Tag:Michael Vick
Posted on: February 17, 2011 9:02 pm

Ian Kinsler confuses me

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In a rather strange analogy, Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler dissed Eagles WR DeSean Jackson and QB Michael Vick and, in a roundabout way, called Philadelphia’s biggest stars unprofessional.

When ESPN Dallas asked Kinsler about teammate Michael Young, who requested a trade a few weeks ago, Kinsler responded by saying, “"This isn't DeSean Jackson or Michael Vick or Manny Ramirez. Michael Young is a professional. It would be completely out of his personality not to be here."

So, I’m a little confused. If he’s talking about Jackson’s desire for a new contract before the 2010 season began, it’s not correct to call him unprofessional. Jackson said he wasn’t going to be a distraction, and, in fact, he wasn’t, leadingt he league in yards per catch with 22.5.

And the Vick comparison is flummoxing as well, because Vick hasn’t demanded anything contract-related since he returned to the NFL following his prison sentence. Now, if Kinsler had substituted Albert Haynesworth and Darrelle Revis for Jackson and Vick, he’d be right on.
Instead, Kinsler whiffed completely, and now, he looks a little silly.

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Posted on: February 17, 2011 5:10 pm

More on Vick postponing Oprah

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

We’ve already come to the conclusion that Michael Vick is passing on a potential Oprah interview because she might allow the owners of Vick’s former dogs on the show as well to create what could be quite an awkward confrontation.

But Vick’s spokesman, Chris Shigas, told phillysportsdaily.com that wasn’t the case at all.

“Not true,” Shigas said. “He’s already answered all of these questions.”

Instead, the reason he canceled really could be because the timing of the interview was not good for Vick – personally and professionally.

Apparently, there have also been rumblings that the Eagles weren’t in favor of Vick participating in the interview and asked him not to do it. But a Philadelphia spokesman said that wasn’t true either.

Like I mentioned before, I’d be surprised if Vick ever allows Oprah to interview him on her show. Luckily for him, this is her last season on the air, so this should be the last time this topic arises.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: February 17, 2011 12:04 am

Vick's Oprah cancelation becomes clearer

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Well, this might be the reason Michael Vick has canceled his appearance on the Oprah show, which surely means he will be struck down by lightning at some point soon.

According to USA Today, many of the families who adopted Vick’s dogs “have been ‘flooding’ the producers of Winfrey’s show with calls and emails asking the ‘voices of the victims’ families’ be heard on the episode.”

Said radio host Richard Hunter, who adopted one of Vick’s dogs and tried to interview (or ambush) him about it: "True to form, when Michael Vick feels the heat, he scrambles out of the pocket.”

If Vick was to appear on the show, it makes perfect sense that the owners of the rescued dogs would want their – and their dogs’ – stories to be told. Especially if the interview was going to be a touchy-feely piece about how Vick is now a model citizen and how he’s had to overcome SO MUCH* to regain his form as one of the top athletes in the NFL.

*That was too snarky. Vick has had to overcome missing multiple seasons in the NFL and a prison sentence. No small feat.

In fact, it’d be a bit irresponsible if the producers ignored those families.

At the same time, if I’m Vick, no good can come of appearing on a nationally-televised talk show where he’ll be confronted by a bunch of pet owners who, I imagine, are still outraged by Vick, his past actions and his current success. The discussion would be contentious and confrontational, and there’s almost no chance Vick wouldn’t look like the devil.

Though Vick’s people said he only postponed the interview and that he hopes to reschedule, there’s almost no chance he’ll ever find the time to actually sit down with Oprah.

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Posted on: February 16, 2011 5:01 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2011 6:05 pm

Vick cancels on most powerful person in world

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Michael Vick is walking on dangerously thin ice, because, according to CNBC’s Darren Rovell, he canceled his scheduled appearance on the Oprah show.

As we all know, Oprah controls the world,* so it can’t be great karma for the Eagles QB to cancel on someone as powerful as she. Not when she’s strong enough to help Tom Cruise enter a career downward spiral (you remember the whole couch-jumping incident), turn an author named James Frey into a hero before crushing him into tiny faking pieces on a subsequent episode, and send everybody in her audience to Australia.**

*OK, she ONLY owns her own production company, magazine, TV channel, radio station on XM Sirius, about 10 residences and (obviously) a whole bunch of money. But yeah, she kind of controls the world also.

