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CantStop85
07-29-2009, 10:51 PM
Ravens only team to admit interest in Vick; Dolphins, Bengals say no

July 29, 2009
CBSSports.com wire reports


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.

Huyghue suggested Vick could prove to NFL teams that he's ready to return -- on and off the field -- during the UFL season.

Buffalo Bills quarterback Trent Edwards figured Vick's conditional status would leave general managers in a bind.

"It's got to be hard to sign him, because where are you going to put him?" he said. "You don't know if he'll be able to play Week 1, and you want him to be your starting quarterback or at least compete for a starting job, (but) you can't essentially do that as a general manager."

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/11998758/rss

RoethlisBURGHer
07-29-2009, 11:09 PM
Guess they are sick of the Bengals being the All-Felon team of the division.

Galax Steeler
07-30-2009, 04:04 AM
They need to work on getting a receiver not someone like Vick.

tunes4life
07-30-2009, 07:20 AM
At first I was really impressed with John Harbaugh. But he is really starting to look like a fool. :doh: Between this and the "Oooooh I don't wanna open against the Steeleers at home - WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!". He's looking pretty desperate. I agree Vick is a talent. But being the first NFL team to sign him is going to be accompanied with lots of negative publicity, distractions, and unwanted media. On top of that, just looking at Vick has to shake up Flacco's confidence. I guess maybe Harbaugh just got lucky inheriting a good team. These decisions seem really foolish. That's cool wid me! I'm starting to thing that Harbaugh is on our payroll.

Steel Head
07-30-2009, 08:04 AM
At first I was really impressed with John Harbaugh. But he is really starting to look like a fool. :doh: Between this and the "Oooooh I don't wanna open against the Steeleers at home - WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!". He's looking pretty desperate. I agree Vick is a talent. But being the first NFL team to sign him is going to be accompanied with lots of negative publicity, distractions, and unwanted media. On top of that, just looking at Vick has to shake up Flacco's confidence. I guess maybe Harbaugh just got lucky inheriting a good team. These decisions seem really foolish. That's cool wid me! I'm starting to thing that Harbaugh is on our payroll.

good post

I live in the Baltimore/DC area so I get to hear plenty of Harbaugh on the radio. He is a douchebag

revefsreleets
07-30-2009, 09:42 AM
I think they want him to play WR...

Steel Head
07-30-2009, 11:54 AM
I think they want him to play WR...

good for them

too bad he's never played WR before, i doubt he would be good at it

I also heard they are talking about trying Troy Smith at WR. They are so desperate it is pathetic

Dino 6 Rings
07-30-2009, 12:04 PM
I agree, there is zero Evidence that Vick would be able to run routes, catch the ball or make the defense really even adjust to him being in the Slot or Spread out.

Maybe Baltimore will just start lining up in the wishbone soon since they have zero receivers worth a crap on their roster.

revefsreleets
07-30-2009, 12:11 PM
Bengals probably passed because Vick's crime only hurt animals...the REAL thugs in the locker room would tear him up for being such a profanityfilterprofanityfilterprofanityfilterprofa nityfilterprofanityfilter.

CantStop85
07-30-2009, 12:16 PM
Bengals probably passed because Vick's crime only hurt animals...the REAL thugs in the locker room would tear him up for being such a profanityfilterprofanityfilterprofanityfilterprofa nityfilterprofanityfilter.

Real thugs? Like who? Chris Henry and the wine coolers he just bought for some 16-year-old girls? :chuckle:

revefsreleets
07-30-2009, 12:24 PM
Hmmm...Chris Henry, Chris Henry....oh YEAH, Chris Henry!

DUI Chris Henry.
Assault Chris Henry

He's a good egg, that one...let's check out his record:
Off-the-field problems

Since his college days at West Virginia University, Chris Henry has had a checkered off-field reputation. He also had several on-field incidents. During his redshirt sophomore season, he was ejected from a game at Rutgers University due to multiple unsportsmanlike conduct penalties and was suspended for the season finale against the University of Pittsburgh.

* December 15, 2005: Henry was pulled over in Northern Kentucky for speeding. During a search, marijuana was found in his shoes. He was also driving without a valid driver's license or valid insurance.

