Michael Vick Hopes To Return To the NFL

Dan Wheat-RiversContributor IApril 3, 2009

RICHMOND, VA - AUGUST 27:  Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick (R) leaves federal court August 27, 2007 in Richmond, Viriginia. Vick pleaded guilty to a federal dogfighting charge.  (Photo by Steve Helber-Pool/Getty Images)

Michael Vick was in court in civilian clothes yesterday, and it looks like he'll be out of jail by the summer. It's also been reported he's reached an agreement with the Falcons that will allow him to be released. All this paves the way for some NFL team to take a chance on signing him.

After he gets out of jail, I think there are two major obstacles standing between him and playing.

First, the commissioner has to reinstate him. This basically means Vick needs to go say he's sorry, he knows how wrong he was, and that he has learned from his time in jail and will stay out of trouble for the rest of his career.

The other big obstacle is going to be finding a team that doesn't mind a little negative publicity, because I'm sure PETA is going to be at the stadium gates the day after Vick is signed.

I'm sure after some time away from the game, there is going to be some rust, but, if his head is on straight, I still think he has some things to offer a team. Although I don't think he will get the $10 million a year that he reportedly is expecting.

I am an animal lover and I think bank rolling a dog fighting ring is atrocious, but I also think he has done his jail time, lost everything he owned through bankruptcy and deserves a chance to work again.

If he shows any signs of not having learned from his mistake, that needs to be addressed. Maybe the commissioner should require a psych evaluation before he reinstates him, just to make it look even better to the public, but I think he should be reinstated and that he will get a chance to play...but I don't want him on my team.

What do you think of Vick?