Well folks it appears that we may have the calm before the storm here. Steve Wyche of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting this afternoon that the Atlanta Falcons could very well release QB Micheal Vick – as early as the end of this week. Team owner Arthur Blank has also stated that he’s going to render a decision regarding Vick tomorrow. Just the sound of all this makes it seem very likely that Vick’s days as a Falcons are over. But not without financial and PR ramifications.
Assuming that Vick is indeed released, the team will have some serious salary cap issues that will need to be addressed. We’re looking at a $21 million hit over the next two years ($6 million the first year, $15 million the second). Although a steep price to pay, I think it is in the Falcons’ best interest to just do it and get it over with. And as for Vick, he is facing an indictment, the ensuing trial, and the distinct possibility of some jail time (up to 6 years and a $350,000 fine). Makes me glad that I never pursued the legal profession. I think Vick will have a very difficult time obtaining a lawyer that will take his case and be his own man (in other words, not a client buttkisser). The team needs this to come to closure soon as possible as the PR hit is and will continue to be massive.