Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles agreed on a six-year contract on Monday that again makes the Pro Bowl quarterback one of the highest-paid players in the NFL. A source familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press the deal is worth $100 million, including about $40 million guaranteed.
Vick has come a long way since spending 18 months in federal prison on dogfighting charges. He led the Eagles to the NFC East title last year, was the starting quarterback in the Pro Bowl and was the AP Comeback Player of the 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."
Vick was due to earn slightly more than $16 million this season after the Eagles designated him the franchise player in February. He'll make a little less, possibly giving the Eagles salary cap flexibility to give Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson an extension.
He started last year as the backup, but forced his way into the starting role with his exceptional performances after Kolb got hurt in the season opener.
Vick guided the Eagles to an 8-3 record in 11 games as a starter in his first season playing full-time since 2006. He set career highs in yards passing (3,018), touchdowns passing (21), touchdowns rushing (9), completion percentage (62.6) and passer rating (100.2). Vick also rushed for 676 yards.
McGahee to the rescue
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Denver Broncos were money between the 20s last year, and middling in the red zone.
Willis McGahee to the rescue.
Since his first season in the NFL in 2004 with the Buffalo Bills, McGahee ranks third in the league among active running backs with 50 red-zone TDs, tied with Larry Johnson and trailing only LaDainian Tomlinson (96) and Thomas Jones (52).
The ninth-year running back has quickly become the offense's biggest offseason acquisition, scoring three red-zone TDs in the last two weeks, on runs of 1 and 2 yards sandwiched around a 13-yard touchdown catch on a pass from Kyle Orton against Buffalo.
"Willis just brings a good physical dimension to us," running backs coach Eric Studesville said. "But really, it's just a complement to what we're trying to emphasize offensively anyway."
More touchdowns, fewer field goals. All of which starts with a better ground game. The Broncos converted 29 of 56 trips into the red zone into touchdowns last season.
Jets beat Giants
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The preseason braggin' rights for the New York metropolitan area belong to the Jets.
Mark Sanchez threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes and the Jets capitalized on two big special teams plays in 17-3 victory Monday night in a preseason game delayed two days by Hurricane Irene's march up the East Coast.
Bilal Powell had a 1-yard TD run in the fourth quarter and the Jets defense intercepted Eli Manning twice.
The chippy game featured the Giants' Brandon Jacobs and the Jets' Muhammad Wilkerson being ejected for a fight, a lot of penalties and enough bad plays to make Jets coach Rex Ryan and counterpart Tom Coughlin concerned with the regular season less than two weeks away.
In other news, the New York Jets' training facility in Florham Park lost power Sunday as a result of Hurricane Irene, and is operating off an existing generator.
Starting today, the majority of the Jets' business support staff will work out of the MetLife Stadium.
Around the league
* Bengals running back Cedric Benson was sentenced to 20 days in jail after reaching a deal to settle two misdemeanor assault cases in Texas. Benson said he will surrender to authorities on Oct. 17, which is the Monday of Cincinnati's bye week.
* The Tennessee Titans have placed holdout running back Chris Johnson on the reserve/did not report list in a move that frees up an extra roster spot for the final preseason game. The move has no impact on contract talks between the two sides.