Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff indicated earlier today in an interview at AtlantaFalcons.com that the team will explore trade options for suspended quarterback Michael Vick.
Because of his suspension, the Falcons are allowed to trade his contractual rights. Per the AJC, Vick’s base salary for 2009 is $9 million and bonuses of $6.43 million. There are $45.11 million left remaining on Vick’s contract which runs through 2013. The Falcons will be looking to deal that to another team, freeing up all that money going forward.
Vick was suspended indefinitely by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in August 2007 after he plead guilty to federal charges stemming from a dogfighting operation in Virginia. Vick has been serving time in federal prison since December 2007 and is expected to be released this summer. He is expected to begin serving the final months of his sentence in a halfway house in the coming weeks. Which could potentially allow him to start getting back into football shape for his bid for reinstatement in the league.
Dimitroff indicated that the team has received no word from the league office about a potential time table for if or when Vick will be reinstated.