After weeks of conjecture involving at least half the teams in the NFL, the Philadelphia Eagles finally stepped forward Thursday and signed controversial quarterback Michael Vick, taking a gamble on a once supremely talented player who hasn't set foot on the field since the 2006 season.
"I've seen people close to me have had second chances that have taken advantage of those," Eagles Coach Andy Reid said. "It's very important that people give them opportunities to prove that they can change. So we're doing that with Michael."
Animal activists in Philly are already protesting.
The former Atlanta Falcon was charged in 2007 with dogfighting conspiracy. The court case revealed gruesome details of how Vick's Virginia-based operation treated pitbulls. Authorities found dogs, some injured and scarred, chained to buried car axles. Forensic experts discovered remains of dogs that had been shot with a .22-caliber pistol, electrocuted, drowned, hanged or slammed to the ground for lacking a desire to fight.