Vick signs deal with EaglesMichael Vick is back in the NFL, landing a job with the Philadelphia Eagles. Eagles president Joe Banner confirmed Thursday night that Vick had signed a one-year deal with a club option for another year. Fox Sports reported that Vick will make $1.6 million this year and could make as much as $5.6 million in the option year. Vick, once the NFL’s highest-paid player but now in bankruptcy court, has not played since 2006. The former Atlanta Falcons quarterback was convicted in August 2007 of conspiracy and running a dogfighting operation, and he served 18 of a 23-month sentence in federal prison. He also was suspended indefinitely by the NFL, but the suspension was conditionally lifted July 27 by commissioner Roger Goodell. The Eagles went to the playoffs last season under quarterback Donovan McNabb, and are still looking for their elusive first Super Bowl win. McNabb and Vick are close friends, and McNabb reportedly OK’d the signing. Animal rights groups quickly denounced the signing, but Eagles coach Andy Reid said he believes most Eagles fans will accept Vick. "This is America. We do make mistakes,” Reid said. "This situation is a chance to prove he’s doing the right things. He’s been proactive speaking across the country.”
BRADY SHINES IN RETURNTom Brady threw two touchdown passes in his first game since tearing ligaments in his left knee in Week 1 last year, leading the New England Patriots to a 27-25 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in the preseason opener. Brady ran well in the pocket and showed no lingering effects of his surgically repaired left knee. He threw two touchdown passes to tight end Chris Baker, one in the first quarter and another in the second. Brady was 10 of 15 for 100 yards with one interception. In other preseason games Thursday: →Ravens 23, Redskins 0: Joe Flacco led the Ravens to field goals on his only two series, and Troy Smith threw a touchdown pass for Baltimore. Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell went 3 for 6 for 38 yards, and both his drives ended with punts. →Steelers 20, Cardinals 10: Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and Arizona’s Kurt Warner each played two series, and neither produced a point. Isaac Redman, an undrafted rookie from Bowie State, scored on runs of 3 and 5 yards in the fourth quarter for the Steelers.
STALLWORTH SUSPENDEDCleveland Browns receiver Donte Stallworth, who pleaded guilty to killing a pedestrian while driving drunk, was suspended without pay for the entire season by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Stallworth is barred from team activities until he is reinstated after the Super Bowl. Stallworth struck 59-year-old crane operator Mario Reyes the morning of March 14 in Miami. He pleaded guilty June 16 to DUI manslaughter, a second-degree felony, and was sentenced to 30 days in jail. Stallworth was released after 24 days. He also is under house arrest for two years.
T.O. OUT UNTIL NEXT WEEKReceiver Terrell Owens expects to return to practice next week, meaning he’ll likely miss the Buffalo Bills’ home preseason game against Chicago this weekend because of a sprained toe. FROM WIRE REPORTS
Vick signs deal with Eagles