Atlanta Falcons release Michael Vick

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June 12, 2009

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Falcons have released quarterback Michael Vick.

Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff posted the following statement on the team's website:

"The Atlanta Falcons today relinquished their contractual rights to quarterback Michael Vick. Michael remains suspended by the NFL. However, in the event NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell decides to reinstate Michael, we feel his best opportunity to re-engage his football career would be at another club. Our entire organization sincerely hopes that Michael will continue to focus his efforts on making positive changes in his life, and we wish him well in that regard.”

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has not committed to reinstating Vick after the quarterback completes his 23-month sentence on July 20 for running a dogfighting ring.

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