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Michael Vick to be Released from Prison

Michael Vick is expected to be released from federal prison after serving a 18 month sentence and is set to start home confinement on Wednesday.  Vick will serve two months of home confinement before being released from federal custody in late July just in time for the start of NFL training camps.  He will live in his home in Hampton, Virginia where he is expected to be accompanied by his wife and children.  While in home confinement he will work for a local construction company working 40 hours a week and making $10 a hour.

The Falcons still have the rights to Vick but have stated that they will bring him back and tried to trade him this off season but found no takers.  Vick is still currently suspended by the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell has said Vick will need to show true remorsefulness in order to be reinstated.  Recently former Indianapolis Colts Tony Dungy met with Vick in prison but no details of the visit have been made public.

If Vick gets reinstated by Goodell the question then becomes where will he play this season.  The Raiders could certainly be a possibility and Al Davis has given a second chance to players in the past.  I don’t know if the Raiders would want to give up of JaMarcus Russell after selecting number one overall only two years ago.  The Broncos could be an interesting fit after trading Jay Cutler.  Kyle Orton is not a franchise quarterback and Josh McDaniels comes from New England where they gave Corey Dillon and Randy Moss a second chance.  If Brett Favre doesn’t work out for the Vikings perhaps they might take a look at Vick.  The Redskins tried to for Jay Cutler and trade up to select Mark Sanchez this off season they would seem to have some interest in Vick if he was available.

All of those teams do make some sense but if I had to guess what team Michael Vick would play for it would be the San Francisco 49ers.  Earlier in the off season coach Mike Singletary said that he was interested in Vick but then ownership quickly said after they were not interested.  Despite their denial I still believe they would be interested.  They don’t seem to be sold on Shaun Hill as the starter and former number one pick Alex Smith looks like a bust.  Also Singletary is looking to run the ball and there is no better quarterback at running than Vick.  It might be hard to sell for the fans but for a team that hasn’t won in awhile it might be worth the risk.


Falcons Draft Review

Atlanta Falcons
Picks: DT Peria Jerry, S Williams Moore, CB Chris Owens, DE Lawrence Sidbury, CB William Middleton, OT Garrett Reynolds, LB Spencer Adkins, DT Vance Walker

The Falcons were one of the NFL’s best stories in 2008 going from 3-13 in 2007 to 11-5 in 2009 behind new head coach Mike Smith and rookie quarterback Matt Ryan.  With acquiring Tony Gonzalez via trade from the Chiefs for a 2010 draft pick to shore up their offense, the Falcons then used the draft to help shore up their defense.  The Falcons almost selected defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey last year over Matt Ryan and with their first pick this year they selected defensive tackle Peria Jerry.  Jerry should step in and start from day one providing an interior pass rush to the Falcon’s defensive line.  In the second round they went defense again this time selecting safety William Moore from Missouri.  Moore would have been a first round pick if he came out for last years draft and slipped this year due to a lackluster season.  They also selected cornerbacks Chris Owens and William Middleton.   Both are high upside guys who should fight for nickel duties as a rookie.  Lawrence Sidbury, a defensive end from Richmond, was added in the fourth round should help the Falcons pass rush.  Garrett Reynolds should help out as a reserve offensive lineman.  The Falcons did a very nice job addressing their defensive needs especially their pass rush which should take the pressure off their secondary.
Grade: B+