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Here's another angle to look at the situation from for those who think he shouldn't get that much or a long term deal period:
There's another reason Vick got the money. The Eagles think he's responsible.
One of the most interesting conversations I had on my training-camp tour was with Michael Vick, and it had nothing to do with the Eagles' chances or his new teammates or someone called Toure'. It was about his relationship with Tyrod Taylor, the sixth-round Ravens quarterback who, like Vick, went to Virginia Tech.
Now, I was surprised but not shocked that the Eagles gave Vick a six-year, $100-million deal Monday. Surprised because he's not proven himself to be a durable quarterback who can give a team 16 games consistently; he's played a full season once in his NFL career. But I understood because they wanted Vick to feel like he was going to be the cornerstone of the franchise going forward, and this contract will allow him to play with financial peace of mind by allowing him to erase the estimate $20 million he owes a bankruptcy court in Virginia. Now, he should be able to move on with as normal a life as he can lead, without the specter of debt hanging over his head.
One reason the Eagles felt comfortable handing Vick more than $40 million guaranteed is because they've seen a more mature Vick. A good illustration of that is his relationship with Taylor. They worked out together in Virginia Beach with speed-and-agility trainer Tom Anderson on the athletic stuff, and with Vick teaching Taylor the football stuff, over the spring and summer.
The fruit of that relationship can now be seen in Baltimore. Taylor, self-assured and smart and confident, has earned the backup quarterback job with the Ravens in camp, and his long drive in the fourth quarter last Thursday -- admittedly against Redskins backups -- enabled Baltimore to defeat Washington. The thought of a sixth-rounder earning the backup quarterback position for a playoff team is quite a feat for a young player, but that's how good the Ravens feel about him.
His indoctrination started with the Vick workouts, and with Taylor telling Vick he idolized him and wanted to learn from him.
"Don't idolize me,'' Vick told Taylor. "Follow me, watch me, but brand yourself, Tyrod.''
Vick told Taylor that when the lockout ended he had to be ready to step into a practice huddle with the Ravens and call plays confidently. "When the lockout's over,'' Vick would say, "You've got to go in and call the plays like you know them. There's not going to be any excuses.'' Because Taylor had been exposed to the Baltimore offense from offseason exposure to Ravens veterans, he had an idea of what the offense was, and what the terminology was, and Vick told him during every workout to make sure he did his homework on the Ravens' plays. And Vick would throw basic NFL concepts at him, like how to call protections and how to recognize certain blitzes and how to be sure to go through his progressions on a pass read.
When I was in Ravens' camp, offensive coordinator Cam Cameron told me: "This Tyrod Taylor could be special. He could be an incredible story. He's come in and done a good job of understanding what we do.''
Cameron told me that day, "Michael Vick's a part of that story. Wait and see.''
Said Vick: "Everything I asked him to do, he did. I'd say, 'Get in your playbook tonight,' and he'd come back the next day and I'd ask him things, and he understood. This kid I'm really rooting for because he's gone after it the right way. He really wants to be an NFL quarterback. He's really worked at it. One night I called him at camp and said, 'How's it going, little bro?' He said, 'Getting it down. Running with the twos. Going good.' ''
Running with the twos. Tyrod Taylor and his tutor have to be happy about that.
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