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NFL notebook: Eagles sign Michael Vick to 2-year deal

Published: August 14, 2009
Vick signs deal with Eagles
Michael 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.”

Tom 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.

Vick signs deal with Eagles


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