Michael Vick Signs With Eagles

Quarterback served 20 months for bankrolling a dogfighting ring and killing eight dogs.

By | Posted: August 14, 2009, 4 p.m. EDT

Michael Vick, the National Football League quarterback who was released from prison in May 2009 after being convicted of federal dogfighting charges in 2007, has signed on as a backup quarterback with the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Atlanta Falcons released Vick from his $130 million contract in June. His two-year trial contract with Philadelphia will pay him $1.6 million in the first year, with an option for $5.2 million in the second year, according to FoxSports.

The NFL conditionally reinstated 29-year-old Vick last month, after suspending him indefinitely in 2007. He can begin practicing with Philadelphia immediately and participate in the final two pre-season games. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will decide in October when Vick can play during the regular season.

“I was wrong for what I did,” Vick said in a press conference on Aug. 13, 2009. “I think everyone deserves a second chance. But you only get one chance at a second chance, and I am conscious of that.”

Vick says he plans to prove himself as an ambassador for the NFL and the community. “I know I’ve done some terrible things, made a horrible mistake. Now I want to be part of the solution and not the problem,” he said.

Jeffrey Lurie, owner of the Eagles, said his decision to sign Vick “took a lot of soul searching. Sometimes in life, you have to make extremely difficult and soul-searching decisions where there’s no right answer,” he said.

Responding to the news, Ed Sayres, president and CEO of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said his organization expects Vick to "express remorse" and "display more compassion." "We hope that Mr. Vick uses his stature for the betterment of the community and the advancement of the issue of animal cruelty," Sayres said.

Vick was arrested on April 25, 2007, after authorities discovered evidence of his Bad Newz Kennels dogfighting operation, including dog-burial sites and dogfighting paraphernalia, at his home in Surry County, Va. Sixty-six dogs, mostly pit bulls, were seized and placed in animal-control shelters.

Vick served 18 months in a federal penitentiary and another two in home confinement. The judge presiding over the case commuted three months of the sentence. Vick began serving three years of probation last month.

For full coverage of the Michael Vick case, including an update on how some of the rescued dogs are doing, click here.


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Isobella   Nashville, TN

9/17/2009 5:18:13 PM

Michael Vick isn't sorry for what he did; he's sorry he got caught. He considers electrocuting,hanging,drowning and beating a dog's head against a concrete floor a MISTAKE !!? I call it murder. And all those dogs that were fought and hurt and the females whose teeth were pulled out and put in rape racks and the puppies and adults that were used as bait dogs to be torn up is nothing short of cold torture and murder. He should never be let back into the NFL to earn millions of dollars. He really needs to be in prision for the rest of his life ,or better yet, get the death penalty to die like those helpless dogs he murdered. Call me harsh ,call me radical, I call myself compassionate.

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marae   phoenix, NY

8/18/2009 4:37:09 PM

if they did't catch him he would still be doing crimes againt innocent dogs .

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sc   ov, AZ

8/18/2009 3:45:37 PM

I dont believe he is sorry, what he did is just horrible, he should have been kicked out of NFL for good.

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June   Phoenix, AZ

8/18/2009 10:56:58 AM

What more is there to say. These previous comments say it all. Michael Vick isn't sorry for what he did. Just look at that smirk on his face when he's being interviewed. And what is this with Donovan McNab being his mentor. That guy isn't much better than Michel Vick.

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