Michael Vick headed home to Hampton, Va. this morning after serving 18 months in federal prison in Leavenworth, Kan. for helping run a dogfighting ring on his property. The former Virginia Tech/Atlanta Falcons star will be in home confinement for two months while reportedly being allowed to work in construction.
The 28-year-old Vick has not only been disgraced, he has sunk from NFL royalty to bankruptcy. He wants to return to the NFL, but commissioner Roger Goodell won’t meet with Vick about ending his indefinite suspension until the home confinement period ends, conveniently just when training camps begin to open.
“Did he learn anything from his experience, does he regret what happened, does he feel that he can be a positive influence going forward?” Goodell said on Tuesday during the NFL’s spring meetings in Ft. Lauderdale. “Those are questions that I would like to see when I sit with him.”
The bigger question for fans is for whom Vick will play if Goodell allows him to return?
While he was perhaps the NFL’s best athlete, Vick was never an accurate passer and hasn’t played in more than two years.
Which swashbuckling owner would take a chance on a player like that? Of course, the Raiders’ Al Davis springs to mind, especially since young quarterback JaMarcus Russell has yet to impress, but so does the Redskins’ Dan Snyder. Not only is Vick a regional native, but Snyder is obviously unhappy with starting quarterback Jason Campbell, having tried to acquire Jay Cutler and rookie Mark Sanchez to replace him last month. And Campbell’s contract is due to expire after this season.
What’s more, Snyder’s Redskins recently signed offensive tackle Mike Williams even though the fourth pick in the 2002 draft (a year after Vick went No. 1) hasn’t played a snap since 2005 and had ballooned to more than 400 pounds.
Michael Vick in burgundy and gold: Can’t you see it?
— David Elfin