Michael Vick: If Donovan McNabb Is Worth $78 Million, What Will He Get?

Bailey BrautiganFeatured ColumnistNovember 16, 2010

Michael Vick: If Donovan McNabb Is Worth $78 Million, What Will He Get?

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    Michael Vick had arguably the best game of his NFL career last night against the Washington Redskins as the Philadelphia Eagles simply could not be stopped in a 59-28 victory.

    Vick has been criticized for his "run first" mentality, but that didn't seem to be the case in Washington D.C.

    Last night, Vick completed 20 of his 28 passes for an outstanding 333 yards and four touchdowns, but he did run the ball as well...

    For another two touchdowns.

    The Eagles were out for revenge against the Redskins, and boy did they get it!

    Speaking of the Redskins, another quarterback has been making headlines as Donovan McNabb signed a five year, $78 million contract extension with Washington. $40 million of that is guaranteed.

    This is the same Donovan McNabb who found himself riding the bench in the last two minutes of a close game against the Detroit Lions.

    So we have to ask:

    If McNabb is worth $78 million, how much should Michael Vick make?

    Vick's two year contract with the Eagles will end at this season's end, and there are plenty of teams around the league in serious need of a starting quarterback.

    But signing Vick will mean shelling out some serious cash.

    Here are 10 teams that could greatly benefit from acquiring Michael Vick and what kind of money they'll need to spend to get him.

10. Cincinnati Bengals

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    Why They Need Vick: Something is going on with the Cincinnati Bengals this season. They went from sweeping the AFC North last season to bringing up the rear in the division.

    Current starting quarterback Carson Palmer just isn't playing as well as he used to, and the Bengals have lost six games in a row. Palmer earned himself a 78.7 quarterback rating for Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts, and as much as I hate to say it, it might be time for a change in Cincinnati.

    More or Less Than McNabb: More. In 2005, the Bengals signed Carson Palmer to a six-year extension for over $118 million which will last through 2014, but if Palmer doesn't shape up soon, the Bengals will need to shell out some serious cash for Michael Vick.

    Five-Year Deal: $80 million.

9. Chicago Bears

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    Why They Need Vick: The Bears are right on the cusp of becoming a fantastic football team, but one thing is holding them back:

    Their quarterback.

    Jay Cutler has been an interception machine all season, and the Bears could really benefit from a more accurate player under center.

    More or Less Than McNabb: More. Jay Cutler's rookie contract went through 2011, but the Bears signed a two-year extension through 2013, making his contract worth about $50 million total.

    It's pretty safe to say that Michael Vick would be a more valuable asset than Jay Cutler, and he could definitely stand to make some more cash.

    Five-Year Deal: $85 million.

8. Minnesota Vikings

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    Why They Need Vick: Brett Favre has made it pretty clear that he won't be returning next season, and the Vikings will be in need of a new starting quarterback.

    Vick is still young, and he will be a much better option than Tarvaris Jackson.

    More or Less Than McNabb: More. The Vikings spent around $30 million to hang onto Brett Favre for two years.

    The Vikings will want to hold onto Vick for longer than two years, and at age 30, he is just now reaching his prime as a quarterback.

    Five-Year Deal: $90 million. 

7. Buffalo Bills

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    Why They Need Vick: The Buffalo Bills have won just one game this season, and that was against the Detroit Lions. Ryan Fitzpatrick isn't exactly an elite quarterback, but Michael Vick could be just the player to pull the Bills out of their funk.

    More or Less Than McNabb: More. The Bills signed Fitzpatrick as a free agent in 2009, and he makes about $2.5 million a year.

    This could be one of the best deals for Vick since the Bills have quite a bit of money to go around.

    Five-Year Deal: $85 million.

6. Tennessee Titans

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    Why They Need Vick: The Titans are another team that is just one good quarterback away from being an excellent team. Chris Johnson is a serious threat on the ground, but they need to amp up their passing game.

    This is where Vick comes in.

    Michael Vick may be known for using his feet, but he seems to be developing into an excellent passer as well.

    More or Less Than McNabb: More. In 2006, Vince Young signed a six-year $58 million contract with the Titans which will last through 2012.

    Vick isn't going to see anything close to his initial contract with the Atlanta Falcons (10 years, $130 million), but he stands to make more than Vince Young provided he stays healthy.

    Five-Year Deal: $83 million.

5. Dallas Cowboys

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    Why They Need Vick: The Cowboys need a real leader under center, and that leader certainly isn't Tony Romo.

    Michael Vick demonstrates the maturity that Tony Romo may never achieve, and he could be just what the Cowboys need to utilize all of their offensive talent.

    More or Less Than McNabb: Less. The Cowboys don't need a quarterback as bad as the Redskins did, so they probably wouldn't be willing to offer Vick a deal like McNabb's.

    Still, the Cowboys do have some salary space to spare, so they might consider making a move for Vick.

    Five-Year Deal: $65 million.

4. Jacksonville Jaguars

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    Why They Need Vick: The Jaguars have some talent in David Garrard, but Michael Vick could add some more versatility to their offense.

    More or Less Than McNabb: Less. The Jaguars could use a more talented quarterback, but they still have three years left on Garrard's pricey contract.

    In 2007, Garrard signed the highest-paying contract in franchise history with a six-year $60 million deal, and he still has some gas left in his tank.

    Five-Year Deal: $50 million.

3. Arizona Cardinals

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    Why They Need Vick: Quick. Name the starting quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals.

    Yeah. I know. I had to look it up too.

    The Cardinals went from playing in the Super Bowl to playing at the bottom of an already weak division.

    So what changed?

    Their quarterback.

    More or Less Than McNabb: More. The Cardinals should give Vick as much money as possible once he goes on the market as a free agent.

    Derek Anderson isn't the answer for Arizona, and we know it.

    Five-Year Deal: $95 million.

2. Carolina Panthers

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    Why They Need Vick: The Panthers need to do something! And Matt Moore ain't it.

    The Carolina Panthers have the worst passing offense in the NFL this season, and they could seriously benefit from a dynamic player like Michael Vick.

    More or Less Than McNabb: More. Much more.

    Matt Moore's contract is up after this season, and the Panthers need to seriously need to consider picking up Michael Vick.

    Five-Year Deal: $93 million.

1. Philadelphia Eagles

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    Why They Need Vick: If you want a reason for the Eagles to extend Michael Vick's contract, look no further than this season.

    Vick led the Eagles to a 59-28 victory over the Washington Redskins, and he has yet to throw an interception all season.

    More or Less Than McNabb: More. The Eagles would be crazy to offer Vick any less than what his predecessor Donovan McNabb is making with the Redskins.

    The difference here is that Vick can only get better.

    Michael Vick has said he will give the Eagles a shot at keeping him before he entertains other offers, and Philly needs to trade away Kevin Kolb and show Vick that they want a long-term commitment.

    Five-Year Deal: $97 million.