ESPN: Goodell could let Vick attend an NFL training camp

Citing sources, former colleague Chris Mortensen and Sal Paolatonio of ESPN.com reported Tuesday night that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell could meet with Michael Vick as early as this week. And Goodell, ESPN also reported, could allow Vick to join a NFL team in training camp. From ESPN:

“Under a scenario involving conditional reinstatement, Goodell would reserve the right to extend or further define Vick’s indefinite suspension but allow him to attend training camp if he is signed with an NFL team, sources said. A conclusive reinstatement, or additional suspension, for the 2009 season would be expected before Sept. 1, the first mandatory date for roster cuts.”

The belief here has been that Goodell would allow Vick to play in the NFL at some point this season, but I didn’t think we’d see No. 7, who was released from federal custody only Monday, back under the league umbrella this summer. Assuming Goodell sees the desired “genuine remorse” from Vick in their meeting, a “conditional reinstatement” would indicate:

  1. That Goodell believes Vick has paid a sufficient penalty for his admitted crimes;
  2. That the NFL doesn’t want the guy once among its biggest names to make his reappearance as a member of the start-up United Football League;
  3. That the commissioner has some indication there’s interest in signing Vick among NFL clubs, no matter how much those clubs might insist there isn’t;
  4. That clubs interested in Vick would feel they had Goodell’s tacit, if not blatant, approval to pursue him.
  5. That Goodell, as Mortensen and Paolatonio report, could still choose to suspend Vick further depending on his conduct, which would make training camp a probational period.

As mentioned in Monday’s post and subsequent comments, I think there’s a market for Vick. Not necessarily as a starting quarterback, but certainly as a backup and potentially as the in-vogue Wildcat quarterback. Several NFL clubs could use Vick – Vinny Iyer of Sporting News Today identified Miami, San Francisco, Jacksonville, Washington, Seattle and Oakland — but the entire NFL has been waiting to take its lead from Goodell. And the commissioner is apparently ready to move.

293 comments Add your comment

Wade Phillips

July 21st, 2009
10:07 pm

I’ve got a spot open for jock strap cleaner. Oh my bad we do background checks. Does he mow lawns?

Suck one Wade

July 21st, 2009
10:10 pm

Give the man a freaking break already. He has served way more time than he deserved.. I’m sure you’ve never done anything wrong in your life, Wade. Loser.

RobC

July 21st, 2009
10:11 pm

Hey,
I think what he did was wrong, but I also think he has paid his debt to society. Let him play. Next time maybe he should just run somebody over, not nearly as big a deal (sic…)

Jim Mors Jr.

July 21st, 2009
10:12 pm

We may have a spot……..no wait I saw you fumble like 90+ times!! Susan send in Pacman!

Jim Mora Jr.

July 21st, 2009
10:13 pm

Proves what a looser I was in Atlanta, I can’t spell my own name.

What else.......

July 21st, 2009
10:16 pm

The dude got 130 million breaks and that wasn’t enough to inspire him to play football.

atlantapril

July 21st, 2009
10:16 pm

Hey, Jim, you can’t spell loser either.

Snoopy

July 21st, 2009
10:17 pm

Avoid Michael Vick like the plague!

Mike Vick

July 21st, 2009
10:18 pm

If you need a fumblimg idiot who can’t read a defense and to dumb to run a no huttle offense! THEN I’M YOUR GUY! Oh I come cheap too!

Jim Mora Jr

July 21st, 2009
10:20 pm

I know I can’t spell the coach killer messed my mind up.

ME.....

July 21st, 2009
10:22 pm

Snoopy……..LOL!!!

Panties in a wad

July 21st, 2009
10:28 pm

ladilovely

July 21st, 2009
10:29 pm

you all are haters for life.

JustMyOpinion

July 21st, 2009
10:32 pm

Although most of your comments are generally funny, the fact remains the same, he has over-paid his debt to us (society), so he should be allowed to compete.

kelly

July 21st, 2009
10:33 pm

crash an expensive car and kill your best buddy and you can play hockey…?????????????

