With regards to Michael Vick, we’ve decided to seek a trade of his contractual rights to another NFL club. We took a number of steps in the 2008 season, including using our first pick to draft a quarterback. We feel a trade is the best move for the Falcons, and it’s also in the best interest of Michael. This has been a really unique situation from a variety of standpoints and because we will actively be involved in a trade situation, I don’t envision our organization speaking any more about this subject publicly until it’s reached a resolution.
Of course Vick is still in Leavenworth. He has to get out of jail then get reinstated by the league before he can even try getting back into playing shape. Being suspended obviously doesn’t prevent a guy getting traded, as we learned during the Pacman Jones saga, so if some team wanted to float a low draft pick out there for a guy they may or may not ever get to use…well, they can do it. I personally wouldn’t touch the guy with a hundred-foot pole, but then I’ve never been the forgiving sort.