PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles have placed the franchise tag on Pro Bowl quarterback Michael Vick.
Vick led the Eagles to a 10-6 record and the NFC East title after replacing an injured Kevin Kolb in Week 1. Despite missing three games with an injury, Vick had his best season.
He set career highs in yards passing (3,018), touchdowns passing (21), touchdowns rushing (9), completion percentage (62.6) and passer rating (100.2).
By applying the franchise tag, a team must pay a player the average of the top five salaries at his position.
Vick was voted The Associated Press Comeback Player of the Year after missing two seasons while serving a jail sentence and playing sparingly in 2009.
The Eagles also placed the transition tag on Pro Bowl kicker David Akers.
“Michael Vick and David Akers were two of our most valuable players last year,” coach Andy Reid said. “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.”
Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.