Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Akers won't sign transition tender; Vick will ink franchise tender

The Eagles announced quarterback Michael Vick signed his one-year franchise tender today.

The deal is worth $16.4 million, the average of the top five quarterback salaries.

But kicker David Akers won't ink the $2.8 million transition tender according to his agent, Jerrold Colton. There isn't a benefit for Akers to sign the deal. The veteran is hopeful of doing a longer deal or testing free agency if the NFL Players Association is correct arguing the tags are invalid if there is a work stoppage Thursday.

The exclusive rights franchise tender prohibits teams from making offers for Vick. The transition tag provides the Eagles with the right of first refusal refusal if teams offer Akers a contract.

Vick enjoyed a career year in quarterback rating (100.2), completion percentage (62.6) and passing yards (3,018). He became just the second player in league history to throw for 3,000 yards, rush for 500 yards and accrue a 100 passer rating in one season, joining Steve Young (1992).

Vick earned a starting spot on the NFC Pro Bowl squad while garnering NFL Comeback player of the year honors.


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