Former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick completes his federal prison term today, where he’s expected to shed the ankle monitor that he’s worn since his home confinement began on May 20th. Vick, having been released by the Falcons last month, still faces the obstacle of reinstatement by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell before he can play for another NFL team.
As soon as that ankle bracelet comes off, Vick becomes the black Brett Favre, meaning that the speculation regarding his NFL future will be endless, and pointless, until somebody actually signs him. But instead of the question being “Will he or won’t he,” it’s “Where?” I’ve said before that any on-field benefit an NFL team would enjoy with Vick wouldn’t exceed the potential hailstorm at the box office. Do I want to see Vick back in the league? Hell, yeah. Do I want him on my team? Not a chance.
But any team could lessen that burden by signing Vick during the season, after all the season tickets have been bought and paid for. Some reports indicate that Goodell may not rule until then, anyway. But Vick’s best shot of playing everyday might involve another act of contrition–playing in the UFL. It’s hard to imagine anyone not being remorseful after playing there.