Eagles expected to use franchise tag on Vick this week

Michael Vick will get the franchise tag from the Birds, an NFL source said.
Michael Vick will get the franchise tag from the Birds, an NFL source said.
Posted: February 15, 2011

The Eagles, long expected to use the franchise tag on quarterback Michael Vick, will likely do so this week, according to a league source.

They have until Feb. 24 to use the tag, though it's unclear what weight the designation will carry after the NFL's collective bargaining agreement expires March 3.

The Patriots became the first team to use the designation in this uncertain off-season, applying it Monday to three-time Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins.

If the franchise tag holds up through the NFL's labor dispute, the Patriots' move likely takes one of the potential prizes of free agency off the market. Of course, that depends on free agency happening at all, which also depends on the NFL and its union reaching a deal.

The NFL Players Association has disputed the league assertion that the franchise tag will remain in effect after the CBA expires. Even if the tag is invalidated, though, the designation or some similar mechanism is likely to be in a new labor deal, giving the Patriots, and potentially the Eagles, the ability to hang on to their stars.

Huff dies

Gerald Huff, a starting guard on the Eagles' 1960 championship team, died in Las Vegas Friday. He was 77.

Huff, according to the team, threw the block that led to the Eagles' championship-winning touchdown.

He was honored, along with other members of that team, during the Eagles' regular-season opener in September. Huff will be buried in the Eagles jacket he received that day, according to an e-mail from his brother-in-law, George Harrison.

"He is going to his final rest as an Eagle," Harrison wrote.

He will be buried in his hometown, Floyds Knobs, Ind., on Monday. Huff donated his brain and spinal-cord tissue to the Boston University study on traumatic brain injuries.

Huff began his career with the Giants in 1956, winning a championship as a rookie. After being drafted, he spent a year with the Army in Germany, then returned to the NFL and joined the Eagles in 1959. He finished his career with the Vikings.

Vick on Oprah Thursday

Vick's interview with talk-show star Oprah Winfrey is set to air Thursday.

Vick talked to Winfrey about his time in prison after being convicted on dogfighting charges, his return to the NFL, and his work with the Humane Society of the United States, among other topics.

Contact staff writer Jonathan Tamari at 215-854-5214 or jtamari@phillynews.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/JonathanTamari

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