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    Vikings tidbits (Jan. 1 -June 8, 2006)

    I thought this was kind of interesting. A mini-review of the festivities that have happened to our Vikings since the new year. Compliments of KFFL.

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    Vikings | Williamson does not practice Wednesday
    Wed, 7 Jun 2006 22:00:41 -0700

    Mark Craig, of the Star-Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings WR Troy Williamson (hip) sat out practice Wednesday, June 7. Williamson is recovering from surgery to remove an abscess from his hip. The team is hopeful he can return for minicamp.


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    Vikings | Johnson getting work at starting right tackle
    Wed, 7 Jun 2006 21:49:47 -0700

    Mark Craig, of the Star-Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings are determined to give every opportunity for RT Marcus Johnson to start at right tackle.


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    Vikings | Rosenthal works with the second team
    Wed, 7 Jun 2006 21:46:59 -0700

    Mark Craig, of the Star-Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings RT Mike Rosenthal worked with the second team Wednesday, June 7.


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    Vikings | Fason has hamstring injury
    Wed, 7 Jun 2006 15:02:05 -0700

    Mike Wobschall, of Vikings.com, reports Minnesota Vikings RB Ciatrick Fason (hamstring) was limping around with a sore right hamstring during organized team activities Wednesday, June 7


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    Vikings | Fox could battle for nickel back spot
    Wed, 7 Jun 2006 15:01:49 -0700

    Mike Wobschall, of Vikings.com, reports Minnesota Vikings CB Dustin Fox could compete for the team's nickel back position.


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    Vikings | Whitaker could battle for nickel back spot
    Wed, 7 Jun 2006 15:01:38 -0700

    Mike Wobschall, of Vikings.com, reports Minnesota Vikings CB Ronyell Whitaker could compete for the team's nickel back position.


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    Vikings | Edwards getting looks at nickel back
    Wed, 7 Jun 2006 15:00:31 -0700

    Mike Wobschall, of Vikings.com, reports Minnesota Vikings CB Dovonte Edwards received most of the snaps as the team's first option at nickel back Wednesday, June 7.


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    Vikings | Hosack making impression through OTAs
    Wed, 7 Jun 2006 15:00:14 -0700

    Mike Wobschall, of Vikings.com, reports Minnesota Vikings WR Aaron Hosack appears to be performing well during organized team activities. Hosack has made numerous catches in traffic during the team's seven-on-seven drills. At 6-5, 210 pounds, Hosack is a big target for quarterbacks and appears to be a force against smaller defensive backs.


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    Vikings | Foliaki waived
    Wed, 7 Jun 2006 12:54:52 -0700

    The Pioneer Press reports Minnesota Vikings LB Lee Foliaki has been waived from the team.


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    Vikings | Gannon likes Richardson signing
    Mon, 5 Jun 2006 19:13:46 -0700

    Sid Hartman, of the Star Tribune, reports former NFL QB Rich Gannon thinks the Minnesota Vikings did a wise thing by signing FB Tony Richardson. "I'll tell you what, Tony Richardson's a great (signing). He's physical, he's a beast," Gannon said. "The guy can still run, he's a strong guy, he's going to be great for what they want to do. More importantly, he's a quality character guy. He's going to be great for those guys in the locker room, he's great with the young players, he's got a great work ethic, and he's going to do a phenomenal job for that football team."


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    Vikings | Wiggin now listed as pro scout
    Mon, 5 Jun 2006 10:06:36 -0700

    The Pioneer Press reports the Minnesota Vikings have retained former senior consultant-pro personnel Paul Wiggin and given him the title of pro scout.


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    Vikings | Robinson now listed as pro scout
    Mon, 5 Jun 2006 10:05:12 -0700

    The Pioneer Press reports the Minnesota Vikings have retained former director of pro personnel Jeff Robinson and given him the title of pro scout.


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    Vikings | Team signs 10 scouts
    Mon, 5 Jun 2006 10:04:15 -0700

    The Pioneer Press reports the Minnesota Vikings have officially re-signed nine scouts and added another Monday, June 5. Paul Wiggin, Jeff Robinson, Frank Acevedo and Ryan Monnens are listed as the team's pro scouts. Frank Gilliam, Conrad Cardano, Kevin McCabe, Mike Sholiton, Jamaal Stephenson and Paul Roell are listed as the team's regional scouts. This will be Roell's first season with the Vikings after spending the past 15 years with the Indianapolis Colts. Scout John Fitzpatrick was the only Vikings scout not retained.


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    Vikings | Fitzpatrick let go
    Sat, 3 Jun 2006 21:48:07 -0700

    FOXSports.com reports the Minnesota Vikings have parted company with regional scout John Fitzpatrick.


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    Vikings | Goodspeed goes on Injured Reserve
    Sat, 3 Jun 2006 07:03:10 -0700

    Don Seeholzer, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings placed FB Joey Goodspeed (knee) on the Injured Reserve list, ending his 2006 season.


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    Vikings | C. Taylor ready for starting assignment
    Sat, 3 Jun 2006 07:00:09 -0700

    Don Seeholzer, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings RB Chester Taylor is up for the challenge of being the team's starting running back in 2006. "I'm ready for the challenge," Taylor said. "I had my spurts in Baltimore when Jamal (Lewis) got hurt, and then he got suspended (for two games in 2004) and I had to take the load. I know I can do it. I just want to prove I can do it for a whole season this time." The Vikings are expected to have an improved offensive line in 2006 too. "I'm real excited," Taylor said. "I had a great offensive line in Baltimore, but I'm really looking forward to playing behind this line."


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    Vikings | Bercich heads to the business world
    Fri, 2 Jun 2006 21:12:29 -0700

    The Pioneer Press reports former Minnesota Vikings linebacker coach Pete Bercich has accepted a financial adviser position with Merrill Lynch in St. Paul, Minnesota.


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    Vikings | Team to scrimmage the Chiefs again
    Fri, 2 Jun 2006 21:08:35 -0700

    The Pioneer Press reports the Minnesota Vikings and Kansas City Chiefs will conduct an evening scrimmage Aug. 4 at training camp in Mankato, Minn. The Chiefs will travel to Mankato from their training camp in River Falls, Wis. Head coaches Brad Childress of the Vikings and Herman Edwards of the Chiefs will require that their players refrain from brawling, something the teams have a history of while playing each other.


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    Vikings | Whitaker has a chance to make the team
    Fri, 2 Jun 2006 20:48:54 -0700

    Mark Craig, of the Star-Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings CB Ronyell Whitaker has a chance to make the team, according to head coach Brad Childress. Whitaker was an All-NFL Europe selection, has a prior connection to defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin and is a part of an inexperienced group of backups behind starting CBs Antoine Winfield and Fred Smoot. Six of the team's 10 cornerbacks have never played in a regular season NFL game. After getting cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last summer, Whitaker trained with his uncle and former boxer, Pernell Whitaker.


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    Vikings | J. Carter wearing No. 11
    Fri, 2 Jun 2006 14:42:09 -0700

    Mark Craig, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings rookie WR Jason Carter is wearing No. 11. The number used to belong to QB Daunte Culpepper.


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    Vikings | McMullen takes over No. 84
    Fri, 2 Jun 2006 14:40:59 -0700

    Mark Craig, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings WR Billy McMullen is wearing No. 84. He's the first Viking to wear it since WR Randy Moss.


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    Vikings | Goodspeed undergoes surgery
    Fri, 2 Jun 2006 14:39:05 -0700

    Mark Craig, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings FB Joey Goodspeed (knee) underwent surgery on his torn ACL Thursday, June 1. He will miss all of the 2006 season.


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    Vikings | Williamson doing well
    Fri, 2 Jun 2006 14:36:04 -0700

    Mark Craig, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings WR Troy Williamson (hip) is progressing well from surgery last month to remove an abscess from his left hip, according to head coach Brad Childress. "There is an outside chance that maybe he gets back for a little bit of that last minicamp," said Childress, referring to a voluntary camp June 19-21. He will meet with his doctor again in two weeks.


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    Vikings | T. Jackson eager to prove himself
    Thu, 1 Jun 2006 10:35:18 -0700

    Mike Donnelly, of Vikings.com, reports Minnesota Vikings QB Tarvaris Jackson is out to prove people wrong for criticizing how early the Vikings drafted him. Projected by many as a fourth round selection in the 2006 NFL Draft, Jackson was drafted late in the second round instead. "A lot people have said it was a stretch picking me in the second round but everyone has their own opinion," said Jackson. "I like it, it's good for me because it's just extra motivation for me to go out there and work hard. I'm already a self-motivating person but that gives me an extra edge to work harder to prove them wrong."


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    Vikings | Cap space remains; no signings on the horizon
    Wed, 31 May 2006 21:13:47 -0700

    Sid Hartman, of the Star Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings currently are $12 million under the salary cap, with about $2 million needed to sign draft choices, but apparently there aren't any plans to sign more players.


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    Vikings | Childress the only one who can overrule Spielman
    Wed, 31 May 2006 21:13:21 -0700

    Sid Hartman, of the Star Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings still don't have a general manager, but it's obvious that new vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman will be overruled only by head coach Brad Childress when it comes to players the team adds to the roster. Director of college scouting Scott Studwell and all the scouts will be under the supervision of Spielman. Spielman and Vice President of Football Operations Rob Brzezinski are also longtime friends. Brzezinski will continue to concentrate on the salary cap and the signing of players.


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    Vikings | Wiggin and J. Robinson retained
    Wed, 31 May 2006 21:02:02 -0700

    Sid Hartman, of the Star Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings have retained two members of their pro personnel department. Paul Wiggin and Jeff Robinson, whose contracts expired this week, will be back with the team. Wiggin is a senior consultant on pro personnel, and Robinson is coordinator of pro personnel.


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    Vikings | Spielman to run the personnel side
    Tue, 30 May 2006 19:58:04 -0700

    Don Seeholzer, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman said he would be in charge of the team's personnel decisions. "Without getting into the front-office standpoint as far as how everything is going to work, I will be running the personnel side," he said. "Coach will be running the coach's side, (director of college scouting) Scott Studwell will be running the college draft, and then we will work together to come up with what's the best for this organization." That could signal an end to the Vikings' so-called Triangle of Authority, in which former vice president of personnel Fran Foley, head coach Brad Childress and vice president of football operations Rob Brzezinski were supposed to operate on a separate-but-equal footing, with Foley having the final decision in personnel areas such as draft choices. Spielman wouldn't discuss the timing of his hiring by the Vikings, and it's not known how many other candidates they might have interviewed.


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    Vikings | Goldberg officially re-signed
    Tue, 30 May 2006 13:58:59 -0700

    The Minnesota Vikings have officially re-signed exclusive-rights free agent OL Adam Goldberg to his one-year, $425,000 tender offer.


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    Vikings | Spielman hired
    Tue, 30 May 2006 12:16:49 -0700

    Don Seeholzer, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings have hired Rick Spielman to replace Fran Foley as their vice president of player personnel. "We are extremely excited to hire Rick," owner Zygi Wilf said in a statement. "We are impressed with Rick's expertise, passion, character and work ethic." Spielman was to be introduced at a 4 p.m. press conference in the team's Winter Park Fieldhouse. Spielman, who joined ESPN Insider as an NFL analyst after a five-year stint with the Miami Dolphins, has been part of three divisional championships and six playoff teams.


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    Vikings | Wilf issues statement regarding Smoot and McKinnie
    Mon, 29 May 2006 14:47:35 -0700

    Vikings.com reports Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf released a statement regarding the sentencing of CB Fred Smoot and OT Bryant McKinnie. The statement said, "We experienced an incident last October that caused embarrassment to the entire Minnesota Vikings' organization. ...As part of today's misdemeanor rulings, Bryant McKinnie and Fred Smoot will perform community service throughout the Twin Cities area this summer. In addition, they will participate in numerous community service programs throughout the 2006 season. With today's resolution of the case, the matter will now be reviewed by the National Football League for potential fines of both players under the NFL's Personal Conduct Policy. ...Both the Minnesota Vikings and the NFL will continue to hold our players, coaches and staff to a high standard both on and off the field. Our organization has taken numerous steps to strengthen our franchise and will continue to do so as we look forward to the 2006 season and beyond."


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    Vikings | Wiggins slims down some
    Sun, 28 May 2006 17:07:12 -0700

    FoxSports.com reports Minnesota Vikings TE Jermaine Wiggins, who was listed at 6-2, 260 pounds last season, was noticeably thinner at the Vikings' second minicamp earlier this month. Head coach Brad Childress had told a group of players he wanted them to lose weight after the first minicamp. "That's nobody's business but ours," Childress said when asked who lost the most weight.


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    Vikings | Team will not retain Reichow on a full-time basis
    Sun, 28 May 2006 09:21:54 -0700

    The Pioneer Press reports the Minnesota Vikings will not retain scout Jerry Reichow on a full-time basis. He has spent 50 years in the NFL as a player and executive (45 with the Vikings). Reichow, who spent this year as a regional scout and whose contract expires Wednesday, May 31, said Saturday, May 27, that it was mostly his decision not to return in his current status. Reichow hopes he can remain with the organization in a part-time capacity.


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    Vikings | Team retains Gilliam
    Sun, 28 May 2006 09:21:30 -0700

    The Pioneer Press reports the Minnesota Vikings will announce soon they have re-signed scout Frank Gilliam to a one-year contract. Gilliam oversaw the Vikings' draft for many years and has spent 34 years with the organization. His contract was due to expire Wednesday, May 31.


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    Vikings | McKinnie may be fined; won’t be suspended
    Fri, 26 May 2006 21:15:34 -0700

    The Associated Press reports Minnesota Vikings OT Bryant McKinnie faces a fine from the NFL after pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges stemming from the team's raucous boat party in October. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said a fine is likely, declining to say for how much or how long the process will take. He said McKinnie won't be suspended.


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    Vikings | Smoot may be fined; won’t be suspended
    Fri, 26 May 2006 21:12:49 -0700

    The Associated Press reports Minnesota Vikings CB Fred Smoot faces a fine from the NFL after pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges stemming from the team's raucous boat party in October. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said a fine is likely, declining to say for how much or how long the process will take. He said Smoot won't be suspended.


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    Vikings | Smoot, McKinnie plead guilty in boat party case
    Fri, 26 May 2006 15:24:28 -0700

    The Associated Press reports Minnesota Vikings CB Fred Smoot and OT Bryant McKinnie pleaded guilty Friday, May 26, to misdemeanor charges stemming from the team's raucous boat party last October. Both players agreed to pay a $1,000 fine and perform 48 hours of community service.


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    Vikings | Police and courts: F. Smoot
    Fri, 26 May 2006 13:01:45 -0700

    The Associated Press reports Minnesota Vikings CB Fred Smoot pleaded guilty Friday, May 26, to misdemeanor charges in the team's boat party scandal and agreed to pay a $1,000 fine and perform 48 hours of community service. he pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and being a public nuisance on a watercraft. If he stays out of trouble, the second charge will be removed from his record.


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    Vikings | Whitaker named to All-NFL Europe team
    Thu, 25 May 2006 21:27:38 -0700

    Vikings.com reports Minnesota Vikings CB Ronyell Whitaker was named to the All-NFL Europe team Thursday, May 25. Whitaker tied for second in the league with four interceptions that included an NFL Europe record 100-yard interception return for a touchdown.


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    Vikings | Hosack named to All-NFL Europe team
    Thu, 25 May 2006 21:24:45 -0700

    Vikings.com reports Minnesota Vikings WR Aaron Hosack was named to the All-NFL Europe team Thursday, May 25.


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    Vikings | Pico educates rookies
    Thu, 25 May 2006 19:20:36 -0700

    Mark Craig, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings director of player development, Les Pico, conducted a three-day rookie education seminar this week. The seminar was intended to help rookies adjust to life off the field as an NFL player.


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    Vikings | Foley case moves forward
    Thu, 25 May 2006 19:14:48 -0700

    Mark Craig, of the Star Tribune, reports NFL special counsel Jay Moyer conducted a pre-arbitration conference call Thursday, May 25, with attorneys representing the Minnesota Vikings and former vice president of player personnel Fran Foley, but did not settle on a date for arbitration on Foley's complaint that he was wrongfully terminated from his job Wednesday, May 3. "For purposes of confidentiality, all parties have agreed not to discuss the details of this matter at this time," said Kevin Warren, Vikings vice president of operations and legal counsel.


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    Vikings | NFL Europe update: A. Hosack
    Wed, 24 May 2006 19:23:04 -0700

    Sid Hartman, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings WR Aaron Hosack finished third in receptions in the NFL Europe league with 36 catches for 473 yards and four touchdowns for the Frankfurt Galaxy.


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    Vikings | Wilf may have to consider upgrading the Metrodome
    Wed, 24 May 2006 19:22:34 -0700

    Sid Hartman, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf will continue working with Anoka County to see if the 2007 Legislature will approve a county tax to help fund a football stadium and a business development. With construction costs soaring, Wilf said that the cost of building stadiums in the future might be prohibitive. With that said, he is going to explore all possibilities of improving the Metrodome for the fans and try to find ways to improve the revenue for the franchise. It might be a longshot, but maybe in the long run the remodeling of the Metrodome would be a lot cheaper than building a new football stadium.


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    Vikings | Foley has a pre-hearing Thursday
    Tue, 23 May 2006 20:34:24 -0700

    Mark Craig, of the Star Tribune reports NFL special counsel Jay Moyer has scheduled a pre-arbitration conference call for Thursday, May 26, with the Minnesota Vikings and Fran Foley, the team's former vice president of player personnel. A date for the arbitration hearing could be set at that time. "The conference call is a chance for the respective attorneys to talk to the arbitrator and explain our positions," said Kevin Warren, Vikings vice president of operations and legal counsel. "Beyond that, we can't comment on the specifics of our position." Foley is being represented by Jeffrey Kessler. Foley is asking for the full amount of his contract, but the Vikings contend he doesn't deserve it because he was fired for cause.


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    Vikings | Hosack playing in the World Bowl
    Tue, 23 May 2006 06:06:41 -0700

    Don Seeholzer, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings WR Aaron Hosack will play in World Bowl XIV Saturday, May 27, when his Frankfurt Galaxy take on the Amsterdam Admirals.


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    Vikings | Team files their response in Foley case
    Tue, 23 May 2006 05:56:38 -0700

    Don Seeholzer, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings filed a response to former vice president of player personnel Fran Foley's request for an arbitration hearing against the club. The next step is a meeting, expected to take place within a week, to determine an arbitration hearing date. NFL special counsel Jay Moyer is expected to oversee that meeting and preside over the arbitration hearing, but NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue will decide the matter.


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    Vikings | Contract update: Cobbs
    Sun, 21 May 2006 20:37:51 -0700

    Joe Hofmann, of the Daily Record, reports Minnesota Vikings CB R.J. Cobbs signed a three-year contract with the team.


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    Vikings | Team must wait until at least 2007 session for stadium
    Sun, 21 May 2006 18:45:02 -0700

    Patrick Condon, of the Associated Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings will have to wait until at least next year for an Anoka County stadium complex. The Minnesota Twins got their new stadium and a provision in their deal instructs the Vikings to continue developing their plans. Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said the team is "very pleased with the commitment from state leaders that the Vikings will be a priority for the 2007 session."


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    Vikings | K. Knight released
    Sun, 21 May 2006 10:56:49 -0700

    The Minnesota Vikings have released CB Kelvin Knight.


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    Vikings | Lawrence claimed off waivers
    Fri, 19 May 2006 20:02:04 -0700

    The Minnesota Vikings have claimed LB Marcus Lawrence off waivers from the New York Giants. He has one year remaining on his contract that contains a base salary of $275,000.


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    Vikings | Childress comments about McMullen acquisition
    Thu, 18 May 2006 16:48:20 -0700

    Don Seeholzer, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress was happy with the trade that brought the team WR Billy McMullen from the Philadelphia Eagles. "I'm pleased to have Billy as an addition to our wide receivers," Childress, who spent seven seasons as an Eagles assistant before joining the Vikings in January, said in a statement. "Billy knows our style and understands in advance what's expected of him."


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    Vikings | Gallishaw released
    Thu, 18 May 2006 14:53:37 -0700

    Vikings.com reports the Minnesota Vikings have released CB Laroni Gallishaw.


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    Vikings | McMullen acquired in trade
    Thu, 18 May 2006 12:13:23 -0700

    The Minnesota Vikings have acquired WR Billy McMullen from the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for rookie WR Hank Baskett.


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    Vikings | Jackson picking up the offense
    Thu, 18 May 2006 11:27:13 -0700

    Mike Wobschall, of Vikings.com, reports the Minnesota Vikings coaching staff is excited not only about the arm strength and athleticism of rookie QB Tarvaris Jackson, but how he is learning the offense as well. "What I am excited about now is his mental makeup, how he is picking it up, how he is handling himself in front of the team," said offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. "When he steps in the huddle, he is taking command of it. He's enunciating the plays, he's starting to slow down, take a breath where you're supposed to take a breath in the plays. The plays turn into paragraphs. He's doing a really nice job with that stuff." Vikings head coach Brad Childress agreed with Bevell's assessment. "He did a good job with all of our verbiage," Childress said. "I thought stepping up in the huddle and taking command of the huddle, he did a nice job there too."


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    Vikings | New stadium appears dead at this time
    Thu, 18 May 2006 06:24:35 -0700

    The Star Tribune reports the Minnesota Vikings' hopes for a new stadium appeared dead as legislators late Wednesday, May 17, moved closer to making a new stadium for the Minnesota Twins a reality. The plan for the Twins' stadium would not require the county to hold a referendum before levying the tax. However, Sen. Steve Kelley recommended that the Vikings' proposal for a stadium in Blaine be considered next year. Lester Bagley, the Vikings' lead negotiator, said, "We're disappointed with the development. I hate to say it's over, but for the session, we've still got a couple of ticks on the clock." The Vikings, who two days earlier said they would not request state aid or a retractable roof for their proposed stadium in Blaine, ran a reverse Wednesday night, saying they needed $115 million from the state in the form of tax exemptions and proceeds from the sale of the Metrodome to pay for the roof.


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    Vikings | Team modifies stadium proposal in hope of winning approval
    Wed, 17 May 2006 19:26:49 -0700

    Brian Bakst, of the Associated Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings modified their stadium plan Wednesday, May 17, by telling a conference committee that a property tax break and proceeds from the sale of the Metrodome could help cover a funding gap. The newest version of the bill has the team taking the profits from the Metrodome's sale. The team also wants a property tax exemption for the stadium and retail development and it could fall back on taxes on game tickets, food and beverage during the team's home games. House speaker Steve Sviggum said he was willing to bring the team's bill to the floor for the vote, but has made no guarantees on the outcome.


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    Vikings | Still no deal for new stadium
    Wed, 17 May 2006 16:46:30 -0700

    The Star Tribune reports the Minnesota Vikings and Anoka County appear no closer to finalizing an agreement for their proposed stadium in Blaine that would include a retractable roof. "We've got a $5 million hole," said Representative Andy Westerberg R-Blaine, the author of a Vikings stadium bill in the house. Westerberg was asked today if the Vikings and Anoka County had devised a plan to pay for the roof. "We're still working on it. That's part of the holdup," he said. Lester Bagley, Vikings Vice President of Public Affairs, said Wednesday afternoon, May 17, that an agreement will be in place before the conference committee meets tonight.


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    Vikings | McKinnie's trial date set
    Wed, 17 May 2006 10:31:50 -0700

    Margaret Zack, of the Star-Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings OT Bryant McKinnie will have his trial July 7 on charges stemming from a Minnesota boat cruise. McKinnie has been charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct, indecent conduct and lewd and lascivious behavior.


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    Vikings | Smoot's trial date set
    Wed, 17 May 2006 10:30:41 -0700

    Margaret Zack, of the Star-Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings CB Fred Smoot will have his trial May 30 on charges stemming from a Minnesota boat cruise. Smoot has been charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct, indecent conduct and lewd and lascivious behavior.


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    Vikings | Tagliabue won’t hear Foley case
    Wed, 17 May 2006 06:10:57 -0700

    Don Seeholzer, of the Pioneer Press, reports NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue won't be presiding over fired Minnesota Vikings vice president of player personnel Fran Foley's arbitration hearing against the team. Tagliabue said he hasn't paid much attention to the Foley situation. "I really don't know anything about it," said Tagliabue, who suggested that the Vikings hire a personnel executive this offseason, "other than the fact that an issue exists." NFL director of corporate communications, Brian McCarthy, said the league's first order of business in the Foley case is to settle on a time when the involved parties can meet. The Vikings fired Foley May 3, three months into a three-year contract, because of what sources have said was an abrasive personality and disagreements with staff members, including head coach Brad Childress. Before being terminated, Foley also admitted to some embellishments on his résumé.


