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Falcons seeking to trade rights to Michael Vick

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Atlanta general manager ThomasDimitroff said Friday the Falcons will try to trade the contractrights on Michael Vick to another team.

In an interview that appeared on the team's Web site, Dimitroffsaid, "With regards to Michael Vick, we've decided to seek a tradeof his contractual rights to another NFL club."

Vick is currently in federal prison on felony charges related todogfighting and is scheduled to be released in July.

Vick has a contract that runs to 2013 and calls for him toreceive a base salary of $9 million and a bonus of $6.43 million in2009. The remainder of the contract is worth $45.11 million, withanother possible $3 million in Pro Bowl bonuses.

"We feel a trade is the best move for the Falcons, and it'salso in the best interest for Michael," Dimitroff said. "This hasbeen a really unique situation from a variety of standpoints andbecause we will actively be involved in a trade situation, I don'tenvision our organization speaking any more about this subjectpublicly until it's reached a resolution."

He said the Falcons have had no discussions with other teamsbecause Vick is under suspension by the NFL, "but we think someteams might be interested in exploring a trade."

Dimitroff said if the Falcons are unable to complete a trade,they will re-evaluate. He said a decision would be made that is inthe best interest of the team.

The Falcons made a move last year for a quarterback, takingBoston College's Matt Ryan as their first round draft choice. Hewas last year's rookie of the year after leading the Falcons to theplayoffs.


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