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Falcons seeking to trade rights to Michael Vick

Falcons seeking to trade rights to Michael Vick

The Atlanta Falcons will try to trade the contract rights on jailed quarterback Michael Vick to another NFL team, general manager Thomas Dimitroff said on Friday.
Vick was in federal prison on felony charges related to dogfighting and was scheduled to be released in July.
Vick has a contract that runs to 2013 and calls for him to receive a base salary of $9 million and a bonus of $6.43 million in 2009. The remainder of the contract was worth $45.11 million, with another possible $3 million in Pro Bowl bonuses.
"We feel a trade is the best move for the Falcons, and it's also in the best interest for Michael," Dimitroff said in an interview on the team Web site. "This has been a really unique situation from a variety of standpoints and because we will actively be involved in a trade situation, I don't envision our organization speaking any more about this subject publicly until it's reached a resolution."
He said the Falcons have had no discussions with other teams because Vick was under suspension by the NFL, "but we think some teams might be interested in exploring a trade."
Dimitroff said if the Falcons are unable to complete a trade, they will re-evaluate.
The Falcons made a move last year for a quarterback, taking Boston College's Matt Ryan as their first round draft choice. He was last year's NFL rookie of the year and led the Falcons to the playoffs.