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    Vikings | Left side of line looks dominant
    Tue, 16 May 2006 13:30:33 -0700

    Mike Wobschall, of Vikings.com, reports the Minnesota Vikings offensive line looks very impressive for 2006, particularly the left side of the line. OT Bryant McKinnie returns to play left tackle and will be joined by Pro Bowl OG Steve Hutchinson, who will play left guard, and Pro Bowl C Matt Birk, who missed the 2005 season with a hip injury.


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    Vikings | Tagliabue addresses Minnesota lawmakers
    Tue, 16 May 2006 11:36:54 -0700

    The Associated Press reports NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue addressed Minnesota lawmakers Tuesday, May 16, about Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf's plans to build a new stadium for the team. Wilf also said he won't put more money into the project to get a deal done. Tagliabue's 30-minute appearance before a House-Senate committee crafting a stadium compromise didn't seem to sway members seeking to sever Minnesota Twins and Vikings plans. The commissioner said there is urgency despite the fact the Vikings have a Metrodome lease that runs through 2011. "Right now there is a heavy price that goes with delay," he said, mentioning higher cost of materials, rising interest rates and the tenuous nature of an NFL loan program the Vikings are counting on.


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    Vikings | Offseason schedule almost set
    Mon, 15 May 2006 19:37:14 -0700

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings offseason strength and conditioning program will resume this week, and head coach Brad Childress has scheduled the first of 14 Organized Team Activities (OTAs) for next week. Spring practices will end with a voluntary minicamp at the end of June. The team has not released the dates for the minicamp.


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    Vikings | Griffin excused from practice
    Mon, 15 May 2006 19:35:30 -0700

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings CB Cedric Griffin was excused from practice Monday, May 15, at the team's minicamp.


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    Vikings | Goodspeed tears ACL
    Mon, 15 May 2006 19:34:55 -0700

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings FB Joey Goodspeed (knee) suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee Saturday afternoon, May 13, and almost certainly won't be available to play this season. Head coach Brad Childress said only that Goodspeed "hurt his knee," but a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed the diagnosis.


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    Vikings | Team willing to go with open-air stadium
    Mon, 15 May 2006 19:26:39 -0700

    Brian Bakst, of the Associated Press, reports Minnesota Vikings vice president Lester Bagley told legislative negotiators dealing with stadium proposals that the team is willing to forego a retractable roof to shave costs and eliminate the need for $115 million in state subsidies. Bagley said it would reduce the price by $560 million, but another $115 million is being sought after by the team and Anoka County to improve the roads to complement the Blaine facility. Team owner Zygi Wilf would insist on no roof over a fixed roof, according to Bagley. With a retractable roof, the team would likely keep the top open on many game days. He added 70 percent of the seats would be covered by some type of overhang and there would be other heating to keep fans warm. Anoka County leaders are insisting the stadium include either a fixed or retractable roof to attract other event like the Super Bowl, the NCAA Basketball Final Four or concerts.


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    Vikings | Greenway still needs to adjust to pace of NFL
    Mon, 15 May 2006 19:26:16 -0700

    Jon Krawczynski, of the Associated Press, reports Minnesota Vikings LB Chad Greenway still needs to adjust to the pace of the NFL, according to defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin. Tomlin added, "He's really done some good things. To be quite honest with you, he needs to do a better job of hustling, but I say that and we're giving him extra reps."


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    Vikings | Leber protecting 2005 injury
    Mon, 15 May 2006 19:25:55 -0700

    Jon Krawczynski, of the Associated Press, reports Minnesota Vikings LB Ben Leber (foot) missed some work over the weekend to avoid aggravating his foot injury suffered last season.


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    Vikings | Offord protecting 2005 injury
    Mon, 15 May 2006 19:25:26 -0700

    Jon Krawczynski, of the Associated Press, reports Minnesota Vikings FS Willie Offord (knee) missed some work over the weekend to avoid aggravating his knee injury suffered last season.


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    Vikings | Goodspeed dinged up over weekend
    Mon, 15 May 2006 19:24:40 -0700

    Jon Krawczynski, of the Associated Press, reports Minnesota Vikings FB Joey Goodspeed (knee) missed some work over the weekend.


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    Vikings | M. Ward dinged up over weekend
    Mon, 15 May 2006 19:24:10 -0700

    Jon Krawczynski, of the Associated Press, reports Minnesota Vikings CB Marvin Ward (hamstring) missed some work over the weekend.


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    Vikings | Goldberg dinged up over weekend
    Mon, 15 May 2006 19:23:08 -0700

    Jon Krawczynski, of the Associated Press, reports Minnesota Vikings OT Adam Goldberg (hamstring) missed some work over the weekend.


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    Vikings | Sharper misses practice Monday
    Mon, 15 May 2006 19:09:39 -0700

    Jon Krawczynski, of the Associated Press, reports Minnesota Vikings FS Darren Sharper missed practice Monday, May 15, due to personal reasons.


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    Vikings | UDFA Foliaki signed
    Mon, 15 May 2006 19:09:04 -0700

    The Minnesota Vikings have signed undrafted rookie free agent LB Lee Foliaki (Texas A&M) to a one-year, $275,000 contract.


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    Vikings | Ward misses practice
    Mon, 15 May 2006 11:40:01 -0700

    Sean Jensen, ot the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings CB Marvin Ward (hamstring) did not practice Sunday, May 14.


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    Vikings | Goodspeed kept out of practice
    Mon, 15 May 2006 11:24:15 -0700

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings FB Joey Goodspeed (knee) did not practice Sunday, May 14.


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    Vikings | Team has not contacted Bailey
    Mon, 15 May 2006 05:52:47 -0700

    Vito Stellino, of the Florida Times-Union, reports the Minnesota Vikings have not contacted Jacksonville Jaguars director of pro scouting Charles Bailey about their head of player personnel opening. Bailey was the runner-up when the Minnesota Vikings hired former Jags executive Fran Foley from the San Diego Chargers for the job. After Foley was let go, there was speculation in Minnesota that Bailey might now receive the nod. Bailey said he hasn't been contacted by the Vikings since Foley was fired. He might have to be patient because Vikings' owner Zygi Wilf indicated at the team's minicamp that he might take months to make a decision on replacing Foley.


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    Vikings | Griffin misses afternoon session Sunday
    Sun, 14 May 2006 22:17:19 -0700

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings CB Cedric Griffin misses the team's afternoon practice Sunday, May 14, due to personal reasons.


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    Vikings | M. Moore penciled in as primary punt returner
    Sun, 14 May 2006 22:17:01 -0700

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings RB Mewelde Moore will open training camp as the team's primary punt returner, according to special teams coordinator Paul Ferraro.


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    Vikings | K. Robinson penciled in as primary kickoff returner
    Sun, 14 May 2006 22:16:47 -0700

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings WR Koren Robinson will open training camp as the team's primary kickoff returner, according to special teams coordinator Paul Ferraro.


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    Vikings | Henderson still working at outside linebacker
    Sun, 14 May 2006 22:16:35 -0700

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings LB E.J. Henderson continued to work at outside linebacker Sunday, May 14. There have been indications that Henderson would eventually assume the middle linebacker job.


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    Vikings | N. Harris works with first team at middle LB
    Sun, 14 May 2006 21:53:32 -0700

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings LB Napoleon Harris received the majority of snaps with the first team defense at middle linebacker during this week's minicamp. LB Dontarrious Thomas took most of them during April's veteran minicamp.


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    Vikings | T. Jackson taking command of huddle well
    Sun, 14 May 2006 21:47:56 -0700

    Judd Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings QB Tarvaris Jackson is doing a good job of controlling things in the huddle, according to offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. Bevell added, "When he steps in the huddle, he is taking command of it. He's enunciating the plays, he's starting to slow down, take a breath where you're supposed to take a breath in the plays."


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    Vikings | B. Johnson not concerned about income
    Sun, 14 May 2006 20:38:30 -0700

    Judd Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings QB Brad Johnson signed a four-year contract worth $6 million to be a backup quarterback for the team. The salary is modest for a starting quarterback, but Johnson is not concerned about his income. He said, "I love playing the game. I've been a part of different situations all through my career. I've been a rookie free agent, I've been traded, I've been a free agent. I've dealt with different contracts and different situations and over time those things just take care of themselves. Usually that's just the way I play things out."


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    Vikings | Offord sits out Saturday’s afternoon session
    Sun, 14 May 2006 20:37:41 -0700

    Judd Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings S Willie Offord (knee) took part in the first part of practice, but sat out the second. He is recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee.


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    Vikings | Smoot injured Saturday
    Sun, 14 May 2006 20:37:11 -0700

    Judd Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings CB Fred Smoot (knee) left drills briefly during the first workout after twisting his left knee. He was able to return and take part in the afternoon session.


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    Vikings | Goodspeed injured Saturday
    Sun, 14 May 2006 20:36:50 -0700

    Judd Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings FB Joey Goodspeed (knee) injured his left knee during a pass play in the afternoon session Saturday, May 13. Goodspeed caught the ball but his knee buckled as he ran. He was unable to return, but was able to jog on the sideline.


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    Vikings | Jackson shows impressive arm strength
    Sun, 14 May 2006 20:35:59 -0700

    Judd Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings QB Tarvaris Jackson showed impressive arm strength during the team's practice Saturday, May 13. Hea coach Brad Childress said, "[Jackson] made a couple of nice throws. I thought [the ball] had a little something on it. I thought stepping up in the huddle and taking command of the huddle, he did a nice job there, too."


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    Vikings | Greenway looks more comfortable in second session
    Sun, 14 May 2006 20:16:36 -0700

    Judd Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings LB Chad Greenway looked more comfortable during the team's second session and even intercepted a pass from QB J.T. O'Sullivan. Greenway said, "The first practice was obviously a huge adjustment. The game is extremely fast and there are a lot of adjustments you are trying to make. The second practice, I felt a lot better. It was just about letting the game slow down a little bit for me and start learning the schemes."


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    Vikings | Middle linebacker will be heavily contested
    Sun, 14 May 2006 18:15:26 -0700

    The Associated Press reports middle linebacker is the position most in flux for the Minnesota Vikings. LBs E.J. Henderson, Napoleon Harris and Dontarrious Thomas have all been working at the position this spring at the team's two minicamps.


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    Vikings | Smoot heavier; but ready to play
    Sun, 14 May 2006 18:11:20 -0700

    The Associated Press reports Minnesota Vikings CB Fred Smoot is still talking a lot, but he is ready to get this season going. Smoot is eager to play for his fifth head coach in six seasons. He brushed off a suggestion that his status was in doubt. Motivated mostly by the bad experience of being hurt last season, Smoot added about 15 pounds to his 5-foot-11 frame. "Right now, I'm almost 200 pounds, so that should tell you what I've been doing in the offseason," Smoot said, grinning broadly. It's muscle, he said, not fat. Smoot, who changed his jersey number from 27 to 21, was all smiles on essentially any subject this weekend at the Vikings' second minicamp.


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    Vikings | Team extends Studwell’s contract
    Sat, 13 May 2006 18:32:15 -0700

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings have agreed to a multiyear contract extension with director of college scouting Scott Studwell, according to owner Zygi Wilf. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.


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    Vikings | Team’s veterans like tempo of Childress’ minicamp
    Sat, 13 May 2006 12:04:40 -0700

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress revved-up the rhythm to practices. DL Pat Williams said, "Since I've been playing, that was the highest-intensity minicamp I've ever been to. It was full speed all the time." CB Fred Smoot added, "That's the tempo you need to work at."


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    Vikings | Upcoming camp to give team chance to evaluate draft picks
    Fri, 12 May 2006 13:16:12 -0700

    Vikings.com reports the Minnesota Vikings' second minicamp, taking place Saturday, May 13 through Monday, May 15, will be the team's first chance to see all six of the team's draft picks along with 17 undrafted rookie free agents.


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    Vikings | Foley's attorney waiting for hearing
    Fri, 12 May 2006 07:10:38 -0700

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports the attorney for ousted Minnesota Vikings personnel executive Fran Foley said he and the NFL are waiting for a response from the team on his request for an arbitration hearing before NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue. Jeffrey Kessler said the Vikings have until May 22 to respond, and then a hearing date will be set. The Vikings are expected to wait until that date to respond. Asked if Foley is a candidate for either the Houston Texans or St. Louis Rams personnel jobs, Kessler said, "I won't comment on that."


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    Vikings | Stadium proposal reaching critical stage
    Fri, 12 May 2006 00:53:12 -0700

    Brian Bakst, of the Associated Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings may not have the votes to get a stadium proposal approved in the state House. The state Senate has approved a plan that includes separate stadiums for both the Minnesota Twins and the Minnesota Vikings. The state House has approved a plan for a stand-alone Twins stadium. Representatives in support of the Vikings stadium have been left off the House committee in charge of the Vikings proposal and feel that has hurt the Vikings chances. House Speaker Steve Sviggum has said the Vikings proposal is not far enough along at this point to receive a passing vote and the proposal must be approved for this year, according to state law, by Sunday, May 21.


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    Vikings | Team has room for both tight ends
    Thu, 11 May 2006 07:03:00 -0700

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress said there would be plenty of room for Vikings' TEs Jim Kleinsasser and Jermaine Wiggins in his offense. "I think you have to keep throwing fastballs at the defense," Childress said. "If you're standing with that personnel package on the field, I think you can become predictable."


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    Vikings | Open competition at punter
    Thu, 11 May 2006 07:00:33 -0700

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress said rookie P John Torp will compete for the job with incumbent P Chris Kluwe. Kluwe is coming back from knee surgery. "There's a competition there," Childress said. "They'll both have a chance to win."


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    Vikings | K. Robinson may continue to return kickoffs
    Thu, 11 May 2006 06:58:27 -0700

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings WR Koren Robinson, despite being the team's No. 1 wide receiver, may continue to return kickoffs in 2006.


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    Vikings | Team not looking to acquire a challenger to B. Johnson
    Thu, 11 May 2006 06:57:00 -0700

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress said he can foresee no scenario in which the Vikings will acquire a quarterback to compete with starting QB Brad Johnson.


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    Vikings | M. Moore to be limited at minicamp
    Thu, 11 May 2006 06:55:45 -0700

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings RB Mewelde Moore (wrist) will be somewhat limited at this weekend's minicamp, which begins Saturday, May 13, and concludes Monday, May 15.


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    Vikings | Leber cleared to practice
    Thu, 11 May 2006 06:54:37 -0700

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings LB Ben Leber (foot) has been cleared to practice at this weekend's minicamp, which begins Saturday, May 13, and concludes Monday, May 15.


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    Vikings | Henderson to work some in the middle
    Thu, 11 May 2006 06:52:27 -0700

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings LB E.J. Henderson will work some at middle linebacker at this weekend's minicamp, which begins Saturday, May 13, and concludes Monday, May 15. Henderson eventually is expected to cede his starting outside position to rookie LB Chad Greenway.


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    Vikings | Childress does not want dual role
    Thu, 11 May 2006 06:48:53 -0700

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress said Wednesday, May 10, he is not interested in assuming the duties of ousted personnel director Fran Foley, at this time. Childress said he would recommend filling the job rather than dissolving it, but said he would not be inclined to seek a dual role "at this point." He said down the road, once he's established himself as a head football coach, things could be different. "I don't feel threatened by any type of deal that we want to set up," Childress said, "from having a general manager on down. It does not make any difference to me. None."


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    Vikings | Williamson to miss minicamp
    Wed, 10 May 2006 22:11:27 -0700

    The Associated Press reports Minnesota Vikings WR Troy Williamson (hip) will miss the team's minicamp May 12 to May 14 after having an abscess removed from his left hip, according to head coach Brad Childress. Childress said the infection was in the area of a skin graft Williamson received when he was 10 years old. He is expected to be ready for training camp in late July.


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    Vikings | State Senate approves of stadium plan
    Tue, 9 May 2006 14:03:11 -0700

    Aron Kahn, of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota state Senate has approved of a new stadium plan for the Minnesota Vikings that would give the team a new retractable-roof stadium. However, the bill differs greatly from the bill passed by the state House of Representatives and the two sides will need to come together in a conference committee to hammer out one bill for both houses to vote on, a process not everyone involved is optimistic about. "There's a huge train wreck that's coming," said Senate Minority Leader Dick Day. "You're betting on a conference committee to solve it all."


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    Vikings | Partners to watch minicamp; not discuss personnel executive opening
    Tue, 9 May 2006 06:28:55 -0700

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings ownership partners are scheduled to meet this weekend, but they won't be discussing the position vacated with the termination of Fran Foley. "They're expected to be here for internal meetings" and to watch the team's minicamp this weekend, said Lester Bagley, Vikings vice president of public affairs and stadium development. "It has nothing to do with the player personnel situation." Potential candidates to replace Foley include Jacksonville Jaguars pro personnel director Charlie Bailey; Ron Hill, the former vice president of player personnel for the Atlanta Falcons; Bill Kuharich, the Kansas City Chiefs' vice president of player personnel; and former Miami Dolphins general manager Rick Spielman.


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    Vikings | Smith expected to sign with CFL team this week
    Tue, 9 May 2006 06:26:38 -0700

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports former Minnesota Vikings RB Onterrio Smith is expected to sign a contract with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers this week. The Blue Bombers hold Smith's Canadian Football League rights. The league's season begins June 2. "(It's) looking positive he could sign by the end of the week," Blue Bombers general manager Brendan Taman said of Smith.


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    Vikings | Washburn waived
    Mon, 8 May 2006 15:06:05 -0700

    The Minnesota Vikings have waived OL Cliff Washburn.


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    Vikings | McMahon condo robbed
    Sun, 7 May 2006 23:22:15 -0700

    The Miami Herald reports Minnesota Vikings QB Mike McMahon told Miami Beach police that someone stole two watches, a $21,250 Rolex and $7,745 Chopard, from his condo at Murano Grande in South Beach.


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    Vikings | Alabama State coaching staff not happy with Childress’ comments
    Sun, 7 May 2006 10:35:29 -0700

    Jerome Solomon, of the Boston Globe, reports Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress insulted Alabama State's coaching staff when discussing QB Tarvaris Jackson. When describing Jackson, Childress said, "You are talking about a guy that never had a coach there as a quarterback coach. So what can he do with coaching? He's got the skills. What can he do with coaching?" Alabama State quarterbacks coach Reggie Barlow was Jackson's coach and said, "Next time you see Brad Childress, tell him some people in Alabama weren't very happy with those comments."


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    Vikings | Team allocated rookie salary cap pool
    Fri, 5 May 2006 20:46:45 -0700

    ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli reports the National Football League allocated the Minnesota Vikings $3,708,617 million under the 2006 rookie salary cap pool.


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    Vikings | Attorney says Foley was wrongfully terminated
    Fri, 5 May 2006 15:29:37 -0700

    Sean Jensen, of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, reports an attorney for former Minnesota Vikings personnel executive Fran Foley has finalized a letter to commence arbitration with the NFL. Foley had his three-year contract terminated Wednesday, May 3, by the team. Kessler said Foley was "wrongfully terminated" and that he would seek full compensation for the three-year deal for his client, as well as "additional damages."


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    Vikings | Foley’s firing was a culmination of events
    Thu, 4 May 2006 20:42:47 -0700

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports the firing of former Minnesota Vikings vice president Fran Foley was a culmination of complaints from employees, an abuse of power and public gaffes over his tenure of three months. Owner Zygi Wilf fired Foley "for cause," and now faces serious decisions about the structure of his newly owned franchise. Foley has filed a grievance claiming he was the victim of a Machiavellian power play within the organization. The Vikings owner is thought to cite Foley's embellishment of his resume on two different occasions as the method to release the Vikings of any obligation to pay his three-year contract.


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    Vikings | Team likely to restructure personnel department
    Mon, 1 May 2006 21:52:41 -0700

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings vice president of player personnel Fran Foley has spent the past three months evaluating scouts and other members of the department whose contracts expire May 31. It is likely the team will add a director of pro personnel position. Scott Studwell will likely remain as the director of college scouting.


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    Vikings | Team agrees with UDFA O. Hoyte
    Mon, 1 May 2006 21:06:08 -0700

    The Star Tribune reports the Minnesota Vikings have agreed to a contract with undrafted rookie free agent LB Oliver Hoyte (North Carolina State).


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    Vikings | Team offers contract to UDFA J. Nanton
    Mon, 1 May 2006 10:58:53 -0700

    The Miami Herald reports the Minnesota Vikings have offered a contract to undrafted rookie free agent DE Javon Nanton (Miami, FL.). He has not decided on where to sign yet, but is leaning to the Oakland Raiders.


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    Vikings | Team still has cap flexibility
    Sun, 30 Apr 2006 22:31:01 -0700

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings still have $13 million in salary cap space, the seventh-most in the NFL. With the estimated $5 million to sign their rookies the team has the salary cap space to still improve their team. Head coach Brad Childress said, "Every day that I come to work, I am looking to see how we can make this football team better. You have to look at that every single day as you travel through this thing because the minute you blink or the minute you get satisfied is the minute that somebody is moving ahead. You always have to pay attention to that and be mindful if there is somebody who is better than somebody else, and then you put him in there and let him compete."


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    Vikings | Blue could switch to linebacker
    Sun, 30 Apr 2006 20:18:52 -0700

    ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli reports the Minnesota Vikings may move rookie S Greg Blue, a big hitter with little range, to outside linebacker.


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    Vikings | T. Jackson to wear No. 2
    Sun, 30 Apr 2006 19:45:14 -0700

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings rookie QB Tarvaris Jackson will wear No. 2.


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    Vikings | C. Griffin to wear No. 23
    Sun, 30 Apr 2006 19:44:35 -0700

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings rookie CB Cedric Griffin will wear No. 23.


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    Vikings | R. Cook to wear No. 62
    Sun, 30 Apr 2006 19:43:56 -0700

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings rookie OL Ryan Cook will wear No. 62.


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    Vikings | Greenway to wear No. 52
    Sun, 30 Apr 2006 19:43:05 -0700

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings rookie LB Chad Greenway will wear No. 52.


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    Vikings | K. Robinson changes to No. 81
    Sun, 30 Apr 2006 19:41:37 -0700

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings WR Koren Robinson has changed his number from 18 to 81.


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    Vikings | Washburn claimed off waivers
    Sun, 30 Apr 2006 19:29:22 -0700

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings claimed OL Cliff Washburn off waivers from the Dallas Cowboys.


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    Vikings | Hicks should start at right guard
    Sun, 30 Apr 2006 19:28:26 -0700

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports newly acquired Minnesota Vikings OL Artis Hicks is expected to open training camp as the team's starting right guard, according to head coach Brad Childress. "We intend to anchor him in there at the right guard position," Childress said. "We just thought it was a deal that we could not pass up."


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    Vikings | Team signs UDFA M. Hopoi
    Sun, 30 Apr 2006 18:39:38 -0700

    The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings have signed undrafted rookie free agent DT Manase Hopoi (Washington) to an undisclosed contract.


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    Vikings | Team signs UDFA J. Mitchell
    Sun, 30 Apr 2006 18:38:05 -0700

    The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings have signed undrafted rookie free agent DE Jayme Mitchell (Mississippi) to an undisclosed contract.


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    Vikings | Team signs UDFA W. Mathis
    Sun, 30 Apr 2006 18:37:14 -0700

    The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings have signed undrafted rookie free agent RB Wendell Mathis (Fresno State) to an undisclosed contract.


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    Vikings | Team signs UDFA R. Cobbs
    Sun, 30 Apr 2006 18:35:15 -0700

    The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings have signed undrafted rookie free agent CB R.J. Cobbs (Massachusetts) to an undisclosed contract.


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    Vikings | Team signs UDFA D. Penn
    Sun, 30 Apr 2006 18:33:13 -0700

    The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings have signed undrafted rookie free agent OT Donald Penn (Utah State) to an undisclosed contract.


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    Vikings | Team signs UDFA C. Gordon
    Sun, 30 Apr 2006 18:30:51 -0700

    The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings have signed undrafted rookie free agent CB Charles Gordon (Kansas) to an undisclosed contract.


