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Vick Says He's 'Close' to Finding Team

Michael Vick told reporters as he left a bankruptcy hearing Thursday that he's "getting close" to finding a new team.

According to the Associated Press, Vick attended the hearing in Newport News, Va., and was asked afterward by reporters whether there's any progress toward him signing with a pro team.

"We're getting close," Vick said, according to the AP, without elaborating.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell conditionally reinstated Vick on Monday, a week after Vick was released from federal custody.

Under the terms of his reinstatement, Vick is permitted to sign with any interested team and participate in training camp. He is eligible to play in his team's final two preseason games, and Goodell is to rule by Week 6 of the regular season on Vick's status to play in regular season games.

No NFL team has indicated publicly that it is willing to sign Vick, who missed the last two seasons while serving his federal sentence for his role in a dogfighting operation in Virginia. The Washington Redskins are among the many teams that have said they're not interested in signing Vick at this point.

The upstart United Football League, which begins play in the fall, has been mentioned as a possibility for Vick, but he and his representatives appear intent upon him returning to the NFL.

By Mark Maske  |  July 30, 2009; 12:02 PM ET  | Category:  League Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Is a dog's life any more important than any other animals life?Because it's "man's best friend"? Sarah Palin took photos with animals she'd shot & she's hailed as a "Maverick".America is based on law & order & the chance 4 one to redeem himself.Would your mom like 2 hear some of the stuff youv'e done.? NO... May god help Vick in what ever he wants 2 do.. Go Redskins!!!!!!

Posted by: realworld811 | August 3, 2009 10:07 PM

@allday
Valves are the key word! There are things you just don't do. Look into your dog's eyes they have a spirit. What has Vick done to show he is sorry in the public area? So far there is no signs at all.
Being player in any sport, like it or not the kids look up to them. You have to earn the right to be a player. Vick killed dogs "Man's best friend"!
We are not stopping him from getting a real job. When you are a rookie you go to classes to learn what to do and what not to do. Killing is not on the list of things to do.
There are Valves you stand by and don't lower them. Because he may help your football team.

Posted by: daniel31 | July 31, 2009 1:19 PM

Get over it folks. he's back. Fellow citizens, don't let your hate, envy, and hypocracy get in the way of your christian judgement. Remember, "let he who is without sin cast the first stone". Some of us profess to be christians but don't practice the basic fundamentals of christianity, forgiveness and love. I think what most of you envy is the fact that as a convicted felon VICK will make more money than you. This is America, the sky is the limit: and who cares if you will no longer be a fan of the team who signs him. Football is football and new fans are gained each year. SO GET OVER IT.

Posted by: lolwalk91 | July 31, 2009 11:24 AM

If there is any justice in the world, Vick will suffer a career ending injury in his first action. If your reaction is to call me a hater, so be it. It is my right.

Posted by: chopin224 | July 31, 2009 11:18 AM

To all of those "he is only human", "he has the right to earn a living", "haters", etc, etc.....

No human burns and hangs live animals! Only very sick people fall into this category. A jail sentence is punishment not a cure! Of course he shows remorse? He went to jail, lost his $$$$, women, posse etc, and etc!

He served his time. Pin a rose on him and all of his excusers like TO. It takes a real tough thug to torture helpless animals.

For someone to have real remorse they have to have compassion. Sociopaths don't have it and who else would torture live animals?

Turning this bum into some kind of victim is the most disgusting part. You could almost see the tears in TO's eye's when he was crying about how poor little Mikey was being treated by the commisioner. Boo Hoo!

Posted by: donmac1 | July 31, 2009 11:12 AM

Vick is entitled to make a living, those who need to vent for a cause celeb can direct it to the employer. Employers are very aware of public opinion so organized protests can be very effective. It will be very interesting to see how the media will handle Vick? What will be the dynamics in the dressing room and can the team rise above all the controvery that will surely come. One thing for sure winning will go a long way in answering these questions.

Posted by: maple77 | July 31, 2009 10:24 AM

Look, To all you haters and nonforgiving individuals out there: Vick is only human. People make mistakes in their lives and sometimes they are given the opportunity to make up for the mistakes. Sometimes they pay dearly for the mistakes. Vick paid dearly. Just like you and I, Vick deserves an opportunity to do whatever he can in life to live life to its fullest. Let him. You and I have made mistakes and we are still living our lives. Life is good. Let him live. Let it go man.

Posted by: eugenetalley | July 31, 2009 8:10 AM

In response to ronnikc: Vick had all the money in the world...to bet anything on. Killing dogs is not a sport like he thought it was. He is a convicted torturer of animals. G. Gordon Liddy, Lindsay Lohan and Martha Stewart wouldn't do such abominable wretched acts. I am not whing I am just reiterating the FACTS. Something you just gloss over.

Posted by: casper333 | July 31, 2009 1:57 AM

In response to ronnikc: Did anyone of those other people willing kill living things for SPORT? Like Vick did? Get your head out of your a**!

Posted by: casper333 | July 31, 2009 1:49 AM

If G. Gordon Liddy, Ollie North, Paris Hilton, Lindsey Lohan, and Martha Stewart can go back to work then Vick should be able to resume working. Convicted felons are working in all kinds of jobs all over this country, but because he is famous, we're supposed to outraged that he has a job. Stop whining and get over it.

Posted by: Ronnikc | July 31, 2009 12:58 AM

Everyone who says he "deserves" a 2nd chance.....why?

Why does a relative of mine that has a felony (drug conviction, didn't hurt/kill any living thing) get turned away at Wawa because he's honest on his application but Vick should be allowed to make millions again, no questions asked?

I do believe everyone deserves a 2nd chance, BUT THAT MEANS EVERYONE. Not just someone who has superior athletic skills.

