Vick Agrees to Plead Guilty, According to Lawyer

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has agreed to plead guilty to the federal dogfighting charges against him under a deal reached today between his attorneys and prosecutors, his lawyer said.

William R. (Billy) Martin, Vick's Washington-based attorney, said that Vick decided to accept the plea deal after talking to family members over the weekend. Martin declined to comment on the terms of the plea agreement.

But a source familiar with the case, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the terms of the deal were to be kept confidential, said that Vick likely will serve 12 to 18 months in prison.

Vick and his attorneys are scheduled to appear in federal court in Richmond next Monday. The deal still must be approved by the judge in the case and could collapse at any point until then.

Vick will meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell before the league decides what disciplinary action to take against him, a source said.

By Mark Maske |  August 20, 2007; 3:08 PM ET  | Category:  Falcons , League
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Hey Mark,

Any substance to the idea of Brunell getting traded to Atlanta now?

Posted by: SCSkinsFan | August 20, 2007 3:42 PM

I don't know, to tell you the truth. I've been so tied up with the legal and league aspects of this case, I haven't really spent much time on the football side of things. It does make some sense. Brunell is starting to look like a spare part in D.C., and the Falcons might be getting pretty desperate. They're low on quantity as well as quality at quarterback. I'm sure Jason La Canfora will address this possibility one way or the other soon.

Posted by: Mark Maske | August 20, 2007 5:51 PM

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