Pat Yasinskas of ESPN reports that the Falcons will release quarterback Michael Vick according to a league source.
Falcons owner Arthur Blank has stated in the past that Michael Vick’s future with the team is non-existent, and the team has been shopping him since February seeking a late round draft pick in exchange for his contract rights. So a release seemed inevitable if the Falcons could not find a trade partner in the coming months. Vick is not slated to be reinstated into the league until he’s released from federal custody in late July.
UPDATE: The Falcons formally announced that they were releasing Vick today on their website. General Manager Thomas Dimitroff had this to say about releasing the former Falcons quarterback:
“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. 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.”