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    Vikings | Team signs UDFA J. Palermo
    Sun, 30 Apr 2006 18:29:38 -0700

    The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings have signed undrafted rookie free agent OL Jason Palermo (Wisconsin) to an undisclosed contract.


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    Vikings | Team signs UDFA J. Torp
    Sun, 30 Apr 2006 18:27:57 -0700

    The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings have signed undrafted rookie free agent P John Torp (Colorado) to an undisclosed contract.


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    Vikings | Team signs UDFA T. Henderson
    Sun, 30 Apr 2006 18:26:12 -0700

    The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings have signed undrafted rookie free agent RB Taurean Henderson (Texas Tech) to an undisclosed contract.


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    Vikings | Team signs UDFA S. Jackson
    Sun, 30 Apr 2006 18:20:10 -0700

    The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings have signed undrafted rookie free agent FB Steven Jackson (Clemson) to an undisclosed contract.


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    Vikings | Team signs UDFA A. Stinson
    Sun, 30 Apr 2006 18:19:21 -0700

    The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings have signed undrafted rookie free agent OT Albert Stinson (Jackson State) to an undisclosed contract.


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    Vikings | Team signs UDFA H. Baskett
    Sun, 30 Apr 2006 18:16:12 -0700

    The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings have signed undrafted rookie free agent WR Hank Baskett (New Mexico) to an undisclosed contract.


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    Vikings | Team signs UDFA B. Nealy
    Sun, 30 Apr 2006 18:13:54 -0700

    The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings have signed undrafted rookie free agent WR Barrick Nealy (Texas State) to an undisclosed contract. He played quarterback in college.


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    Vikings | Team signs UDFA K. Smith
    Sun, 30 Apr 2006 18:13:03 -0700

    The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings have signed undrafted rookie free agent WR Kyle Smith (Youngstown State) to an undisclosed contract.


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    Vikings | Team signs UDFA J. Carter
    Sun, 30 Apr 2006 18:12:04 -0700

    The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings have signed undrafted rookie free agent WR Jason Carter (Texas A&M) to an undisclosed contract.


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    Vikings | Team signs UDFA K. McKenzie
    Sun, 30 Apr 2006 18:05:43 -0700

    The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings have signed undrafted rookie free agent LB Kyle McKenzie (Minnesota) to an undisclosed contract.


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    Vikings | Team trades for A. Hicks
    Sun, 30 Apr 2006 08:57:47 -0700

    NFL.com reports the Minnesota Vikings have traded a fourth-round draft pick, No. 115 overall and a sixth-round draft pick, No. 185 overall to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for OL Artis Hicks and a fourth-round pick, No. 127 overall.


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    Vikings | Team had interest in moving up to No. 8
    Sun, 30 Apr 2006 08:50:12 -0700

    Mark Gaughan, of the Buffalo News, reports the Minnesota Vikings expressed interest in trading with the Buffalo Bills for the No. 8 overall pick in the NFL Draft. The Bills did not feel they offered enough to accept the trade.


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    Vikings | Team coveted T. Jackson
    Sat, 29 Apr 2006 23:15:17 -0700

    Judd Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings had wanted QB Tarvaris Jackson in the NFL Draft. The team's interest in him increased after regional scout Frank Gilliam watched him play during the 2005 season. The team's director of college scouting, Scott Studwell said, "He's going to take time like they all do, but he was a player that we coveted in this draft, and we're just very, very pleased to have him in our program."


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    Vikings | Cook insurance for Birk
    Sat, 29 Apr 2006 22:17:48 -0700

    Mark Craig and Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, report the Minnesota Vikings selected OC Ryan Cook (New Mexico) in the second round of the NFL Draft. At 6-6 and 328 pounds, his size makes him highly unusual for the position. He figures as a possible insurance policy against the health of starting OC Matt Birk.


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    Vikings | Team trades up to select quarterback
    Sat, 29 Apr 2006 22:17:13 -0700

    Mark Craig and Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, report the Minnesota Vikings traded up into the second round of the NFL Draft to select their quarterback of the future, QB Tarvaris Jackson (Alabama State). Vikings head coach Brad Childress is considered one of the league's better developers of quarterbacks. With QB Brad Johnson as the starter and QB Mike McMahon as the backup, Jackson won't need to start any time soon, barring injuries. Jackson said he thought he had a "slight chance" of being picked Saturday, April 29. "I really didn't expect to go," Jackson said. "I knew (the Vikings) were interested in me, but I didn't know it would come in the second round. I'm excited to get up there and get started."


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    Vikings | Team debated moving up for Cutler
    Sat, 29 Apr 2006 19:48:06 -0700

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings debated trading up to acquire Vanderbilt QB Jay Cutler in the first round of the NFL Draft, but the Denver Broncos jumped from the 15th spot to the St. Louis Rams' 11th pick by giving up a high third-round choice. For the Vikings to even have a chance to move up, they would have had to part with at least both of their third round picks, meaning they would have had to give up three of their five first-day picks for one player. In the end, the Vikings felt the price was too steep. "To say that we didn't call wouldn't be fair," Vikings' vice president of player personnel Fran Foley said. "But to say that we had an interest in going way up into the draft to get (Cutler), I don't know that we would say that."


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    Vikings | Trade details with Steelers
    Sat, 29 Apr 2006 17:36:31 -0700

    ESPN.com reports the Pittsburgh Steelers have traded their second-round pick (No. 64 overall) to the Minnesota Vikings for two third-round picks - Nos. 83 and 95. The Vikings used the No. 64 pick to select QB Tarvaris Jackson (Alabama State).


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    Vikings | Greenway fits team’s biggest need
    Sat, 29 Apr 2006 17:00:45 -0700

    Josh Fielder, of Vikings.com, reports while the Minnesota Vikings may have missed out on getting one of the draft's top quarterbacks in the first round, they were able to fill their largest immediate need at No. 17 overall with LB Chad Greenway. With LBs Sam Cowart, Raonall Smith and Keith Newman leaving in the offseason, they were in need of a player at the position, especially someone as talented as Greenway.


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    Vikings | C. Greenway taken with No. 17 pick
    Sat, 29 Apr 2006 11:54:21 -0700

    With the 17th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings selected LB Chad Greenway (Iowa).


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    Vikings | Team held workout for S. Weatherford
    Sat, 29 Apr 2006 06:02:39 -0700

    John Supinie, of the State Journal-Register, reports the Minnesota Vikings held a pre-draft individual workout for Illinois P Steve Weatherford. Weatherford's ability to kick off could help his marketability.


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    Vikings | Former GM says drafting by committee doesn’t work
    Fri, 28 Apr 2006 20:16:37 -0700

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star-Tribune, reports former Green Bay Packers general manager Ron Wolf says using a committee system doesn't work. He added, "It's nice to think that it works, but it doesn't." Wolf warned that sharing authority between multiple decision-makers can cause hurt feelings, disputes over credit and philosophical differences over football values. The Minnesota Vikings are expected to have at least four men contribute equally to the team's draft strategy. Vikings vice president of player personnel Fran Foley, head coach Brad Childress and vice president of football operations Rob Brzezinski will be on board for each move. Foley has also leaned heavily on director of college scouting Scott Studwell. Foley described the arrangement as, "The Vikings are structured to select players that are agreed upon by a group of people and a consensus of information that is gathered from numerous sources."


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    Vikings | Wilf trying to keep stadium plans alive this year
    Fri, 28 Apr 2006 17:14:43 -0700

    Brian Bakst, of the Associated Press, reports Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf pressed state senators to keep his plans for a new stadium alive for 2006. The state House passed stadium finance plans for the Minnesota Twins and the University of Minnesota football team, but has not given as much attention to the Vikings' plans for a new stadium in Anoka County. Wilf said, "All I'm saying to you is give the Vikings a fair chance to be heard. Give us the chance to be discussed in conference committee." Team vice president Lester Bagley added, "Splitting the Twins' bill and the Vikings' bill kills the Vikings' bill and kills the Vikings' chances this session." He also said he was frustrated that the governor's office appeared to be working behind the scenes to keep the Twins and Vikings proposals separate.


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    Vikings | New uniforms include purple pants and black shoes
    Thu, 27 Apr 2006 20:19:21 -0700

    The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings showed off a new uniform design Thursday, April 27. Players will wear black shoes for the first time since 1983. Purple pants, last seen in 1964, also made a comeback.


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    Vikings | Trading up in draft?
    Thu, 27 Apr 2006 18:14:08 -0700

    Sean Jensen, of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports Minnesota Vikings college scouting director Scott Studwell and vice president of player personnel Fran Foley said Wednesday, April 26, that the team could trade up in the draft. The Vikings have an NFL-high five picks among the top 95 selections.


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    Vikings | Leber perfect fit
    Thu, 27 Apr 2006 12:21:09 -0700

    Josh Fiedler, of Vikings.com, reports Minnesota Vikings LB Ben Leber is a perfect fit for the Tampa 2 defense they want to employ. This scheme takes advantage of versatile, athletic playmakers at the linebacker position.


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    Vikings | Team showing interest in Alston
    Wed, 26 Apr 2006 14:52:25 -0700

    Brian Vernellis, of the Shreveport Times, reports Stanford LB Jon Alston said the Minnesota Vikings are showing an interest in him. Alston had the fastest time in the 40 among the linebackers at the NFL Combine. He has generated a lot of buzz among scouts and general managers.


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    Vikings | Team issues statement about O. Smith
    Wed, 26 Apr 2006 14:41:07 -0700

    The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings issued the following statement about the release of RB Onterrio Smith Wednesday, April 26: "We've decided to terminate Onterrio Smith's contract ahead of this weekend's college draft," head coach Brad Childress said in the statement. "We wish him well in his future endeavors." NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Smith's one-year suspension doesn't expire until June 7.


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    Vikings | O. Smith released
    Wed, 26 Apr 2006 14:32:31 -0700

    ESPN.com reports the Minnesota Vikings have released RB Onterrio Smith.


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    Vikings | Team will be pursuing a young quarterback
    Tue, 25 Apr 2006 19:51:18 -0700

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings will be pursuing a young quarterback this weekend whether via the NFL Draft or a trade. "Regardless of who is starting," head coach Brad Childress said, "we want to take a developmental guy. We want to develop a guy. I think it behooves you to have your eye on a guy that's got the skill set that you're looking for and try to get that guy up to speed. A guy that you're serious about bring along within the system." The team may still try to trade for Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Schaub. Schaub would challenge QB Brad Johnson for the starting job, but a draft pick would open the season on the bench. There has been recent speculation that Vanderbilt QB Jay Cutler could be available when the Vikings' No. 17 overall pick arrives, but there is also talk the team will pursue a second-tier rookie quarterback.


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    Vikings | Team’s television station hires broadcaster
    Tue, 25 Apr 2006 19:50:07 -0700

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports KSTP-TV has hired play-by-play voice Clay Matvick to call its three Minnesota Vikings preseason games this summer.


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    Vikings | Police and courts: W. Offord
    Tue, 25 Apr 2006 19:49:14 -0700

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings S Willie Offord, who was arrested April 18 for drunken driving, waived a court appearance scheduled for Wednesday, April 26, and will have a pretrial hearing May 3. His trial date is set for June 7. He faces two counts of fourth-degree driving under the influence of alcohol, both misdemeanors.


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    Vikings | O. Smith will not be reinstated?
    Tue, 25 Apr 2006 18:20:13 -0700

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports according to a source close to Minnesota Vikings RB Onterrio Smith, the Vikings running back will not be reinstated by the NFL next month. Smith was suspended by the NFL last June. The Vikings and the NFL declined comment. "That falls under the confidentiality provisions of the program," league spokesman Greg Aiello said. "His status is unchanged in that he continues to be under suspension." The Vikings weren't counting on Smith, but owner Zygi Wilf said earlier this month that the team was open to giving the running back a chance to return. The Vikings could address the position in this weekend's NFL Draft.


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    Vikings | Team hires Toma to fix practice fields
    Tue, 25 Apr 2006 17:47:00 -0700

    The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings have hired turf guru George Toma to fix their practice fields. He will work as a consultant at the team's Winter Park practice facility. Winter Park has one indoor field with artificial turf and two fields outdoors with natural grass, which have taken a beating over the years from the harsh Minnesota winters and wet springs. Considered the foremost expert on groundskeeping, Toma has been the NFL's turf consultant for every Super Bowl and was honored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001 with the Daniel F. Reeves Pioneer Award, an award that had only been given four times in nearly 30 years.


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    Vikings | Team visited with Koch
    Sun, 23 Apr 2006 16:08:39 -0700

    Steven M. Sipple, of the Journal Star, reports the Minnesota Vikings recently traveled to Lincoln, Nebraska to visit with Nebraska P Sam Koch. Koch is hoping to be selected in the NFL Draft, but he could be signed as an undrafted free agent.


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    Vikings | Four mistakes made in Foley’s biography
    Fri, 21 Apr 2006 19:59:42 -0700

    Kevin Seifert, of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, reports there were four errors made in Minnesota Vikings personnel director Fran Foley's biography. The media biography stated Foley was the defensive line coach at Colgate in 1984, but he was a graduate assistant who worked daily with the school's real defensive line coach, Ed Dinski. It claimed Foley was defensive ends coach at the Citadel in 1985, but he was a graduate assistant and an assistant to the head coach. He was a graduate assistant in 1986 with Rutgers and not a tight ends and specialists coach as the media biography stated. The media biography said Foley "directed the football operations" for Rutgers from 1987 to 1990, but he was an administrative assistant for athletics in the football office. The team released a new biography for Foley Friday, April 21.


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    Vikings | Police and courts: McKinnie’s attorney asks for dismissal
    Fri, 21 Apr 2006 19:59:16 -0700

    David Chanen, of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings OT Bryant McKinnie's attorney has asked for a dismissal of charges against Smoot. He has been charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct, indecent conduct, and lewd and lascivious behavior from a cruise on Lake Minnetonka in October of 2005.


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    Vikings | Police and courts: Smoot’s attorney asks for dismissal
    Fri, 21 Apr 2006 19:59:04 -0700

    David Chanen, of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings CB Fred Smoot's attorney has asked for a dismissal of charges against Smoot. He has been charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct, indecent conduct, and lewd and lascivious behavior from a cruise on Lake Minnetonka in October of 2005.


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    Vikings | Could move around on draft day?
    Thu, 20 Apr 2006 09:14:18 -0700

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings vice president of player personnel Fran Foley is not opposed to trading up during the upcoming NFL Draft. He said the team could move up or down a couple of spots, but the team is avoiding reaching on a player. He added history over the past 20 years shows teams won't move more than six or seven spots because it's too big of a jump. The Vikings have an NFL-high five picks amongst the top 95 selections. He also added the team has talked about just staying put, taking their selections and being happy with where they are already slotted.


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    Vikings | Team has eight draft picks
    Wed, 19 Apr 2006 18:20:43 -0700

    The Minnesota Vikings have eight draft picks in the 2006 NFL Draft. The team has picks 1.17 (17 overall), 2.16 (48 overall), 2.19 (51 overall), 3.19 (83 overall), 3.31 (95 overall), 4.18 (115 overall), 5.17 (149 overall) and 6.16 (185 overall).


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    Vikings | Team to unveil new uniforms April 27
    Wed, 19 Apr 2006 06:06:31 -0700

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings are expected to reveal their new uniform designs April 27 at the Mall of America in Minnesota, giving them an exclusive 72-hour window to sell the new designs heading into the April 29-30 NFL draft weekend.


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    Vikings | Police and courts: W. Offord
    Wed, 19 Apr 2006 06:04:15 -0700

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings S Willie Offord was arrested and charged with drunken driving early Tuesday morning, April 18, according to a spokesman for the Minnesota State Patrol. Offord's blood alcohol content was not available Tuesday, but he was charged with misdemeanor fourth-degree drunken driving, which means it was less than .20. He was assigned an April 26 appearance at Hennepin County Ridgedale Court.


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    Vikings | Whitaker scores NFL Europe touchdown
    Tue, 18 Apr 2006 05:46:22 -0700

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings CB Ronyell Whitaker continued his strong play for the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe, returning an interception 30 yards for a touchdown Saturday, April 15.


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    Vikings | Team had pre-draft visit with Greenway
    Tue, 18 Apr 2006 05:43:17 -0700

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports Iowa LB Chad Greenway, one of the top linebacker prospects in the NFL Draft, visited the Minnesota Vikings last week, agent Marvin Demoff said.


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    Vikings | Hosack excels in NFL Europe
    Mon, 17 Apr 2006 19:53:01 -0700

    Vikings.com reports Minnesota Vikings WR Aaron Hosack started for the Frankfurt Galaxy in NFL Europe and had 7 catches for 102 yards and a touchdown in Frankfurt's 17-13 win over Hamburg Saturday, April 15.


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    Vikings | Foley blames clerical error for biography discrepancy
    Mon, 17 Apr 2006 18:53:17 -0700

    The Star Tribune reports Minnesota Vikings executive Fran Foley acknowledged Monday, April 17, that his media biography inaccurately characterizes his college playing career. He blamed the discrepancy on a clerical error that was never corrected. The biography states Foley played tackle at Framingham State College in Boston from 1980 to 1983, but a school spokeswoman said Foley's name appeared on the roster only in 1980 and 1981. When asked, Foley said he suffered an injury in 1982 and spent the season scouting for the team. In 1983, Foley said, he worked as a volunteer assistant coach at Worcester (Mass.) Academy. "Obviously, I didn't get this job because of my career at Framingham State," he said. Foley has final say over the Vikings' decisions in the April 29-30 NFL Draft.


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    Vikings | Preseason announcing team to change
    Mon, 17 Apr 2006 18:51:45 -0700

    The Star Tribune reports KSTP will have a new announcing team for its three Minnesota Vikings preseason telecasts this August. Play-by-play announcer Curt Menefee and Brian Baldinger won't return and no replacements have been selected.


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    Vikings | Team visits with V. Young
    Mon, 17 Apr 2006 15:09:17 -0700

    The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings conducted a pre-draft visit with Texas QB Vince Young Monday, April 17.


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    Vikings | Cottrell released
    Mon, 17 Apr 2006 10:40:31 -0700

    The Minnesota Vikings have released TE T.J. Cottrell.


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    Vikings | Team has eight remaining free agents
    Sun, 16 Apr 2006 21:48:40 -0700

    The Minnesota Vikings have eight remaining free agents; six unrestricted, one exclusive-rights and one player released earlier. Unrestricted free agent PK Paul Edinger heads the list of remaining free agents.


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    Vikings | Vikings will attend Nelson workout
    Sat, 15 Apr 2006 12:23:06 -0700

    Don Seeholzer, of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings are one of the teams scheduled to attend former University of Connecticut basketball player Ed Nelson's workout Friday, April 21. Nelson has not played football since high school, but is attempting to be drafted as a tight end.


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    Vikings | Team has pre-draft visit with Byrd
    Sat, 15 Apr 2006 06:16:08 -0700

    Don Seeholzer, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings conducted a pre-draft visit with USC TE Dominique Byrd Friday, April 14. Byrd, projected as a second-round selection, had 66 receptions during his final two seasons at USC. He was dogged through his college career by academic and physical problems, including injuries to his knee, kneecap and toe in addition to a broken jaw.


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    Vikings | Team has pre-draft visit with Cofield
    Sat, 15 Apr 2006 06:15:39 -0700

    Don Seeholzer, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings conducted a pre-draft visit with Northwestern DL Barry Cofield Friday, April 14. He projects as an inside player in the NFL and a probable second-day selection (fourth round or lower).


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    Vikings | Foley still deciding fate of scouting and personnel departments
    Fri, 14 Apr 2006 18:31:05 -0700

    Judd Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings vice president of player personnel Fran Foley said he has made no decisions about the future of employees in the personnel department as well as the scouting staff. Many of their contracts expire May 31. "I've told everybody all along from the start that those decisions would be made postdraft," he said.


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    Vikings | Team conducted pre-draft visit with A. Cromartie
    Fri, 14 Apr 2006 18:30:37 -0700

    Judd Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings conducted a pre-draft visit with Florida State CB Antonio Cromartie (knee) earlier this week. The 6-2, 205-pound Cromartie is projected as a late first-round pick, despite his recovering from knee surgery. By bringing him in, the Vikings medical staff was able to give Cromartie a physical and get a better idea of his progress.


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    Vikings | Team will have pre-draft visit with D. Byrd
    Thu, 13 Apr 2006 19:29:49 -0700

    Jeff Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, citing scout.com, reports the Minnesota Vikings will have a pre-draft visit with USC TE Dominique Byrd, at some point.


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    Vikings | Team has pre-draft visit with R. McIntosh
    Thu, 13 Apr 2006 19:27:27 -0700

    Jeff Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, citing scout.com, reports the Minnesota Vikings had a pre-draft visit with Miami LB Roger McIntosh Wednesday, April 12.


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    Vikings | Team not engaged in talks to trade up
    Thu, 13 Apr 2006 19:23:28 -0700

    Jeff Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings vice president of player personnel Fran Foley said the Vikings are not currently engaged in any talks with teams about moving up in the NFL Draft. Minnesota currently has the No. 17 pick in the opening round.


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    Vikings | Team to conduct pre-draft visit with Ryans
    Thu, 13 Apr 2006 05:58:29 -0700

    Don Seeholzer, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings will conduct a pre-draft visit with Alabama LB DeMeco Ryans Friday, April 14. Because of his size (6 feet 1, 236 pounds), Ryans may be best suited to playing weakside linebacker in the NFL and is projected to go anywhere from the lower half of the first round to the middle of the second.


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    Vikings | Studwell to remain with the team
    Wed, 12 Apr 2006 22:00:16 -0700

    Sid Hartman, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said Scott Studwell, who has done an outstanding job as director of college scouting for the team, will continue in that position under the new ownership.


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    Vikings | Whitaker shining in NFL Europe
    Wed, 12 Apr 2006 06:16:57 -0700

    Don Seeholzer, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings CB Ronyell Whitaker was selected NFL Europe Defensive Player of the Week after intercepting two passes Saturday, April 8, to help the Rhein Fire beat Hamburg 31-21.


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    Vikings | Team to have pre-draft visit with V. Young
    Wed, 12 Apr 2006 06:12:12 -0700

    Don Seeholzer, of the Pioneer Press, reports Texas QB Vince Young is scheduled for a pre-draft visit with the Minnesota Vikings Monday, April 17, according to his agent, Major Adams. Adams said Young's scheduled one-day visit isn't based on signals that the team is seriously considering moving up in the first round. "We don't have any indication of that," Adams said. "We just want to come in and talk to as many coaches and visit as many facilities as we can."


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    Vikings | J. Nichols released
    Tue, 11 Apr 2006 22:07:24 -0700

    The Minnesota Vikings have released PK Jonathan Nichols.


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    Vikings | Team has pre-draft visit with D. Williams
    Tue, 11 Apr 2006 18:05:59 -0700

    The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings had a pre-draft visit with Memphis RB DeAngelo Williams Tuesday, April 11.


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    Vikings | Team has pre-draft visit with J. Allen
    Tue, 11 Apr 2006 18:05:25 -0700

    The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings had a pre-draft visit with Tennessee S Jason Allen Tuesday, April 11.


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    Vikings | Team has pre-draft visit with Cutler
    Tue, 11 Apr 2006 17:58:04 -0700

    The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings had a pre-draft visit with Vanderbilt QB Jay Cutler Tuesday, April 11.


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    Vikings | Taylor seen as ideal for new system
    Tue, 11 Apr 2006 14:49:09 -0700

    Mike Wobschall, of Vikings.com, reports Minnesota Vikings RB Chester Taylor was targeted by the team due to the way his talents fit the west coast offense that head coach Brad Childress will implement this season. The team sees his ability to run and catch passes out of the backfield similar to that of Philadelphia Eagles RB Brian Westbrook, a key to the west coast offense Childress used as the team's offensive coordinator.


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    Vikings | Longwell looking good
    Tue, 11 Apr 2006 13:14:56 -0700

    Mike Wobschall, of Vikings.com, reports Minnesota Vikings PK Ryan Longwell looked sharp during the team's three-day minicamp April 7-9. He displayed good accuracy and leg strength.


