The Atlanta Falcons will release suspended quarterback Michael Vick this morning, according to a team source. Atlanta has tried to trade Vick’s rights but has had no takers. Vick is finishing the final five weeks of his 23-month federal sentence on dog-fighting charges under home confinement.
Vick was the first overall pick of the Falcons in 2001 and went to three Pro Bowls before he was imprisoned on dog-fighting charges in 2007.
“Michael remains suspended by the NFL. However, 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,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff 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.”
We’ll have more on the story later this morning.
— Steve Wyche