It’s safe to say that Michael Vick’s career has come full circle.
Two years ago Vick met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell about being officially reinstated into the NFL. Twenty-four months later, philly.com reports that Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles have agreed on a 6-year contract worth $100 million, with $40 million being guaranteed.
Forbes.com reports that Vick had previously signed a 10-year, $130 million deal with the Atlanta Falcons in December 2004 that remains the largest contract in NFL history. But that contract didn’t turn out all that well for Vick, or for a lot of innocent dogs.
He spent 21 months in prison after being convicted of operating a dog fighting ring, and later filed for bankruptcy. But Vick rebounded and won the NFL’s Comeback Player of Year award in 2010.
In the past year Vick has signed agreements with Nissan, pad maker Unequal Technologies and sports nutrition company MusclePharm. And Nike re-signed Vick to a contract after releasing him four years ago.NBC's Tony Dungy said to the Los Angeles Times, "It was a success story for the Eagles. I thought Michael was a changed person. Philadelphia gave him a chance to be the third-team quarterback, and he did everything that he determined that he was going to do.
Color analyst Cris Collinsworth said, "I know it takes a certain humility to walk into a building and admit that my work ethic and discipline wasn't where it was supposed to be.”