The simple truth is Michael Vick is not living up to his contract. Is it unfair that he is the highest paid player in NFL history? Perhaps, but that doesn’t matter. Fairness has no place in football or business. The simple fact is that you as a player and/or agent negotiated that contract, and you’re now obligated to live up to it, or the simple reality of the NFL will catch up to you. And that reality is that you will be unemployed.
I’ve heard Falcon fans complain about the big contracts that John Abraham and Ed Hartwell have signed and not “lived up to” but have stayed mum about Vick’s contract. Seems very hypocritical to me.
Just because Vick is our best player, doesn’t mean that he should be held to dramatically different standards than any other underachieving player. And that’s the truth, he’s underachieving. Vick’s massive contract severely limits the Falcons abilities to sign other top players in order to improve the team. So then the onus is upon Vick to do whatever it takes to make up for it.
I don’t doubt Vick’s potential, but let’s start getting a little bit more substance versus promise. I need to see this over these last six games. Or else I’m going to quickly join the minority throng of Falcon fans that want to see Vick gone.