There will be a news conference today as Falcons owner Arthur Blank, GM Rich McKay and new head coach Bobby Petrino will make their first public comments on the situation involving quarterback Michael Vick. The quarterback, who has been told to stay away from Falcons camp by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, will not be at the press conference. Vick is in Virginia getting set for his arraignment hearing on Thursday. While it is not expected, there were rumors late Monday that the Falcons are seriously considering releasing the one-time franchise QB.
Now it looks as if the Falcons will simply state that they are going to stand back and let the legal process do it’s thing and that it is in the best interest of the franchise for Vick to not be involved with the organization at this time. Reports say that Vick will still get a paycheck from the team during his leave. NFL vets get $1,100 per week from the start of training camp until the first week of the regular season. Vick’s regular salary for the upcoming season is set at about $6 million. On Monday at the Falcons headquarters PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, protested, causing even more pressure on the team to make a decision soon on Vick.
This came after Friday PETA marched outside the NFL offices while Goodell was meeting with officials from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Nike has also decided not to release Vick’s latest show, the Air Zoom V. If convicted, Vick and three others charged with him could face up to six years in prison, and $350,000 in fines. Look for the Falcons to distance themselves from Vick and have to turn the quarterback position over to journeyman QB Joey Harrington.