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February 17, 2009
Niners remove doubt: No on Vick

The 49ers today issued the blanket statement everyone expected them to issue last night: They are not interested in acquiring Michael Vick, a spokesman said. The former Falcons quarterback, behind bars for his role in a Virginia dogfighting ring, has become a lightning rod for controversy after the Falcons announced they would try to trade the rights to his contract. Several teams have stated flatly that they have no interest in Vick, who could be released from prison in July. When 49ers officials were asked about Vick Monday after the team's "State of the Franchise" event, they said that Vick had not been discussed but did not rule him out.

Said Mike Singletary: "I think right now, we really need to look at the two guys we have. If everything works out with Alex and he's back, then we really need to look at that mix and go as far as we can go with that. The whole Michael Vick thing - you just have to sit down and talk about that further. For right now, I think we have enough on our plate."

Said owner Jed York: "It would be up to (Singletary and GM Scot McCloughan) to show that somebody who had issues in the past could come and be part of this team. But that's not something we've discussed and I doubt that that will happen."

On Tuesday, a team spokesman modified the 49ers' position: They're not interested. End of story ... hopefully.

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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