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    Vikings | Edwards battling for spot
    Tue, 11 Apr 2006 13:14:39 -0700

    Mike Wobschall, of Vikings.com, reports Minnesota Vikings CB Dovonte Edwards is battling DB Dustin Fox for time at the third cornerback spot.


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    Vikings | Fox playing corner
    Tue, 11 Apr 2006 13:14:21 -0700

    Mike Wobschall, of Vikings.com, reports Minnesota Vikings DB Dustin Fox, who was drafted as a strong safety, is in competition with CB Dovonte Edwards for the third cornerback position.


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    Vikings | Speedster Williamson looking like a deep threat
    Tue, 11 Apr 2006 13:13:59 -0700

    Mike Wobschall, of Vikings.com, reports Minnesota Vikings WR Troy Williamson looked great in the team's recent minicamp April 7-9. The second-year receiver showed great hands and tremendous speed in the open field.


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    Vikings | Sharper to line up closer to the line - like a strong safety
    Tue, 11 Apr 2006 05:39:21 -0700

    Don Seeholzer, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings S Darren Sharper has spent almost all of his nine NFL seasons at free safety, but he said at the end of the weekend minicamp that he technically would be a strong safety in the Vikings' new defense, lining up closer to the line of scrimmage on the tight end side.


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    Vikings | Team to have pre-draft visit with Whitehurst
    Tue, 11 Apr 2006 05:36:46 -0700

    Don Seeholzer, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings will conduct a pre-draft visit with Clemson QB Charlie Whitehurst. He will fly to Minnesota Tuesday, April 11, for a Wednesday April 12 visit. He is projected as a second- or third-round draft choice, but he has good NFL bloodlines as the son of former Green Bay QB David Whitehurst.


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    Vikings | Team to have pre-draft visit with Cutler
    Tue, 11 Apr 2006 05:32:55 -0700

    Don Seeholzer, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings will conduct a pre-draft visit with Vanderbilt QB Jay Cutler Tuesday, April 11. The Vikings aren't scheduled to pick until 17th, but head coach Brad Childress has mentioned the possibility of trading up in the first round.


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    Vikings | Team has pre-draft visit with D. Minter
    Mon, 10 Apr 2006 14:46:12 -0700

    The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings conducted a pre-draft visit with Georgia CB DeMario Minter Monday, April 10.


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    Vikings | Team has pre-draft visit with O. Daniels
    Mon, 10 Apr 2006 14:45:23 -0700

    The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings conducted a pre-draft visit with Wisconsin TE Owen Daniels Monday, April 10.


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    Vikings | Team has pre-draft visit with Alston
    Mon, 10 Apr 2006 14:44:26 -0700

    The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings conducted a pre-draft visit with Stanford LB Jon Alston Monday, April 10.


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    Vikings | Team has pre-draft visit with Maroney
    Mon, 10 Apr 2006 14:39:53 -0700

    The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings conducted a pre-draft visit with University of Minnesota RB Laurence Maroney Monday, April 10.


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    Vikings | M. Johnson favored to start
    Mon, 10 Apr 2006 14:11:55 -0700

    Mike Wobschall, of Vikings.com, reports Minnesota Vikings OT Marcus Johnson appears to be favored to start at right tackle for the team in 2006.


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    Vikings | Taylor not guaranteed starting job
    Mon, 10 Apr 2006 13:50:01 -0700

    Mike Wobschall, of Vikings.com, reports Minnesota Vikings RB Chester Taylor is not guaranteed to be the team's starter in 2006. Taylor got first-team snaps in the team's minicamp, but RB Ciatrick Fason also received first-team reps. Taylor is the favorite for now, but will still have to prove during the offseason that he is starting material.


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    Vikings | Fason’s role up in the air
    Mon, 10 Apr 2006 13:43:40 -0700

    Mike Wobschall, of Vikings.com, reports Minnesota Vikings RB Ciatrick Fason, who led the team last year in rushing touchdowns, has an unclear role with the team so far. Both Fason and RB Chester Taylor got first-team snaps, with Fason spending some time lining up as a flanker.


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    Vikings | James looks good in minicamp
    Mon, 10 Apr 2006 13:42:10 -0700

    Mike Wobschall, of Vikings.com, reports Minnesota Vikings DL Erasmus James took most of the first-team snaps during the team's minicamp and although he isn't guaranteed the starting spot at defensive end, he is currently favored to win the job.


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    Vikings | Cofield to visit
    Mon, 10 Apr 2006 12:37:29 -0700

    NFL Draft prospect DL Barry Cofield (Northwestern) is scheduled to have a pre-draft visit with the Minnesota Vikings.


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    Vikings | E. Henderson not worried about where he plays
    Mon, 10 Apr 2006 05:57:05 -0700

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings LB E.J. Henderson expressed his desire to return to middle linebacker, but Henderson said that's no longer a priority because of the team's new defensive scheme. "It doesn't matter where you play in this defense," he said. "Wherever they want to put me is fine, because all three positions are interchangeable." Right now, Henderson just wants a chance to be a starter. That's not out of the realm of possibilities because he has started 28 games over the past two seasons.


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    Vikings | F. Smoot bulks up; ready for a big year
    Mon, 10 Apr 2006 05:53:38 -0700

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings CB Fred Smoot has bulked up and he's ready to put the 2005 season behind him and start the 2006 season fresh. Smoot, whose listed weight last season was 178 pounds, currently weighs 200, but he said his playing weight might be 195. "I feel like a free agent again," said Smoot, one of the players who starred during the team's three-day minicamp that concluded Sunday, April 9. "I'm feeling good about the coaches. For the first time in two years, I feel like I'm being coached. They're well organized, and every time we hit the field, we're getting something done. I got the love that came from coach (Joe) Gibbs, Gregg Williams and Marvin Lewis." Smoot wants to show Vikings fans what he's all about. "I want to prove to Minnesota that I am the best defensive back they probably have ever seen," he said.


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    Vikings | K. Robinson happy to be No. 1 wide receiver
    Mon, 10 Apr 2006 05:51:23 -0700

    Don Seeholzer, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings WR Koren Robinson settled confidently into his new role as No. 1 wide receiver at the team's weekend minicamp. "I've been ready to do that since I came into the league," Robinson said. "I had my issues, but I feel like I'm now back to where I want to be in my life and just focusing on football." Coming off a season in which he made the Pro Bowl as a kickoff returner but caught just 22 passes, Robinson is looking forward to playing a feature role as lead receiver in the Vikings' new West Coast offense. "I'm loving it," he said. "It's the same offense I played in when I was in Seattle. I had a big year (in 2002) with 1,240 yards and 78 catches, so I'm looking forward to it. I'm the No. 1 guy right now, and I'm looking forward to a big year."


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    Vikings | Williamson hoping to prove he can be a starting wide receiver
    Mon, 10 Apr 2006 05:46:51 -0700

    Don Seeholzer, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings WR Troy Williamson used the team's weekend minicamp to prove he's ready to be one of the team's starting wide receivers. He had an unspectacular rookie season with the Vikings, catching 24 passes for 372 yards and two touchdowns, but Williamson said he felt much more at home during this minicamp than he did a year ago. "Right now, I'm just getting into the playbook and learning what I've got to do," he said. "I'm just going on from there. The draft, you really don't know what's going to happen. Now I know what's going on and what I can expect come training camp."


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    Vikings | Childress installing a high-level of intensity at practice
    Sun, 9 Apr 2006 21:07:26 -0700

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress introduced a high-intensity practice style at the team's three-day minicamp that ended Sunday, April 9. S Darren Sharper said, "I'm sorer than I've ever been at this time in April." "It was just the speed of practice and how we were running around," Sharper said. "I think that's probably a good thing. It means we're working hard, and hopefully it will pay off when the season starts." Defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin said the quick tempo was designed to evaluate the performance of players when they were tired.


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    Vikings | Brzezinski says no formal offer made for Schaub
    Sun, 9 Apr 2006 21:03:59 -0700

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings vice president of football operations Rob Brzezinski denied the Vikings made an offer to the Atlanta Falcons for QB Matt Schaub. Brzezinski drew a distinction between general discussions and a formal offer. "We have made no offer to trade for the player," said Brzezinski. He would not elaborate on his comment.


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    Vikings | No visit planned for V. Young; at this time
    Sun, 9 Apr 2006 21:02:14 -0700

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress said the team's pre-draft visit list does not include Texas QB Vince Young, at this time.


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    Vikings | McMahon gets the first team reps Sunday
    Sun, 9 Apr 2006 21:01:51 -0700

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings QB Mike McMahon took the first-team reps at minicamp Sunday, April 9, because, as noted earlier, QB Brad Johnson was excused to attend to a personal matter.


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    Vikings | B. Johnson excused from Sunday practice
    Sun, 9 Apr 2006 18:58:19 -0700

    Dave Campbell, of the Associated Press, reports Minnesota Vikings QB Brad Johnson was excused by head coach Brad Childress from Sunday's practice, April 9, so he could attend to a personal matter.


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    Vikings | Team moves R. Owens to fullback
    Sun, 9 Apr 2006 07:14:13 -0700

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings TE Richard Owens has been moved to fullback.


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    Vikings | Team puts South Dakota training camp on hold
    Sun, 9 Apr 2006 07:11:16 -0700

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf has put on hold the team's plans to possibly move their training camp to South Dakota. Wilf said it would be "disingenuous" to consider an out-of-state option for training camp because the Vikings are making some headway with their stadium efforts. "At this time, we're concentrating on our Blaine complex and Mankato," Wilf said.


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    Vikings | Team may give O. Smith another chance
    Sun, 9 Apr 2006 07:08:16 -0700

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports even though Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said he is comfortable with his depth at running back, the team may bring back RB Onterrio Smith, when he is eligible to return from his suspension. "The way this coaching staff responds to players, this would be the right environment for him to move his career forward," owner Zygi Wilf said. "But all that's subject to his reinstatement." Wilf also said it would be important for the Vikings to feel comfortable with Smith, both mentally and physically, before inviting him back to the team.


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    Vikings | Kleinsasser ready to roll
    Sun, 9 Apr 2006 07:03:39 -0700

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings TE Jim Kleinsasser is gearing up for the 2006 season. Kleinsasser has a renewed confidence in himself physically. After missing the final 15 games of the 2004 season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, Kleinsasser returned in 2005, but he didn't feel fully recovered. Asked how he feels now, Kleinsasser said, "My legs feel great, actually."


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    Vikings | T. Williams feels good; looking forward to starting
    Sun, 9 Apr 2006 06:46:07 -0700

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings S Tank Williams said he feels more confident in the health of his knee, noting that he couldn't run this well at this point a year ago. He just finished up his first two days of practice at the team's current minicamp. Now, Williams is looking forward to replacing SS Corey Chavous and playing alongside Pro Bowl FS Darren Sharper. Vikings defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin said Williams appeared to be "cruising" Friday morning, April 7, but he said Williams has improved since then. Sharper expects S Willie Offord, if he's healthy, to give Williams a run for the starting job.


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    Vikings | Kluwe’s recovery on track
    Sat, 8 Apr 2006 20:42:25 -0700

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings P Chris Kluwe (torn right ACL) is "right on track" in his recovery. Special teams coordinator Paul Ferraro estimated the total rehabilitation as an eight- or nine-month process, putting Kluwe's return past the start of training camp.


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    Vikings | Team continues experimentation at fight guard
    Sat, 8 Apr 2006 20:40:48 -0700

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings OG Chris Liwienski worked with the first team Saturday morning, April 8, at right guard as the Vikings continued experimenting at the position. Liwienski, OG Adam Goldberg and OG Anthony Herrera all have been part of the rotation.


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    Vikings | D. Fox playing multiple positions
    Sat, 8 Apr 2006 20:39:11 -0700

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings have been playing S Dustin Fox at safety and cornerback during their current minicamp. Fox was penciled in as a backup safety before breaking his left arm in training camp and missing the season.


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    Vikings | No go with Schaub trade
    Sat, 8 Apr 2006 20:36:47 -0700

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings were turned down in their most recent offer for Atlanta Falcons backup QB Matt Schaub, and they appear on track to draft their quarterback of the future later this month. The Vikings reportedly offered Atlanta one of their two second-round picks for Schaub, but the Falcons have insisted on getting a first-round pick for Schaub. The Vikings have been unwilling to part with their first-round selection, No. 17 overall, to get him.


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    Vikings | Udeze says he is fully recovered
    Sat, 8 Apr 2006 20:36:24 -0700

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings DE Kenechi Udeze (knee) is practicing at the team's current minicamp. He says he is fully recovered from knee surgery. Udeze has resumed his role as the starting left end six months after doctors used a "microfracture" procedure to repair damaged cartilage in his left knee.


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    Vikings | Owens changes number; Richardson gets his old one
    Sat, 8 Apr 2006 07:00:18 -0700

    Don Seeholzer, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings TE Richard Owens has switched to No. 33, with FB Tony Richardson getting his old No. 49.


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    Vikings | Team to have a pre-draft visit with Maroney this week
    Sat, 8 Apr 2006 06:57:38 -0700

    Don Seeholzer, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings will have a pre-draft visit with University of Minnesota RB Laurence Maroney sometime the week of April 9.


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    Vikings | Right guard battle open
    Sat, 8 Apr 2006 06:52:18 -0700

    Don Seeholzer, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings OG Anthony Herrera worked with the first unit at right guard ahead of OG Adam Goldberg during the morning practice, Friday, April 7, but head coach Brad Childress cautioned not to read too much into it. "We're rolling numbers of guys through there," he said. "We're asking them to be position-flexible. We're asking guys to play tackle that normally play guard and see if they have an aptitude that way."


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    Vikings | Team will have pre-draft visit with V. Young
    Sat, 8 Apr 2006 06:51:03 -0700

    Jeff Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings are setting up a pre-draft visit with Texas QB Vince Young.


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    Vikings | Smoot switching numbers
    Sat, 8 Apr 2006 06:50:02 -0700

    Jeff Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings CB Fred Smoot switched numbers, going from 27 to 21.


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    Vikings | Hutchinson able to trade for his number
    Sat, 8 Apr 2006 06:45:36 -0700

    Jeff Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings OG Steve Hutchinson worked out a deal to get his longtime jersey number of 76 from OG Chris Liwienski. Liwienski will wear No. 67. Hutchinson did not reveal the details of the trade.


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    Vikings | Kluwe can’t punt, works on holding skills
    Sat, 8 Apr 2006 06:43:17 -0700

    Jeff Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings P Chris Kluwe (knee) didn't do any punting at minicamp Friday, April 7, but did get some work in serving as the holder for new PK Ryan Longwell.


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    Vikings | Udeze working with first unit
    Sat, 8 Apr 2006 06:42:50 -0700

    Jeff Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings DE Kenechi Udeze (knee) worked with the first team during minicamp Friday, April 7.


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    Vikings | Leber limited at minicamp
    Sat, 8 Apr 2006 06:41:05 -0700

    Jeff Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings LB Ben Leber (foot) took part in the early session at minicamp Friday, April 7, but did little in the afternoon workout.


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    Vikings | M. Robinson not at conditioning program; attends minicamp
    Sat, 8 Apr 2006 06:33:08 -0700

    Jeff Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings WR Marcus Robinson has not been at the team's offseason conditioning program because of family reasons. Robinson's wife, Keyomi, recently opened a hair salon near the

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    Vikings | Team to have a pre-draft visit with S. Smith
    Fri, 7 Apr 2006 05:51:05 -0700

    Don Seeholzer, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings are expected to conduct a pre-draft visit with Delaware State S Sam Smith.


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    Vikings | Schedule nuggets
    Thu, 6 Apr 2006 21:04:59 -0700

    Vikings.com reports the Minnesota Vikings will play two primetime games in the 2006 season. The Vikings open the season Monday evening, September 11, at the Washington Redskins and later in the season travel to Lambeau Field to take on the Green Bay Packers in a Thursday night special televised on the NFL Network. In all, the Vikings will play six playoff teams from 2005 in the upcoming season.


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    Vikings | B. Johnson remains No. 1 quarterback – for now
    Thu, 6 Apr 2006 19:53:19 -0700

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings QB Brad Johnson remains the team's No. 1 quarterback, for now. "You never know how things are going to work out," Johnson said this week. "Whether it's a trade, the draft or whatever. I've been around long enough and seen enough quarterbacks come and go to get caught up in all that. Whatever happens will happen." Many people inside and outside the organization consider Johnson a better fit for head coach Brad Childress' offense than former starting QB Daunte Culpepper. "All that was none of my business," Johnson said. "But Pep seems to be happy, and as an organization we're moving on."


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    Vikings | Team will BYE Week 6
    Thu, 6 Apr 2006 11:39:56 -0700

    The Minnesota Vikings will have their BYE week during Week 6 of the 2006 season.


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    Vikings | Team will have pre-draft visit with Cutler
    Thu, 6 Apr 2006 06:15:14 -0700

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings are scheduling a pre-draft visit with Vanderbilt QB Jay Cutler.


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    Vikings | Foley denies trade talk
    Thu, 6 Apr 2006 06:12:46 -0700

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings vice president of player personnel Fran Foley disputed a published report that the Vikings had discussed a possible trade with the Atlanta Falcons for QB Matt Schaub. "There were no trade discussion talks on Monday. I can tell you that," Foley said. "Those discussions never took place."


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    Vikings | Team has options in the NFL Draft
    Thu, 6 Apr 2006 06:12:20 -0700

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings have many options in the April NFL Draft. With the NFL draft weeks away, vice president of player personnel Fran Foley said the Vikings "exceeded some expectations" in their free-agency foray. The team will take an open-minded approach into the April 29-30 NFL Draft, armed with an NFL-high five picks among the top 95 spots. Foley acknowledged that the Vikings could package picks to move up in the draft, but he declined to comment on specific positions or players. Several draft experts agreed that the Vikings' biggest need is at linebacker. Quarterback and cornerback are two other key areas of need, the draft experts said. Though the Vikings have only six linebackers under contract, Foley noted that position is arguably the deepest in the draft.


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    Vikings | Team hires Daly as a defensive quality-control coach
    Wed, 5 Apr 2006 22:29:29 -0700

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings have hired Brendan Daly as a defensive quality-control coach.


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    Vikings | Team to play in Miami Nov. 19
    Wed, 5 Apr 2006 22:28:17 -0700

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings are scheduled to visit the Miami Dolphins Sunday, Nov. 19.


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    Vikings | Stadium proposal approved by Senate panel
    Wed, 5 Apr 2006 22:13:42 -0700

    Don Davis, of the West Central Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings stadium proposal was approved on a voice vote Wednesday, April 5, by the Senate State and Local Government Operations Committee. The proposal has at least two more committees to vote on it before it reaches a full Senate vote. Team owner Zygi Wilf has taken the rough proposal to build a stadium in Blaine and expanded it to inlude a major shopping complex, hotel and entertainment center. Wilf would fund most of the development himself while a proposed increase in sales tax would help raise $280 million. The proposed complex, called the Northern Lights, would create 4,000 construction jovs for three years and 9,000 permanent jobs when the complex opens.


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    Vikings | Team watches Ibekwe workout
    Wed, 5 Apr 2006 21:32:16 -0700

    Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reports the Minnesota Vikings watched Long Beach State TE Onye Ibekwe workout Saturday, April 1. Ibekwe did not play football in college and is being compared to San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates.


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    Vikings | J. Redmond signed
    Wed, 5 Apr 2006 16:36:06 -0700

    Vikings.com reports the Minnesota Vikings have signed street free agent WR Jimmy Redmond to an undisclosed contract.


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    Vikings | Hoag signed
    Wed, 5 Apr 2006 16:35:05 -0700

    Vikings.com reports the Minnesota Vikings have signed street free agent WR Ryan Hoag to an undisclosed contract.


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    Vikings | Childress to evaluate veterans
    Tue, 4 Apr 2006 20:57:33 -0700

    Kevin Seifert, of The Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress plans to have one of his two available mandatory minicamps in the middle of the offseason strength and conditioning program. Childress plans to use these five practices to assess his veterans going into the draft and the final stages of free agency.


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    Vikings | Team talking trade with Atlanta?
    Tue, 4 Apr 2006 05:50:19 -0700

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings are talking with the Atlanta Falcons about a trade involving QB Matt Schaub, according to two people with knowledge of the situation. The talks were casual and did not lead to formal negotiations, the sources said, but the interaction confirms the Vikings' desire to add depth to the position, either through a trade or in this month's NFL Draft. The Vikings have five picks in the first three rounds and probably would have to part with their first-round pick, No. 17 overall, in order to complete a trade. If the team traded for Schaub, he would be the favorite to be the starting quarterback for the 2006 season.


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    Vikings | Team sends three to USC Pro Day
    Mon, 3 Apr 2006 21:05:43 -0700

    Judd Zulgad, of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings director of college scouting Scott Studwell, running backs coach Eric Bieniemy, and scout Kevin McCabe were in attendance at Southern California's Pro Day Sunday, April 2.


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    Vikings | Team contacts Toma
    Mon, 3 Apr 2006 21:05:29 -0700

    Judd Zulgad, of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings have contacted groundskeeper George Toma, once nicknamed the "Sultan of Sod." Toma takes care of the Minnesota Twins field in Fort Myers, Fla., during spring training. The Vikings are believed to have interest in him to look at their fields at their Winter Park facility. He is expected to return home to Kansas City Friday, April 7. Toma said he is available if they call him back.


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    Vikings | Williamson switching numbers
    Sat, 1 Apr 2006 20:34:46 -0800

    Jeff Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings WR Troy Williamson, who wore No. 19 as a rookie last season, is switching to No. 82, the same number he wore at South Carolina.


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    Vikings | Brzezinski calls Seattle offer sheet a sham
    Fri, 31 Mar 2006 21:14:12 -0800

    Jeff Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings vice president of football operations Rob Brzezinski called the Seattle Seahawks offer sheet that was accepted by WR Nate Burleson and not matched by the Vikings a sham. "There is a vast difference between our deal and Burleson's," said Brzezinski. "The Hutchinson (OG Steve Hutchinson) deal is of legitimate benefit to the player. He has a contract with us where it could vest; the Seattle deal is a total sham, and the trigger is a sham." The Vikings considered challenging the Seahawks offer due to the poison pills contained in it, but they decided not to. While Hutchinson's deal will guarantee him $16 million, Burleson is assured $5.25 million. In reality, his contract will be worth $14.5 million over four years. Brzezinski said the Vikings offered Burleson more money than what Seattle gave him, but it was clear Burleson wanted to play in Seattle.


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    Vikings | M. Robinson working out on his own
    Fri, 31 Mar 2006 21:13:40 -0800

    Jeff Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings WR Marcus Robinson has been one of the few players missing from the team's offseason strength and conditioning program. He is working with a personal trainer in Chicago so he can remain near his family. He is expected to be at the team's pre-draft minicamp next weekend.


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    Vikings | Team will not match Burleson’s offer sheet
    Fri, 31 Mar 2006 16:59:02 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings decided not to match the Seattle Seahawks multi-year contract offer to WR Nate Burleson, Minnesota vice president Rob Brzezinski said Friday, March 31. The Vikings will receive a third-round pick from Seattle in next month's NFL Draft as compensation.


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    Vikings | Burleson headed to Seattle Friday night barring any change
    Thu, 30 Mar 2006 19:52:56 -0800

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings restricted free agent WR Nate Burleson will join the Seattle Seahawks at 11:01 p.m., Friday, March 31, unless the Vikings make the unanticipated decision either to match the offer sheet or contest its terms. Vikings head coach Brad Childress called the poison pill terms of the offer sheet "absurd" earlier this week and indicated the team was keeping all options open. Rob Brzezinski, vice president of football operations, also said no final decision had been made. Assuming they let Burleson go, the Vikings would get Seattle's third-round pick in next month's NFL Draft.


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    Vikings | Childress surprised by R. Owens
    Thu, 30 Mar 2006 05:48:55 -0800

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress said if one player surprised him so far early in the team's conditioning program, it would be TE Richard Owens. He said Owens' versatility will allow him to work as a traditional tight end and at fullback, while also playing on all four special teams.


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    Vikings | Team has good participation at conditioning program
    Thu, 30 Mar 2006 05:47:52 -0800

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress said 55 of the team's 64 players are working out regularly in the offseason strength and conditioning program.


