NFL notebook: Vick returns to Eagles
Michael Vick took a significant pay cut to stay with the Philadelphia Eagles and compete for a starting job.
The four-time Pro Bowl quarterback agreed Monday to a restructured three-year contract with the Eagles, just two seasons after signing a $100 million extension that included $35.5 million in guaranteed money. The new deal is essentially for one year, however.
A source familiar with the contract said Vick could earn up to $10 million in 2013 if he meets all his performance incentives, and the team will void the remaining two years on March 15. That person spoke on condition of anonymity because the terms haven't been released.
Vick was slated to earn about $16 million next season, including a $3 million roster bonus. He lost his starting job to rookie Nick Foles last season, but new coach Chip Kelly will give him a chance to win it back.
Haslam back to business
Browns owner Jimmy Haslam has gone back to running the family business.
Haslam is returning to his role as CEO of Pilot Flying J, his Tennessee-based truck-stop empire, a move the Browns said will not affect his involvement with the rebuilding NFL franchise.
Thomas could shed charges
Jets linebacker Bryan Thomas entered a pre-trial probation program that could help him get assault and drug charges dismissed.
Thomas was arrested last fall and charged with assaulting his wife and possessing drug paraphernalia and painkillers.
Thomas' lawyer said his client has been admitted into a 24-month pre-trial intervention program. If Thomas completes the program successfully, the charges will be dismissed and the record sealed. He likely will be required to undergo counseling.
Giants CB gets new deal
Less than a year after signing a four-year deal with the Giants that could have been worth $28 million, cornerback Terrell Thomas agreed to a new, one-year contract with the team for substantially less money.
Thomas will attempt to return from a third career ACL surgery in 2013. He missed the last two seasons with back-to-back preseason injuries to the right knee.
Dolphins' stadium deal could hinge on Super Bowl
Even if voters approve using tax money to help upgrade the Dolphins' stadium, a deal might be contingent on the NFL awarding the 2016 Super Bowl to the city.
The Dolphins confirmed Monday they've reversed their position and agreed to a referendum.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said that should the measure pass, county commissioners still ought to have final approval — and insist on assurances from the NFL that the city will host the 50th Super Bowl in 2016.
The Dolphins hope the referendum can be held before May 22, when league owners are expected to choose the host for the milestone Super Bowl. Miami and San Francisco are the finalists.
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