* January 30, 2006: Henry was arrested in Orlando, Florida for multiple gun charges including concealment and aggravated assault with a firearm.[15] He was reported to have been wearing his #15 Bengals jersey at the time of his arrest. Henry pleaded guilty and avoided jail time in both cases.

* May 4, 2006: Cincinnati media reported that Henry was being investigated by Covington, Kentucky police in connection with a sex crime which allegedly occurred in a Covington hotel room in the early morning of April 30, 2006. No charges have yet been filed, and on May 24, 2006, Covington police reported that there is no proof anything happened and that the alleged victim might have concocted the story and may face charges for filing a false police report.

* June 3, 2006: Chris Henry was pulled over outside on Interstate 275 at 1:18 a.m by Ohio Highway Patrol trooper Michael Shimko. At 2:06 a.m. Henry voluntarily submitted to a breathalyzer test at Milford Police Department and registered a .092 blood-alcohol level, .012 above the level permitted in the state of Ohio.[16]

* September 25, 2006: Bengals linebacker Odell Thurman was pulled over for driving under the influence. The truck Thurman was driving belonged to rookie quarterback/receiver Reggie McNeal. Neither McNeal nor Henry, who were passengers, were charged with any wrongdoing by authorities. However, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis suspended Henry for the Bengals game against the New England Patriots.

* October 6, 2006: Henry was suspended by the NFL for two games for violating the league's personal conduct and substance abuse policies. NFL policies forbid Henry from taking part in practices, however, he was allowed to attend any team meetings. Henry missed the Bengals' October 15, 2006 game at Tampa Bay and their October 22, 2006 home game versus Carolina.[17]

* January 25, 2007: Henry plead guilty to charges of providing alcohol to minors, an incident that occurred at a hotel in the spring in 2006. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail, with all but two of those days being suspended.[18]

* April 10, 2007: Henry was suspended for the first eight games of the 2007 NFL season for violations of the NFL's personal conduct policy.[10] His suspension comes with a stern warning that future misconduct may result in the end of his career with the NFL. Henry was given permission by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to begin practicing fully.[19] His suspension was lifted and he played in the November 11, 2007 game versus the Baltimore Ravens, amassing 4 catches for 99 yards.

* May 18, 2007: It was reported by the Cincinnati Enquirer that Henry allegedly failed a court-mandated drug test. The report showed that he had taken an opiate, but the result was later proven to be false. The failed drug test would have been the third violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy. A third violation, per league rules, results in a one-year suspension. In addition to having his suspension increased to 24 games, he would have had to serve an 88 day jail sentence.[20] As of May 23, 2007, the State of Kentucky has reported that Henry in fact did not fail a drug test, and that earlier reports to the contrary are erroneous.

* June 12, 2007: Henry allegedly assaulted a 16-year-old boy with teammate Reggie McNeal. The claims were later reported to be unfounded[21] and Henry and McNeal have been exonerated.

* November 6, 2007: Henry allegedly assaulted a valet attendant at Newport on the Levee.[22]

* December 3, 2007: Henry arrested for the second time in Orlando, Florida for violating his probation he was on from a January 30, 2006 arrest. On February 21, 2008 he was found not guilty. On February 26, 2008, a motion to terminate probation in Orange County, Florida was denied.

* March 31, 2008: Henry was alleged to have punched a man named Gregory Meyer, 18, and thrown a beer bottle through the window of his car. Henry claimed it was a case of mistaken identity and also that he thought it was somebody else that owed him money.[23] Henry was waived by the Bengals a day after this arrest and was then forced to serve a house arrest sentence.

CantStop85
07-30-2009, 02:17 PM
Hmmm...Chris Henry, Chris Henry....oh YEAH, Chris Henry!

DUI Chris Henry.
Assault Chris Henry

He's a good egg, that one...let's check out his record:
Off-the-field problems

Since his college days at West Virginia University, Chris Henry has had a checkered off-field reputation. He also had several on-field incidents. During his redshirt sophomore season, he was ejected from a game at Rutgers University due to multiple unsportsmanlike conduct penalties and was suspended for the season finale against the University of Pittsburgh.

* December 15, 2005: Henry was pulled over in Northern Kentucky for speeding. During a search, marijuana was found in his shoes. He was also driving without a valid driver's license or valid insurance.

