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Deal dependent on appeals court

Updated: March 31, 2009, 5:46 PM ET
By Chris Mortensen | ESPN.com

The Atlanta Falcons have reached a settlement with quarterback Michael Vick on their breach-of-contract claim that is still awaiting an appeals court decision on a grievance case.

Under the settlement, Vick has agreed to pay the Falcons $7.5 million if the team wins an appeal in the Eighth Circuit Court, and $6.5 million if the court upholds U.S. District Judge David Doty's decision that Vick is only liable for $3.75 million.

The settlement should pave the way for Vick's imminent ...

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