Former Atlanta Falcon Michael Vick will be released from federal prison on May 20, and will serve out the rest of his sentence under home confinement.
If he is reinstated into the NFL, how long will it take for Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder and Executive Vice President of Football Operations Vinny Cerato to dial up the Atlanta Falcons' front office?
It's no secret that current starting quarterback Jason Campbell isn't wanted in D.C.
After publicly striking out in a deal that would have brought in Jay Cutler, missing out on a trade that would have put them in place to take USC star Mark Sanchez in 2009 NFL Draft, and signing Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel to a free agent contract, the Redskins have all but kicked Campbell to the curb.
That's where Vick comes in.
Vick would actually be a good fit for the Redskins. He is from Virginia and starred at Virginia Tech. Although he lost thousands of fans with his off the field problems, it isn't a reach to say there are still thousands in Virginia who would love to see Vick in Burgundy and Gold. That means jersey sales, media attention, and other dollar signs for Snyder and company.
On the field, Vick is not as good of a passer as Campbell, but would still be an upgrade because of his unbelievable athletic ability (which would be needed because of the current, dismal, state of the offensive line). That is, if he still has that ability.
After a 23-month prison sentence, how rusty will he be? The word is he has stayed in shape and even quarterbacked for the prison's football team. It's probably safe to say there weren't any players like Demarcus Ware breathing down his neck in the pen, though.
So will Snyder go after Vick? And at what cost? If I were Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, I'd be giddy that I get to deal with the Redskins and their incompetent owner. The Redskins still have the 2010 first round draft pick, and although they kept good on their word not to trade it during the 2009 draft, I can see it happening.