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Vick may end up at 49ers, Vikings

TWO National Football League teams with unsettled quarterback situations - the San Francisco 49ers and the Minnesota Vikings - might be interested in acquiring suspended Atlanta Falcons star Michael Vick.

Vick is in federal prison on felony charges related to dogfighting and was scheduled to be released in July. The Falcons have said they will try to trade him, though they could cut him and make him a free agent.

San Francisco coach Mike Singletary said Vick deserves the chance to play in the league, and believes he will be successful if he returns. He wouldn't say if the 49ers would pursue him.

"He's still under contract, you can't really talk to him or have any contact with him," Singletary said on Friday. "Right now, we're just going to look at the quarterbacks we have and go from there."

There might be questions about Vick's sharpness and conditioning because he hasn't played since 2006, but he's a proven winner who led the Falcons to an NFC Championship game and has been to three Pro Bowls. He has the NFL single-season record for yards rushing by a quarterback with 1,039 in 2006, and is third all-time. Vick also has passed for 11,505 yards in six seasons, with 71 touchdowns and 52 interceptions.

Training camp

Singletary said the team would likely enter training camp with Shaun Hill as the No. 1 quarterback. Hill passed for 2,046 yards but that wasn't enough to impress 49ers General Manager Scot McCloughan, who said the team clearly needs to upgrade the position.

"I'm not going to get into names," Singletary said. "The important thing now is which ones fit that (system). It has to be a chemistry where he fits in with everybody. There's value out there, and it's a position we need to address."

Minnesota coach Brad Childress said the Vikings are looking for someone to challenge Tarvaris Jackson, and are willing to make moves to ensure that it happens.

"We need to put somebody in place that will push him and compete with him," Childress said. "I think competition is the nature of the game."

Childress wouldn't confirm or deny interest in Vick.

"I really don't get into hypotheticals because I think there's too much water that's got to happen. I'd cross that bridge when I come to it."


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