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Eagles reportedly to franchise Vick, deal Kolb

The Eagles will make quarterback Michael Vick their franchise player, ESPN.com reported Sunday. That would prevent Vick, 30, whose contract has expired, from leaving without permission from the team.

As a result, ESPN.com reported, Philadelphia will try to trade backup quarterback Kevin Kolb, 26, during the offseason.

Vick set career highs in passing yards (3,018), passing touchdowns (21) and rushing touchdowns (nine). The Eagles went 8-3 in games he started and finished.

Vick, 30, made $5.25 million in 2010 but as a franchise player would be eligible for a one-year deal worth $20 million, the average salary for the league's five highest-paid quarterbacks. He couldn't negotiate with other teams and could leave only if traded.

Teams have until Feb. 25 to designate franchise players.

Kolb started last season as the starter but was replaced by Vick after sustaining a concussion in the season opener. After the season, he said he wants "to be starting somewhere" in 2011, when his salary cap number is $1.4 million.

More Eagles: Kicker David Akers was waiting on news about his daughter's possible cancer during the 21-16 NFC wild-card loss to the Packers, when he missed two field goals. Two days before the game, doctors found a growth on the ovary of Halley, 6. A few days after the game, she was diagnosed with cancer. Doctors believe surgery removed all of it, and she has shown no symptoms since.

Titans: The team will try to trade quarterback Vince Young, not release him, ESPN.com reported. Young and since-fired coach Jeff Fisher clashed this season, prompting the team to say Young would not return next season. Young is due a $4.25 million roster bonus in March or 10 days after a new collective bargaining agreement is signed. That's in addition to a $8.5 million salary for next season. Also, offensive line coach Mike Munchak is scheduled to interview for the coaching vacancy today.

Draft: Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy was diagnosed with a broken right (throwing) hand a day after the Senior Bowl. His hand hit a helmet while completing a pass. He should be healed in time for the scouting combine, which starts Feb. 23.

Obituary: Bears vice president Tim McCaskey died of cancer. He was 65. He is the son of team owner Virginia McCaskey, the oldest child of former Bears coach and owner George Halas.

Eagles reportedly to franchise Vick, deal Kolb 01/30/11 [Last modified: Monday, January 31, 2011 12:03am]
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