Bloomberg the Company & Products

Bloomberg Anywhere Login


Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.


Financial Products

Enterprise Products


Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000


Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

Eagles Place Franchise Tag on Vick; Jets Secure David Harris

Michael Vick, #7 of the NFC Philadelphia Eagles
Michael Vick, #7 of the NFC Philadelphia Eagles passes against the American Football Conference team (AFC). Photographer:Kent Nishimura/Getty Images

Feb. 15 (Bloomberg) -- The Philadelphia Eagles placed a franchise tag on quarterback Michael Vick and the New York Jets did the same with linebacker David Harris, securing the players’ contract rights for the 2011 National Football League season.

The Eagles announced their move on their website, while Nick Filis, a spokesman for the Jets, confirmed the team’s plans for Harris in a telephone interview.

Each team in the NFL can apply the franchise tag to one player whose contract is expiring, preventing them from becoming free agents. Players designated with the franchise tag receive one-year contracts equal to the average of the five highest-paid players at their positions the previous season, under current rules. The players must accept that contract figure and are barred from becoming free agents.

Vick would be due $16.4 million and Harris $9.7 million.

It hasn’t been determined whether the franchise tag will be valid under a new collective bargaining agreement, which is being negotiated between the NFL and its players union. The current deal expires March 3.

Vick, 30, threw for 3,018 yards with 21 touchdowns and six interceptions last season to win the Associated Press Comeback Player of the Year Award after serving a federal prison sentence on a dog-fighting conviction.

Harris, 27, led the Jets with 99 tackles and had three sacks last season.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mason Levinson in New York at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at

Please upgrade your Browser

Your browser is out-of-date. Please download one of these excellent browsers:

Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera or Internet Explorer.