Speculation About Vick and Proposed New League

The speculation about where Michael Vick might play football when his 23-month federal prison sentence for his role in a dogfighting operation ends now includes a new entry: the upstart United Football League.

The proposed league's commissioner, former agent and Jacksonville Jaguars executive Michael Huyghue, told Sports Illustrated he thinks there's a "98 percent" chance that Vick will play in the new league in 2009.

"Michael's not going to be able to walk right back into the NFL," Huyghue said in comments that appear in Peter King's weekly column on the magazine's website. "He's going to need some kind of buffer before he signs in the NFL, and we'll be able to provide that for him."

Vick is on indefinite suspension by the NFL while imprisoned in Leavenworth, Kan.

He remains under contract to the Falcons but club officials, including owner Arthur Blank, have not said whether they will cut their ties to the quarterback or allow Vick to return to the team after he's released from prison.

The new league reportedly plans to begin play next year with six franchises in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Orlando and Hartford, Conn.

By Mark Maske |  August 11, 2008; 11:33 AM ET  | Category:  Falcons , League
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If the United Football League wants to go the way of the XFL, all it needs to do is make Vick its marquee player. Seriously, it's the stupidest idea I ever heard of in sports, and I have heard a lot of them.

Posted by: Jack | August 11, 2008 12:40 PM

Doesn't Vick still face state charges? Until the state trial is played out no one knows when he'll be available.

Posted by: David | August 11, 2008 6:03 PM

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