Saturday, February 21, 2009
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INDIANAPOLIS - Two teams with unsettled quarterback situations - the San Francisco 49ers and the Minnesota Vikings - might be interested in acquiring suspended Atlanta Falcons star Michael Vick.
Vick is in federal prison on felony charges related to dogfighting and is scheduled to be released in July. The Falcons have said they will try to trade him, though they could cut him and make him a free agent.
San Francisco coach Mike Singletary said Vick deserves the chance to play in the league and believes he will be successful if he returns. He wouldn't say if the 49ers would pursue him.
'He's still under contract, you can't really talk to him or have any contact with him,' Singletary said. 'Right now, we're just going to look at the quarterbacks we have and go from there.'
There might be questions about Vick's sharpness and conditioning because he hasn't played since 2006, but he's a proven winner who led the Falcons to an NFC championship game and has been to three Pro Bowls. The dynamic athlete has the NFL single-season record for yards rushing by a quarterback with 1,039 in 2006, and is third all-time. He also has passed for 11,505 yards in six seasons, with 71 touchdowns and 52 interceptions.