**If it sounds like I watch too much Oprah, you’d be wrong. My wife happens to watch it every day, and more often than not, she’s giving me play-by-play of what’s happening (over my stringent objections). There is, however, one blogger on the CBSSports.com team who actually HAS been to an Oprah taping, a fact that delights me and horrifies him to no end. I will not give his name in order to protect the guilty, though I will say that he’s not an Eye on Football blogger.

Anyway, Rovell makes a good point. There probably wasn’t a ton of upside of Vick going on the show. He’s already won himself so much positive publicity because of the way he’s played and the way he’s acted since returning to the game after his prison term, and he (gasp!) doesn’t really need Oprah.

And while Oprah could anoint him as a wonderful person in front of millions of viewers, she also could turn on him. For Vick, it’s probably not worth the risk. Expect Oprah’s wrath, though, and don’t expect it to be pretty.

UPDATED (6:03 p.m.): Vick's statement, courtesy of Rovell:

"After careful consideration, I will need to postpone the taping of the Oprah Winfrey interview scheduled for February 22. I admire and respect Oprah and hope to be able to participate in an interview in the future."

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Posted on: February 15, 2011 10:21 am
Edited on: February 24, 2011 4:45 pm

Franchise Tag Tracker: Who's your team holding?

Posted by Will Brinson

CBSSports.com's NFL columnist Pete Prisco already broke down who's expected to get the franchise tag from each team in the NFL. We're here to make sure you know exactly who DID get tagged, with our Franchise Tag Tracker. Tag salary numbers are the average of the top-five at each position for the franchise tag -- or 120 percent of last year's salary, whichever is greater -- and top-10 at each position for the transition tag. 

Team Franchise Tag Tag Salary Analysis

Logan Mankins, LG $10.73 million Mankins probably isn't thrilled by the designation -- he held out much of 2010 in a contract dispute. But at least now he'll be making "market value." For the Pats, they get to keep one of the best guards in the league, and are at least placating his camp with the possibility of a long-term deal.

Michael Vick, QB $17.10 million Getting Vick locked onto 2011's roster was priority numero uno in Philly. The tag, though expensive, gives the Eagles options on their long-term plans with No. 7 and Kevin Kolb, at least for the moment.

David Harris, LB $10.19 million Defense is kind of a big deal for the Jets, and since Harris was their leading tackler and made just $550K last year, getting him paid is crucial. But the Jets won't do a long-term deal without a new CBA so this will suffice for the moment.

Vincent Jackson, WR
$11.93 million

Here's another guy who's probably just thrilled to be franchised. Given what he made in 2010 combined with a hefty tag, V-Jax is a steal for the Bolts. He won't necessarily be thrilled without long-term security but at least he's getting paid like he wants to for a season.

Haloti Ngata, DT $12.38 million The Ravens want to get Ngata locked down, but they have some interesting history of double-franchising players before they do that. Ngata's price -- heavily inflated by big DT deals last year -- might not make that as feasible though.

Peyton Manning, QB $23.12 million Same as it ever was: the Colts tagged Manning in 2004 to make sure they could extend long-term contract negotiations and that's what's going on here. Price tag might as well be "infinity."

Kamerion Wimbley, LB $10.19 million Oakland originally appeared to be franchising TE Zach Miller, but when the final year of Wimbley's deal voided, they bailed and ended up giving the linebacker a $6 million raise from what his buy-back clause should have been.

Tamba Hali, LB $10.19 million
Hali's breakout season meant he was a top priority for KC, but the general feeling is that this is a "true" franchise-tagging in that both sides want to make a long-term deal happen ASAP.

LaMarr Woodley, LB
$10.19 million

Woodley finished the final year of his rookie contract in strong fashion, recording 50 tackles, 10 sacks and two picks. The Steelers seem likely to lock him down for a while, but this was certainly expected.

Chad Greenway, LB $10.19 million Minnesota tagging Greenway is particularly interesting because it means Sidney Rice isn't guaranteed to stay on the roster. That's not to say Greenway's a bad choice, just that the courtship of Rice by other teams should be fun to watch.

Ryan Kalil, C $10.51 million The Panthers not tagging DeAngelo Williams will surprise some, but Khalil probably presents the most irreplaceable value for Carolina if he hits free agency. Jonathan Stewart's on the roster and the Panthers think they can reach a deal with DE Charles Johnson. Khalil would have drummed up a ton of interest on the market.

Phil Dawson, K $3.26 million There will be jokes and jokes and jokes made about franchising a kicker, especially in Cleveland. But it's not as bad as it seems -- they just don't have anyone good in a contract year.

