Archive: March, 2011
Les Bowen and Daily News staff
Updated: As expected, Michael Vick has signed his franchise tender, meaning he is under conract for next season.
The Eagles used the exclusive rights franchise tag on him Feb. 15. By using the exclusive rights tag, other teams were prevented from making offers.
Under the current terms of the CBA, Vick will make more than $16 million in 2011, the average of the top five quarterbacks salaries. He had a $5.25 million base salary in 2010, but upped that considerably with incentives. Of course, there is no guarantee that the franchise tag will even exist moving forward.
Paul Domowitch, Daily News NFL Columnist
In June of 2008, just 2 months before Gene Upshaw’s death and one month after the NFL owners opted out of the current labor deal that will expire at midnight on Thursday, I did a 90-minute interview with the late NFLPA executive director in his Washington, D.C. office. Here a few interesting snippets from that interview:
(on former commissioner Paul Tagliabue): ``Probably the most important thing Paul has done is kept us out of the courtroom. He knew and I knew that if we stayed out of the courtroom and used the league’s assets, which is the players, we could grow the game in a way that would be unbelievable. And that’s what happened.’’
(on the owners wanting cap credit for stadium repairs and other capital improvements in addition to stadium construction): ``That’s the issue. We agreed it had to be revenue-producing (to get cap credit from the union). They can’t just do stuff because they want to do it and think we’re going to help pay for it. That’s not going to happen. Because at the end of the day, they still own the stadium, not us.’’