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Atlanta Falcons Cut Michael Vick

Jun 12, 2009 – 9:51 AM
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The Atlanta Falcons will release Michael Vick Friday, officially bringing to an end the suspended quarterback's tenure with the franchise.

Although the Falcons have previously stated their intention to trade Vick, general manager Thomas Dimitroff said on the team's web site that the club made the decision to release him outright:
"We spent a significant amount of time this off-season trying to trade him to another NFL club, and we had some conversations with a few teams, but nothing materialized. At this point, we feel releasing Michael is best for him and best for us. Our entire organization sincerely hopes that Michael will continue to focus his efforts on making positive changes in his life, and we wish him well in that regard."
Dimitroff added that he personally spoke to Vick and told him the Falcons were releasing him, and that the Falcons will absorb the remainder of Vick's prorated signing bonus on this year's salary cap.

The move makes Vick an unrestricted free agent, although he is still serving an indefinite suspension, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said there is no timeframe for reinstating Vick.

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