Vick Considering Plea Deal

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and his attorneys were deliberating today about whether to accept a plea agreement with federal prosecutors.

There were indications that a plea deal perhaps could be completed quickly if Vick gives his approval. Sources familiar with the situation said that Vick's lawyers had made progress in recent days as they tried to negotiate an agreement with prosecutors that would be acceptable to Vick. They were attempting to limit Vick's jail time to less than a year if he agreed to plead guilty to the federal dogfighting charges that he's facing, said the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they said the deliberations were at a critical stage.

"They're working on it," said one person familiar with the talks. "There could be something soon."

Prosecutors have asked Vick's lawyers for an answer by Friday, although sources said earlier in the week that was not necessarily a firm deadline. One of Vick's co-defendants already has pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors, and two more have plea hearings scheduled. Vick could face a new indictment with additional charges if he does not agree to plead guilty.

By Mark Maske |  August 15, 2007; 8:00 PM ET  | Category:  Falcons , League
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