Michael Vick Lands 6-Year, $100M Deal With Eagles
Deal completes NFL star's journey back to top
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 30, 2011 2:26 AM CDT
Updated Aug 30, 2011 6:02 AM CDT
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick passes at training camp at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011.   (AP Photo/Rich Schultz)

(Newser) – Four years after he was sent to prison for his involvement in a dogfighting ring, Michael Vick has rejoined the ranks of the NFL's highest-paid players. The Philadelphia Eagles have signed the quarterback to a 6-year, $100 million contract with $40 million guaranteed, sources tell AP. The 31-year-old, who joined the Eagles after completing his 18-month sentence in 2009, led the team to the NFC East title last year.

"I'm very happy we were able to reach an agreement with Michael on this long-term contract," Eagles coach Andy Reid said in a statement. "It's a product of all the hard work Michael has done to better himself over the last couple of years, both on and off the field. I'm very proud that he has been able to achieve success again in this league, but he'll be the first one to tell you that there is a lot of work yet to be done by him and this team as a whole." Only two NFL players now earn more than Vick, who filed for bankruptcy while in prison.