To all of you who ask why he deserves a 2nd chance, I ask, why does he deserve special treatment?

He deserves what all of us would get if we committed a felony.....it's called a manual labor job....about the only job that will hire you with a felony.

Posted by: RobInVaBeach | July 30, 2009 8:13 PM

To all those people who don't want Vick to ever be able to return to his profession because he should be an example of what happens to criminals, I have another point of view.

If Vick is given the cold shoulder by the NFL, he will soon be forgotten and disappear from the public consciousness.

However, if given a second chance (something that all too many of us have experienced at one point or another, but choose to forget) and forced to earn it under a watchful eye, Vick can serve as a dramatic example of how foolish judgement can push you from the mountain top and make you work twice as hard to make it back up.

In the real world our talents create opportunities for "ALL OF US," but we all have to prove ourselves to hold on to them.

Posted by: SportzWiz | July 30, 2009 5:55 PM

Sure Michael Vick served his time. But if he hadn't been caught he would still be letting dogs to fight to the death, being maimed, forcefully raped, malnourished and shot to death, treated like garbage. He apologized to everyone "found" Jesus and is sorry. Did he ever apologize to the many dogs that he mercilessly tortured? NO, he did not. Lets say that lowlife scumbag(that's a compliment) gets out and plays for the NFL? What would happen to that particular fan base for that team that he plays for? I am a life long Steelers fan and if the rumors are true and he goes there I will burn all my steelers clothes sell my tickets and become a Ravens fan. More to the point, what effect does this have on the young fans, ie. children? A role model? Apologize, find Jesus, go to rehab, sounds like a pampered Hollywood star, ie. Brittney Spears for example. Any team that signs him is in for mockery around the NFL. He should play for a rugby team and let those guys tear him a new one, just like hopefully happened to him in prison. What a sorry sack(no pun intended.

Posted by: casper333 | July 30, 2009 4:31 PM

@RICKKI1 Because he is a Convicted felon should he not be able to earn a living???.. If not you might as well leave ALL convicted felons in jail.. Pedefiel are allowed to resume they lives...all they have to do is put a sign on their door saying they are one??? Message!... So you take animals over kids??? That doesnt make sense....BTW you live in DC. area? Do you know how many Convicted Felons work for Metro?? They just dont get paid to drive on TV on Sundays..

@B867332 Tavaris is very good.. has not been given a fair chance. seriously!! this is the first year where he doesn have to compete for his job..He is peciled the starter already.. that does alot for his pshcy. This is only his 4th in the league period. Quaterbacks develop..Not to many come in and are pro-bowl quarterbacks.. MOST Pro-bowl QB's started off playing behind atleast a pretty decent QB ... TJ..NONE!!!

@Daniel31 I am a dog lover also.. But I believe the man served his time.. and being a dog lover has NOTHING AT ALL to do with the CAREER..key word CAREER now.....You being a dog lover is not YOUR career.. its a passion...YOU SAID MANY PLAYERS only sorry they got caught.. BUT neither of us knows he is remorseful or not.. we dont know him.. and apparently the commisioner thinks he has.. And if the skins loose you as a fan if they sign him.. YOU ARE JUST NOT THE #1 FAN.. because no ONE MAN PERIOD CAN MAKE ME STOP LOVING THE SKINS...

Moral of the story.. HE WAS NOT THE FIRST... HE WILL NOT BE THE LAST... HE IS ONLY HUMAN.. AND BY THE COUNTRY WE LIVE IN HE HAS PAID HIS DEBT.. BECAUSE A MAN HAS LOST 2 YEARS OF HIS LIFE FOR FIGHTIN DOGS.. AND I SAY DOGS.. BECAUSE SOME PLACES COCK FIGHTING IS STILL LEGAL.. NOW IF VICK HAD A GUN HUNTING DEAR, MOOSE, TURKEYS.. IT WOULD BE LEAGAL..RIGHT? WE CANT PAST JUDGEMENT ON ANYBODY.. AND JUST THINK IF THE SHOE WAS ON THE OTHER FOOT.. WOULD YOU STILL THINK YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO "LIVE YOUR LIFE"?? ANYWAY.. I THINK HE DESERVES A SHOT.. AND LIKE I ALWAYS LEARNED ABOUT NEGATIVITY IN SPORTS.. THE QUICKEST WAY TO MAKE PEOPLE FORGET ABOUT WHAT YOU DID... IS TO WIN???

ALLDAY

Posted by: J-ALLDAY | July 30, 2009 4:05 PM

vick may have paid somewhat for his crimes but he does not deserve to be in any professional sports. he is a convicted felon now. our kids and grandkids are watching him and by allowing this felon to resume playing professional sports is definitely sending a message to the public that crime is ok. i say...vick now needs to prove himself to the world by getting a job elsewhere...no professional sports...anywhere...ever again.

Posted by: Rickk1 | July 30, 2009 3:36 PM

Vikings really need this man as their Quarterback... They have a cheap wanna be Vick, Vick has paid his debt... Plus with Vick now focused only on football, WoW.... You what they say "You never know how much you love something until it's gone"... I really believe, if they don't, they will again fade in the later season.....

Posted by: xrendellx | July 30, 2009 3:33 PM

THE ONLY TEAM WHO WOULD TAKE THIS DOUCHEBAG WOULD BE AN ARENA FOOTBALL TEAM.

Posted by: b867332 | July 30, 2009 3:04 PM

I been #1 Redskins fan since 1965. Vick did his time but I don't want him to sign with the Redskins. I am a dog lover! He has not shown that he learn from it. Many of today's players in any sport are only sorry that they got caught.We are not the Raiders. If they sign him they would lose their #1 fan.

Posted by: daniel31 | July 30, 2009 2:16 PM

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