Falcon News: Michael Vick Will Keep $16 Million in Bonuses

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Falcon News: Michael Vick Will Keep $16 Million in Bonuses
Michael Vick will have to pay the Atlanta Falcons only $3.75 million of the $20 million in bonus money he received before being sentenced to prison for running a dog-fighting ring.

U.S. District Judge David Doty of Minneapolis ruled that the NFL's collective bargaining agreement does not require roster bonus money to be forfeited once it has been earned, and most of that $20 million was paid to Vick, formerly the Falcons' quarterback, in the form of roster bonuses.

Vick began serving a 23-month prison sentence in Kansas last month.

This ruling might have some teams thinking twice about paying roster bonuses—lump-sum payments—to players posing a risk.

Signing bonuses, which can be prorated over several years, apparently can be forfeited.  The Falcons will recoup $3.75 million in signing-bonus money from Vick, and it will apply to their 2009 cap, according to president Rich McKay.

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