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May 21, 2009

Get Vick

Patriots would be perfect fit for ex-con QB

Welcome to Foxboro. Better yet, welcome to Reclamation Island.

Is there really a better place in professional sports for supremely talented, yet troubled young men to find a way to lose the "troubled" part, than Route 1 in Foxboro?

Mind you, this is not and should not be an every-year occurrence. But two of the NFL's biggest "bad boys," Corey Dillon and Randy Moss, have found peace, tranquility and winning with the New England Patriots.

Which brings us to the newest "bad boy" Michael Vick.

Here are the facts as we know them. Vick:

ÔÇæ Did a heinous thing, basically operating a dog-fighting ring, for gambling purposes, out of his Virginia home and severely abusing a few dozen dogs, reportedly even murdering a few.

ÔÇæServed his time, which was 19 months in federal prison. His sentence includes the next two months in home confinement.

ÔÇæWill be on probation for the next three years.

ÔÇæFiled for bankruptcy (he had signed a 10-year, $130-million contract in 2004) and still is in debt.

ÔÇæWorked out intensely while in prison.

ÔÇæTurns 29 in June.

ÔÇæIs a free agent.

That last fact, in particular, is where Reclamation Island, aka Foxboro and the Patriots enter the picture.

Mind you, this proposal is a two-way deal. Vick needs the Patriots and the Patriots, at the very least, could use a trusted backup quarterback just in case you-know-who gets hurt again.

In a perfect world, some NFL franchise in need of a quarterback would leap at the opportunity to sign an athlete and quarterback of Vick's ilk. He did have a 38-28-1 record as an NFL starter.

But barring a devastating mini-camp injury, most teams are set at quarterback. And the fact that Vick can't leave his home until July 20, his options are few and far between.

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