Why Goodell Needs To Consider Vick and Burress Joining the UFL

Colin MeansCorrespondent IJuly 3, 2009

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 24: Quarterback Michael Vick #7 of the Atlanta Falcons looks on during the game against the Carolina Panthers on December 24, 2006 at The Georgia Dome in Atlanta,Georgia. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has a tough decision to make regarding quarterback Michael Vick.

You may have heard of the new professional football league, the United Football League, which opens its inaugural season this October. 

As of now, the UFL contains four teams and will play a six-game schedule. Remember Dennis Green, Jim Haslett, Jim Fassel, or Ted Cottrell? They are the new head coaches of UFL San Francisco, UFL Orlando, UFL Las Vegas, and UFL New York.

So now you may have a picture in your mind of what the UFL will be at first, seemingly a sort of developmental league for the NFL. 

Goodell stated that for Michael Vick to be reinstated into the NFL, he must show “genuine remorse." What better way to test Vick’s “remorse” other than dropping him off in a second-rate league for a year? This will give him the chance to show he can behave at a professional level, while giving NFL teams a chance to see if he is worth taking a risk on.

This could be the new system for the NFL. As of now, teams are hesitant to go after Plaxico Burress, who accidentally shot himself in the leg while at a nightclub. He has been charged with two felony weapon counts, and is still waiting to be convicted.

Goodell needs to take charge and say something along the lines of, “Plaxico, you were stupid and brought a loaded weapon into a nightclub, resulting in the accidental shooting of yourself. I am willing to give you a second chance, but first you will need to show your “remorse” by playing one season in the UFL, and proving to the NFL that you are ready to move on and leave the past behind.”

The UFL plans on ending their season around Thanksgiving, which means the services of Vick and Burress could be available for the last few games of the 2009 season if they can find a team willing to sign them.

Donte Stallworth, on the other hand, is done. Sure, he may of had some unfortunate luck, but manslaughter or not, he still killed someone while intoxicated, which should end his NFL career right away.

Sending some of the NFL’s “troubled” players to the UFL would be a win-win situation for everyone. Goodell and Co. get an easy way out and get  to enjoy themselves while they’re at it. Not to mention the UFL will attract more attention to strengthen their success.

What more fun could Goodell ask for than to be able to “demote” some of the troublesome egos of the NFL to the minor leagues?