New Football League Aims to Ink Vick

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2009 7:53 PM CDT
This is a Nov. 19, 2006 file photo showing Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick during a game against the Baltimore Ravens, in Baltimore.   (AP Photo/Chris Gardner, File)
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(Newser) – The emerging United Football League is reportedly pursuing quarterback Michael Vick, Howard Balzer writes in Sports Xchange. The bankrupt player, who is still serving a 23-month sentence on dogfighting charges, will be under contract to the Atlanta Falcons when he's released this summer. Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff has vowed to trade Vick, but may have to release him, Balzer writes.

What is the UFL? It's a new four-team league that plans to announce its head coaches this week in San Francisco. Ex-New York Giants coach Jim Fassel, Dennis Green, Jim Haslett, and Ted Cottrell have already signed on. Each team faces a six-game schedule, competing for a place in the championship game in Las Vegas on Thanksgiving weekend.