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Falcons Release Mike Vick

The Atlanta Falcons, unable to find a taker via trade for quarterback Mike Vick, finally have decided to call it quits.
Vick was released by the team on Friday morning.
“We spent a significant amount of time this off-season trying to trade him to another NFL club, and we had some conversations with a few teams, but nothing materialized,” G.M. Thomas Dimitroff said in an interview on the team’s official web site.  “At this point, we feel releasing Michael is best for him and best for us.  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.”
And so Vick now becomes an unrestricted free agent, free to sign with any team.
It’s unlikely, however, that anyone will sign him unless and until he’s reinstated by the league.
UPDATE:  As of 10:02 a.m. EDT, ESPN inexplicably continues to report that the Falcons “will release” Vick later this morning, claiming credit for breaking the story of the coming move.  Attention, Bristol . . . they’ve already cut him.  Moreover, by the time ESPN was “reporting” the news, the Falcons already had announced it.

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25 Responses to “Falcons Release Mike Vick”
  1. kurt37 says: Jun 12, 2009 9:52 AM


  2. Bob_Nelson says: Jun 12, 2009 9:57 AM

    The Salary Cap hit is huge!!

  3. jz0717 says: Jun 12, 2009 10:07 AM

    Who’s standing by the report? Ed Werder and his “sources”. ESPN has been just awful lately in their “news” reporting.

  4. bwnyc says: Jun 12, 2009 10:09 AM

    ESPN sucks? Oh man, my world is shattered!

  5. 777 says: Jun 12, 2009 10:12 AM

    Big mistake Schefter

  6. zachintosh says: Jun 12, 2009 10:15 AM

    He wasnt even a good QB anyways… Hello UFL

  7. raiderguy says: Jun 12, 2009 10:15 AM

    No, Raiders, don’t pickup the bum…..please, we already have one starting QB that under performs. Vick is the most overrated QB in NFL history!

  8. empty13 says: Jun 12, 2009 10:20 AM

    espn, the sports slider

  9. SaintsBucsPanthersSUKK says: Jun 12, 2009 10:23 AM

    Michael Vick Haiku:
    Finally he’s gone
    Team who wants him is just dumb
    Waste of high draft pick

  10. kackyl says: Jun 12, 2009 10:26 AM

    this is maybe a dumb question but if he has been on their roster, have they had to pay him? And if not, why not?

  11. MassPanic says: Jun 12, 2009 10:38 AM

    What is the salary cap hit the Falcons are going to take?
    I wish him well in the UFL!

  12. mqmorasch says: Jun 12, 2009 10:44 AM

    No one would trade for him because all of the NFL knew a release was around the corner. Why trade your product to someone when you know you can do it later without giving up anyone of value. He will get picked up by a team playing with the “wildcat” offense, for which he is best suited for anyway. Wouldn’t count out team like Minne-soda, Seattle, Cincy likes troubled players, NY Gents, Al ‘crypt keeper’ Davis may raise his heart race a little if Vick can switch WR, Jerry ‘lil’ Al Davis’ Jones likes ‘challenges and headliner type of player(good or bad as long as it is talk about the ‘boys). There is always the conundrum known as the Rams…. It’s not a lot of teams but enough to create a bidding ‘war’.

  13. vikes02 says: Jun 12, 2009 10:49 AM

    Then major problem with ESPN is that they have no time for other sports. If it’s not about Favre or about the (Sh*tty) NBA Finals, they don’t cover it. I am not sure if anyone watched Sports Center on 6/11/09 @ 11:00 EST but it was horrible. One 10 second segment on something and then them whining about how Game 4 of the Finals is almost over…oops, now in overtime. I swear the 2 “Anchors” almost cried that they had to talk about something else. What a F’ing Joke. I tried to watch it for 1 thing last night, MN Twins highlights. Boy was that a bad idea. ESPN is getting worse and worse everyday. I am just about to the point that I will not watch them except Monday nights between 8:30pm EST – Midnight EST from September – December (for those that are confused that is Monday Night Football). But then all we’ll hear about is Favre, ick…..

  14. kbtegp says: Jun 12, 2009 10:50 AM

    What does this move to the monies owed to Falcons – or was that handled by the agreement earlier this year?

  15. Rhode says: Jun 12, 2009 10:50 AM

    ESPN is just the Fox News of sports.

  16. Rasputin says: Jun 12, 2009 11:03 AM

    Gawsh … I sure hope this don’t impact Brett playing for the Vikings!!

  17. Ben Roethlisbunger says: Jun 12, 2009 11:19 AM

    I just don’t get why Ray Lewis is a he’s a hero to the league even after he killed a human being, but Michael Vick is the Anti-Christ for killing dogs.

  18. Muck says: Jun 12, 2009 11:21 AM

    I love it when Florio calls ESPN on that stuff.
    It’s like telling my wife I may have gone to a porno site on her laptop after the dirty ads have popped up.

  19. JeffLynneFan33 says: Jun 12, 2009 11:52 AM

    The ESPN talking heads keep putting their collective heads under the sand. Do they even read/comprehend either the NFL player’s contract or the NFLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement. Regarding Vick: No one talks about the illegal gambling aspect. Goodell in theory can keep the suspension indefinite if he so chooses. Here is a section 15 of the player’s contract that all NFL players signed..
    15. INTEGRITY OF GAME. Player recognizes the detriment to the League and professional football that would result from impairment of public confidence in the honest and orderly conduct of NFL games or the integrity and good character of NFL players. Player therefore acknowledges his awareness that if he accepts a bribe or agrees to throw or fix an NFL game; fails to promptly report a bribe offer or an attempt to throw or fix an NFL game; bets on an NFL game; knowingly associates with gamblers or gambling activity; uses or provides other players with stimulants or other drugs for the purpose of attempting to enhance on-field performance; or is guilty of any other form of conduct reasonably judged by the League Commissioner to be detrimental to the League or professional football, the Commissioner will have the right, but only after giving Player the opportunity for a hearing at which he may be represented by counsel of his choice, to fine Player in a reasonable amount; to suspend Player for a period certain or indefinitely; and/or to terminate this contract.

  20. burdsheet says: Jun 12, 2009 12:15 PM

    Christian Bale says “OH, GOOD FOR YOU!!” to ESPN about “breaking” the story on Vick.

  21. realityonetwo says: Jun 12, 2009 1:34 PM

    I guess the ESPN copy editors were too busy with Mortensen’s tweets to pay attention to actual news…

  22. Pea Tear Griffin says: Jun 12, 2009 2:12 PM

    So….what’s the next step?

  23. hairy__snuts says: Jun 12, 2009 2:17 PM

    I guess it is offical…
    These are the Dog Days of Summer…

  24. rayda4life says: Jun 12, 2009 6:29 PM

    Vick come on home to the Black Hole!!! We can use him in various postions and it’ll be just another weapon for other teams to worry about. Also one thing is for sure, PETA wont step near that stadium you would need to start an organization to protect PETA. Vick don’t have to play just QB for us and to all the Raider fans that don’t want him, what is it going to hurt to have an extra weapon,huh? I mean get real we need the help that we can to score more points. 16 point a game average aint doing it.

  25. AllDayy28 says: Jun 13, 2009 11:05 AM

    Why in the hell doesn’t he just go play for the Hamilton Tigercats??? Or the Edmonton Eskimos….

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