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NFL Bettors To Count On Vick For Six Years After Contract Extension

NFL gamblers are known for their ability to lock in on a favorite team or player and ride the momentum created in previous seasons. That may never have been more on display than this year when gamblers rushed to Las Vegas sports books to place their bets on the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Eagles were coming off a resurgent year in which Michael Vick not only resurrected his career, but also the Eagles Super Bowl hopes. After many seasons in which Philly came close to winning under Donovan McNabb's leadership, Vick took over last year and immediately transformed the team into one with a high flying offense.

During Andy Reid's run as head coach, the Eagles have always relied on a strong defense and an offense that was good enough to win close games. Last year, however, the team started putting up points in bulk, and it was the defense that struggled and caused the team to bow out of the playoffs early.

On Monday, the eagles front office ensured that gamblers will be placing their money on a Vick-led team for years to come. Vick was signed to a six year extension, worth $100 million. It is the second such contract of Vick's career, and the figures baffle analysts who though Vick would be nothing more than a backup coming out of jail.

Bettors got a good glimpse of what Vick could do post-prison, when he exploded on to the scene last year. The point totals for Eagles games were up by several points each week over the previous season, and that is a trend that odds makers expect will continue into the new season.

Philadelphia became one of the betting favorites to win the Super Bowl shortly after the labor dispute was settled. When the lockout ended, Philly signed some of the biggest names on the free agent market, and in the process they went from a middle of the pack betting choice, to the favorites to win the NFC. Green Bay, the defending Super Bowl champion, is the other favorite in the conference.

So far this preseason, the Eagles have looked like anything but a championship caliber squad. Vick has had rough games in the time he has played, highlighted by a miserable performance against Pittsburgh. Despite the struggles, Philly's front office had enough confidence in Vick to sign him long term, even at the age of thirty-one.

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