Looks like we’ll know soon what team is going to take a chance on Michael Vick for the 2009 season. Vick said Thursday that he is getting close to signing with a team but didn’t say who that may be, and even if it’s an NFL team.
Vick said the comment reporters as he left a courtroom after a hearing in his bankruptcy case. Asked about his progress in signing with a team, Vick said: “We’re getting close.” He didn’t answer additional questions.
Vick was NFL conditionally reinstated by commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday, a week after the former Falcons star completed his 23-month sentence for running a dogfighting ring. Vick is free to sign with a team and could be playing in the NFL by week six.
He also could play in one of a couple of football minor leagues if no NFL team signs him. The 29-year-old did not speak during the hearing. Afterward, the U.S. bankruptcy trustee and a lawyer for Vick’s creditors shook Vick’s hand and congratulated him on his NFL reinstatement. Vick thanked them and said, “It’s exactly what I needed at this point in my life.”
Early signs had the Steelers as well as New England as the two front runners for Vick’s services.