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Vick set to handle pressure

PHILADELPHIA — Just more than two years after being released from prison, out of work and mired in bankruptcy, Michael Vick is again on top of the world.

Vick, who served 19 months on felony dogfighting charges before joining the Eagles as a third-string quarterback two years ago, signed one of the richest deals in NFL history Tuesday.

Vick's six-year, $100 million deal makes him the third-highest-paid player in the league, behind Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Colts quarterback Peyton Manning (each about $18 million a year).

"It's a lot of money, how ever you look at it," Vick said. "Obviously, it's going to create a lot of demands. I know what comes along with it, and I know how to handle it. But it's not even about the money. It's about the changes that have been made in my life.

"Kids have an opportunity to see that you should never count yourself out. But at the same time, don't put yourself in a position where you've got to make a miraculous comeback."

Vick, 31, twice a Pro Bowl quarterback with the Falcons, became the Eagles' backup quarterback when they traded Donovan McNabb to the Vikings after the 2009 season, and he became the starter in September after replacing injured Kevin Kolb.

He was named NFL comeback player of the year in 2010.

"This is a great story all the way through," coach Andy Reid said. "This is really what America's all about. Second chance and Mike took full advantage of that."

Vick became the first NFL player to sign more than one $100 million contract. On Dec. 23, 2004, Vick signed a 10-year deal worth $130 million with the Falcons.

49ers, Gore reach deal: Two-time Pro Bowl running back Frank Gore and the 49ers agreed to terms on a three-year extension worth $21 million, $13.5 million guaranteed, agent Jason Rosenhaus confirmed. … Receiver Michael Crabtree (foot) practiced for the first time this preseason after being activated from the physically unable to perform list.

Browns: Starting guard Eric Steinbach is out for the season after having back surgery to repair a disc issue. The team was awarded offensive lineman Oniel Cousins off waivers from the Ravens.

Chargers: Long snapper David Binn, the only player left from the team's 1994 Super Bowl run, was released.

Chiefs: Offensive tackle Ryan O'Callaghan (undisclosed injury) was placed on season-ending injured reserve, and backup kicker Todd Carter was released.

Cowboys: A day after being cut by the Lions, Dave Rayner joined David Buehler, Shayne Graham and Dan Bailey in the congested kicking competition.

Falcons: Safety James Sanders, cut by the Patriots on Monday, agreed to terms on a one-year deal, ESPN reported.

Giants: Defensive tackle Marvin Austin (chest), the team's second-round draft pick, went on season-ending injured reserve.

Jets: Kicker Nick Folk and punter T.J. Conley earned the starting jobs. … Fullback John Conner (sprained left ankle) was in a walking boot and won't practice this week, and receiver Logan Payne (dislocated left wrist) will likely need surgery.

Panthers: Right guard Geoff Schwartz (hip), who had been the projected starter, went on season-ending injured reserve.

Redskins: Receiver Malcolm Kelly, a second-round pick in 2008, was released after battling injuries every season.

Saints: Defensive end Alex Brown, a former Florida Gator, was released. Brown started every game in 2010. … Kicker John Kasay, 41, signed.

Seahawks: Tight end John Carlson will need season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder.

Titans: Defensive end Derrick Morgan, the team's first-round pick in 2010, will miss the season opener Sept. 11 at Jacksonville after having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

Donation: The league and the players' union are donating $1 million to memorials and charities to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

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