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May 20, 2009
by Ryan Hudson
Michael Vick rolled left, faked right, and, upon seeing a small opening of daylight, took off running and never looked back as he was released from prison early Wednesday morning; He is expected to make his touchdown in Hampton, Virginia later today. OK, that's probably enough of that.
Vick, who served 19 months for charges stemming from his dogfighting ring, left his Kansas federal prison today, unseen by the media that had camped out to catch the dramatic moment (did he tunnel his way out?), and he plans to drive all the way to his home in Hampton, roughly an 18-hour trip. Once home, Vick will begin his two-month home confinement, and his new job with a construction company, where he will earn $10-an-hour.
OK, that's all well and good, but what about the question on everyone's mind: will he play in the NFL again? Commission Roger Goodell plans to review Vick's case for possible reinstatement after the criminal penalties are complete, and said, "Vick will have to persuade him and the public that he is genuinely sorry for his crime, that he has been changed by his experience and that he is committed to leading a different life."
Considering he is already planning on doing work with the Humane Society, it appears he is at least headed down that right path of redemption, but even if he is reinstated by the NFL, where will he play? (The Falcons have already cut ties.)
His next possible team is really anyone's guess, with John Clayton suggesting the Rams, Seahawks, 49ers and Patriots. Peter King also lists the Pats, along with the Saints and Raiders. And Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk offers the most intriguing possible destination: the Buffalo Bills.
The Bills want to win. Now. Whether it’s because owner Ralph Wilson is feeling a Leon Hess-style sense of urgency or whether coach Dick Jauron feels a Rich Kotite-style sense of urgency or a combination of both, the Bills are going all in.
They offered receiver Terrell Owens $6.5 million guaranteed at a time when no one else was willing to pay him $6.50.
And a league source tells us that the Bills made a very aggressive play for defensive end Jason Taylor immediately after Taylor was cut in March by the Redskins. In fact, the Bills were the very first team to pursue Taylor.
As to the potential backlash from signing Vick, consider the fans’ reaction to the arrival of T.O.
He’s already gotten the key to the freaking city.
So if any team can sell this transaction to their fans, it’s the Bills.
Vick and TO, together. What could possibly go wrong?
NFL star Vick leaves prison for home confinement - AP
Vick's next home? Take a guess - John Clayton
Twitter - Peter King
Keep An Eye On Buffalo As A Mike Vick Destination - PFT