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    Re: Brad Johnson won't hold out

    Posted on Sat, Jul. 29, 2006

    [size=18px]Brad on Brad: agreement reached[/size]

    VIKINGS: Vikings coach Childress has met with Johnson and the QB will report to camp; won't get more money.

    BY KEVIN SEIFERT
    MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE


    MANKATO, Minn. - A series of discussions between the Brads apparently prevented what could have been an uncomfortable start to the first training camp of the Minnesota Vikings' new era.

    Coach Brad Childress and quarterback Brad Johnson spoke at length this week, most recently Wednesday, and Johnson announced Thursday he would report to camp on time despite a contract that makes him the NFL's lowest-paid veteran starter. The Vikings have not adjusted the deal, which will pay Johnson $1.2 million this season, but Childress indicated that the pair reached an understanding on the issue.

    "I just think it's important that you keep a clear line of communication going," Childress said, "and I've got that with Brad.

    "We had a chance to visit on a lot of different areas. I believe that he is a professional. He signed that contract, he wants to be here, and he wants to lead this team."

    Childress arrived Thursday afternoon at Minnesota State-Mankato, welcoming a full class of rookies and 10 selected veterans for practices that begin this morning. All six draft picks, including first-round linebacker Chad Greenway, signed their contracts on time, and Childress said he was ready to open camp with no distractions.

    He already had excused Johnson from the early practices, but it had been unclear whether he would report Sunday with the rest of the veterans.

    Johnson declined to comment Thursday, but his agent, Phil Williams, said, "He's going to be there."

    "In Brad's heart and mind," Williams said, "(holding out) was never an option. He's always been focused on doing everything possible to help do his part in helping this team.

    "Brad has simply not wanted to discuss anything related to his contract publicly, nor does he want to. But he felt there shouldn't be any question (in the media) as to whether he will be there."

    The situation dates to the spring of 2005, when Johnson signed a four-year contract worth $6 million to serve as the primary backup for starter Daunte Culpepper. Johnson won seven of his nine starts after replacing injured Culpepper, and he ascended to full-time starter when Culpepper was traded to Miami.

    When veteran backups are elevated to a starting position, NFL teams often raise their salaries to match their role -- especially if the player is a proven veteran. Johnson, who won a Super Bowl with Tampa Bay and has played in two Pro Bowls, will turn 38 in September. But the Vikings have no viable alternative on their roster, indicating they have thrown their full confidence behind Johnson for the foreseeable future.

    The team has been unwilling to adjust the contract, however, creating the potential for a dispute.

    "As everyone knows, Brad signed last year to be Daunte Culpepper's backup," Williams said. "Things have changed drastically, and Brad has said that these things have a way of working themselves out. That has never been his first priority, and never in his career has the contract been his first priority."

    Williams would not comment when asked whether Johnson is satisfied with the contract, which locks him into a backup's salary through 2008. "That is a private matter," Williams said.

    Citing policy, no team official was available to discuss the team's intentions for Johnson's contract.

    Childress has said the issue is media-driven, but that observation came before his conversations with Johnson, which lasted four hours in person Saturday and then by telephone Wednesday.

    The first meeting came when Johnson stopped by Winter Park while in the Twin Cities for a social event. Childress praised him for taking the time to meet, saying, "He certainly did not have to come to the office."

    Brad on Brad: agreement reached

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    Re: Brad Johnson won't hold out

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    Posted on Sat, Jul. 29, 2006

    [size=18px]Brad on Brad: agreement reached[/size]

    VIKINGS: Vikings coach Childress has met with Johnson and the QB will report to camp; won't get more money.

    BY KEVIN SEIFERT
    MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE


    MANKATO, Minn. - A series of discussions between the Brads apparently prevented what could have been an uncomfortable start to the first training camp of the Minnesota Vikings' new era.

    Coach Brad Childress and quarterback Brad Johnson spoke at length this week, most recently Wednesday, and Johnson announced Thursday he would report to camp on time despite a contract that makes him the NFL's lowest-paid veteran starter. The Vikings have not adjusted the deal, which will pay Johnson $1.2 million this season, but Childress indicated that the pair reached an understanding on the issue.

    "I just think it's important that you keep a clear line of communication going," Childress said, "and I've got that with Brad.

    "We had a chance to visit on a lot of different areas. I believe that he is a professional. He signed that contract, he wants to be here, and he wants to lead this team."

    Childress arrived Thursday afternoon at Minnesota State-Mankato, welcoming a full class of rookies and 10 selected veterans for practices that begin this morning. All six draft picks, including first-round linebacker Chad Greenway, signed their contracts on time, and Childress said he was ready to open camp with no distractions.

    He already had excused Johnson from the early practices, but it had been unclear whether he would report Sunday with the rest of the veterans.

    Johnson declined to comment Thursday, but his agent, Phil Williams, said, "He's going to be there."

    "In Brad's heart and mind," Williams said, "(holding out) was never an option. He's always been focused on doing everything possible to help do his part in helping this team.

    "Brad has simply not wanted to discuss anything related to his contract publicly, nor does he want to. But he felt there shouldn't be any question (in the media) as to whether he will be there."

    The situation dates to the spring of 2005, when Johnson signed a four-year contract worth $6 million to serve as the primary backup for starter Daunte Culpepper. Johnson won seven of his nine starts after replacing injured Culpepper, and he ascended to full-time starter when Culpepper was traded to Miami.

    When veteran backups are elevated to a starting position, NFL teams often raise their salaries to match their role -- especially if the player is a proven veteran. Johnson, who won a Super Bowl with Tampa Bay and has played in two Pro Bowls, will turn 38 in September. But the Vikings have no viable alternative on their roster, indicating they have thrown their full confidence behind Johnson for the foreseeable future.

    The team has been unwilling to adjust the contract, however, creating the potential for a dispute.

    "As everyone knows, Brad signed last year to be Daunte Culpepper's backup," Williams said. "Things have changed drastically, and Brad has said that these things have a way of working themselves out. That has never been his first priority, and never in his career has the contract been his first priority."

    Williams would not comment when asked whether Johnson is satisfied with the contract, which locks him into a backup's salary through 2008. "That is a private matter," Williams said.

    Citing policy, no team official was available to discuss the team's intentions for Johnson's contract.

    Childress has said the issue is media-driven, but that observation came before his conversations with Johnson, which lasted four hours in person Saturday and then by telephone Wednesday.

    The first meeting came when Johnson stopped by Winter Park while in the Twin Cities for a social event. Childress praised him for taking the time to meet, saying, "He certainly did not have to come to the office."

    Brad on Brad: agreement reached
    My name's Brad .

    I think he deserves a raise right now. A small one, bump it to 2.5 mill or something. Then if we start the season 5-1. 6-0 something like that, bump it again to 3.5 mill. If we get into the playoffs, wait till next season and bump him into the 5,6,7 million range.
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    Yeah. He deserves to be treated well...
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