As teams are starting to get out in front of a potential re-instatement of QB Michael Vick by declaring 'no interest', there are also people like Si.com's Jim Trotter that agree Vick should get a second chance:
Michael Vick deserves opportunity to play in NFL again - Jim Trotter - SI.com
If the NFL can give second chances to gamblers (Art Schlichter), drug traffickers (Tamarick Vanover and Bam Morris) and those who commit vechicular homicide while driving drunk (Leonard Little) -- yes, I consider killing someone while driving drunk to be murder, even if the law doesn't -- it should give Vick the opportunity to resume his career. It's true that none of the aforementioned transgressions took place on Goodell's watch, but it's also accurate that none of those players, prior to reinstatement, was punished as severely as Vick.
I'm in agreement with Trotter as I think Vick has paid his retribution to society. Yet I can also understand those who think he doesn't deserve another chance; its hard to understand someone being so cruel. Even if you think he does deserve a chance is there a team willing to chance the potential PR nightmare? Vick may be toxic for a while but as the season progresses might a floundering team take a chance? Might such a team consider the amount of PR such a signing might bring, even if it is the wrong kind? As spectacular a runner Vick was I didn't consider him a team leader. Could he spark a lagging offense? Would the Panthers consider signing Vick? It does not seem likely.
Trotter continues with a nice close:
Vick's actions were repulsive and worthy of strong punishment. However, if he truly has accepted that what he did was wrong, Goodell should heed the words President Bush said in his 2004 State of the Union address while discussing legislation to help convicted criminals re-enter society.
"America," he said, "is the land of the second chance." At last check Vick is still an American.
We won't have the answer until he is actually re-instated by commish Goodell which I would expect to happen at some point now that Vick has finished his sentence. The only remaining question after that is whether any team will roll the dice on him.