Thursday, October 12th, 2006
by Judd Zulgad
The Vikings players might be off this week but the personnel department at Winter Park has no such luxury. In addition to monitoring other teams and free agents around the league, coach Brad Childress, seldom-heard-from vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman and others are preparing for the NFL trade deadline on Tuesday.
On his KFAN Radio show this week Childress did not close the door on the possibility of a trade. Of course, there are few meaningful deals in the NFL; the deadlines for Major League Baseball, the NHL and the NBA spark far more interest.
The folks at Pro Football Talk â€“http://www.profootballtalk.com/rumormill.htm â€“ have an interesting item today about why they feel the NFLâ€™s trade deadline arrives too early in the year.
The reality is even if the Vikings do make a deal it probably would be minor.
Now back to Spielman. Yes, he used to work for ESPN and as far as anyone can tell is very articulate. But so far the Vikings have done little to get his voice out in public. Several early season requests to talk to Spielman were denied. One must assume he is doing far more talking behind the scenes.
The Vikingsâ€™ website does a regular feature with Spielman. This week it can be found at http://www.vikings.com/news_detail_objectname_VikingsInsider10606.html
The questions, youâ€™ll find, are on the general side. It would be interesting to see the feature updated before Tuesday with some observations from Spielman about the deadline.