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    Vikings | T. Williamson impressing Childress
    Thu, 30 Mar 2006 05:45:53 -0800

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress has been impressed by WR Troy Williamson during early offseason workouts. "He catches it better than I thought," Childress said. "Does he need release skills at the line of scrimmage? Yes, he does. But he is pretty young, and he was inactive a lot last year. I expect him to make a big jump from Year 1 to Year 2."


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    Vikings | Rookie quarterback not likely to play in 2006 season
    Wed, 29 Mar 2006 21:39:36 -0800

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star-Tribune, reports whichever rookie quarterback Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress picks in the 2006 NFL Draft, he will not likely play before the 2007 season. Childress said, "I would say you wouldn't want that [newcomer] on the field the first year. Maybe he would play in the preseason. You would have to say this: If we got that guy and he has to play in the first year, then things [have gone wrong]. That means some guys have gone down in a hurry."


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    Vikings | Childress wished Culpepper would have worked out in Minnesota
    Wed, 29 Mar 2006 21:39:12 -0800

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star-Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress wishes Miami Dolphins QB Daunte Culpepper (knee) would have rehabilitated his knee in Minnesota instead of a Florida health clinic. Childress said he Culpepper did himself a disservice by rehabilitating at a subpar facility. Childress said atletic trainer Eric Sugarman met with Culpepper at a HealthSouth clinic near Orlando. When Sugarman asked for some basic movement drills, Culpepper led Sugarman out of a back door and into a Wal-Mart parking lot.


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    Vikings | Preseason schedule announced
    Wed, 29 Mar 2006 11:13:49 -0800

    The Minnesota Vikings will open the 2006 preseason with a nationally televised game against the Oakland Raiders Monday, Aug. 14, at 8 p.m. EST on ESPN. Minnesota will travel to face the Pittsburgh Steelers (Aug. 17-21), then host the Baltimore Ravens (Aug. 24-28). The Vikings conclude the preseason with a road game at the Dallas Cowboys (Aug. 31-Sept. 2).


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    Vikings | Team expected to play preseason game against Oakland
    Tue, 28 Mar 2006 22:06:34 -0800

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports a tentative preseason schedule calls for the Minnesota Vikings to play host to the Oakland Raiders in a game televised nationally on ESPN. The game would mark the return of WR Randy Moss to the Metrodome.


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    Vikings | Contract update: T. Williams
    Tue, 28 Mar 2006 20:09:23 -0800

    Minnesota Vikings S Tank Williams signed a one-year contract with a base salary of $585,000 in 2006.


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    Vikings | Contract update: D. Scott
    Tue, 28 Mar 2006 20:09:02 -0800

    Minnesota Vikings DL DeQuincy Scott signed a one-year contract with a base salary of $585,000 in 2006.


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    Vikings | Contract update: K. Robinson
    Tue, 28 Mar 2006 20:08:31 -0800

    Minnesota Vikings WR Koren Robinson signed a three-year contract with base salaries of $600,000 (2006), $750,000 (2007) and $1.05 million (2008).


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    Vikings | Contract update: McMahon
    Tue, 28 Mar 2006 20:08:02 -0800

    Minnesota Vikings QB Mike McMahon signed a two-year contract with base salaries of $585,000 (2006) and $700,000 (2007).


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    Vikings | Contract update: Hutchinson
    Tue, 28 Mar 2006 20:02:50 -0800

    Minnesota Vikings OG Steve Hutchinson signed a seven-year contract with base salaries of $585,000 (2006), $2.035 million (2007), $4.45 million (2008), $5.45 million (2009), $6.55 million (2010), $6.68 million (2011), and $6.95 million (2012).


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    Vikings | Will take all the allocated time to announce their decision about Burleson’s offer sheet
    Tue, 28 Mar 2006 09:59:11 -0800

    ESPN.com's John Clayton reports the Minnesota Vikings will wait until Friday evening, March 31, before making the Seattle Seahawks aware of whether or not they will match the seven-year, $49 million offer sheet the Seahawks tendered to WR Nate Burleson. The general feeling is the Vikings will not match the offer.


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    Vikings | Team faces tough season opener in 2006
    Mon, 27 Mar 2006 20:30:47 -0800

    The Star Tribune reports the Minnesota Vikings face a tough season opener against the Washington Redskins in 2006. The Vikings are 0-8 all-time against Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs.


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    NFL | Vikings at Redskins as part of opening Monday Night Football games
    Mon, 27 Mar 2006 11:18:46 -0800

    ESPN.com reports NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue announced ESPN will kick off the new era of Monday Night Football with a doubleheader. The first game will be the Minnesota Vikings visiting the Washington Redskins Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. ET.


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    Vikings | Thinking over Burleson decision
    Sun, 26 Mar 2006 20:22:28 -0800

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings apparently are weighing all options before deciding how to react to the seven year, $49 million offer sheet receiver WR Nate Burleson signed Friday, March 24, with the Seattle Seahawks. Burleson could remain in limbo until Friday, March 31, the deadline for the Vikings either to match, pass or contest the terms of the Seahawks' controversial offer.


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    Vikings | Wilf happy with free agency
    Sat, 25 Mar 2006 17:59:08 -0800

    Jon Krawczynski, of the Associated Press, reports Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf is pleased with his team's work during the free-agency period. "We did a lot of different changes here. It's a big change," Wilf said in a recent interview with The Associated Press. "It's exciting because it's really starting to feel like our team," Wilf said. "Before it was someone else's team. Now it's our team." The Vikings were easily one of the most active teams in the early free agent period, signing 10 new players.


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    Vikings | Birk doing well
    Fri, 24 Mar 2006 22:10:17 -0800

    Sid Hartman, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings OC Matt Birk (hip, hernia), who missed all of last season after hip surgery, is taking part in all of the drills in the Vikings spring program and said he is 100 percent and could play in a game tomorrow if needed.


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    Vikings | Echemandu re-signed
    Fri, 24 Mar 2006 20:01:11 -0800

    Jeff Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings have re-signed exclusive-rights free agent RB Adimchinobe Echemandu to his one-year, $425,000 tender offer.


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    Vikings | Contract update: T. Williams
    Fri, 24 Mar 2006 19:51:15 -0800

    Jeff Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings S Tank Williams signed a one-year contract that has reachable incentives and will put the deal around $900,000.


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    Vikings | Team has seven days to match Burleson's offer sheet
    Fri, 24 Mar 2006 14:16:06 -0800

    Mike Sando, of the Tacoma News Tribune, reports the Seattle Seahawks have signed restricted free agent WR Nate Burleson (Vikngs) to an offer sheet. The Minnesota Vikings have seven days to match the offer. If they do not, the Vikings would receive Seattle's third-round pick in the 2006 NFL Draft.


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    Vikings | Hutchinson counts $13.3M against 2006 cap
    Fri, 24 Mar 2006 13:19:33 -0800

    Mike Sando, of the Tacoma News Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings OG Steve Hutchinson's new contract counts more than $13.3 million against the 2006 salary cap. The deal includes $4.75 million in incentives, a $10 million signing bonus and a $6 million roster bonus. The deal also includes a no-trade clause.


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    Vikings | Team reaches agreement with D. Scott
    Thu, 23 Mar 2006 16:03:34 -0800

    Adam Caplan, of Pro Football News and Injury Report, reports the Minnesota Vikings have reached a contract agreement with free agent DL DeQuincy Scott (Chargers).


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    Vikings | Scott visits
    Thu, 23 Mar 2006 15:49:06 -0800

    The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings brought in free agent DE DeQuincy Scott (Chargers) for a visit Thursday, March 23.


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    Vikings | T. Williams agrees to terms
    Thu, 23 Mar 2006 13:48:58 -0800

    Adam Caplan, of the Pro Football News and Injury Report, reports the Minnesota Vikings have agreed to terms with free agent S Tank Williams (Titans). Terms of the deal were not disclosed.


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    Vikings | McMahon contract details
    Thu, 23 Mar 2006 10:16:05 -0800

    Updating a previous report, Len Pasquarelli, of ESPN.com, reports the two-year contract signed by Minnesota Vikings QB Mike McMahon is worth $2 million and includes about $400,000 in upfront money. McMahon will also receive a $300,000 roster bonus next spring.


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    Vikings | McMahon signed
    Thu, 23 Mar 2006 10:12:11 -0800

    ESPNews reports the Minnesota Vikings have signed free agent Mike McMahon (Eagles) to a two-year deal.


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    Vikings | T. Williams to visit
    Thu, 23 Mar 2006 09:15:51 -0800

    Adam Caplan, of the Pro Football News and Injury Report, reports the Minnesota Vikings have set up a visit with free agent S Tank Williams (Titans).


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    Vikings | Team still talking with Cowart; no contract offered
    Thu, 23 Mar 2006 06:09:35 -0800

    Don Seeholzer, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings are still talking to free agent LB Sam Cowart (Vikings), but agent Paul Healy said Wednesday's conversation, March 22, didn't include a contract offer. Cowart is also weighing an offer from the Houston Texans.


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    Vikings | Team finally announces K. Robinson signing
    Thu, 23 Mar 2006 06:08:27 -0800

    Don Seeholzer, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings finally announced the re-signing WR Koren Robinson, who agreed to a three-year, $12.7 million deal March 11.


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    Vikings | No minicamp for Kluwe
    Thu, 23 Mar 2006 06:06:01 -0800

    Don Seeholzer, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings P Chris Kluwe (knee) won't participate in the Vikings' April 7-9 minicamp after undergoing surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee after the season.


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    Vikings | Team reworks Rosenthal’s contract
    Thu, 23 Mar 2006 05:58:08 -0800

    The Star Tribune reports Minnesota Vikings OT Mike Rosenthal has agreed to a reworked contract but did not take a pay cut, according to his agent, Joe Linta. His deal has five years and $10 million remaining but now will be a split base, meaning if he's placed on injured reserve his base salary will be lower.


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    Vikings | Team to start contract negotiations with McMahon
    Wed, 22 Mar 2006 19:07:08 -0800

    Jeff Zulgad and Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, report the Minnesota Vikings were planning to initiate contract negotiations Wednesday night, March 22, with free agent QB Mike McMahon (Eagles). He appears to be the team's top choice to back up starting QB Brad Johnson. He is scheduled to fly to Denver Thursday morning, March 23, but he did not rule out the possibility of signing with the Vikings before then.


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    Vikings | McMahon visits
    Wed, 22 Mar 2006 12:29:35 -0800

    The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings met with free agent QB Mike McMahon (Eagles) Wednesday, March 22.


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    Vikings | Team will visit with McMahon
    Tue, 21 Mar 2006 22:31:04 -0800

    Jeff Darlington, of the Palm Beach Post, reports the Minnesota Vikings will visit with free agent QB Mike McMahon (Eagles) Wednesday, March 22.


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    Vikings | Injury update: M. Moore
    Tue, 21 Mar 2006 20:48:17 -0800

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings RB Mewelde Moore (wrist) will have a pin removed from his surgically-repaired hand Wednesday, March 22, and is getting married this weekend near his Louisiana home. Head coach Brad Childress said Moore is scheduled to return in time for Monday's workout sessions, March 27, at Winter Park.


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    Vikings | Team staying in touch with Neal
    Tue, 21 Mar 2006 20:44:31 -0800

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress said the team is keeping contact with the agent for free agent OL Steve Neal (Patriots), who visited with the Vikings last week.


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    Vikings | Team agrees to contract with Richardson
    Tue, 21 Mar 2006 11:59:43 -0800

    ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli reports the Minnesota Vikings have agreed to a two-year contract with free agent FB Tony Richardson (Chiefs). The deal will pay Richardson about $2.5 million.


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    Vikings | Moving up for a QB?
    Tue, 21 Mar 2006 10:27:15 -0800

    The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings have not ruled out trying to move up in the 2006 NFL Draft to take one of the rookie quarterbacks - Southern Cal's Matt Leinart, Texas' Vince Young or Vanderbilt's Jay Cutler. "If you have a little bit of ammo, if you see somebody that moves you, you'd be able to move up if that person was there," said Vikings head coach Brad Childress. The Vikings may package the second-round pick they received from the Miami Dolphins to move up.


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    Vikings | Seahawks do not match offer to Hutchinson
    Mon, 20 Mar 2006 21:15:17 -0800

    John Clayton, of ESPN.com, reports the Seattle Seahawks have not matched the offer the Minnesota Vikings made to Seahawks transition free agent OG Steve Hutchinson. Hutchinson now becomes a member of the Vikings under the seven-year contract worth $49 million that the team offered him.


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    Vikings | Team offers contract to Richardson
    Mon, 20 Mar 2006 18:06:05 -0800

    Vikings.com reports free agent FB Tony Richardson (Chiefs) said he has a contract offer on the table from the Minnesota Vikings. "One thing I asked was to be able to go home and absorb everything. I'm going to do that through prayer and talking to my family, you now making a decision like this is obviously a big decision, but they are giving me the opportunity to sleep on it and let them know sometime tomorrow," said Richardson. He said he has interest from other teams, but he has not made any other visits.


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    Vikings | Team does not have to guarantee Hutchinson’s contract; Seahawks do
    Mon, 20 Mar 2006 17:43:29 -0800

    Mike Sando, of the Tacoma News Tribune, reports today's ruling on the Steve Hutchinson offer sheet means the Seattle Seahawks have to guarantee the $49 million in Hutchinson's contract if the team matches the offer sheet from the Minnesota Vikings. The Seahawks have until 9 p.m. PST Monday, March 20, to match or lose Hutchinson to the Vikings. If and when Hutchinson becomes a Viking, his deal with Minnesota will not be guaranteed.


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    Vikings | Childress had thoughts of Owens in dealing with Culpepper
    Mon, 20 Mar 2006 14:21:17 -0800

    John Shipley, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress said he heard enough from former QB Daunte Culpepper to know that he did not want to be with the Vikings and that the feeling was mutual. Childress had plenty of background experience having to deal with WR Terrell Owens for the last two seasons. In his first public appearance in the Twin Cities, Childress told a St. Paul Chamber of Commerce luncheon crowd he didn't like what he heard from Culpepper during the few conversations they have had since Childress was hired Jan. 5. Childress was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in Philadelphia the past seven seasons, the last two with Owens, whose egocentric, and eccentric, behavior ultimately became such a headache that his prodigious talent was deemed not worth it.


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    Vikings | Team visits with Richardson
    Mon, 20 Mar 2006 12:35:18 -0800

    The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings visited with free agent FB Tony Richardson (Chiefs) Monday, March 20.


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    Vikings | Carter says Vikings made a mistake trading Culpepper
    Sun, 19 Mar 2006 20:56:40 -0800

    Harvey Fialkov, of the Sun-Sentinel, reports former Minnesota Vikings WR Cris Carter, now an analyst on HBO's Inside the NFL, believes the Vikings made a drastic mistake in trading QB Daunte Culpepper while he is in his prime. "You don't trade franchise quarterbacks," Carter said during an interview on Sirius NFL radio. "The reason we have jobs is because guys in executive positions make decisions on quarterbacks. Because every week, what do we talk about on Monday?"


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    Vikings | Team contacts Strong; but no visit scheduled
    Sun, 19 Mar 2006 06:32:58 -0800

    Mike Sando, of the Tacoma News Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings have contacted free agent FB Mack Strong (Seahawks), but no visit was scheduled.


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    Vikings | Team may visit with Scott
    Sat, 18 Mar 2006 07:51:36 -0800

    Lee Rasizer, of the Rocky Mountain News, reports free agent DE DeQuincy Scott (Chargers) may visit the Minnesota Vikings, according to his agent, Dr. Da-I Ping. He is also scheduled to visit one other unnamed team in addition to the previously reported Denver Broncos. Those probably will be the only visits Scott makes, Ping said.


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    Vikings | Childress says Culpepper all about the money
    Fri, 17 Mar 2006 21:41:42 -0800

    Harvey Fialkov, of the Sun-Sentinel, reports in Friday's edition, March 17, of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, first-year Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress said what QB Daunte Culpepper was seeking was more money and lots of it. "Somewhere there is a buy-in factor. I just didn't think that was the case," Childress said. "Right from the beginning. As I mentioned, I never had a conversation with him about this football team. It was always about what he needed financially and money. I never heard team, I always heard me and I and, 'I need $10 million. I'm a $10 million-dollar-a-year quarterback.'"


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    Vikings | Team’s stadium plan aired at Capitol
    Fri, 17 Mar 2006 19:07:09 -0800

    The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings' plans for a new stadium were involved in a hearing at the state Capitol on Friday, March 17. The $1.5 billion football stadium and retail and entertainment complex was reviewed by a House committee. No vote was taken Friday, but team officials and Anoka County officials urged state lawmakers to get behind the proposal.


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    Vikings | Hutchinson's fate delayed
    Fri, 17 Mar 2006 13:39:25 -0800

    Gregg Bell, of the Associated Press, reports the future fate of Seattle Seahawks transition free agent OG Steve Hutchinson will be decided by an arbitration process. That will delay the Sunday deadline, March 19, for the team to match an offer to Hutchinson by the Minnesota Vikings. The NFL Players Association said Friday, March 17, that the league has filed a claim on behalf of the Seahawks contending a clause in the offer sheet Hutchinson signed with the Vikings last weekend circumvents the league's labor contract. The clause in question would guarantee Hutchinson the entire contract sum if Hutchinson is not the team's highest-paid offensive lineman. NFL spokesman Michael Signora confirmed that the NFL had filed the case. Richard Berthelsen, general counsel for the NFLPA, said the union will argue against the Seahawks' and league's claims. "They say the clause circumvents our collective bargaining agreement. It is our belief that it does not," Berthelsen said. Berthelsen said the union's interpretation of the issue is that the clause is permitted by the CBA because it is a "principal term" of the agreement.


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    Vikings | Johnston drawing interest
    Fri, 17 Mar 2006 05:55:50 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports agent Joel Segal said four teams, including the Minnesota Vikings, have contacted him during the past two days about free agent DE Lance Johnstone (Vikings).


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    Vikings | Henderson decision could come Friday
    Fri, 17 Mar 2006 05:54:00 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports free agent FB William Henderson (Packers) could make his decision Friday, March17, whether to re-sign with the Green Bay Packers or to sign with the Minnesota Vikings.


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    Vikings | Team not acknowledging K. Robinson contract
    Thu, 16 Mar 2006 23:30:40 -0800

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star-Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings have not confirmed the contract reportedly signed by free agent WR Koren Robinson (Vikings) last week. Robinson's agent, Alvin Keels, said a deal remains in place.


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    Vikings | Moore might not be ready for minicamps
    Thu, 16 Mar 2006 23:30:07 -0800

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star-Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings RB Mewelde Moore (wrist) is still recovering from wrist surgery. He might not be ready to return in time for the team's minicamps next month.


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    Vikings | Seattle expected to match offer sheet for Hutchinson
    Thu, 16 Mar 2006 14:36:58 -0800

    KFAN Sports Radio AM 1130 of Minneapolis reports the Seattle Seahawks are expected to match the offer sheet for OG Steve Hutchinson Thursday, March 16. Hutchinson has a clause in his contract that he will be the highest-paid player on the team or the contract is guaranteed in full. However, the clause is not considered to be a "principle term" of the agreement, meaning the Seahawks would only be forced to match the duration and monetary structure of the deal. It is speculated this situation could be brought to an arbitrator for a final ruling.


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    Vikings | Wilf and Culpepper trade shots
    Thu, 16 Mar 2006 10:35:30 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports Miami Dolphins QB Daunte Culpepper and Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf blamed each other for the way Culpepper's career in Minnesota came to an end. Culpepper said, "Up until March 6, I felt I was going to be a Minnesota Viking. It really wasn't about money. It was about the principle of the whole thing. The way I see myself is way more important than any dollar amount that someone can throw at me." Wilf claims, "We tried everything to have him be our leader. But it seemed like a lot of things that happened last year, between the injury and the (Love Boat) incident, he felt it was time to move on. … His attitude has been building up since we asked him to work out up here. He decided, against everyone's suggestion, that he was going to do things independently on his own."


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    Vikings | Team working on contract parameters with Henderson
    Wed, 15 Mar 2006 23:39:07 -0800

    Jeff Zulgad and Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, report the Minnesota Vikings were discussing contract parameters Wednesday, March 15, with free agent FB William Henderson (Packers), who said after his visit that he could make a "huge impact" on the Vikings offense. "This is definitely a program moving in the right direction," Henderson said. "Coach Bevell (offensive coordinator Darrel) gave me a call last week, and I definitely respect him and all he's done. I have a lot of respect for what he can do, and he feels I would fit well into the system. I definitely enjoyed my visit here, and we'll see how things go."


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    Vikings | Contract breakdown: B. Leber
    Wed, 15 Mar 2006 23:12:47 -0800

    Minnesota Vikings LB Ben Leber signed a five-year contract with base salaries of $1.535 million (2006), $865,000 (2007), $2.45 million (2008), $3.95 million (2009) and $3.95 million (2010).


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    Vikings | Contract breakdown: C. Taylor
    Wed, 15 Mar 2006 23:12:02 -0800

    Minnesota Vikings RB Chester Taylor signed a four-year contract with base salaries of $600,000 (2006), $2.4 million (2007), $3.0 million (2008)and $3.0 million (2009).


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    Vikings | Fast fact
    Wed, 15 Mar 2006 12:18:19 -0800

    Vikings.com reports the Minnesota Vikings are the only NFL team with three draft selections in the top 51 of the 2006 NFL Draft.


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    Vikings | Interested in McCown
    Wed, 15 Mar 2006 09:55:49 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings have expressed interest in free agent QB Josh McCown (Cardinals), according to his agent, Mike McCartney. The Vikings are not offering a starting position, but McCartney said the team is an attractive option because of head coach Brad Childress' ability to groom young quarterbacks.


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    Vikings | Team interested in McCown as backup
    Wed, 15 Mar 2006 09:27:22 -0800

    Kent Somers, of the Arizona Republic, reports the Minnesota Vikings are interested in free agent QB Josh McCown (Cardinals) as a No. 2 quarterback.


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    Vikings | Childress does not rule out trading up in the NFL Draft
    Tue, 14 Mar 2006 20:59:12 -0800

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress did not rule out packaging several draft picks, they now own the 17th, 48th and 51st picks, to move up in the first round and select one of the draft's three premier quarterbacks: USC's Matt Leinart, Texas' Vince Young and Vanderbilt's Jay Cutler. "You look at all those eventualities and see if you feel like there is something," Childress said.


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    Vikings | Two players confident in B. Johnson - for now
    Tue, 14 Mar 2006 19:49:34 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports though two Minnesota Vikings players were disappointed QB Daunte Culpepper was traded to the Miami Dolphins Tuesday, March 14, Vikings veteran OT Bryant McKinnie and CB Fred Smoot said they have confidence in new starting QB Brad Johnson. "He's won a Super Bowl," McKinnie said of Johnson. "I have confidence in Brad, but I'm not going to say for the next three years." Smoot said Johnson has the experience and talent to thrive as the Vikings' starter, especially in head coach Brad Childress' new West Coast offense. Last week, Vikings owner Zygi Wilf told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that he has no reservations about starting Johnson. But he added that he would leave decisions to the "professionals."


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    Vikings | K. Knight signed
    Tue, 14 Mar 2006 19:47:59 -0800

    The Minnesota Vikings have signed free agent CB Kelvin Knight (Rams) to an undisclosed contract.


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    Vikings | Childress expects Seattle to take a full seven days to decide
    Tue, 14 Mar 2006 19:47:42 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress told Sirius NFL Radio that he expected the Seattle Seahawks to take the full seven days, until next Sunday, March 19, to make a decision regarding free agent OG Steve Hutchinson's offer sheet.


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    Vikings | Team changing uniforms
    Tue, 14 Mar 2006 19:46:00 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings will be wearing new uniforms for the 2006 season. Steve LaCroix, Vikings vice president of sales and marketing, confirmed the uniform change, although he declined to say to what extent. "We are working with the NFL and Reebok on some exciting changes for the 2006 season. The process is still continuing, but we'll look to have an unveiling later in the offseason for our fans," he said.


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    Vikings | Team scheduled to meet with Demps
    Tue, 14 Mar 2006 19:44:44 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings are scheduled to meet with free agent S Will Demps (Ravens).


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    Vikings | McKinnie willing to stay
    Tue, 14 Mar 2006 19:41:19 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings OT Bryant McKinnie said last month he didn't want to remain with the Vikings if they traded QB Daunte Culpepper. Now however, McKinnie, who will enter the final year of his contract, said he is open to remaining with the team. "If I get to the point where I'm at the end of my contract, then of course I'm going to look around," McKinnie said. "But they don't need to trade me right now because he's gone."


