Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas
I've been getting a lot of questions asking if there was some logistical reason why the Falcons decided to officially release quarterback Michael Vick last week.
My gut answer was there wasn't any technical reason (like saving against the salary cap, etc.) for the timing. I pretty much assumed the Falcons just wanted to finally put the whole Vick saga behind them and move on.
General manager Thomas Dimitroff just confirmed that was precisely the case. I caught the last few minutes of a Dimitroff interview on Sirius NFL Radio just a little bit ago.
"It was just time,'' Dimitroff said.
He also said the Falcons felt like they had exhausted their efforts to get a draft pick or a player in a trade for Vick, who will cost the team about $7 million against this year's cap. Dimitroff said the Falcons decided they didn't want to go to training camp with Vick still their property.