Now the Falcons Want $16M

Case advances in state court as team seeks settlement
By John Barley,  Newser User
Posted Oct 3, 2007 3:26 PM CDT
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick scrambles during the first quarter of an exhibition football game against the Tennessee Titans, in Atlanta, in this Aug. 19, 2005 file photo. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – First the dogs and dope, now the cash: the Falcons want payback from Michael Vick. And they'll argue for $16 million of it in a hearing set for tomorrow. It's all bonus money that the Falcons say Vick owes, because his guilty plea on federal dogfighting charges violates his 10-year, $130 million contract. The players association will argue that Vick already earned that cash and the Falcons can't take it back.

The Falcons' counter-punch: Vick signed his contract knowing he was violating it, ESPN reports. The Falcons, wary of a pro-player judge, will also argue a $22 million case against Vick to a non-injury arbitrator. Meanwhile, in state court, Vick and 3 co-defendants will enter pleas today on state dogfighting charges, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.