Vick is now officially an Eagle, having signed a 2-year contract (more precisely, one-year with a one-year team option). The first year will earn him $1.6 million and if he stays, $5.2 million the second year. While this may be a mere pittance for a guy who had a $130 million contract with Atlanta before his dogfighting, at least he was reinstated. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell did stipulate that while Vick is permitted to play in the preseason, he likely won’t see any playing time during the regular season until October. This stipulation is to ensure that he can “maximize the prospect that he can successfully resume his life on and off the field.” He is also not permitted to own a dog (DUH), is currently serving 3 years probation, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in July 2008, and, if anyone cares, will be on ’60 Minutes’ on August 16th.
Perhaps he’ll play in San Diego on November 15th when the Chargers host the Eagles.
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Cleveland’s Donte Stallworth has been suspended for the entire season for the DUI-related pedestrian fatality he caused last March in Florida. Debate ensues over whether his punishment is too harsh or too lenient. What I would like to know is where is the JAIL TIME??
(Sources: Bloomberg.com, L.A. Times)