovan McNabb. The team also has A.J. Feeley, who is a backup.

“There won’t be a quarterback controversy,” Reid said. “We have to make sure he gets back in football shape. He comes into a good, stable unit here. Donovan and Michael are very close.”

He last played during the 2006 season with the Falcons. During that season, he appeared in 16 games.

He went 7-9 as a starter. Vick went 204 of 388 for 2,474 yards. He had thrown 20 touchdown passes and 13 interceptions.

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From 2001 through 2006, Vick appeared in 74 games. He started 67 contests. He was 38-28-1 as a starter.

Vick went 930 of 1,730 for 11,505 yards. He had 71 touchdown passes and 51 interceptions.

“I just hope the people will understand that we did our research,” Eagles President Joe Banner said, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. “It was very tough initially, but everybody we talked to said the same thing, that he was remorseful and that he had gone through an incredible transformation, that he was basically good at heart. “We heard this over and over again from people who felt he deserved a second chance.”

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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