Vick move in Falcons' own words

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas
We generally don't run news releases in their entirety here, but in the case of the Falcons releasing quarterback Michael Vick, we're going to make an exception because the release is short and the event is significant.

Here's what the Falcons sent out, attributed to general manager Thomas Dimitroff:

"The Atlanta Falcons today relinquished their contractual rights to quarterback Michael Vick. Michael remains suspended by the NFL. However, in the event NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell decides to reinstate Michael, we feel his best opportunity to re-engage his football career would be at another club. Our entire organization sincerely hopes that Michael will continue to focus his efforts on making positive changes in his life, and we wish him well in that regard."

Vick was drafted by the Falcons in 2001 and played six seasons with the team (2001-06).