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Judge Rules Vick Can Keep Bonus Money

A federal judge in Minnesota overturned a previous ruling by an arbitrator and said that suspended Falcons quarterback Michael Vick does not have to give back 20-million-dollars in signing bonus money he got from the team. Judge David Doty ruled that it would violate the NFL collective bargaining agreement for the Falcons to recover the bonus money.  He did say that Vick had to repay three-point-75-million-dollars not considered to be signing bonus money.   Falcons president Rich McKay told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that any money recouped from Vick would be credited to the Falcons’ salary cap.  Vick is serving a 23-month prison term after pleading guilty in December to illegal dogfighting.

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