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Dungy: Vick wants to put life back together

Tony Dungy believes Michael Vick is focused on putting his life back together.

The former Indianapolis Colts coach has agreed to mentor Vick as part of the quarterback's conditional reinstatement to the NFL.

'I'm not sure what football is going to hold for him; that will be discussed at length in the sports pages over the next few weeks,' Dungy said in a post on his blog Tuesday. 'I believe in second chances for people who admit their mistakes and are committed to changing.'

Dungy retired in January, two years after leading Indianapolis to a Super Bowl title. He has long been involved in prison ministries. Dungy met with Vick in May at the federal penitentiary where the former Atlanta Falcons star was serving an 18-month term for running a dogfighting ring.

Dungy said he also met Vick on a second occasion and has spoken to him on the phone several times.

'I think Michael deserves the chance to show people he has changed and learned from past mistakes, but my true hope is that he will make sound decisions about his future and, at the same time, let people know more about the person that I've come to know recently. I know the public will be skeptical, but I think, over time, people will find there's a different side to him than what they've seen so far.'

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday that Vick can immediately take part in preseason practices, workouts and meetings and can play in the final two preseason games - if he can find a team.

Once the season begins, Vick may participate in all team activities except games, and Goodell said he would consider Vick for full reinstatement by Week 6 (Oct. 18-19) at the latest.

'Sure, he would love to play football in the NFL again,' Dungy said, 'but I think he has other priorities.'

Dungy said Vick wants to reconnect with his three children after missing 18 months of their lives.

'He also would like to have a positive impact on young people's lives and he realizes that his dogfighting conviction has been a huge negative in that respect,' Dungy said. 'I know he wants to turn that around and help kids understand the importance of good decision-making.'

By Rachel Cohen

The Associated Press

If any NFL teams are interested in Michael Vick, they're not saying.

A day after the quarterback was conditionally reinstated to the league, only the Baltimore Ravens would directly acknowledge evaluating him.

'We've had long discussions about Michael Vick and we have a feeling about how he would impact our team and not impact our team,' coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday.

General manager Ozzie Newsome declined comment. Previously, he has said the Ravens have enough quarterbacks.

Other teams either refused comment or insisted they wouldn't pick up the former Atlanta Falcons star, who served 18 months in federal prison for running a dogfighting ring and was released from home confinement on July 20.

Commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday that Vick can immediately take part in preseason practices, workouts and meetings and can play in the final two preseason games - if he can find a team.

Once the season begins, Vick may participate in all team activities except games, and Goodell said he would consider Vick for full reinstatement by Week 6 (Oct. 18-19) at the latest.

Two clubs that might have seemed like a logical destination - the Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals - said they wouldn't pursue Vick.

Bengals owner Mike Brown refers to himself as 'a redeemer' and is known for giving troubled players a second chance, or more. But Cincinnati has a full complement of quarterbacks, and starter Carson Palmer has fully recovered from an elbow injury that sidelined him for 12 games last season.

'When you have a situation like ours, he's a very difficult fit,' Brown said. 'Quarterbacks are like queen bees - you can only have one of them before they start stepping on each other. And we have ours. Carson's the guy. That's why it just doesn't fit for here in a football sense.'

The Dolphins rejuvenated their offense last season by mixing in the Wildcat, a variation of the single wing. The package featured direct long snaps to running back Ronnie Brown, who usually ran with the ball.

The Wildcat would take advantage of Vick's running ability, but the Dolphins drafted another running quarterback in April: West Virginia's Pat White. They also have 2008 NFL Comeback Player of the Year Chad Pennington returning and promising Chad Henne as the No. 2 quarterback.

'We don't have an interest,' general manager Jeff Ireland said in a statement. 'We like the players we have on our current roster.'

Denver Broncos coach Josh McDaniels said 'we're not bringing him in right now,' but acknowledged the team is always weighing its options. The Broncos have uncertainty at quarterback after trading the disgruntled Jay Cutler. Kyle Orton is penciled in as the starter.

'We're always going to try to do what's best for the organization - that could mean it's a player or a situation that we're going to evaluate,' McDaniels said. 'We're always going to try to make sure that we leave no stone unturned. If it means adding a player, we have looked at every player that we feel out there could help us at this time.'

One organization that wants Vick is the upstart UFL. The four-team league plans to kick off a six-game season in October.

'I still think we are the best option for him,' UFL commissioner Michael Huyghue said.