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Vick back among best-paid

PHILADELPHIA — Michael Vick and the Eagles agreed on a six-year contract Monday that again makes the Pro Bowl quarterback one of the highest-paid NFL players.

The Associated Press reported the deal at $100 million, including about $40 million guaranteed.

Since spending 18 months in federal prison on dogfighting charges, Vick, 31, led the Eagles to the NFC East title last year, was the starting quarterback in the Pro Bowl and was the AP comeback player of the year.

"I'm very happy we were able to reach an agreement with Michael on this long-term contract," coach Andy Reid said in a statement. "It's a product of all the hard work Michael has done to better himself over the last couple of years, both on and off the field. He'll be the first one to tell you that there is a lot of work yet to be done by him and this team as a whole. And there's no doubt in my mind that he will continue on that path."

Vick was due to earn slightly more than $16 million this season. He'll make a little less, possibly providing cap flexibility to give Pro Bowl receiver DeSean Jackson an extension.

As a Falcon, Vick signed a $130 million, 10-year deal in 2005 that made him the top-paid player in the league then. He lost it all when he went to jail and filed for bankruptcy.

Manning takes step back: Colts quarterback Peyton Manning was activated from the physically unable to perform list, but it's not clear if he can play in the Sept. 11 opener four months after neck surgery. "That's kind of been my goal all along, trying to get better," an upbeat Manning said. "But I just can't give you any more than what I'm giving you." Manning is getting closer. He said he is healthy enough to take a snap or play a series to keep his consecutive-games streak of 227 intact but said he won't play until he can be competitive. Team officials said Manning would practice on a controlled basis.

benson sentenced: Bengals running back Cedric Benson was sentenced to 20 days in jail after reaching a deal to settle two misdemeanor assault cases in Texas. The team's leading rusher said he will surrender Oct. 17, the start of a bye week. His jail time could be shortened by credit for any time served when he was arrested, a state law of two days credit for every day of good behavior, and jail crowding.

Bears: Running back Chester Taylor thought he was released after a conversation with coach Lovie Smith. Agent Ken Sarnoff said that was a misunderstanding: "At the moment, Chester is still a Bear." The Bears still need to cut 27 players by Saturday to get to the 53-man limit, and Smith would not say if Taylor will play in Thursday's final preseason game. He was clear on another point: "If a player's released, I'll tell him that. 'You're released; thank you.' "

Broncos: Brady Quinn worked exclusively with the No. 2 offense at practice, adding to speculation that he has dropped Tim Tebow to the No. 3 quarterback.

Cardinals: Top draft pick Patrick Peterson could become the starter after cornerback Greg Toler was lost for the season with a torn left ACL sustained in Saturday's preseason loss to the Chargers. "I believe I'm ready," Peterson said.

Cowboys: Center Andre Gurode, 33, who has made the Pro Bowl the past five seasons, was released. Dallas will save $5.5 million against the cap.

Falcons: Center Todd McClure, who has started 172 of 175 career games, had minor surgery on his right knee and might miss the Sept. 11 opener. He was injured Saturday against the Steelers. Joe Hawley, a fourth-round pick from UNLV last year, will start Thursday's preseason finale.

Jaguars: Quarterback Todd Bouman, linebacker Gerris Wilkinson and undrafted receiver Greg Ellingson from FIU were released.

Patriots: Cuts included safety James Sanders, tied for second on the team with three interceptions last season, and former University of Miami receiver Darnell Jenkins.

Vick back among best-paid 08/29/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 5:32pm]

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