Looks like fallen NFL QB, Michael Vick, may just get another chance in the league.
According to ESPN, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has reportedly decided on a conditional reinstatement that would allow Vick to attend training camp if he signs with a team. However, he could be suspended for the first four games of the 2009 season.
The report said that Goodell met with Vick, his agent and two other members of his camp, but nothing was officially confirmed.
The commissioner suspended Vick indefinitely in August 2007 after the former Falcons quarterback admitted bankrolling a dog fighting operation. Since the, the NFL player has been the center of controversy.
He was sentenced to 23 months in prison, two months of which he served on home confinement.
Earlier this year, it was rumored that Vick was searching for a reality show deal. He reportedly owes millions to creditors.
Before the dogfighting fiasco, Vick was one of the NFL’s highest-paid players, signing a $130 million, 10-year deal with the Falcons in December 2004. After he went to prison, the team filed a claim to recover bonuses he had earned from 2004 through 2007. The remainder of Vick’s Atlanta contract was reportedly worth at least $45.11 million.
If Vick is not signed by an NFL team, ESPN reporter Chris Mortensen says he’ll have an option to sign with the upstart United Football League, set to begin play in October and finish its inaugural season on Thanksgiving weekend. Under UFL policy, he would be free to sign with the NFL once the UFL season ends.
While UFL commissioner Michael Huyghue has not cleared Vick to sign with his league, the quarterback’s rights have been assigned to Orlando, coached by former Saints coach Jim Haslett.
Stay tuned to see how this pans out.