Vick playing waiting game 

May, 29, 2007
The key words to understand what might happen in the Michael Vick dog-fighting investigation is "prove to be involved." The NFL, the Falcons and commissioner Roger Goodell really can't do much until the dog-fighting case goes through the legal system. That probably means he won't be suspended in 2007. Cases such as this take as long as eight or nine months to document and litigate. It's pretty evident finding direct, indisputable evidence of Vick's involvement won't be easy. Though the dog fights might have occurred on a property he owns, it isn't proof enough of his involvement. The bad news for Vick is having this case drag on will continue to cost him fans and support.

Change of heart? One ray of hope for Chiefs quarterback Trent Green and his desire for a trade to the Dolphins is the salary cap rule changes on June 2. A year ago, the league and the NFLPA changed rules involving trades. Starting last year, a player who is traded after June 1 will have the remaining pro-ration past this season count the following season. In Green's case, the Chiefs wouldn't be charged roughly $2.4 million in a cap hit. The Chiefs have plenty of cap room so this isn't a big provision. The Chiefs still want a fourth-round choice. But they may be willing to accept a conditional sixth in June more than in May with the salary cap adjustment.

One more try: Though it might be hard, the city of Indianapolis needs to regroup and try to get the Super Bowl in 2012. Last week, the city lost a close call to the Northern Texas area. The loss was bitter in Indianapolis because the area and owner Jim Irsay put so much into it. After pushing so hard and losing, Indianapolis may have a tough time trying to make another bid. They should. They put themselves in position to get the next northern Super Bowl. Were it not for the 100,000 seats being pushed by Jerry Jones of the Cowboys, Indianapolis might have gotten the 2011 Super Bowl. They need to give it one more try.

Stirring up interest: The supplemental draft is scheduled for July 12, and it should be an interesting one. Georgia cornerback Paul Oliver plans to apply after learning he's not going back to school because of academic reasons. Oliver was considered one of the top cornerbacks in the 2008 draft and a potential first-round choice. He'll probably go for a second- or third-round choice because he should run a sub-4.4 40 time if he trains well in the next month. Other names will start to filter through for the supplemental draft over the next several weeks.