Marcedes Lewis, TE
$7.26 million

Lewis and the Jaguars are reportedly both interested in a long-term deal, so there's a good chance we're talking about a new price for the tight end by the time the CBA ends March 4. Either way, he's in Jacksonville next year.

Paul Soliai, DT
$12.38 million

Posted on: February 15, 2011 9:18 am
Edited on: February 15, 2011 9:36 am

Eagles place franchise tag on Michael Vick

Posted by Will Brinson

The Eagles took an official step to ensure -- for now -- that Michael Vick will return as their starting quarterback when the 2011 starts, placing the franchise tag on the 2010 Comeback Player of the Year.

Philadelphia also placed the transition tag on kicker David Akers.

"Michael Vick and David Akers were two of our most valuable players last year," said head coach Andy Reid in a team statement. "They were well deserving of their Pro Bowl berths and we're happy to take this step to ensure that they'll be back in Philadelphia next season."

It wasn't unsurprising to see the Eagles tag Vick -- it had been previously reported that they would do so. Vick's situation is a tricky one in that his original two-year deal with Philly is up and his strong play in 2010 warranted a serious upgrade in pay. However, handing him a long-term deal without confirming that -- as our own Pete Prisco pointed out -- he can a) stay healthy, b) play at an elite level and c) stay out of trouble for another year seems pretty silly.

The Eagles also have trade target Kevin Kolb under contract for a very modest amount, so there's some room to gamble, especially given how desperate teams seem for their backup.

Vick's franchise tag number isn't official, but he'll receive an average of the top-five quarterback salaries, meaning he's likely to get just over $17 million for the 2011 season.

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Posted on: February 14, 2011 7:19 pm

Vick to appear on Oprah

Posted by Andy BenoitM. Vick (US Presswire)

If you’re famous and screwed up in a major way, your image rehabilitation project is not complete without an appearance on Oprah.

For Michael Vick, the image rehabilitation project could soon be completed. The Eagles quarterback will appear on the daytime talk show to discuss all of the usual Vick things. Specifically, the Chicago-based Harpo Productions says the interview will cover Vick’s time in prison, his return to the NFL and his work with the humane society. Not on the list is “Vick’s experiences in dogfighting”, but there’s next to zero chance that Oprah won’t be all over that subject.

If there’s time left over, we’re hoping Oprah can talk to Vick about Kevin Kolb, the franchise tag and the intricacies of Andy Reid’s West Coast offense. But we won’t get our hopes up.

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Posted on: February 13, 2011 2:37 pm
Edited on: February 13, 2011 6:51 pm

Kolb appears to have mutual interest with Cards

Posted by Will Brinson

Larry Fitzgerald spent much of his time leading up to the Super Bowl letting folks he'll only re-sign with the Cardinals if they bring in a talented quarterback to throw him the ball. Kevin Kolb, the one-time Eagles starter turned backup, was at the top of Fitzgerald's list.

Kolb admitted this week in an interview with WIP's Howard Eskin that it's "awfully flattering" to be named by someone as talented as Fitzgerald, and that he'd be open to a trade to the Cardinals. If, you know, the Eagles were interested in trading him.

"I mean, if he's not the best, he's one of the best receivers in the NFL, superstar," Kolb said. "For a guy like that to say something about me, it means a lot. And it's awfully flattering, and I hope that if something happens, their name comes up."

As we've covered, Kolb wants out of Philly -- not because he doesn't love the team or the coach or the organization, but because the team, coach and organization just love Michael Vick too much. But he's still handling the situation fairly well, dropping not-so-subtle but not-too-aggressive hints about wanting to end up with another team before 2011 starts.

Kolb's at least being reasonable about the whole process and pointed out that certain circumstances -- namely the labor situation -- will make it more difficult for the Eagles to swing a deal. "I've always had a good relationship with the Eagles. I think they understand my situation, I think they see where I'm coming from," Kolb said. "And you guys know this, it's not really in my makeup to go out there and cause a stink about things. That's just not what I do. I try to be as professional as possible and see both sides.

"I truly believe that they're going to try and do what's best for myself and the team, and if that doesn't work out, I obviously won't be happy about it. But in my opinion, it won't be their fault if it doesn't work out. I think it'll be because of the CBA not getting done."

On the other hand, it's entirely possible the Eagles WANT a new CBA deal done so they can look to move Kolb -- if Matt Flynn's currently worth a second-rounder (and that possibility's out there), Kolb's all but guaranteed to warrant more in a deal. And if the Eagles could get a first-rounder for him, you'd have to think they'd be open to a deal that makes everyone happy.

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