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BY RICH CAMPBELL
ASHBURN--There is "no chance" free agent quarterback Michael Vick will sign with the Washington Redskins, according to his agent, Joel Segal.
Segal attended Redskins practice yesterday morning as a guest of Vinny Cerrato, the team's executive vice president of football operations. Afterward, Segal dismissed the notion that the Redskins might sign the former Pro Bowler, who is looking for a team after serving 19 months in federal prison on dogfighting charges.
"We'll take it one day at a time," Segal said. "We've talked to a host of teams. Mike's excited to get back with the next opportunity."
Asked whether that chance could come with the Redskins, Segal said: "No. No chance."
Segal said he was in town to check in with his Redskins clients. He represents quarterback Jason Campbell, safety LaRon Landry, cornerback DeAngelo Hall and linebacker Robert Thomas. He dined with Campbell on Monday night and discussed the upcoming season.
Speculation is rampant throughout the NFL that teams that have publicly denied interest in signing Vick are still privately pursuing him.
The Redskins established a precedent for such a tactic last summer when Cerrato denied the Redskins were in trade talks with Miami for defensive end Jason Taylor, only to pull off a trade for him later that day and admit trade talks had taken place all along.
However, Segal's affiliation with Campbell is ostensibly a roadblock to an agreement between Vick and the Redskins. Campbell is entering the final year of his contract, and it would be counterproductive to surround him with Vick and the media frenzy that is sure to follow him.
Segal's comments yesterday are the latest evidence that Vick, 29, is not heading to Washington any time soon.
On the eve of training camp, coach Jim Zorn was asked about the Redskins' interest in the former Virginia Tech star. He said that he expected Vick to return to the NFL, but he said it would not be with the Redskins "at this juncture."
Vick has been conditionally reinstated to the league and won't be able to play until Week 6 at the earliest.
"This is just part of the process," Segal said. "There are some moving parts, some variables, and everyone is making sure on both sides that it's the right fit.