Falcons Release Vick

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2009 9:49 AM CDT
Michael Vick arrives at the Norfolk (Va.) Federal Courthouse on Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Jason Hirschfeld)
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(Newser) – Michael Vick may yet fling a football again in the NFL, but it won't be for the Atlanta Falcons. The team today released its former quarterback, who is close to completing his federal sentence for dogfighting, reports the Journal-Constitution. The Falcons had hoped to trade Vick—who is still awaiting word on whether the league will lift his suspension—but got no takers, notes ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas. 

"In the event NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell decides to reinstate Michael, we feel his best opportunity to re-engage his football career would be at another club," the Falcons' GM said in a statement. “Our entire organization sincerely hopes that Michael will continue to focus his efforts on making positive changes in his life, and we wish him well in that regard.”