Disgraced quarterback Michael Vick is due to be released from prison next summer, and several Raiders players would happily welcome him to their team, the Contra Costa Times reports.
"Would we like to see it? Yes," Oakland fullback Justin Griffith told the newspaper.
Raiders receiver Ashley Lelie said, "You have to sign him, if you're the Raiders. Trust me, I've played against him before. You don't want him on the other team."
Oakland cornerback DeAngelo Hall, who has spoken with Vick during his incarceration at Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary on a dogfighting conviction, says he would put his seven-year, $70 million contract up as collateral against Vick getting in trouble with the law again.
"I'll put in my contract the same stipulations or whatever, man," Hall told the newspaper. "I know anytime something like this happens, you wake up and smell the roses. After talking to Mike, he definitely knows what's happening. He has a family, kids, a fiancee. He definitely wised up and got those riff-raffs away from him. He knows who his true friends are. He'll move on and go from there."
Vick could be sent to a halfway house as early as January. After that, he could apply for reinstatement by the NFL.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told the Times, "Michael Vick was indefinitely suspended after he pleaded guilty. If he applies for reinstatement following his release from jail, the commissioner would review all the facts and make a decision."
Oakland Tribune columnist Monte Poole wrote that he "couldn't think of a good reason why the Raiders wouldn't want to get in on the action" when Vick attempts a return to the NFL. Poole writes, "His vehicle to redemption is football. It was his ticket to celebrity and infamy; it can be his path to salvation."
Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com, who also is a Sporting News contributor, says the Tampa Bay Buccaneers also likely would be interested in giving Vick another chance in the NFL.
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