* January 30, 2006: Henry was arrested in Orlando, Florida for multiple gun charges including concealment and aggravated assault with a firearm.[15] He was reported to have been wearing his #15 Bengals jersey at the time of his arrest. Henry pleaded guilty and avoided jail time in both cases.

* May 4, 2006: Cincinnati media reported that Henry was being investigated by Covington, Kentucky police in connection with a sex crime which allegedly occurred in a Covington hotel room in the early morning of April 30, 2006. No charges have yet been filed, and on May 24, 2006, Covington police reported that there is no proof anything happened and that the alleged victim might have concocted the story and may face charges for filing a false police report.

* June 3, 2006: Chris Henry was pulled over outside on Interstate 275 at 1:18 a.m by Ohio Highway Patrol trooper Michael Shimko. At 2:06 a.m. Henry voluntarily submitted to a breathalyzer test at Milford Police Department and registered a .092 blood-alcohol level, .012 above the level permitted in the state of Ohio.[16]

* September 25, 2006: Bengals linebacker Odell Thurman was pulled over for driving under the influence. The truck Thurman was driving belonged to rookie quarterback/receiver Reggie McNeal. Neither McNeal nor Henry, who were passengers, were charged with any wrongdoing by authorities. However, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis suspended Henry for the Bengals game against the New England Patriots.

* October 6, 2006: Henry was suspended by the NFL for two games for violating the league's personal conduct and substance abuse policies. NFL policies forbid Henry from taking part in practices, however, he was allowed to attend any team meetings. Henry missed the Bengals' October 15, 2006 game at Tampa Bay and their October 22, 2006 home game versus Carolina.[17]

* January 25, 2007: Henry plead guilty to charges of providing alcohol to minors, an incident that occurred at a hotel in the spring in 2006. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail, with all but two of those days being suspended.[18]

* April 10, 2007: Henry was suspended for the first eight games of the 2007 NFL season for violations of the NFL's personal conduct policy.[10] His suspension comes with a stern warning that future misconduct may result in the end of his career with the NFL. Henry was given permission by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to begin practicing fully.[19] His suspension was lifted and he played in the November 11, 2007 game versus the Baltimore Ravens, amassing 4 catches for 99 yards.

* May 18, 2007: It was reported by the Cincinnati Enquirer that Henry allegedly failed a court-mandated drug test. The report showed that he had taken an opiate, but the result was later proven to be false. The failed drug test would have been the third violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy. A third violation, per league rules, results in a one-year suspension. In addition to having his suspension increased to 24 games, he would have had to serve an 88 day jail sentence.[20] As of May 23, 2007, the State of Kentucky has reported that Henry in fact did not fail a drug test, and that earlier reports to the contrary are erroneous.

* June 12, 2007: Henry allegedly assaulted a 16-year-old boy with teammate Reggie McNeal. The claims were later reported to be unfounded[21] and Henry and McNeal have been exonerated.

* November 6, 2007: Henry allegedly assaulted a valet attendant at Newport on the Levee.[22]

* December 3, 2007: Henry arrested for the second time in Orlando, Florida for violating his probation he was on from a January 30, 2006 arrest. On February 21, 2008 he was found not guilty. On February 26, 2008, a motion to terminate probation in Orange County, Florida was denied.

* March 31, 2008: Henry was alleged to have punched a man named Gregory Meyer, 18, and thrown a beer bottle through the window of his car. Henry claimed it was a case of mistaken identity and also that he thought it was somebody else that owed him money.[23] Henry was waived by the Bengals a day after this arrest and was then forced to serve a house arrest sentence.

Like I said, he's just like a big, alien-resembling teddy bear...nothing to be afraid of. :chuckle:

fansince'76
07-30-2009, 02:27 PM
Bengals probably passed because Vick's crime only hurt animals...the REAL thugs in the locker room would tear him up for being such a profanityfilterprofanityfilterprofanityfilterprofa nityfilterprofanityfilter.

Speaking of which, have any Bengals been busted this offseason? I don't believe I have heard of any. :hunch:

revefsreleets
07-31-2009, 10:31 AM
Leon Hall was arrested for DUI in April.

Tank Johnson was signed by the Bengals in April, and THAT action alone should be illegal.