Tag:Michael Vick
Posted on: September 3, 2009 4:59 pm

Goodell does right thing

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell can be tough when it comes to handing out punishment for player discipline issues.

He can also be fair.

We saw another example of that Thursday when he announced that Michael Vick would be eligbile to play in the Philadelphia Eagles' third game.

Vick and Goodell met Thursday and the commissioner decided Vick's suspension would be lifted after two games, which is the fair thing to do.

Why make it any longer?

Vick has shown remorse. He's been a model teammate so far. And he deserves a second chance.

Goodell can be harsh at times -- for good reason -- but he's also smart enough to realize when enough is enough.

This was one of those times.

That's why he's a smart commissioner, one who seems to be earning more and more respect from the league's players.

Now comes the tough part for the Eagles, which is trying to fit Vick into what they do. If they're smart, they'll keep him only as a backup, not a gimmick, which is what Donovan McNabb said he was last week.
Category: NFL
Tags: Michael Vick
Posted on: July 21, 2009 8:33 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2009 12:34 am

Vick coming back?

Here's what I'm hearing on the Michael Vick situation: The word, according to one source, is that Vick will be given permission to sign with an NFL team in the next week or so, but he will not be re-instated before then.

That means he'll likely be twisting in the wind.

The problem with that scenario is that teams will be reluctant to sign him to a contract with the length of any supsension by the league still undetermined. That would be another cruel blow to Vick's playing status.

Vick is expected to meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in the next week or so to discuss his re-instatement after his sentence for his role in a dog-fighting ring ended Monday.

Goodell will likely announce then that Vick can sign with any team, but there pending suspension is to be determined. That would allow Vick to take part in training camp and the preseason if a team signs him.

That would be a big if, with the potential of a half-season suspension, which is why some will say that scenario isn't exactly fair to Vick.

He could opt to play in the UFL, but the word is he wants to exhaust all NFL possibilities first. The UFL is willing to pay him a substantial salary to play in the league, according to a source, probably more than he'd make in the NFL.

At any rate, the Vick situation might become messier before it clears up.

Category: NFL
Tags: Michael Vick
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