Michael Vick, QB
Following the 2010 season, the Eagles utilized the franchise tag to secure Michael Vick through the 2011 campaign.
Vick was selected to his fourth Pro Bowl in 2010 and was, statistically, coming off his best season at the professional level.
Vick finished 2010 with an 8–3 record as the starter. He also completed nearly 63 percent of his passes while throwing for 3,018 yards and 21 touchdowns.
Throughout Vick’s career, he was never regarded as a pocket-passer. His money-maker was his uncanny ability to burn defenses with his legs. In addition to posting phenomenal passing numbers in 2010, Vick rushed 100 times for 676 yards and nine touchdowns.
The Eagles were extremely pleased with Vick’s 2010 performance, and they hit him with the “exclusive” designation of the franchise tag, meaning Vick was bound to Philly for the upcoming season. That also meant his agent was prohibited from seeking offers from anywhere else.
Five months later and weeks before the 2011 season, the Eagles and Vick agreed to a six-year contract worth $100 million with $40 million of that being guaranteed. At the time, this contract made Vick one of the highest-paid players in the NFL.
Vick played for three more seasons with the Birds before being released after the 2013 season. That’s when Foles stepped into the starting role.
In Vick’s final three seasons in Philly, he was 12 – 17 as the starter while throwing for 6,680 yards, 35 touchdowns, and 27 interceptions.