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