Remember this name, Rob Brzezinski.
You are either going to grow to love or hate him in the next couple of months.
Here is what he said.
BY DON SEEHOLZER, Pioneer Press
INDIANAPOLIS â€” Rob Brzezinski isn't naming names, but the Vikings' vice president of football operations will make one promise.
With nearly $36 million to spend under the NFL's salary cap, the Vikings will be an active participant when the free-agent signing period begins Wednesday.
"We will be a player," Brzezinski said Sunday at the NFL scouting combine. "There are certain guys that we like, certain positions that can help us. We plan on being aggressive and being a player right away."
"In the last couple of years, there have been fewer guys out on the free-agent market because clubs are doing a better job of signing their own guys," Brzezinski said. "Typically, the top guys out there move pretty quickly, and I expect that will happen again this year. If you're relying on one guy to come in and be a savior, you're probably mistaken."
Coach Mike Tice doesn't return from the scouting combine until Tuesday, but Brzezinski will get home today. For the next two days, the Vikings' current roster will be his first order of business.
"Re-signing our own players is the priority," Brzezinski said. "We had just finished up a roster plan. Kicking that into gear, laying out a schedule for how we'll approach free agency and when people may be coming in, coordinating those schedules with coach Tice and the coaching staff. Really, at this time, we're planning out what we visualize the first couple of weeks of March to look like."
If recent years are any indication, the next few weeks will resemble a feeding frenzy, but Brzezinski cautioned that free agency doesn't end in mid-March.
"Kind of the consensus top guys will go quickly," he said. "Then, just as critical, is that period that you get into after the first wave goes. The last couple of weeks of March and April before the draft are where you have a chance to bring some guys in and help you for value. That's just as important or maybe more important than those top guys."
Tender time: The Vikings plan to tender qualifying contract offers today to all seven of their restricted free agents, including wide receiver Kelly Campbell, who was arrested Thursday night in Atlanta on weapon and drug charges.
Kicker Jose Cortez, offensive lineman Adam Haayer, quarterback Shaun Hill, safety Willie Offord, safety Brian Russell and cornerback Brian Williams are the other restricted free agents.