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    Vikings | Team visits with Neal
    Tue, 14 Mar 2006 16:13:08 -0800

    Mike Reiss, of the Boston Globe, reports the Minnesota Vikings visited with free agent OL Stephen Neal (Patriots) Tuesday, March 14.


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    Vikings | Culpepper headed to Miami
    Tue, 14 Mar 2006 10:26:42 -0800

    Updating previous reports, Jay Glazer, of FOXSports.com, reports the Miami Dolphins and Minnesota Vikings have agreed to terms on a trade that will send QB Daunte Culpepper (knee) to the Dolphins for a second-round draft choice. The deal, however, is contingent on Culpepper passing a physical with Miami.


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    Vikings | Johnstone to shop around
    Tue, 14 Mar 2006 05:49:32 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports free agent DE Lance Johnstone (Vikings) is setting up visits with other clubs. "I've had significant conversations with three clubs the last 48 hours regarding Lance," agent Joel Segal said.


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    Vikings | Team discusses contract with Nall; but he’s waiting to make a decision
    Tue, 14 Mar 2006 05:44:14 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports free agent QB Craig Nall (Packers) and his agent, Robb Nelson, said they have no timetable on a decision, although a contract with the Minnesota Vikings was discussed Monday, March 13. Nelson said his client is also expected to get an offer from the Packers. Nall doesn't want to be the third quarterback anymore. "I'm not saying I'm trying to find a starting job," Nall said, "but to have an opportunity to be the No. 2 guy, in case something does happen (to the starter). I want to be active for every game." The uncertain futures of QBs Brett Favre in Green Bay and Daunte Culpepper in Minnesota mean Nall will take his time making a decision.


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    Vikings | Contract update: R. Longwell
    Mon, 13 Mar 2006 22:14:37 -0800

    Bob McGinn, of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, reports Minnesota Vikings PK Ryan Longwell signed a five-year contract with base salaries of $710,000 (2006), $820,000 (2007), $1.62 million (2008), $1.85 million (2009), and $1.5 million (2010). There is also a $500,000 roster bonus in the final year of the contract.


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    Vikings | Team waiting on Brees
    Mon, 13 Mar 2006 21:01:44 -0800

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings are awaiting a resolution for free agent QB Drew Brees (Chargers) before the team decides on what to do with Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper. If Brees signs with the New Orleans Saints, the Miami Dolphins might make a move for Culpepper.


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    Vikings | Team had interest in D. Jackson
    Mon, 13 Mar 2006 20:59:18 -0800

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings had interest in free agent FS Dexter Jackson (Buccaneers), who recently signed with the Cincinnati Bengals. The Vikings were considering Jackson as a replacement for free agent FS Corey Chavous (Vikings), who recently signed with the St. Louis Rams. As reported earlier, free agent FS Will Demps (Ravens) is scheduled to visit the team Monday, March 13.


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    Vikings | Team has more time to deal with Culpepper
    Mon, 13 Mar 2006 19:37:30 -0800

    Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports the Minnesota Vikings are still convinced a trade will be completed shortly involving QB Daunte Culpepper. The team has been given some additional time to work out a deal, as well. Originally, Culpepper was due a $6 million roster bonus payment Friday, March 17, but when the start of the NFL calendar year was pushed back, so was the deadline to pay Culpepper's bonus. It now is March 24, meaning the Vikings have at least 10 days before they have to pay any money to their quarterback.


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    Vikings | Contract update: Hutchinson provision
    Mon, 13 Mar 2006 17:33:21 -0800

    Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports Seattle Seahawks transition free agent OG Steve Hutchinson has a provision in his contract which states he must be the highest paid offensive lineman on his team for the 2006 season or his entire $50 million contract becomes guaranteed, according to someone who has seen the offer sheet the Minnesota Vikings offered him. The provision was added in an effort to make it increasingly difficult for the Seahawks to match the offer.


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    Vikings | Team visits with Nall
    Mon, 13 Mar 2006 16:19:41 -0800

    The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings visited with free agent QB Craig Nall (Packers) Monday, March 13.


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    Raiders | Negotiations with Vikings resume
    Mon, 13 Mar 2006 09:18:36 -0800

    ESPNews reports the Oakland Raiders have resumed talks with the Minnesota Vikings about possibly working out a trade to acquire Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper.


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    Vikings | Team to visit with Henderson
    Sun, 12 Mar 2006 21:18:12 -0800

    Bob McGinn, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reports free agent FB William Henderson (Packers) is expected to visit with the Minnesota Vikings later his week.


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    Vikings | Team to visit with Nall
    Sun, 12 Mar 2006 21:10:38 -0800

    Bob McGinn, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reports free agent QB Craig Nall (Packers) flew to Minneapolis to visit with the Minnesota Vikings Monday, March 13. The Vikings would be attractive to Nall because QB Daunte Culpepper is on his way out, starting QB Brad Johnson is 37 and the only backup is J.T. O'Sullivan, whom Nall beat out in Green Bay. "I don't know if the fit is right there or not," agent Robb Nelson said Sunday. "Obviously, he likes Darrell (offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell), and it's certainly a situation worth looking at." Nall plans to visit two more unspecified teams this week.


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    Vikings | Hutchinson will become highest paid guard in history
    Sun, 12 Mar 2006 13:57:15 -0800

    Len Pasquarelli, of ESPN.com, reports Seattle Seahawks transition free agent OG Steve Hutchinson (Seahawks) will become the highest paid guard in NFL history with the offer sheet he signed from the Minnesota Vikings. Hutchinson is set to earn $49 million over seven years, with $16 million in guaranteed money.


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    Vikings | Hutchinson signed to offer sheet
    Sun, 12 Mar 2006 13:12:32 -0800

    Jay Glazer, of FOXSports.com, reports Seattle Seahawks transition free agent OG Steve Hutchinson (Seahawks) has been signed to an offer sheet worth $49 million over seven years. The deal includes $16 million in guaranteed money and holds a very high salary cap number for the first year. The Vikings are using a high cap number for the first year to prevent the Seattle Seahawks from matching the offer.


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    Vikings | Taylor the man at running back?
    Sun, 12 Mar 2006 05:17:45 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress sees newly signed RB Chester Taylor as a guy who can be his feature back. He perhaps could touch the ball "20 to 30 times" a game, according to Childress. "Chester is a complete running back, who is thrilled to be featured in a West Coast attack," Taylor's agent, Ken Sarnoff, said.


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    Vikings | Team working on offer sheet for Hutchinson
    Sun, 12 Mar 2006 05:14:21 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports Seattle Seahawks transition free agent OG Steve Hutchinson (Seahawks) is expected to visit with the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, March 12. The Seahawks placed the transition tag on Hutchinson, limiting his mobility in free agency, but the Vikings are enamored with Hutchinson and are believed to be working on an offer, which the Seahawks would have seven days to match.


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    Vikings | Leber contract update
    Sat, 11 Mar 2006 20:41:31 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings LB Ben Leber signed a five-year contract worth $20 million with over $4 million guaranteed in bonuses.


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    Vikings | C. Taylor contract update
    Sat, 11 Mar 2006 20:18:43 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings RB Chester Taylor signed a four-year contract worth $14.1 million with $5.6 million guaranteed in bonuses.


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    Vikings | C. Taylor signed
    Sat, 11 Mar 2006 17:30:19 -0800

    Mark Craig, of the Star Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings have signed free agent RB Chester Taylor (Ravens). Terms of the deal were not disclosed.


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    Vikings | Leber signed
    Sat, 11 Mar 2006 17:29:50 -0800

    Mark Craig, of the Star Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings have signed free agent LB Ben Leber (Chargers). Terms of the deal were not disclosed.


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    Vikings | Contract update: R. Longwell
    Sat, 11 Mar 2006 15:44:56 -0800

    ESPN.com's John Clayton and Len Pasquarelli report Minnesota Vikings PK Ryan Longwell agreed to a five-year, $10 million deal with the team. Included in the deal is a $3 million signing bonus.


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    Vikings | Longwell agrees to terms
    Sat, 11 Mar 2006 15:41:17 -0800

    Mark Craig, of the Star Tribune, reports free agent PK Ryan Longwell (Packers) has agreed to an undisclosed contract with the Minnesota Vikings.


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    Vikings | Team scheduled to meet with Longwell
    Sat, 11 Mar 2006 13:26:52 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings are scheduled to meet with free agent PK Ryan Longwell (Packers) Saturday, March 11.


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    Vikings | Team will visit with D. Jackson
    Sat, 11 Mar 2006 12:43:57 -0800

    Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports the Minnesota Vikings will visit with free agent S Dexter Jackson (Buccaneers) Monday, March 13.


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    Vikings | K. Robinson receives $10 million in bonuses
    Sat, 11 Mar 2006 11:26:44 -0800

    Updating prevoius reports, Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings WR Koren Robinson received $10 million in bonuses in his new three-year contract with the team. Of the $10 million, $5.5 million of it is guaranteed. Due to Robinson's past, the contract does protect the team in case he gets into more off-the-field issues.


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    Vikings | K. Robinson contract update
    Sat, 11 Mar 2006 11:26:23 -0800

    Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports Minnesota Vikings WR Koren Robinson signed a three-year contract worth $12.7 million. With the options involved in the contract, the deal is really a one-year contract worth $3 million.


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    Vikings | Leber will visit team Saturday
    Sat, 11 Mar 2006 11:15:32 -0800

    Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports free agent LB Ben Leber (Chargers) will visit with the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday, March 11. It is expected he will sign a contract to play with the team.


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    Vikings | Demps will visit team Monday
    Sat, 11 Mar 2006 11:15:17 -0800

    Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports free agent S Will Demps (Ravens) will visit with the Minnesota Vikings on Monday, March 13.


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    Vikings | Johnstone could return
    Sat, 11 Mar 2006 05:52:21 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings free agent DE Lance Johnstone (Vikings) did not rule out the possibility of returning to Minnesota.


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    Vikings | Burleson switches agents
    Sat, 11 Mar 2006 05:47:53 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings WR Nate Burleson, a restricted free agent, recently parted with agent Jack Scharf, citing "philosophical differences," according to Scharf. Burleson is believed to be working with a new agent, who could be busy very quickly.


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    Vikings | Team trying to schedule visit with Hutchinson
    Fri, 10 Mar 2006 23:20:50 -0800

    John Clayton, of ESPN.com, reports the Minnesota Vikings are attempting to schedule a visit with Seattle Seahawks OG Steve Hutchinson over the weekend. Hutchinson was tagged as the Seahawks' transition player.


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    Vikings | Team will visit with C. Taylor Saturday
    Fri, 10 Mar 2006 22:58:01 -0800

    The Star Tribune reports agent Ken Sarnoff confirmed the Minnesota Vikings will visit with free agent RB Chester Taylor (Ravens) Saturday, March 11.


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    Vikings | K. Robinson agrees to a three-year contract
    Fri, 10 Mar 2006 22:57:37 -0800

    The Star Tribune reports Minnesota Vikings WR Koren Robinson has agreed to a three-year deal to remain with the team. Financial terms were not immediately available, but the deal prevented Robinson from entering free agency when the market opened.


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    Vikings | Have not completed restructuring efforts with Rosenthal
    Fri, 10 Mar 2006 20:30:44 -0800

    Kevin Seifert and Judd Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings have not been able to complete restructuring efforts with OT Mike Rosenthal, according to his agent Joe Linta.


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    Vikings | Have not completed restructuring efforts with Birk
    Fri, 10 Mar 2006 20:30:23 -0800

    Kevin Seifert and Judd Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings have not been able to complete restructuring efforts with C Matt Birk, according to his agent Joe Linta.


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    Vikings | Team could meet with C. Taylor on Saturday
    Fri, 10 Mar 2006 20:24:17 -0800

    Kevin Seifert and Judd Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings could meet with free agent RB Chester Taylor (Ravens) as early as Saturday, March 11.


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    Vikings | Team high on B. Scott’s list
    Fri, 10 Mar 2006 18:39:53 -0800

    Jamison Hensley, of the Baltimore Sun, reports free agent LB Bart Scott (Ravens) has the Minnesota Vikings on his list of top choices to sign with for the 2006 season.


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    Vikings | M. Wilson signed
    Fri, 10 Mar 2006 16:37:55 -0800

    The Minnesota Vikings have signed practice squad OL Mark Wilson to an undisclosed contract.


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    Vikings | Team pulled tag because of recalculation
    Fri, 10 Mar 2006 15:16:45 -0800

    ESPN.com's John Clayton reports the Minnesota Vikings removed the transition designation on CB Brian Williams after a recalculation of the one-year tender based on changes in the new collective bargaining agreement. The tenders for this year increased considerably from what teams expected ($5.89 million for a franchised cornerback and $4.77 million for a transitioned cornerback). It's not clear exactly what Williams' tender would have been under the new agreement. He would have made significantly more than the one-year tender of $4.77 million he was initially offered. After getting those new numbers, the Vikings decided he was too expensive and pulled the tender, making him a free agent.


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    Vikings | Williams now an unrestricted free agent
    Fri, 10 Mar 2006 14:59:35 -0800

    ESPNews reports the Minnesota Vikings have lifted the transition tag off CB Brian Williams, making him an unrestricted free agent.


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    Vikings | More about potential Culpepper trade
    Thu, 9 Mar 2006 20:58:31 -0800

    Don Seeholzer and Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, report the Minnesota Vikings would gain an additional $2.3 million in salary cap space by trading QB Daunte Culpepper. In addition, if he is traded soon, Culpepper's $6 million roster bonus would be paid by his new club. Given Culpepper's knee injury, the return on Culpepper could be minimal for the Vikings. The source said teams would not part with a first-round pick and that a conditional pick was expected. According to FOXSports.com, if the Vikings can't trade him before that bonus is due, they intend to ask him to push the date back in order to continue to work toward a trade. Pat Kirwan, a senior analyst for NFL.com, said because of Culpepper's uncertain physical status, any trade likely will involve future conditional draft choices. "This would be a sliding scale that I've run past a few general managers that are not in the market for Culpepper," Kirwan said. "The draft picks are for 2007. If you trade for the guy and he never plays, the compensation is zero. If he plays eight or less games, the compensation is a second-round pick. If he plays nine or more games, the compensation is a first-round pick. If he throws for 3,000 yards, then it's a first and a third. And if he makes the Pro Bowl next year, it's two first-round picks."


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    Vikings | Wilf claims no knowledge of Culpepper trade
    Thu, 9 Mar 2006 20:53:32 -0800

    Jeff Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said he did not know of an impending deal involving QB Daunte Culpepper. "I honestly don't know anything about that," Wilf said when asked about a report on the NFL.com website that indicated a Culpepper deal was imminent. "I would tell you if I did. I think it's guesswork on their part." Reports began to circulate Thursday afternoon, March 9, that the Vikings were upset enough by Culpepper's request to be traded that they began to aggressively shop him. "Daunte Culpepper stated he would like to be traded or released, and right now we're addressing the situation," Wilf said from his New Jersey home. "That's all I can say."


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    Vikings | Team has plenty of salary cap space
    Thu, 9 Mar 2006 17:10:47 -0800

    Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports the Minnesota Vikings are now $31.5 million under the salary cap due to the new collective bargain agreement.


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    Vikings | Culpepper deal done?
    Thu, 9 Mar 2006 17:03:39 -0800

    Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports the Minnesota Vikings have a deal in place to trade QB Daunte Culpepper, team officials confirmed Thursday, March 9. The trade is imminent, with the deal expected to go through Friday, March 10, just before the start of free agency. As noted earlier, the Oakland Raiders are the leading candidate to acquire Culpepper. Culpepper could not get along with new Vikings head coach Brad Childress, and the quarterback has upset various members of the organization with what they feel is his immature behavior.


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    Vikings | Team looking to trade Culpepper within next 24 hours
    Thu, 9 Mar 2006 16:28:54 -0800

    Alex Marvez, of the Sun-Sentinel, reports the Minnesota Vikings are looking to trade QB Daunte Culpepper within the next 24 hours. If he is unable to be dealt, the team will likely release him to avoid paying him his $6 million roster bonus due later this month.


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    Vikings | Team will attempt to meet Culpepper's trade request
    Thu, 9 Mar 2006 13:19:36 -0800

    Jay Glazer, of FOXSports.com, reports the Minnesota Vikings are looking to grant QB Daunte Culpepper's trade request. Team officials have reportedly gotten upset with the quarterback's public gripes and refusal to work with head coach Brad Childress. If the Vikings are unable to trade Culpepper before he is due a $6 million roster bonus, they intend to ask him to push back the bonus date in order to continue to work towards a trade.


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    Vikings | Culpepper wants to be released
    Wed, 8 Mar 2006 12:00:51 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper has said he would like the team to release him if the Vikings are not able to trade him. "Now that I have confirmed that the Vikings have been seeking to trade me, I have asked for permission to speak to the interested teams. The Vikings have denied my request," Culpepper said in an e-mail to the paper. "If a trade does not happen, then I am asking the Vikings to terminate my contract as soon as possible. ... Because of the fundamental differences I have with management regarding the approach to my personal and professional life, I think it is the best business decision for both parties to go our separate ways," Culpepper said.


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    Vikings | Stadium opponents find a new friend
    Wed, 8 Mar 2006 05:35:12 -0800

    Mike Kaszuba, of the Star Tribune, reports opponents of the proposal for a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings in Anoka County found a friend Tuesday in Art Rolnick, research director for the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis. Rolnick said that public subsidies for stadiums are generally not economically beneficial, and that the proposal should face a citizen's referendum. "It's not an engine for economic growth at all," he said. Rolnick spoke to a local chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business. That group is targeting Anoka County's plan to raise $280 million through a countywide sales tax to help build a Vikings stadium in Blaine. "Blaine has a lot of success, a lot of growth, and that's prime property," Rolnick said. "Do we think it wouldn't get developed at all" without public money?"


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    Vikings | Givens interested; but are they?
    Wed, 8 Mar 2006 05:32:49 -0800

    Don Seeholzer, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings are on a short list of team's agent Brad Blank said free agent WR David Givens (Patriots) is interested in. Blank said he has had no contact with the Vikings and has no idea if they are interested in Givens. "No matter how much money is on the table, he'll visit a place and get a feel for the team, the coaching staff and the overall situation," Blank said. "If he likes it somewhere, he might not make it to the third trip, but there won't be a deal done beforehand."


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    Vikings | Team still talking with Fonoti
    Wed, 8 Mar 2006 05:29:46 -0800

    Don Seeholzer, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings are still holding talks with agent Steve Feldman about re-signing soon-to-be free agent OG Toniu Fonoti. "He loves the Vikings," Feldman said. "He was thrilled when he was traded there. We're working toward getting him back." That doesn't mean Fonoti will re-sign with the Vikings, and Feldman wouldn't speculate on the chances of a deal getting done before free agency begins.


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    Vikings | Interested in Givens?
    Tue, 7 Mar 2006 09:43:57 -0800

    Ron Borges, of the Boston Globe, reports the Minnesota Vikings may have an interest in WR David Givens (Patriots), who will be an unrestricted free agent.


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    Vikings | Team could look at Baker
    Tue, 7 Mar 2006 05:34:47 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports due to the injury to Minnesota Vikings P Chris Kluwe (knee), the team may want to sign a veteran punter in free agency. One possibility is free agent P Jason Baker (Panthers), who worked with new Vikings special teams coach Paul Ferraro last season with the Carolina Panthers.


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    Vikings | Wilf may ask the state for less money
    Mon, 6 Mar 2006 05:35:19 -0800

    Aron Kahn, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings lead owner Zygi Wilf says he might back off his request for a politically sensitive state subsidy if lawmakers grant his wish for an Anoka County sales tax. Wilf and the Anoka County Board, his public partner in the stadium quest, want Gov. Tim Pawlenty and lawmakers to allow the 0.75 percent tax and grant an exemption from a state law requiring a county ballot issue on the levy. If they get permission to impose the tax, Wilf said, they might withdraw the state subsidy request, which would take the form of an unprecedented $115 million tax-increment financing district. House Speaker Steve Sviggum said the Vikings plan generally looks good to him but added the team would have better odds at the Capitol without the tax district request. Most tax-increment districts focus on property taxes not sales and income taxes. After refining the rough edges, the speaker contends, he'd like to see a vote on the Vikings plan this session, after saying recently the Vikings need to wait until next year.


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    Vikings | Team will let Chavous test the market
    Sun, 5 Mar 2006 20:40:36 -0800

    Mark Craig, of the Star Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings plan to let unrestricted free agent S Corey Chavous test the open market. They may still pursue him in free agency.


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    Vikings | Agent denies Leber report
    Sun, 5 Mar 2006 20:38:38 -0800

    Mark Craig, of the Star Tribune, reports agent Vann McElroy denied reports that his client, free agent LB Ben Leber (Chargers), and the Minnesota Vikings have agreed in principle on a contract. "Not only haven't we agreed, we haven't even talked," McElroy said.


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    Vikings | Team already has an agreement with Leber in place?
    Sun, 5 Mar 2006 08:16:01 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports the buzz around the NFL is that the Minnesota Vikings have already agreed in principle on a multiyear deal with free agent LB Ben Leber (Chargers). Leber could land a $7 million signing bonus and a contract that averages $4 million a year. Leber is big (6 feet 3, 244 pounds) and athletic, and Fran Foley, the Vikings' vice president of player personnel, knows him well from their days with the Chargers.


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    Vikings | Team may take a shot with Brees
    Sun, 5 Mar 2006 07:17:30 -0800

    Sid Hartman, of the Star Tribune, speculates the Minnesota Vikings could take a run at San Diego Chargers QB Drew Brees, when he becomes an unrestricted free agent Monday, March 6. One reason it might happen is that Fran Foley, the new vice president of player personnel for the Vikings, had a great relationship with Brees when both were with the Chargers. QB Brad Johnson will be the starting quarterback this year, unless the Vikings sign somebody like Brees. And even if somebody like Brees is signed, Johnson will get a chance to beat him out on the basis of the great season he had last year.


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    Vikings | Team interested in Schobel
    Sun, 5 Mar 2006 06:51:37 -0800

    John McClain, of the Houston Chronicle, reports the Minnesota Vikings are interested in free agent TE Matt Schobel (Bengals).


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    Vikings | Culpepper payment may be delayed
    Sat, 4 Mar 2006 21:07:50 -0800

    Judd Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings may not have to pay QB Daunte Culpepper his $6 million roster bonus until March 20 instead of March 17, because of the delay to the start of free agency.


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    Vikings | K. Robinson to hit the open market
    Sat, 4 Mar 2006 21:07:17 -0800

    Judd Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings appear willing to let free agent WR Koren Robinson hit the open market Monday, March 6. Robinson's agent, Alvin Keels, said Saturday night, March 4, that talks with the Vikings are at a "standstill," but admitted that with the right to match, "it takes away the (Vikings') urgency." Keels refused to discuss any particulars of his contract talks with the Vikings but agreed the biggest problem in the team retaining his client might be if another club structures a contract offer in a way Minnesota doesn't feel comfortable taking on.


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    Vikings | Birk apologizes to Upshaw
    Sat, 4 Mar 2006 19:09:02 -0800

    Judd Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings C Matt Birk called NFLPA executive director Gene Upshaw to apologize for earlier comments. Birk said he regretted making the less-than-complimentary remark to describe Upshaw. Birk said, "I left him a voice mail apologizing. The union and the players and the game is something I feel passionate about, and I was kind of emotionally charged. I left him my number and hope that he calls me back. It just wasn't a classy thing to do on my part, and I regret it."


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    Vikings | Childress sticking by Bieniemy
    Sat, 4 Mar 2006 18:58:38 -0800

    Don Seeholzer, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress is standing by his running backs coach Eric Bieniemy. Bieniemy was the running backs coach Colorado and has had to deal with the fallout from a football scandal. One article alleges Bieniemy choked a female parking attendant at a Colorado football game in 1994, a report that Bieniemy denies. He was also cited for a DUI in April of 2001, after he had returned to Colorado as a coach.


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    Vikings | Birk slams Upshaw
    Sat, 4 Mar 2006 10:07:49 -0800

    The Boston Globe reports Minnesota Vikings C Matt Birk is not happy with the job done by NFLPA executive director Gene Upshaw. Birk said, "Too many guys in the league just accept whatever Gene says. I don't know why no one has called this guy out."


