http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/s ... id=1952387
This is what most of us have been expecting to happen since the summer. Vick's current deal was set to expire at the end of 2006, but we knew it would only be a matter of time before Vick's agent forced his hand and start talking holdout without a new deal in place before that period.
The Falcons decided to bite the bullet a bit sooner and dish out the cash now rather than later.
I was never too happy about the potential Vick contract, and according to ESPN it will exceed that of Peyton Manning. The fact is that the Falcons would be forced to pay Vick more money than even may he deserved just based on the fact of his close relationship with Arthur Blank and he in only 3 years has done more for the franchise (publically) than anyone else has done in over 60.
I think an issue that the Colts have run into with the huge deal given to Manning, is their inability to field a competitive team. Sure, with Manning, James, and Harrison they have the new Big 3 and will always be in the hunt. But that defense is terrible. Notice the fact that only a handful of players on that side of the ball were not drafted by the Colts, which tells you how much more pressure it puts on GM Bill Polian to draft quality players since they are unable to make many significant moves in free agency.
The same could happen here in Atlanta. I don't think it will because unlike the Colts we don't have gobs of money invested in a small group of players, but I think with Vick's looming deal, it will force us to cut quality veterans sooner due to cap reasons and put more pressure on McKay to draft better players later in the draft, which is a very hard thing to do.
But had I been in McKay's shoes, I would have also signed VIck to a huge deal, making him either the #1 or #2 highest paid player in the NFL. I just would not have been happy about it, and I'm sure McKay is not also. Hes eems to be a practical guy and he knows that having gobs of $$$ invested in one player hurts you in how well you can get 52 other players to help said player win football games.
We'll see what the terms are. For those that care, Vick earned about $22 million over the 4 years of his original deal signed back in 2001.