Vick eyed by 49ers, Vikings

INDIANAPOLIS --- Two teams with unsettled quarterback situations -- the San Francisco 49ers and the Minnesota Vikings -- may be interested in acquiring suspended Atlanta Falcons star Michael Vick .


Vick is in federal prison on felony charges related to dogfighting and is scheduled to be released in July. The Falcons have said they will try to trade him, though they could cut him.

San Francisco coach Mike Singletary said Vick deserves the chance to play in the league and believes he will be successful if he returns. He wouldn't say if the 49ers would pursue him.

"He's still under contract, you can't really talk to him or have any contact with him," Singletary said. "Right now, we're just going to look at the quarterbacks we have and go from there."

There might be questions about Vick's sharpness and conditioning because he hasn't played since 2006.

Singletary said the team would likely enter training camp with Shaun Hill as the No. 1 QB.

Minnesota coach Brad Childress said the Vikings are looking for someone to challenge Tarvaris Jackson and are willing to make moves to ensure that it happens. Veteran Gus Frerotte , who started for much of last season before getting injured, isn't sure if he'll return. The Vikings said they would welcome Frerotte back, though he has made it clear he wants to start.

Childress wouldn't confirm or deny interest in Vick.

"I really don't get into hypotheticals because I think there's too much water that's got to happen. I'd cross that bridge when I come to it."

STEELERS: Kicker Jeff Reed has pleaded guilty to disorderly contest and criminal mischief after police say he broke a towel dispenser in a convenience store.

Reed pleaded guilty to the two summary offenses, which are similar to traffic tickets, on Friday. He was fined $543.50.

BILLS: Running back Marshawn Lynch was charged with three gun-related misdemeanors Thursday after his arrest last week in Southern California.

Lynch was charged in Los Angeles County Superior Court with possessing a concealed, loaded and unregistered firearm, police said. Lynch's arraignment is scheduled for March 3.

COURTS: A judge entered a not guilty plea Friday for the man accused of killing Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams in a drive-by shooting.

Willie D. Clark , 25, is charged with first-degree murder and 38 other counts in the New Years Day 2007 slaying. District Judge Christina M. Habas entered the plea on Clark's behalf after rejecting defense attorneys' request for a two-month delay.



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