Michael Vick -- he of the six-year, $100 million contract* signed on Monday -- met the media for the first time since he became really rich for the second time. As expected, Vick, who got a $100 million contract with the Falcons before eventually going to prison, didn’t seem sad with his lot in life.
*Well, it might not be EXACTLY $100 million. As PFT’s Mike Florio points out, it’s actually a five-year deal for $80 million because the contract for that sixth year voids if he plays more than 35 percent of the snaps in any year of the contract. He’s also guaranteed only (!) $35.5 million and not $40 million as originally reported.
"I used to sit in my prison bunker and be like, '$100 million -- I'll never see that again,'" Vick told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "You know, because you're getting up there in age. I was 29 when I got out and I thought if I could just get a fraction of that -- maybe 25 ... 30. That would be good. That would be good. I just got it to where I know I'm going to have to work.
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There’s no doubt about the accuracy of his words. Remember, after Vick was released from prison, there wasn’t much interest around the league in retaining his services, and he started third on the Eagles depth chart. But he had a standout 2010, earned the comeback player of the year award and received this hefty contract (even if it’s not as big as we originally thought).
Of course, we still don’t know the answer to the question I posted Monday of whether the contract is a smart investment by Philadelphia. We won’t know the answer for quite a while.
But we do know one thing. Vick isn't the same guy he was the first time he got $100 million.
"I just chilled in the house with the kids and the family," Vick said when asked how he celebrated his new deal. "That's just me -- conservative."
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