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    Vikings | Contract update: J. Whittle
    Sat, 4 Mar 2006 08:35:47 -0800

    ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli reports the one-year contract signed by OL Jason Whittle with the Minnesota Vikings is worth $695,000. The deal includes a $25,000 signing bonus and a minimum base salary of $670,000.


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    Vikings | Offord re-signed
    Fri, 3 Mar 2006 20:38:48 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings have re-signed S Willie Offord to a two-year contract. Agent David Canter said Offord's deal includes escalators and incentives, which were keys for his client, who is coming off a torn anterior cruciate ligament tear, but Canter declined to comment on the exact terms.


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    Vikings | Whittle signed
    Fri, 3 Mar 2006 19:46:32 -0800

    Jeff Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings have signed free agent OL Jason Whittle (Giants) to a one-year contract, according to agent Joe Linta. Financial terms were not disclosed.


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    Vikings | Goldberg re-signed
    Fri, 3 Mar 2006 05:38:28 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings have re-signed exclusive-rights free agent OL Adam Goldberg to his one-year tender offer.


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    Vikings | Team offers contract to Whittle
    Fri, 3 Mar 2006 05:33:33 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings have offered free agent OL Jason Whittle (Giants) a contract, according to agent Joe Linta. Whittle will make a decision within 24 hours between the Vikings and another club.


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    Vikings | Team expected to be in the Witherspoon hunt
    Thu, 2 Mar 2006 20:12:01 -0800

    Darin Gantt, of the Rock Hill Herald, reports the Minnesota Vikings are one of the teams said to be in the running for Carolina Panthers LB Will Witherspoon. He will become an unrestricted free agent March 6.


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    Vikings | Team may want to rework Birk’s contract
    Thu, 2 Mar 2006 19:39:02 -0800

    Jeff Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings may want to rework OC Matt Birk's contract. Agent Joe Linta has made it clear on several occasions that Birk won't accept a pay cut after sitting out last season following surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. "The Vikings expressed concern about will he be 100 percent?" Linta said. "We disagree. But we are listening to some trade-off proposals where Matt gets something and they get something." Birk, whose contract runs through 2008, is scheduled to make approximately $4.4 million in 2006, according to league figures. Birk said Thursday, March 2, his injured hip feels fine.


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    Vikings | Team sets minicamp dates
    Thu, 2 Mar 2006 19:37:46 -0800

    Jeff Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings will hold a veteran's minicamp April 7-9, three weeks before the NFL Draft. A second, which will include the 2006 draft choices, will be May 12-14.


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    Vikings | Edinger’s status uncertain
    Thu, 2 Mar 2006 19:35:29 -0800

    Jeff Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings PK Paul Edinger's agent, Ken Harris, said he has been given no indication whether the Vikings will attempt to re-sign Edinger.


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    Vikings | Team tenders Burleson
    Thu, 2 Mar 2006 19:32:20 -0800

    Jeff Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings placed the lowest tender offer on restricted free agent WR Nate Burleson. He was given a tender offer that is worth $712,000 and would result in the team getting a draft pick equal to the round in which Burleson was selected (third) if he goes elsewhere. Burleson's agent, Jack Scharf, did not seem discouraged by the Vikings' offer. "Negotiations will be ongoing to see if we can get a long-term deal for Nate," Scharf said. "More will come to light pending a ratification of the collective bargaining agreement."


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    Vikings | Team reportedly shopping Culpepper again
    Thu, 2 Mar 2006 18:27:25 -0800

    Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports the Minnesota Vikings are reportedly once again shopping QB Daunte Culpepper. One NFL team confirmed that the Vikings have begun shopping Culpepper again, ascertaining whether another team would be willing to deal for him. The big concern to other teams is Culpepper's knee. However, those close to Culpepper believe he is going to be completely recovered from his knee injury and that the quarterback is rehabbing almost freakishly. There should be some resolution to the story by March 17, the date that Culpepper's $6 million roster bonus is due.


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    Vikings | Kleinsasser could be productive in offense
    Thu, 2 Mar 2006 14:43:28 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, reports that Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress feels that the offense could be productive for the tight end position, specifically TE Jim Kleinsasser. "I like his level of toughness," Childress said of Kleinsasser. "He's obviously proven that he can play on the line of scrimmage. There are all kinds of throws in this offense for tight ends. ... He surely has the ability to work zones. So I think he'll end elevating his game, and I think this would be a tight-end-friendly offense."


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    Vikings | Looking to add LBs
    Thu, 2 Mar 2006 14:43:23 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, reports that Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress feels that he doesn't have enough players at the linebacker position and will be looking to add some.


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    Vikings | Culpepper, Williams claim discrimination in boat scandal
    Thu, 2 Mar 2006 12:22:44 -0800

    The Associated Press reports lawyers for Minnesota Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper and RB Moe Williams have accused a prosecutor of racial discrimination. The attorneys served a motion Wednesday, March 2, asking for the dismissal of charges against the players. The lawyers claimed that prosecutor Steven Tallen charged black men but ignored possible crimes by two white men in the team's boat party scandal.


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    Vikings | Salary cap status
    Wed, 1 Mar 2006 13:19:06 -0800

    John Clayton, of ESPN.com, reports the Minnesota Vikings are $24 million under the $92 million salary cap as of Wednesday, March 1.


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    Vikings | Team far apart with K. Robinson
    Wed, 1 Mar 2006 05:20:59 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports despite early reports to the contrary, agent Alvin Keels said he is "pessimistic" he can strike a long-term contract with the Minnesota Vikings by Friday's deadline free agency deadline for WR Koren Robinson. Keels said discussions with Rob Brzezinski, the Vikings' vice president of football operations, haven't been fruitful with the start of free agency fast approaching. As previously noted, Robinson's contract does include a clause that gave the club the right to match any offer in free agency. With the Indianapolis Colts' re-signing of WR Reggie Wayne last week, Robinson is among the top receivers available. In December, Robinson told the Pioneer Press that he wanted to remain a Viking. But when asked what kind of contract he is looking for, Robinson said, "I don't really know the numbers. But I can tell what's a good deal, and what's suitable. As a man, you don't want to be disrespected."


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    Vikings | Rosenthal’s agent expects him to stick
    Tue, 28 Feb 2006 21:33:14 -0800

    Judd Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, reports the agent for Minnesota Vikings OL Mike Rosenthal expects him to remain with the team, despite some speculation that Rosenthal would be released.


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    Vikings | Liwienski’s agent expects him to stick
    Tue, 28 Feb 2006 21:30:40 -0800

    Judd Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, reports the agent for Minnesota Vikings OL Chris Liwienski expects him to remain with the team, despite some speculation that Liwienski would be released.


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    Vikings | M. Robinson’s agent expects him to stick
    Tue, 28 Feb 2006 21:29:05 -0800

    Judd Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, reports agent Ken Sarnoff expects Minnesota Vikings WR Marcus Robinson to remain with the team, despite some speculation that Robinson would be released. "We expect Marcus to come back and compete," said Sarnoff.


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    Vikings | Team eyeing Bentley
    Tue, 28 Feb 2006 21:28:43 -0800

    Judd Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings have their eye on soon-to-be unrestricted free agent OL LeCharles Bentley (Saints). Bentley is considered one of the top linemen available and would give the Vikings valuable versatility. The Vikings, who are expected to have the most salary cap room of any NFL team (about $24 million), likely would use Bentley at right guard but also would have him as an insurance policy should center Matt Birk (hip), have any trouble after missing last season because of surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. One source familiar with the situation said the Vikings are "extremely interested" in Bentley.


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    Vikings | Police and Courts: Eller facing probation and community service
    Tue, 28 Feb 2006 19:24:10 -0800

    The Associated Press reports former Minnesota Vikings DL Carl Eller likely faces probation and community service for a drunken driving charge. Eller is expected to make a plea at his court appearance scheduled for March 22. He is being charges with third-degree driving while intoxicated for refusing testing, fourth-degree DWI, and reckless driving.


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    Vikings | Team meets with W. Offord’s agent
    Mon, 27 Feb 2006 19:49:27 -0800

    Updating previous reports, Judd Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings have talked with the agent for potential free agent FS Willie Offord. The two sides were expected to meet again Monday, Feb. 27.


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    Vikings | Team interested in Dielman
    Mon, 27 Feb 2006 19:48:32 -0800

    Judd Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings are interested in San Diego Chargers OG Kris Dielman, who is eligible for restricted free agency March 3. The Chargers are expected to offer Dielman a first-round qualifying offer.


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    Vikings | Team might try to keep Edinger
    Mon, 27 Feb 2006 19:47:56 -0800

    Judd Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings might try to re-sign potential free agent PK Paul Edinger. Edinger's agent, Ken Harris, talked with the team last week to touch base but did not exchange contract figures. Harris will look for an upgrade over the $540,000 base salary and $300,000 in incentives that Edinger agreed to for the 2005 season.


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    Vikings | Team indicating they would like to keep L. Johnstone
    Mon, 27 Feb 2006 19:46:12 -0800

    Judd Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings have not talked with the agent for potential free agent DL Lance Johnstone, but are giving indications they have interest in keeping him with the team.


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    Vikings | Team talks with K. Robinson’s agent
    Mon, 27 Feb 2006 19:45:50 -0800

    Judd Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings have talked with the agent for potential free agent WR Koren Robinson. His agent is optimistic a deal will get done with the team and expects to talk with them throughout the week. The Vikings have the right to match any offer Robinson receives.


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    Vikings | Team not showing interest in J. Lewis
    Mon, 27 Feb 2006 19:45:28 -0800

    Judd Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings have not shown any interest in Baltimore Ravens RB Jamal Lewis, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent March 3. Lewis' agent, Mitch Frankel, said, "They have not expressed any interest. Usually teams in general call to say, 'We're interested and when free agency starts we'll call.' I have to assume they are not interested at this point."


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    Vikings | Team talking with Offord’s agent
    Mon, 27 Feb 2006 05:22:37 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings met with agent David Canter Sunday evening, Feb. 26, at the NFL Combine to discuss a contract extension for S Willie Offord. A deal is not believed to be imminent. Offord will be an unrestricted free agent March 3. "Willie has been cleared for everything but contact, and we're extremely excited about either remaining a Viking or exploring the free-agent market," Canter said Sunday afternoon, Feb. 26.


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    Vikings | Police and courts: C. Eller
    Sun, 26 Feb 2006 20:46:38 -0800

    The Associated Press reports former Minnesota Vikings DL Carl Eller was arrested in Golden Valley on a charge of driving under the influence early Sunday morning, Feb. 26. Lieutenant Chuck Walerius with the State Patrol said a trooper stopped Eller after clocking him going 97 miles an hour in a 55 mile-per-hour zone on Interstate 394 around 3:30 a.m. Eller's bail was set at $500.


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    Vikings | Team meets with Sims
    Sun, 26 Feb 2006 15:55:13 -0800

    During his NFL Combine interview, Florida State LB Ernie Sims said he met with the Minnesota Vikings at the Combine.


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    Vikings | Team meets with Phillips
    Sun, 26 Feb 2006 15:39:49 -0800

    During his NFL Combine interview, Penn State CB Anwar Phillips said he met with the Minnesota Vikings at the Combine.


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    Vikings | Team meets with Watson
    Sun, 26 Feb 2006 15:35:41 -0800

    During his NFL Combine interview, Michigan DT Gabe Watson said he met with the Minnesota Vikings at the Combine.


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    Vikings | Team interviews C. Lowry
    Sun, 26 Feb 2006 13:33:06 -0800

    During his NFL Combine interview, Penn State C Calvin Lowry said he had an interview with the Minnesota Vikings.


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    Vikings | Team meets with A. Hodge
    Sun, 26 Feb 2006 12:56:39 -0800

    During his NFL Combine interview, Iowa LB Abdul Hodge said he had met with the Minnesota Vikings.


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    Vikings | Team paying attention to Morris
    Sun, 26 Feb 2006 06:37:38 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports soon-to-be free agent RB Maurice Morris (Seahawks) has caught the eye of the Minnesota Vikings. Detroit Lions running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery said a marriage between Morris and Minnesota would appear to be an ideal match. "For the head coach in Minnesota, Maurice would be a No. 1 candidate because he's been in the West Coast system," said Montgomery. "You can plug him right in, and you can go out there tomorrow and start running plays." Morris fits the profile of the type of veteran free agent the Vikings' new "Triangle of Authority" would appear to be inclined to target. Vikings head coach Brad Childress acknowledged Friday, Feb. 24, that the team is thin in terms of numbers, and the Vikings are not assuming that RB Onterrio Smith, who is serving a one-year suspension, will be back with them in 2006.


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    Vikings | Team interested in McCown
    Sun, 26 Feb 2006 06:34:58 -0800

    The Star Tribune reports the Minnesota Vikings are interested in soon-to-be Arizona Cardinals free agent QB Josh McCown (Cardinals).


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    Vikings | Wilf plans to pay Culpepper’s bonus
    Sat, 25 Feb 2006 20:25:02 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said Saturday, Feb. 25, that the team plans to pay QB Daunte Culpepper his scheduled $6 million bonus and have the quarterback on the 2006 roster. Asked if he planned to pay Culpepper his bonus, which is due March 17, Wilf said, "Yes, yes." Asked if he could definitively say that Culpepper will be on the team, Wilf said: "That is our plan, yes. Always was."


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    Vikings | K. Robinson may re-sign soon
    Sat, 25 Feb 2006 18:27:31 -0800

    Sid Hartman, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings WR Koren Robinson visited with members of the new Vikings coaching staff and is expected to sign a multiyear deal in the near future.


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    Vikings | Team showing interest in Byrd
    Sat, 25 Feb 2006 16:37:42 -0800

    During his NFL Combine interview, USC TE Dominique Byrd said the Minnesota Vikings are showing an interest in him, but they have yet to meet with him.


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    Vikings | Team talks to Haralson
    Sat, 25 Feb 2006 13:58:15 -0800

    During his NFL Combine interview, Tennessee DE Parys Haralson said he has met with the Minnesota Vikings.


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    Vikings | Childress would like to upgrade running backs
    Fri, 24 Feb 2006 19:55:40 -0800

    Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress said that if someone comes through who is capable of 20-25 carries, they could try to draft or sign them.


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    Vikings | B. Williams not likely moving to safety
    Fri, 24 Feb 2006 19:54:54 -0800

    Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress said CB Brian Williams has the size to play safety, but his talents are at cornerback.


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    Vikings | Childress not committed to keeping Culpepper
    Fri, 24 Feb 2006 19:54:16 -0800

    Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress said, "You don't ever say never at this time of year, " when he was asked about the chance of the team releasing QB Daunte Culpepper. Culpepper offered to move his $6 million roster bonus so that it would be friendlier to the team. The team has not decided on if they will accept his offer.


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    Vikings | Interested in Maroney?
    Fri, 24 Feb 2006 18:11:48 -0800

    During his NFL Combine interview, Minnesota RB Laurence Maroney said he feels being drafted by the Minnesota Vikings would be a good fit for him. He noted he feels like he has home-field advantage there after playing in Minnesota for three years. "I know all the ins and outs of their field," he said. "I feel that would be a good opportunity." He said he's already spoken with the Vikings and planned to have an interview with them Friday, Feb. 24.


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    Vikings | Childress says he wants both quarterbacks in 2006
    Fri, 24 Feb 2006 15:42:59 -0800

    Dave Campbell, of the Associated Press, reports Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress asserted that he plans to have both QBs Daunte Culpepper and Brad Johnson on the team this year at quarterback. "That's the mindset," Childress said Friday, Feb. 24, at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. "I don't know anything to the contrary." Childress acknowledged that the team has had inquiries about Culpepper, with the free agent and trading period set to begin next weekend. "That's what goes on this time of year," he said.


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    Vikings | Team talks with S. Green
    Fri, 24 Feb 2006 14:45:43 -0800

    During his NFL Combine interview, LSU WR Skyler Green said the Minnesota Vikings have talked to him about being their return man.


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    Vikings | Culpepper to be released?
    Fri, 24 Feb 2006 04:59:56 -0800

    Jason Cole, of the Miami Herald, reports the Miami Dolphins expect the Minnesota Vikings to release QB Daunte Culpepper before the Vikings are scheduled to pay him a $6 million roster bonus March 17. Because of that belief, the Dolphins have resisted the offer to trade for Culpepper. The Dolphins and Vikings recently discussed a trade for Culpepper. Despite those discussions, the Dolphins are not interested in a trade at this point. They are examining a number of quarterback options.


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    Vikings | Police and courts: D. Culpepper
    Thu, 23 Feb 2006 19:19:03 -0800

    Sid Hartman, of the Star Tribune, reports Earl Gray, the St. Paul attorney representing Minnesota Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper in the Lake Minnetonka boat incident, said he and his client have an evidentiary hearing March 20 with Hennepin County District Judge Kevin Burke. "We're going to try to dismiss it, and if he doesn't, absolutely we're going to trial," Gray said. "I think we'll win. I think this is one of the dumber cases I've ever had. There was no sense in charging him. I suppose if they wouldn't charge him they wouldn't get enough publicity."


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    Vikings | Childress impressed with B. Johnson
    Thu, 23 Feb 2006 19:01:27 -0800

    Sid Hartman, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress said he was very impressed in his recent visit with QB Brad Johnson, who flew in for the specific purpose of getting to know the new Vikings coach. Johnson was equally impressed by Childress. "We used to steal their plays when he was in Philadelphia (and) I was in Tampa," Johnson aid. "We watched all their stuff." There have been rumors that former head coach Mike Tice promised Johnson he would get him out of the contract if he had a chance to become a starter elsewhere. However, Vikings' Director of Football Administration Dave Blando, who signed Johnson to his current contract last March, has contended in previous conversations before the present administration came in that he was not informed of any such agreement and that Johnson's agent would have mentioned that if it was true.


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    Vikings | Team speaks with Colledge
    Thu, 23 Feb 2006 18:41:15 -0800

    During his NFL Combine interview, Boise State OT Daryn Colledge said he has talked with the Minnesota Vikings.


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    Vikings | Williams wants to play elsewhere
    Thu, 23 Feb 2006 18:35:51 -0800

    The Star Tribune reports Minnesota Vikings CB Brian Williams does not want to return to Minnesota, according to his agent, and he would be unhappy if the Vikings hold him back. "(Williams) would like to move on," agent Jordan Feagan said Thursday morning, Feb. 23. "He's expressed to them that he would rather not go back." Williams and Feagan were both surprised the team put the transition designation on Williams.


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    Vikings | Team talks with A. Hall
    Thu, 23 Feb 2006 13:45:14 -0800

    During his NFL Combine interview, South Florida RB Andre Hall said he has talked with the Minnesota Vikings. Hall added he had a good conversation with the team.


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    Vikings | Culpepper not being shopped around, could play in 2006
    Thu, 23 Feb 2006 13:41:13 -0800

    ESPNews reports Minnesota Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper (knee) has been told by the team that he will not be shopped around in a trade. Culpepper said that he could be ready to play in 2006 and added that he would be willing to give back some money to help the team.


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    Vikings | Culpepper says trade talks have not happened per Wilf
    Thu, 23 Feb 2006 13:28:26 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper said Thursday, Feb. 23, he was assured by owner Zygi Wilf that the Vikings have not spoken to other teams about a potential trade. "He told me that the Vikings have not yet spoken to other teams about trading me," Culpepper said. "I shared my disappointment with the lack of communication and the false reports about me demanding more money coming out of Minnesota. I have requested further talks so that we can explore options for the future." Culpepper said he realized that his contract includes no more guarantees since he tore three of four ligaments in his right knee in October.


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    Vikings | Raiola would have interest in joining team
    Thu, 23 Feb 2006 11:52:34 -0800

    During his NFL Combine interview, Wisconsin C Donovan Raiola said he would be interested in joining the Minnesota Vikings and reuniting with his former offensive line coach Jim Hueber. Hueber was hired as the Vikings assistant offensive line coach over the offseason, but has not given Raiola any indication if the team is interested in him. He did interview with offensive line coach Pat Morris, but it was just general questioning.


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    Vikings | Team tags B. Williams
    Thu, 23 Feb 2006 09:31:39 -0800

    The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings named CB Brian Williams as their transition player Thursday, Feb. 23, which prevents him from becoming an unrestricted free agent. By league rules, the Vikings must tender Williams a one-year qualifying offer at the average of the 10 highest-paid players at his position or 120 percent of his 2005 salary, whichever is greater. Williams will still be allowed to sign an offer sheet with another team, which Minnesota would have a week to match.


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    Vikings | Childress trying to get Williams to stay
    Wed, 22 Feb 2006 21:51:02 -0800

    Sid Hartman, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress had dinner the other night with unrestricted free agent CB Brian Williams in an effort to convince him to re-sign with the Vikings.


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    Vikings | Team still deciding Cowart’s status
    Wed, 22 Feb 2006 19:28:01 -0800

    The Star Tribune reports the Minnesota Vikings are still determining the fate of LB Sam Cowart. He will be an unrestricted free agent in March. Agent Paul Healy said he has spoken with Rob Brzezinski, vice president of football operations, but Healy said Brzezinski did not indicate whether the team wants to re-sign Cowart. "I have talked to Rob, but the ball is in their court," Healy said. "Sam had a great experience with the Vikings and would like to be back but obviously he is going to look elsewhere (if it comes to that). We'll just have to wait and see."


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    Vikings | Childress praises Culpepper for his rehab work
    Wed, 22 Feb 2006 19:27:34 -0800

    The Star Tribune reports Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress praised QB Daunte Culpepper (knee) Wednesday, Feb. 22, for his dogged approach to rehabilitating his right knee. He did so while acknowledging the rough start of their relationship. The Vikings dispatched new athletic trainer Eric Sugarman to Florida this week to update Culpepper's progress. Sugarman reported that Culpepper is on schedule, and Childress said it is not out of the question that Culpepper could participate in some non-football drills during spring minicamp. In his first comments since Culpepper was put on the trading block, Childress said he considers him part of the team until he is told otherwise.


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    Vikings | Some teammates opposed to trading Culpepper
    Wed, 22 Feb 2006 19:20:48 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports some Minnesota Vikings players are opposed to the idea of trading QB Daunte Culpepper. OT Bryant McKinnie said, "That's crazy. I don't agree with trading him. Last year, they traded Randy Moss. We already made one mistake (trading Moss). Don't do it twice. If that's the case, let me go." CB Antoine Winfield said Culpepper was the reason he turned down an offer from the New York Jets two years ago to sign with the Vikings. TE Jermaine Wiggins said that he and other players are frustrated by the trade speculation surrounding Culpepper.


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    Vikings | Offord on the mend
    Wed, 22 Feb 2006 06:18:01 -0800

    The Star Tribune reports Minnesota Vikings S Willie Offord (knee) is on the mend from last season's knee injury. He was in Birmingham, Ala., Tuesday, Feb. 21, to undergo an examination on his left knee. "He very possibly could be fully cleared, not for contact, but for everything else," said Offord's agent, David Canter. Offord is set to become an unrestricted free agent in March.


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    Vikings | No talks held with Burleson; tender offer coming
    Wed, 22 Feb 2006 06:15:59 -0800

    The Star Tribune reports the Minnesota Vikings have not held any discussions with restricted free agent WR Nate Burleson. The Vikings are expected to place a first-round qualifying offer on Burleson. That salary number is expected to be around $1.553 million.


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    Vikings | Team will not re-sign Bennett
    Wed, 22 Feb 2006 06:14:45 -0800

    Updating previous reports, the Star Tribune reports the Minnesota Vikings have informed unrestricted free agent RB Michael Bennett he will not be re-signed by the team.


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    Vikings | Team will not re-sign S. Hill
    Wed, 22 Feb 2006 06:14:09 -0800

    The Star Tribune reports the Minnesota Vikings have informed unrestricted free agent QB Shaun Hill he will not be re-signed by the team.


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    Vikings | Team will not re-sign Withrow
    Wed, 22 Feb 2006 06:13:34 -0800

    The Star Tribune reports the Minnesota Vikings have informed unrestricted free agent OC Cory Withrow he will not be re-signed by the team.


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    Vikings | Team will not re-sign Brown
    Wed, 22 Feb 2006 06:12:14 -0800

    The Star Tribune reports the Minnesota Vikings have informed unrestricted free agent CB Ralph Brown he will not be re-signed by the team.


