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Three Reasons the Patriots Will Not Sign Michael Vick

Published by on May 22, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NFL

Many sports journalists—including those at The Boston Globe, ESPN, and even here on B/R—believe the New England Patriots are a likely destination for Michael Vick.

They are mistaken. Even setting aside issues of whether Vick deserves another chance, here are three reasons why.

1. Once again, the salary cap rears its ugly head.

Vick is still under contract to the Atlanta Falcons, and is scheduled to earn a $9 million salary for 2009.

Clearly, the Falcons are not going to pay Vick that money, but if they trade him, the team that trades for him has to absorb that cap hit before they can sign him to a new contract. Since the Patriots don't have $9 million in cap space available, they w...

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