Derrick

July 21st, 2009
10:34 pm

I need to duck before i get hit in the head. Most people on this blog are throwing stones as if they have never done anything wrong before in their entire life

JJMB

July 21st, 2009
10:34 pm

Bradley must have dropped acid, smoked heroin, or is just blind ass drunk. This has to be the most poorly written article I’ve ever read.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

July 21st, 2009
10:34 pm

Vick never caused problems on the team: granted the people he associated himself was BAD judgement and stupid. I believe in second chances with the exception of murder and violent crimes to humans ….. if he is truly repentent God would give him another chance. Do we have the right to judge Vick more harshly than God? I think not.

Ken Stallings

July 21st, 2009
10:35 pm

This isn’t a surprise. I wish it were, in fact more so I wish Goodell would just hand down a suspension for the full season. I realize killing dogs isn’t as serious as what Pac Man Jones did with his “posse” in maiming for life a human being.

However, since when does Jones need to be the litmus test!

What Vick did is bad enough.

However it will be interesting to see what team will take the flyer. Vick isn’t spotless from a purely “on the field” measurement. His off-the-field baggage is very significant. If he so much as hiccups wrong, Goodell is poised to strike with a season-ending suspension. Replacing a starting QB mid-way in the season is a lot more negative than replacing a lineman!

Charllie

July 21st, 2009
10:39 pm

You guys who compare what Vick did to accidents are to dense to comprehend concepts. Vick knowingly and willfully chose to fund and operate a criminal enterprise, the lied about it. Car accidents are just that, accidents. What vick did was not an accident.

That said, he did pay a mighty price, and he certianly deserves the opportunity to earn a living.

who?

July 21st, 2009
10:41 pm

If he is let back in and helps a team win this will all be a distant memory……..example: Kobe Bryant

buckhead benny

July 21st, 2009
10:42 pm

Mike Vick goes to Washington Redskins- Daniel Snyder has the balls to sign him- In the state capital DC is black and the state capital- he is in his back yard with Virginia Tech fans- How come nobody sees this coming- You haven’t heard Daniel Snyder say he isn’t interested- Plus he’s better than the quaterback they have now-

This guy is going to tear up the league this year- Mark my word if he gets in the league and goes to the Redskins- (oh by the way Deangelo Hall was just signed to a multi year contract) for what that is worth-

You don’t think Daniel Snyder takes a chance- I would-

By the way there are a lot of scum bags in the NFL now and there are a lot that have gotten away with a lot worse than Vick-

From my recollection I can’t recall someone serving as much time ( please see Stallworth) for a crime that didn’t involve a rape, homicide,shooting, stabbing, drugs, domestic violence than Mike Vick-

Oh and how about the loss of about 150 million in wages and endorsements-

How about the players that beat up on their wifes? They get a slap on the wrist for black eyes and its just a domestic violence issue?

Don’t tell me he has paid a price- Prison, bankruptcy, tarnished image-

I would think the NFL would want to show to the young kids in the ghetto or where ever that if you make a mistake there are consequences but also, that you don’t have to stay down- you can get back up-

Now I think that would be a great story of second chances- just my opinion

justblaze

July 21st, 2009
10:43 pm

Well well when the yard mule was winning the game all of you atlanta fan was on his jock now he fights dogs you want to killem you are a bunch of sell out go look in the mirror tell me what color you see.

Weststar

July 21st, 2009
10:44 pm

Many professions prohibit re-entry upon a felony conviction – why not the NFL and all Pro Team Sports!

Watch how fast the bad boys will behave.

JJMB

July 21st, 2009
10:44 pm

Vick hasn’t paid his debt, yet. He is still on parole, and he still owes a lot of money. Now, I know you grade A morons don’t think that is important. However, the people that count do.

(When did the RIce Street jail get so many internet connections?)

