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Report: Michael Vick Unwanted by Majority of NFL Teams

RICHMOND, VA - AUGUST 27:  Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick (L) arrives at federal court August 27, 2007 in Richmond, Virginia. The football star was expected to plead guilty to a federal dogfighting conspiracy charge. The NFL has suspended Vick indefinitely.   (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Anthony BrownCorrespondent IAugust 3, 2009

So far, 27 of 32 NFL teams have said “no” to Michael Vick, according to a story on usatoday.com.

"Teams that have not made public comments about Vick: Arizona Cardinals, Carolina Panthers, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, San Diego Chargers."

Most team statements are more of the "not at this time" nature rather than an emphatic "hell no." But it suggests the market for Vick's services is thinner than first thought.

Most fans assumed that one or two teams would brave the marketing fallout from taking on the most notorious man in sports.

While Vick has paid his debt to society, most teams seem uncomfortable with the potential risk he brings to their advertising stream. There may be concern with the potential for repeated infractions that could delay full reinstatement.

Wait-and-see is the prevailing attitude.

Of the five teams mentioned in the USA Today article, only Green Bay, San Diego, and maybe Arizona are set at quarterback. Matt Schaub and Jake Delhomme should be looking over their shoulder whether Vick is in play or not. 

Vick has a fan following that is larger than many think, I suspect. He also has a vocal set of anti-Vickophiles who clamor for a lifetime ban.

Sorry to disappoint you. In our legal system, one man—Commissioner Roger Goodell—may not ban a person from 32 separate business enterprises.

That has to be separate business decisions by 32 individual teams working independently.

However this story ends, it's unfolding the way it should.

Meanwhile, Tony Dungy says that Michael Vick has turned over a new leaf

 

This story also appears on redskinshogheaven.com.

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