Eagles likely to lock up Michael Vick with franchise tag

Michael Vick’s incredible performance through the first 11 weeks of the season has led to speculation about what his future is in Philadelphia.

After all, the Eagles are still committed to Kevin Kolb as their quarterback of the future. That future might be a little further off than he would like. Vick is in the final year of his contract and is set to be an unrestricted free agent when the collective bargaining agreement is finally hammered out by owners and players. When that will be, who knows?

But don’t expect Vick to hit the open market after that happens. There is increasing chatter that the Eagles will do the sensible thing, and Ashley Fox of the Philadelphia Inquirer drives that point home today in her column when she lays out the plan for the team to place the franchise tag on the quarterback.

That will cost the Eagles something north of $15 million, but that’s better from a team standpoint than investing in him for the long haul. That money might not help Vick pay off all his creditors but it will go a long way toward turning things around for him. Of course, Vick needs to keep his life in order off the field. That – and staying healthy – will be his biggest challenges.

"There will be a time and a place when that needs to be addressed, and we'll address it," Eagles coach Andy Reid said last week about Vick and a contract. "It's a crazy deal with the collective bargaining agreement and so on. We really haven't done anything with anybody. It's just a different year.

"It is not because of Michael's situation or his past. He's making pretty good money this year. It's not like he's not making good money right now. It's about the way the league is going right now, and so it's hard to make those types of plans for the future."

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