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: October 03, 2007, 12:04:32 PM

http://rotoworld.com/content/playernews.aspx?sport=NFL

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The Falcons are trying to recover $16 million in bonus money from Michael Vick.

The NFLPA will argue the case in front of a "special master." They will contend that Vick's roster bonuses cannot be subject to being recovered by the team.
Source: ESPN.com 




Something to keep an eye on as it will affect their cap


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#1 : October 03, 2007, 12:28:20 PM

PFT's take:

FALCONS ASK VICK FOR $16 MILLION by Michael David Smith

Sal Paolantonio of ESPN is reporting that the Atlanta Falcons have asked Michael Vick to return more than $16 million in bonus money, saying his guilty plea to federal conspiracy charges put him in violation of his 10-year, $130 million contract with the team.

Per Paolantonio, a hearing before the NFL's special master, Stephen Burbank, will take place Thursday. At that hearing, the Falcons will argue that Vick owes them a refund of money paid in bonuses. But the NFL Players Association will say the money was paid to Vick as roster bonuses, and that the league's collective bargaining agreement with the players does not permit teams to get back money already earned.

Complicating matters in this case is that Vick signed his contract before the current collective bargaining agreement went into effect.

Burbank ruled last year that Broncos wide receiver Ashley Lelie's option bonus fell under the "salary escalators already earned" category of payment, and therefore ruled for Lelie, who also won an appeal.

Paolantonio reports that part of the Falcons' case will be an argument that Vick knew at the time that he signed the contract that he was in violation of it, and therefore he defrauded the Falcons.

The Falcons have also filed a grievance to be heard by the league's non-injury grievance arbitrator, and in that grievance the Falcons are seeking damages in excess of $22 million. The Kansas City Chiefs won a similar grievance against wide receiver Tamarick Vanover. That grievance will not be heard until after the case that begins with Thursday's hearing has reached a conclusion.

The Falcons have paid Vick a total of $29.5 million in bonuses.

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