June 12, 2009 / 3:56 PM / 10 years ago

Falcons release Vick

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick (R) looks for a receiver during the second half of their NFL game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit, Michigan November 5, 2006. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

ATLANTA (Reuters) - The Atlanta Falcons have formally relinquished their contractual rights to troubled quarterback Michael Vick, the team said Friday.

Vick, 28, was released from a Kansas prison on May 20 after serving a 23-month sentence for dogfighting and is on supervised home confinement in Virginia.

"Michael remains suspended by the NFL," Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said in a statement on the Falcons' website (www.atlantafalcons.com).

“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.”

Vick was the No. 1 pick in the 2001 NFL draft and a three-times All-Pro quarterback with the Falcons.

Reporting by Steve Ginsburg in Orlando, Fla.; editing by Justin Palmer

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