Zoomie

July 21st, 2009
10:45 pm

No, he hasn’t overpaid, he’s paid exactly the cost required by society. But, now that he’s served the time prescribed by law, he should be allowed to pursue his chosen profession — and we shouls all allow him to do so. I hope this man has learned his lesson. I hope Roger Goodell will recognize the price he’s paid. I hope he gets a second chance and someone will sign Mike Vick and let him play football again. There’s nothing to be gained by continuing to drag this out; let him play if he is still capable. Get on with it! Good luck, Mike Vick!

Charlie

July 21st, 2009
10:47 pm

The fact is, I don’t think he will be any good. He already lost a step before all this went down. He is older, probably slower, and never could read a defense. I would not sign him just because he pretty much is going to stink.

BIGBOY

July 21st, 2009
10:48 pm

Hope he don’t sign with Carolina or New Orleans.

Vick Supporter

July 21st, 2009
10:49 pm

@buckhead benny

Where have you been man? I’ve been doing this ish for 2 years! Tell the f-ing clowns how it!!

Vick 09 B’s

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-total-access/09000d5d81167c72/Around-the-league

Its time

Charlie

July 21st, 2009
10:49 pm

The funny thing is, the black DA in Virginia did not press charges because Vick was a “brotha”, and that forced the feds to get involved, and when they get involved, you screwed. Had the DA done the job he was elected to do, Vick would have played last year.

big dog ATL

July 21st, 2009
10:49 pm

Within two years mike vick will be making more money. See kobe, ray lewis and all the other guys that got in trouble and no one will be able to stop it that is a fact.

Coach D

July 21st, 2009
10:51 pm

Mike, get ready to wear some silver and black. Pack your bags you’re headed to Oakland! Just be real careful if you ever go to play the Browns and their “Dawg Pound!!!”

Vick Supporter

July 21st, 2009
10:51 pm

The Great Mike Vick has Returned

justblaze

July 21st, 2009
10:51 pm

Ok enough said if he was white would yall be speakling so down on him

justblaze

July 21st, 2009
10:53 pm

Enter your comments here

Charlie

July 21st, 2009
10:53 pm

Justblaze, if he would white you would not speak of him at all.

justblaze

July 21st, 2009
10:55 pm

You guys are throwing this man to the trash over some dog which the animal shelter kills dogs daily because no one adopt them where is the animal rights now

Roddy

July 21st, 2009
11:00 pm

It is going to be fun watching Vick make a comeback. The Vikes are nuts if they don’t back off the 40 yearold Bret Farve and go after Vick instead.

VICK SUPPORTER 2

July 21st, 2009
11:01 pm

DOES THIS SOUND FAMILIAR (2007)

HE IS DONE……….

HE WILL NEVER PLAY AGAIN………

HE WILL BE BANNED FOR LIFE………

MAYBE HE WILL FLIP “YOU” PEOPLE WITH THE OTHER FINGER :)

buckhead benny

July 21st, 2009
11:04 pm

What a lot of people don’t realize is that Mike Vick was raised around dog fighting- that was a part of life he grew up in and was accepted- You never heard the NFL going around saying no dog fighting-

To me you always bet on the man that has the most to prove and nothing to lose- That’s motivation- This guy is only 2 years removed from football he’s game was with his feet not his arm- so if it was a timing issue then I would say he was screwed coming back to the NFL-

It’s just the opposite for him- So instead of starting the season running a 4.2 he’s running a 4.45 then by November and December he’s in shape he gets down to a 4.3 come playoff time-

You don’t think coaches have thought about that scenario?? they just can’t oomment out of respect to Roger Goodell-

Dude this is the easiest bet of the year- Washingto Redskins by a landslide for Michael Vick-

Every once in a while I get motivated to come back and blog from time to time, because I read all of the idiot comments-

Like you really believe that the NFL is an all angel league? Never has been never will- Peta just used this to promote their cause- which I don’t blame them- Gotten them more exposure than 100 years could have-

Now its time for the ACLU to go head to head against PETA if they don’t let this man earn a living- I have seen them represent much worse-

PETA can’t continue to blackmail the NFL forever- People are human- going to make mistakes- paid the price- time to move on

go falcons!!!!!!!!!!!

