Michael Vick Is a Free Man, What's His NFL Future?

Alex JohnsonCorrespondent IJuly 20, 2009

RICHMOND, VA - AUGUST 27:  Football star Michael Vick departs federal court August 27, 2007 in Richmond, Virginia. Vick pleaded guilty in court to federal dogfighting conspiracy charges.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Michael Vick is officially a free man.  He was released from federal custody Monday allowing him to start repairing his public image and restart his NFL career.

The former Atlanta Falcons quarterback no longer has to wear the electronic monitor he has had while under home confinement for the last two months of his 23-month federal dogfighting sentence.

While under home confinement, Vick spent a few weeks working a construction job in which he was paid a mere $10 an hour.  Remember, Vick was once the highest-paid NFL player.  He later assisted at Boys and Girls Clubs.

Now that he has regained his freedom, what does his future in professional football look like?

Vick, 29, hopes to soon meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in hopes to be reinstated and allowed to resume his football career.

But what is it going to take for Goodell to rule in the favor of Vick?

"Michael did an egregious thing," Goodell told The Associated Press in April. "He has paid a very significant price for that."

Goodell has expressed several times over the last few months that he wants to hear "remorse" and see that Vick is truly sorry for what he did.

"That's something he has to prove to myself and the general public," Goodell said.

As we all sit and wait for the infamous Vick-Goodell meeting all we can do is wonder what Goodell will decide to do.

Is Vick going to be faced with a suspension?  If so, will it be four games?  Eight?  More?

Or will Vick get reinstated right away?

Nobody knows.

"The review of his status is ongoing, but we are providing no other details at this time," league spokesman Greg Aiello said Monday.

All we do know for now, is Vick will remain on probation for three years.