Michael Vick sure does have interesting timing.
A little more than three years ago, "Michael Vick Indicted" and "Michael Vick Pleas Guilty" headlines ran across virtually every Web site, newspaper and magazine in the country as Vick and the public relations disaster (and animal cruelty display) that was Bad Newz Kennels played out over the dead sports months of May-August. With a lack of other big sports stories, that meant all Michael Vick coverage all the time, and the quarterback's superstar status and fortune all but evaporated.
Fast forward 40 months, Vick's timing and the nature of why he's in the news, has vastly improved.
On the same day the Washington Redskins handed Donovan McNabb a mind-boggling five-year contract worth $78 million ($40 million guaranteed), Vick put together one of the most impressive single-game performances of the modern NFL era—against McNabb and the Redskins.
Vick threw for 333 yards and four TDs on 20-28 passing and added eight rushes for 80 yards and two more scores on the ground, carrying Philadelphia to a 59-28 beatdown of Washington and boosting the Eagles' record to 6-3. He posted a 150.7 passer rating, and is yet to throw a pick or lose a fumble this year.
To be clear, Vick has a base salary of $3.75 million this year.
Donovan McNabb is 4-5 this year, including a loss last week to the lowly Lions in which he was temporarily pulled from the game for being "out of shape." McNabb's QB rating on the year is 75.2, he's three years older than Vick, and he's thrown 11 interceptions to nine TDs. And he just got $40 million guaranteed.
If there's any such thing as common sense left in the NFL, Michael Vick is in line to make a lot of money this offseason. That means a big decision for the Philadelphia Eagles of whether they're the team to spend big on No. 7, or if they let him slip into the arms of another QB-hungry franchise.
After Monday night's display, you have to assume that Vick is in Philadelphia to stay. He's found redemption in Philadelphia. He made the front office look smart by beating the city's former franchise quarterback. And he's once again one of the most exciting athletes in professional sports.
If Vick and the Eagles continue to soar, there will be talk of Tom Brady money. There will be talk of a massive signing bonus. There will be talk of what this team does with Kevin Kolb.
But after a six-score performance on Monday Night Football that spoiled the payday of the one guy the Eagles absolutely had to beat in 2010, Vick looks to be worth every penny of whatever enormous contract is headed his way.
Because if a 4-5 quarterback with 11 picks on the year is worth $78 million, Michael Vick is pretty much priceless.