Federal Judge Rules that Michael Vick Gets to Keep Millions in Bonuses

RealFootball365.comSenior Writer IFebruary 6, 2008


A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Michael Vick can keep $16.25 million of the $20 million in signing bonuses that his former employers, the Atlanta Falcons, were suing to recover.

The Falcons contended that the money was spent on illegal dogfighting activities, for which Vick is currently serving a 23 month sentence in federal prison.

 In October, a special master ruled that the Falcons could recover the money. A federal judge overturned the ruling, citing a violation of the NFL's collective bargaining agreement.

Commentary: The "roster bonuses" were paid between 2004 and 2007 for Vick making the team roster. It seems reasonable that he earned the money fair and square and deserves to keep it despite whatever he spent it on.

So Vick stays a rich man. He needs to be a well-behaved man if he ever wants to get parole, let alone be granted permission to play in the NFL again.

Fantasy Football Impact: The Falcons, thrown for a total loop by his arrest and the subsequent quitting of coach Bobby Petrino, were an absolute fantasy disaster this season. There probably won't be more than a couple of middle-round yawners on their roster next season either.