Eagles place tags on Vick, Akers

Posted Feb. 15, 2011 @ 9:33 a.m.
Posted By PFW staff

QB Michael Vick, who came off the bench in Week One of the 2010 season and led the Eagles to the NFC East title, has been assigned the franchise tag by the team for 2011.

The tag, which pays a player the average salary of the five highest-paid players at his position, is expected to be between $15 and $20 million next season for quarterbacks, according to USA Today. Vick's salary was slightly more than $5 million last season, when he was named Pro Football Weekly/PFWA Comeback Player of the Year.

Philadelphia was not done on Tuesday, also giving the transition tag to PK David Akers, which pays him the average of the 10 highest salaries at the position. Akers had one of his best seasons last year, his 12th with the Eagles, scoring an NFL-best 143 points.

"Michael Vick and David Akers were two of our most valuable players last year," Eagles head coach Andy Reid said in a statement.

"They were well deserving of their Pro Bowl berths and we're happy to take this step to ensure that they'll be back in Philadelphia next season."

The way we see it

After the season he had, there was no way the Eagles were going to let Vick leave in free agency. The quarterback set the tone for the team's offense with his ability to run and pass, leading them to the playoffs after starting the season on the bench.

Akers also is an important piece to the team and has been, along with Reid, the only constant in the Eagles' continued success over the past decade. The team is getting a bargain by only having to pay him the average of the 10 best-paid kickers in the league, because he has proven to be one of the league's elite players at the position.