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Vick seals $100m deal with the Eagles

Michael Vick enjoyed an outstanding season for the Philadelphia Eagles, setting new career records.
Michael Vick enjoyed an outstanding season for the Philadelphia Eagles, setting new career records.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Michael Vick signs six-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles in NFL
  • Vick served time in prison on dog fighting charges and was declared bankrupt
  • QB Vick helped the Eagles to an 8-3 record last season

(CNN) -- Michael Vick, who spent nearly two years in jail on dog fighting charges and was later declared bankrupt, has signed a six-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles which will make him one of the NFL's highest-paid players.

The new contract, worth a reported $100 million, completes the rehabilitation of the star quarterback, whose career was in ruins after his conviction and spell in a federal prison.

Given a second chance by the Eagles in 2009, he became the starting QB last season when Kevin Kolb was injured and guided them to an 8-3 record, claiming the NFC East title.

On the way, he set career highs in yards passing (3,018), touchdowns passes (21) and rushing touchdowns (9). He also rushed for 676 yards.

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
--Eagles coach Andy Reid
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"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."

Vick, who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft, signed a 10-year, $130 million deal with the Atlanta Falcons in 2005, making him the top-paid player in the league at the time.

But disgrace followed for his involvement in an illegal interstate dog fighting ring and with it a string of felony charges.

His Falcons contract was canceled and he was forced to file for bankruptcy.

The 31-year-old's return to the NFL was controversial with animal rights groups vociferous in their opposition, but he has generally received a good reception from gridiron fans.