Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has big plans after prison. Among them is a triumphant return to the NFL, where he will rake in at least $10 million a year.
This sum, according to papers he filed with bankruptcy court, would allow him to pocket $750,000 over the next five years while paying off his creditors, based on a sliding scale, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Vick is near the end of his 23-month sentence for his involvement in a Virginia dogfighting ring. Vick’s attorneys say that their client “has every reason to believe upon his release, he will be reinstated into the NFL, resume his career and be able to earn a substantial living.”
In an interview with the newspaper, attorney Daniel Meachum said, Vick “is hopeful to play quarterback. There is no person with his talent in that position in all the league.”
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Vick indefinitely amid the graphic details of animal cruelty that surfaced and public vilification of the star quarterback. Just last week, the Journal-Constitution reports, Goodell said that “he wants to see true contrition from Vick before he considers lifting his suspension.”
One NFL insider, former Dallas Cowboys executive Gil Brandt, told the newspaper that “the guy is a talented player, but he is going to be away from football for at least three years. I think it is very, very hard if you are a skill-position player like a quarterback to spend three years away from football and perform at the level that you performed before you were suspended.”
While most teams have refused to comment on whether they would seek the services of the disgraced baller, there is one group who hopes he never plays again.
“Michael has stated publicly that he thinks what he did was wrong and he is kind of reformed,” said Dan Shannon, assistant director of the group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. “But our feeling is that more than his word is needed at this point to show whether or not he understands what he did was wrong.”