Falcons News: Michael Vick Gets to Keep Most of Bonus

David HarrisCorrespondent IFebruary 5, 2008

A judge has ruled that Michael Vick gets to keep almost 20 million dollars of the bonus he received for signing with the Atlanta Falcons.

The Falcons argued Vick used proceeds from a contract he signed in 2004 to finance his illicit activities.

U.S. District Judge David Doty of Minneapolis ruled that recovery of the bonus money by the Falcons would violate the NFL collective bargaining agreement. The agreement does not allow signing bonuses to be forfeited for years a player has already performed.

I actually agree with this decision. As awful as Vick's actions have been, the fact is that a bonus is just that: an incentive placed by an organization to retain someone's services.

Unless the contract contains specific language concerning behavior or character, it was hard to imagine this going any other way. The fact that he almost certainly used parts of this bonus to fund his hideous dog-fighting operations is purely secondary.