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Atlanta Falcons release QB Michael Vick

Honestly, I thought this took place a long time ago.

Quarterback Michael Vick’s time with the Atlanta Falcons is officially over.

Vick, who is serving the remainder of his prison sentence on dogfighting charges under house arrest in Virginia, was released by the team Friday.

“Michael remains suspended by the NFL,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said in a statement. “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 making positive changes in his life and we wish him well in that regard.”

The Falcons have been trying to trade Vick for months, but found no takers. Instead of holding onto him and hoping that someone would step forward with a trade, they chose to put the Vick era behind them.

The move was no surprise. Owner Arthur Blank has said Vick would not return to the Falcons.

Vick was a talented athlete, but probably not good enough a quarterback to bring a team to a Super Bowl. In light of this and his obvious character deficiencies, and I can why no NFL team may not want to have him.

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