When assessing whether Mike Vick has a chance at becoming the starting quarterback for the Jets, the financial investment becomes relevant. The more the team pays a guy, the more likely he plays. For Vick, it was widely reported that he’ll get $5 million this year from the Jets. The magnitude helped create the impression for some that he has a great chance at winning the job. The real numbers weren’t as widely reported. Per a source with knowledge of the actual deal, Vick gets only $4 million. Half comes from a signing bonus, and the other half comes from a fully-guaranteed 2014 base salary. That’s a lower annual rate than supposedly lesser quarterbacks, like Chad Henne, Matt Cassel, and Josh McCown. All three are getting at least $5 million per year on two-year deals signed this month. Then there’s Matt Schaub, whom the Raiders are giving at least $8 million this year and as much as $11 million. The deal also has no upside for Vick; no incentives tied to playing time or production. It’s $4 million, whether he starts every game or sits every game.
Vick gets $4 million for one year in New York
Pro Football Talk | Mar 30