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What's the market for Vick? Few teams are talking -- at least publicly

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If any NFL teams are interested in Michael Vick, they're not saying.

One day after the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback was conditionally reinstated to the league, only the Baltimore Ravens would directly acknowledge evaluating him.

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"We've had long discussions about Michael Vick, and we have a feeling about how he would impact our team and not impact our team," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday.

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome declined comment. Previously, he has said the team has enough quarterbacks.

Other teams either refused comment or insisted they wouldn't pick up Vick, who served 18 months in federal prison for running a dogfighting ring and was released from home confinement on July 20.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday that Vick can immediately take part in preseason practices, workouts and meetings and can play in the final two preseason games -- if he can find a team.

Once the season begins, Vick may participate in all team activities except games, and Goodell said he would consider the quarterback for full reinstatement by Week 6 (Oct. 18-19) at the latest.

Two teams that might have seemed like a logical destination -- the Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals -- said they wouldn't pursue Vick.

Bengals owner Mike Brown refers to himself as "a redeemer" and is known for giving troubled players a second chance, or more. But Cincinnati has a full complement of quarterbacks, and starter Carson Palmer has fully recovered from an elbow injury that sidelined him for 12 games last season.

"When you have a situation like ours, he's a very difficult fit," Brown said of Vick. "Quarterbacks are like queen bees -- you can only have one of them before they start stepping on each other. And we have ours. Carson's the guy. That's why it just doesn't fit for here in a football sense."

The Dolphins rejuvenated their offense last season by mixing in the Wildcat, a variation of the single wing. The package featured direct long snaps to running back Ronnie Brown, who usually ran with the ball.

The Wildcat would take advantage of Vick's running ability, but the Dolphins drafted another running quarterback -- West Virginia's Pat White -- in April. They also have 2008 NFL Comeback Player of the Year Chad Pennington returning and promising Chad Henne as the No. 2 quarterback.

"We don't have an interest," Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland said of Vick in a statement. "We like the players we have on our current roster."

Denver Broncos coach Josh McDaniels said "we're not bringing him in right now," but acknowledged that the team is always weighing its options. The Broncos have uncertainty at quarterback after trading the disgruntled Jay Cutler to the Chicago Bears. Kyle Orton is penciled in as the Broncos' starter.

"We're always going to try to do what's best for the organization -- that could mean it's a player or a situation that we're going to evaluate," McDaniels said. "We're always going to try to make sure that we leave no stone unturned. If it means adding a player, we have looked at every player that we feel out there could help us at this time."

One organization that wants Vick is the upstart UFL. The four-team league plans to kick off a six-game season in October.

"I still think we are the best option for him," UFL commissioner Michael Huyghue said.

Huyghue suggested Vick could prove to NFL teams that he's ready to return -- on and off the field -- during the UFL season.

Buffalo Bills quarterback Trent Edwards figured Vick's conditional status would leave general managers in a bind.

"It's got to be hard to sign him, because where are you going to put him?" Edwards said. "You don't know if he'll be able to play Week 1, and you want him to be your starting quarterback or at least compete for a starting job, (but) you can't essentially do that as a general manager."

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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