July 21st, 2009
11:04 pm

HEY MB GUESS WHAT???????????????????????????????????????????? WE RELEASED MICHEAL VICK HES NOT A FALCON WHY ARE YOU “REPORTING” ON THIS STORY HES NOT A FALCON WE’VE WASHED ARE HANDS OF THAT FILTH BUT SOMEONE YES YOU ALWAYS HAS TO TRY AND KEEP HIM RELEVANT AT AJC WHY MB WHY?????????????????????????????????????? HES NOT A FALCON GET HIM THE HELL OF THIS SITE SO SAD YOU HAD TO DO A STORY ON HIM MB I DISLIKE YOU EVEN MORE NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MV IS NOT A FALCON SO GET HIM THE F*CK OFF THIS SITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

VICK SUPPORTER 2

July 21st, 2009
11:05 pm

I TOLD YOU FOOLS THAT GOODELL IS NOT GOING TO LET ALL THOSE JERSEY SALES AND REVENUE TANK FOR A 2ND STRAIGHT SEASON :)

GOODELL KNEW IF VICK WENT TO THE UFL, ALL THAT CASH WOULD FOLLOW. YOU FOOLS ARE IDIOTS. ENJOY YOUR 3RD STRAIGHT NON-VICK WINLESS PLAYOFFS…..:)

go falcons!!!!!!!!!!!

July 21st, 2009
11:07 pm

hey buckhead i got my name from dad winning 10k nite before born fighting dogs “colby” but i dont fight em or get near it and yet i was raised around whats my excuse why i dont fight em???? because i no its WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!! you cant make excuses for that you no its wrong and you do it just acceot your punishment and do your time hes done his fed let goddell decide da rest but no excuses for him wrong is wrong

Matt Ryan

July 21st, 2009
11:07 pm

Hey AJC when can I get a blog – this sucks!

Falcon Fan

July 21st, 2009
11:08 pm

Although I like Dogs and think what Vick did is definitely wrong, no one has ever paid a bigger penalty for dog fighting. There will be a huge public outcry against any team that signs him. He should be allowed back in the NFL, but any team that signs him is crazy.

Mark Bradley

July 21st, 2009
11:09 pm

I used this line the other day, but it’s late and I’m tired so I’ll repeat myself: I think a handful of teams have real interest in Vick but none wants to be the one to make the first move for fear of fan repercussions. But I also believe the repercussions won’t be half as dire as some envision. In my view, PETA has already overplayed its hand. And if Vick does indeed demonstrate “genuine remorse,” I believe the majority of people will be inclined to give him another chance.

drsoul

July 21st, 2009
11:10 pm

I think people are forgetting the fact that if Vick does come back and does not break any ’society rules’, that it will be more of an illustration of character for youth than punishing him for life for his mistakes. There is a certain culture of youth, of all races, that needs to see you get punished for stepping out of line, but if you come back and work it out, you can have an opportunity for better things in life.. for the ‘pantywaist’ whiners who do not want him to have a chance to make it back, I think their actions and statements alone speak for the type of character that they represent…and, you certainly do not want your kids associated with them…!!!

drsoul

July 21st, 2009
11:12 pm

I agree with Mark…..PETA has ‘petered’ out as far as making a negative impact and any work with the Humane Society will offset that… there are certainly teams wanting him, but waiting on RG…
I think that the ‘hush’ is not a sign against Vick…

Zell Miller

July 21st, 2009
11:15 pm

VICK SUPPORTER 2,

This is ZIG ZAG ZELL and I challenge YOU to a DUEL !!

Barack Obama

July 21st, 2009
11:15 pm

My fellow Americans – I ordered Goodell so screw you all!

Couldn’t let my brotha get dogged (hey that rhymes sort of)

There is a new sheriff in town – piece out!