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    Vikings | Team looking over every aspect of Culpepper
    Wed, 22 Feb 2006 06:07:35 -0800

    The Star Tribune reports Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf acknowledged Tuesday, Feb. 21, that the team is determining its future with QB Daunte Culpepper, but Wilf would not predict the likelihood that Culpepper will be traded. The team seems destined to determine its direction by the middle of March, when Culpepper is due a $6 million roster bonus. Wilf, meanwhile, plans to attend the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.


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    Vikings | Team could enter the fray for Brees
    Tue, 21 Feb 2006 19:19:12 -0800

    Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports the Minnesota Vikings could enter the race to sign San Diego Chargers QB Drew Brees, if he becomes a free agent and depending on how their offseason goes.


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    Vikings | Whitaker signed to two-year deal
    Tue, 21 Feb 2006 14:48:26 -0800

    ESPN.com reports the Minnesota Vikings have signed free agent CB Ronyell Whitaker (Buccaneers) to a two-year contract. No financial terms were disclosed.


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    Vikings | Bennett done in Minnesota
    Tue, 21 Feb 2006 05:42:20 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings RB Michael Bennett said Monday, Feb. 20, his tenure with the Vikings is over. "They told my agent they're going in another direction, so I won't be coming back," Bennett said in a phone interview. "It's disappointing, because you felt you established yourself there and you wanted to be one of those guys who stayed with a team throughout his whole career. But it didn't work out for me." With the expected departure of Bennett, the Vikings have just three running backs under contract: Mewelde Moore, Ciatrick Fason and Adimchinobe Echemandu. Bennett said he has been working out diligently, "just in case I need to go audition somewhere." His preferences are Green Bay, which is closer to his hometown of Milwaukee, and Arizona, which is coached by Dennis Green, who drafted Bennett for the Vikings.


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    Vikings | No substantive talks with B. Williams
    Mon, 20 Feb 2006 19:39:33 -0800

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings are not believed to have held substantive discussions with CB Brian Williams. He is eligible to be an unrestricted free agent in March. It is unclear if the Vikings will use the franchise or transition tag on Williams.


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    Vikings | No substantive talks with K. Robinson
    Mon, 20 Feb 2006 19:36:29 -0800

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings are not believed to have held substantive discussions with WR Koren Robinson. He is eligible to be an unrestricted free agent in March. It is unclear if the Vikings will use the franchise or transition tag on Robinson. The Vikings probably can avoid the issue with Robinson, whom they hold a contractual right of first refusal.


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    Vikings | Team talked to Baltimore about Culpepper
    Mon, 20 Feb 2006 19:36:01 -0800

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports the Baltimore Ravens apparently were among the teams the Minnesota Vikings contacted last week in an effort to gauge the trade value of QB Daunte Culpepper. However, no deal with the Ravens or any other team appears imminent. Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome told the Baltimore Sun Monday, Feb. 20, that "we're interested in any matter that will make our football team better." Newsome said there have been no negotiations "officially" but did not rule out the possibility that the issue could be revisited.


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    Vikings | Udeze making his way back
    Sun, 19 Feb 2006 19:18:24 -0800

    Kevin Seifert, writing for the Sporting News, reports Minnesota Vikings DE Kenechi Udeze (knee) is working his way back from a knee injury that cut short his 2005 season. Udeze had microfracture surgery performed on his knee, an advanced procedure that doesn't always allow football players to get all the way back to 100 percent. This winter, however, Udeze has begun running agility drills at the team's practice facility. Udeze will have to beat out DE Darrion Scott or DE Erasmus James to regain his starting spot in 2006.


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    Vikings | Sioux Falls moving forward with training camp plans
    Fri, 17 Feb 2006 20:25:23 -0800

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports business leaders in Sioux Falls, S.D., moved forward Friday, Feb. 17, with plans to lure the Minnesota Vikings' training camp to their city, creating a 100-day window to refine their plan in anticipation of negotiations later this spring or summer. The Vikings will return to Mankato this summer, but they have left their options open beginning in 2007. The team turned down Sioux Falls' bid in 2004 in part because Minnesota politicians threatened to pull support for their stadium initiative if they moved across state lines, but the Vikings should have a better feeling for their political support after this legislative session.


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    Vikings | Team wants first-round pick for Culpepper
    Fri, 17 Feb 2006 19:19:00 -0800

    Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports the Minnesota Vikings are asking for a first-round pick, and possibly more, in exchange for QB Daunte Culpepper. With Culpepper coming off a season-ending injury, the chances of the Vikings trading him are slim.


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    Vikings | Agents claim Culpepper deserves better deal
    Fri, 17 Feb 2006 19:03:09 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper is not paid as well for a player of his caliber. Agent Tom Condon said, ""Based on what he's accomplished and on his statistics, if you compare what he's done to what some of the other top quarterbacks have done, he certainly doesn't come anywhere near them in terms of compensation." Agent Leigh Steinberg said, "The real essence of a quarterback contract is signing bonus because it's all about the guaranteed money." Culpepper signed a ten-year, $102 million contract in May of 2003, but the deal was loaded in non-guaranteed salaries and special teams incentives he will never earn. Culpepper received an $8 million signing bonus and an additional $3 million in almost guaranteed money.


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    Vikings | Trading Culpepper a long shot
    Thu, 16 Feb 2006 19:49:41 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports amid speculation the Minnesota Vikings are considering trading QB Daunte Culpepper to the highest bidder, two NFL team officials and two former team executives said such a deal is a long shot. Fran Foley, the Vikings' new vice president of player personnel, declined to answer repeated questions about Culpepper during a news conference Thursday, Feb. 16. Culpepper's health is one of the many challenges of a potential trade, said two team officials whose teams could be in the market for a quarterback. Former NFL team executives Rick Spielman and Ken Herock said trades are increasingly difficult to pull off in the NFL, especially for a quarterback. Teams believed to be scrutinizing their quarterback position include the New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Oakland Raiders, Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals, even though the Cardinals just signed QB Kurt Warner to a three-year deal.


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    Vikings | Team unveils stadium plans
    Thu, 16 Feb 2006 18:00:40 -0800

    Bob Shaw, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings unveiled a proposal for a $1.5 billion stadium complex in Blaine Thursday, Feb. 16, featuring parks, offices, wetlands, offices, stores and a 250-room hotel. The project would be one of the biggest ever built in the state, the Mall of America, for example, cost about $950 million to build, in inflation-adjusted dollars. The stadium alone would cost about $790 million, with the cost split between the team, the state and Anoka County.


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    Vikings | Culpepper focusing on rehab, not trade talk
    Thu, 16 Feb 2006 13:24:17 -0800

    ESPN.com reports Minnesota Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper responded to the recent rumors that he wants out of Minnesota in an e-mail to ESPN's Andrea Kramer. Culpepper wrote that he will continue to focus on the rehabilitation on his knee and that he refuses to talk about trade speculation. "My position has been and continues to be that I am focusing on rehabilitating my knee so that I can come back and play the game I love at the highest level," Culpepper wrote in the e-mail. "Until I hear different from (Vikings owner Zygi Wilf) or the new 'triangle of authority' at the Vikings I plan on playing quarterback for Minnesota. Trying to delve into speculation, innuendo, rumor or anything else of this nature would be a waste of energy. I choose at this time to spend my energy on getting healthy."


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    Vikings | Culpepper's salary demands not taken too well by Wilf
    Thu, 16 Feb 2006 06:28:03 -0800

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper demanded a big salary increase and owner Zygi Wilf was not thrilled to hear it. Culpepper, according to two people with knowledge of the situation, asked that approximately $10 million be added to his contract this season, increasing his total 2006 compensation to a staggering $18 million. Wilf angrily turned down Culpepper's request, and it is believed that no substantive communication has taken place since. The disagreement is the largest impetus for soliciting trade offers for Culpepper, but Culpepper might also be seeking a fresh start after suffering a major injury to his right knee and being charged with three misdemeanors in connection with an alleged Oct. 6 sex party on Lake Minnetonka. Culpepper, due a $6 million bonus March 14, faces the task of learning Childress' West Coast offense while being unable to practice until summer at the earliest. Any team trading for Culpepper probably views him as a 2007 option and considers playing time in 2006 a bonus. Culpepper contends the Vikings promised last summer to address his contract further after the 2005 season; the team has denied that claim.


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    Vikings | Moore has surgery
    Thu, 16 Feb 2006 05:56:14 -0800

    The Star Tribune reports Minnesota Vikings RB Mewelde Moore (wrist) had surgery to repair the sprained right wrist that troubled him for much of the 2005 season.


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    Vikings | Team reportedly shopping Culpepper
    Wed, 15 Feb 2006 19:10:12 -0800

    Dave Spadaro, of PhiladelphiaEagles.com, reports the Minnesota Vikings are reportedly calling NFL teams it perceives to be in the market for a quarterback and floating QB Daunte Culpepper's name to gauge the interest level and determine if it will engage in trade talks for Culpepper, who missed much of last season after tearing three ligaments in his knee.


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    Vikings | Goodspeed signed
    Wed, 15 Feb 2006 16:35:22 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings have signed free agent FB Joey Goodspeed (Rams). Terms of the deal were not disclosed.


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    Vikings | Police and courts: T. Brown
    Tue, 14 Feb 2006 18:56:42 -0800

    The Associated Press reports former Minnesota Vikings RB Ted Brown's plea deal that allowed him to avoid a trial on sexual misconduct charges was thrown out Tuesday, Feb. 14, by the state Court of Appeals. The three-judge appeals panel said District Court Judge Michael Jesse was wrong to allow the plea over the objections of a prosecutor. The appeals court sent the case back to Mille Lacs County for further proceedings. Brown was charged with sexually assaulting a woman during the Vikings 2003 "Arctic Blast" event at Eddy's Resort on Mille Lacs Lake. Brown's attorney, Steven Meshbesher, said his client hasn't settled on his next move.


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    Vikings | Team negotiating with Walls
    Tue, 14 Feb 2006 09:35:56 -0800

    Jim Bender, of the Winnipeg Sun, reports the Minnesota Vikings are in negotiations with CFL DE Gavin Walls. Agent Ray Savage expects an answer Tuesday, Feb. 14. If no deal is struck, he will return to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Savage is determined to get more than the standard signing bonus of $10,000 US for CFL free agents. He prefers one that would indicate that Walls would be given a legitimate shot at making the final roster.


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    Vikings | Stadium plans to be revealed Thursday
    Tue, 14 Feb 2006 05:58:26 -0800

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports during a county hearing scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 16, the Minnesota Vikings are expected to release details of owner Zygi Wilf's $1 billion plan to develop land around his proposed stadium in Anoka County. The plans call for the building of a $675 million stadium in Blaine. That agreement includes a financing package; the Vikings/NFL would contribute $280 million, the county would raise $280 million and the state would provide $115 million in infrastructure improvements.


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    Vikings | Cottrell to retire
    Tue, 14 Feb 2006 05:52:07 -0800

    Don Seeholzer, of the Pioneer Press, reports former Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell revealed Monday, Feb. 13, that he has filed retirement papers with the NFL. "I don't want to retire," Cottrell, 58, said. "I'm being forced into retirement." Cottrell has been unable to land a job with an NFL team, despite 10 head coaching changes. "It's been a bizarre year," Cottrell said. "All these openings but no jobs. I've called some people and it's the same old story. 'We'll let you know if anything opens up.'"


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    Vikings | Culpepper may not hire an agent
    Sun, 12 Feb 2006 06:32:02 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper is giving serious thought to bucking the NFL norm and becoming one of the rare players who represents himself. While he concentrates on rehabbing his right knee, Culpepper said in a brief interview Thursday, Feb. 9, that he still has not decided whether he will replace agent Mason Ashe with another agent. "I am focusing on being responsible for all of my business affairs, including my contract," Culpepper said. "I have not decided on if, or when, I may hire a new agent." According to Mark Levin of the NFL Players Association, Culpepper would be the 30th active player to represent himself. Culpepper is miffed about the 10-year, $102 million deal he signed in May 2003, leading to speculation he might be traded this offseason. While the figures of the contract are still among the gaudiest in NFL history, Culpepper's deal lacks the key element players covet most: guaranteed money. While he doesn't believe self-representation is feasible in the NFL, former Vikings WR Cris Carter said Culpepper couldn't possibly sign a worse deal than his last one. NFLPA executive director Gene Upshaw said Feb. 2 he intended to advise Culpepper against representing himself.


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    Vikings | Cottrell signed to future contract
    Sat, 11 Feb 2006 18:46:37 -0800

    The Minnesota Vikings have signed free agent TE T.J. Cottrell (Vikings) to a future contract. It is a one-year deal with a base salary of $235,000 in 2006.


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    Vikings | Team close to retaining Blando
    Sat, 11 Feb 2006 06:46:46 -0800

    Don Seeholzer, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings are close to retaining director of football administration Dave Blando. He negotiates contracts and manages the salary cap with Rob Brzezinski the team's vice president of football operations and is expected to work out a new long-term contract before the start of free agency next month.


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    Vikings | Team will present stadium plan next week
    Sat, 11 Feb 2006 06:46:12 -0800

    Don Seeholzer, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings will lay out the details of their stadium development project Thursday, Feb. 16, at a hearing before the Blaine City Council. Owner Zygi Wilf could speak for the Vikings, and the team's architect/planner and traffic consultant will discuss the development's potential impact on the area. Vikings vice president of public affairs and stadium development Lester Bagley said the Vikings will talk about their vision for a combination of sports and retail/entertainment complexes it would like to build on 700 acres in Blaine and the benefits of the complexes to the state.


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    Vikings | Duluth wants to host team’s training camp
    Thu, 9 Feb 2006 18:08:49 -0800

    The Associated Press reports Duluth has added its name to a list of cities interested in hosting the Minnesota Vikings' training camp in 2006. Duluth Mayor Herb Bergson said Wednesday, Feb. 8, the city would make a pitch. Lester Bagley, the Vikings' vice president for public affairs, said the team probably wouldn't decide on a future training camp until summer. Bagley also said the Vikings have made no decision to leave Mankato, the current home for their training camp. Sioux Falls, S.D., and Fargo, N.D., also have expressed interest in hosting the Vikings for their preseason camp.


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    Vikings | Unlikely to file tampering charges against Tice
    Thu, 9 Feb 2006 05:33:59 -0800

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings are unlikely to pursue tampering charges against former head coach Mike Tice, who told a Jacksonville radio station last week that he had spoken to one of the Vikings' pending free agents about signing with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars hired Tice last week as assistant head coach/offense.


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    Vikings | Kluwe expected to be ready for training camp
    Thu, 9 Feb 2006 05:33:29 -0800

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings P Chris Kluwe (knee) has been assured by doctors that he should be ready to resume kicking by training camp this summer, Kluwe said Wednesday, Feb. 8. Kluwe said he had surgery Jan. 31 to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. "They said I'll definitely be ready by camp, if not sooner," Kluwe said. "It was a pretty clean tear. I've already started the rehabilitation."


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    Vikings | Team showing interest in Penn
    Wed, 8 Feb 2006 05:49:13 -0800

    Shawn Harrison, of the Herald Journal, reports seven NFL teams showed interest in Utah State OT Donald Penn at the Hula Bowl. He spent the most time interviewing with the Minnesota Vikings.


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    Vikings | Sioux Falls wants to host training camp
    Mon, 6 Feb 2006 19:46:41 -0800

    The Associated Press reports civic leaders of Sioux Falls, SD, are trying again to host the Minnesota Vikings training camp. Their plan this year is similar to the one they used two years ago. This year's proposal does not include millions of dollars of improvements and incentives by the city and school district. The city would like to host the Vikings' training camp for five years starting in 2007.


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    Vikings | Hunkele added to the training staff
    Sun, 5 Feb 2006 07:25:49 -0800

    The Star Tribune reports the Minnesota Vikings have added Tom Hunkele to their training staff as an assistant trainer.


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    Vikings | Streight added to the coaching staff
    Sun, 5 Feb 2006 07:24:17 -0800

    The Star Tribune reports the Minnesota Vikings have added Martin Streight to their coaching staff as an assistant strength and conditioning coach. He was a former assistant for Arizona and Philadelphia.


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    Vikings | O'Shea added to the coaching staff
    Sun, 5 Feb 2006 07:22:20 -0800

    The Star Tribune reports the Minnesota Vikings have added Chad O'Shea to their coaching staff as an offensive assistant. He was formerly an assistant special teams coach in Kansas City.


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    Vikings | Meeting to be held to discuss new stadium
    Sun, 5 Feb 2006 07:19:05 -0800

    The Star Tribune reports the Minnesota Vikings and members of Gov. Tim Pawlenty's staff have made plans to discuss the team's financing plan for a new stadium in Anoka County. Vikings vice president of public affairs and stadium development Lester Bagley said the sides will conduct a "financial workshop" to hash out details of Wilf's $675 million proposal to build a stadium in Blaine. That meeting could happen within the next week. According to the framework financing plan, owner Zygi Wilf and the NFL would contribute $280 million to the project. Anoka County would raise $280 million through a 0.75 percent countywide sales tax; the state would be asked to speed up $115 million in infrastructure projects and also bypass a law requiring local referendums for tax increases.


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    Vikings | Team interviewed Schlegel at Shrine Game
    Sat, 4 Feb 2006 09:13:17 -0800

    Marla Ridenour, of the Akron Beacon Journal, reports the Minnesota Vikings interviewed Ohio State LB Anthony Schlegel at the East-West Shrine Game.


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    Vikings | Team has no comment on Tice’s comments
    Thu, 2 Feb 2006 20:21:19 -0800

    The Star Tribune reports a Minnesota Vikings official refused to comment Thursday, Feb. 2, when asked if the team planned to file a tampering charge against former head coach Mike Tice for comments he made on a Jacksonville radio station a day earlier. Tice was named the Jacksonville Jaguars assistant head coach/offense Wednesday, Feb 1. The Vikings appear to have grounds for the charge based on Tice's admission that he already had talked to one of their potential free agents about the chance of joining him in Jacksonville. Vikings vice president of public affairs Lester Bagley said he had no comment on the subject.


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    Vikings | Police and Courts: McKinnie’s trial date set
    Thu, 2 Feb 2006 18:29:35 -0800

    The Associated Press reports Minnesota Vikings OT Bryant McKinnie had his trial date set by a judge for May 22. McKinnie is being tried for charges against him during an incident at a party on a boat. He pleaded not guilty to charges of lewd and indecent behavior.


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    Vikings | Police and Courts: Smoot’s trial date set
    Thu, 2 Feb 2006 18:29:19 -0800

    The Associated Press reports Minnesota Vikings CB Fred Smoot had his trial date set by a judge for May 2. Smoot is being tried for charges against him during an incident at a party on a boat. He pleaded not guilty to charges of lewd and indecent behavior.


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    Vikings | Police and Courts: M. Williams’ trial date set
    Thu, 2 Feb 2006 18:28:55 -0800

    The Associated Press reports Minnesota Vikings RB Moe Williams had his trial date set by a judge for April 18. Culpepper agreed to be tried with QB Daunte Culpepper for charges against them during an incident at a party on a boat. Both pleaded not guilty to charges of lewd and indecent behavior.


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    Vikings | Police and Courts: Culpepper’s trial date set
    Thu, 2 Feb 2006 18:28:29 -0800

    The Associated Press reports Minnesota Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper had his trial date set by a judge for April 18. Culpepper agreed to be tried with RB Moe Williams for charges against them during an incident at a party on a boat. Both pleaded not guilty to charges of lewd and indecent behavior.


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    Vikings | Culpepper wants to know where he stands with the team
    Thu, 2 Feb 2006 04:25:40 -0800

    Sid Hartman, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper was at the team's Winter Park headquarters Tuesday, Jan. 31, and met with owner Zygi Wilf and head coach Brad Childress. Wilf said he felt Culpepper was not in town to discuss an increase in his 2006 salary. Culpepper did ask for an increase in his contract in a previous meeting with vice present of football operations Rob Brzezinski and was turned down. Wilf said on this visit Culpepper was seeking clarification of his role with the team. He wanted clarification of what his role is and where he stands. We tell him he is a franchise quarterback, and we're hoping he's able to come back quick enough to be able to be with us this season. We're hoping that the recovery works out well, that's all," said Wilf.


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    Vikings | Tice lands two-year deal
    Wed, 1 Feb 2006 06:02:19 -0800

    Don Seeholzer, of the Pioneer Press, reports Mike Tice reportedly signed a two-year, $2 million contract to become assistant head coach/offense with the Jacksonville Jaguars. That's roughly the same as the $1 million he earned as head coach in his final season with the Minnesota Vikings that culminated with his firing Jan. 1.


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    Vikings | The Sporting News honors Sharper
    Tue, 31 Jan 2006 16:57:09 -0800

    Chargers.com reports The Sporting News has named Minnesota Vikings S Darren Sharper to their 2005 All-Pro team.


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    Vikings | Roche hired as assistant trainer
    Mon, 30 Jan 2006 14:12:12 -0800

    Dave Seamon, of the Standard-Speaker, reports the Minnesota Vikings have hired Rob Roche as an assistant trainer. In recent years, Roche helped the Philadelphia Eagles staff at home games, in addition to doing his regular job as an assistant trainer at Swarthmore College.


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    Vikings | Rumor of Williamson trade starting up in Dallas
    Sun, 29 Jan 2006 17:33:20 -0800

    Sid Hartman, of the Star Tribune, reports a sports talk radio station in Dallas this week reported the Houston Texans and Minnesota Vikings are working on a trade involving WR Troy Williamson. The Texans were interested in drafting Williamson last year and reported to be high on his potential.


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    Vikings | Have fourth easiest 2006 schedule
    Sat, 28 Jan 2006 21:12:52 -0800

    The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings have the fourth easiest 2006 schedule based on their opponent's winning percentage of .457. Part of the reason for the low percentage is the Vikings play in the NFC North. Another reason is the NFC division they're matched up with next year is the NFC West.


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    Vikings | M. Ward drafted by Amsterdam
    Sat, 28 Jan 2006 09:00:39 -0800

    NFLEurope.com reports Minnesota Vikings CB Marvin Ward has been drafted by the Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe.


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    Vikings | Bubin drafted by Hamburg
    Sat, 28 Jan 2006 08:54:55 -0800

    NFLEurope.com reports Minnesota Vikings OG Sean Bubin has been drafted by the Hamburg Sea Devils of NFL Europe.


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    Vikings | Culpepper not likely to be traded or to receive a new contract
    Thu, 26 Jan 2006 22:48:40 -0800

    Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports it appears Minnesota Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper is not likely to be traded. He is also not likely to receive a new contact from the team. This is how the team is thinking now, which is why no trade is even close. However, at this time last year, a trade for WR Randy Moss wasn't close, either.


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    Vikings | Hosack allocated to NFL Europe
    Thu, 26 Jan 2006 20:53:35 -0800

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings have allocated WR Aaron Hosack to NFL Europe.


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    Vikings | Ward allocated to NFL Europe
    Thu, 26 Jan 2006 20:50:39 -0800

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings have allocated CB Marvin Ward to NFL Europe.


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    Vikings | Nichols signed and allocated to NFL Europe
    Thu, 26 Jan 2006 20:48:08 -0800

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings have signed free agent PK Jonathan Nichols (Vikings) and allocated him to NFL Europe.


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    Vikings | Bubin allocated to NFL Europe
    Thu, 26 Jan 2006 20:46:04 -0800

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings have allocated OL Sean Bubin to NFL Europe.


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    Vikings | Foley hiring official
    Thu, 26 Jan 2006 20:42:04 -0800

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings officially announced the hiring of Fran Foley as their vice president of player personnel. He signed a three-year contract and will report Monday, Jan.30, to Winter Park. Foley spent the past three seasons working under a similar situation in San Diego as director of pro scouting.


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    Vikings | Foley agrees in principle with team
    Thu, 26 Jan 2006 11:15:28 -0800

    Updating previous reports, ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli reports the Minnesota Vikings have agreed in principle with San Diego Chargers director of pro scouting Fran Foley on a deal that will allow him to become the team's director of player personnel. The deal is expected to be completed by the end of the week.


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    Vikings | Foley talks continue
    Wed, 25 Jan 2006 23:31:11 -0800

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings spent another day working through contract details with San Diego Chargers director of pro personnel Fran Foley, who is expected to be named the team's personnel director. It remains highly likely that Foley and the Vikings will agree to terms by the end of this week. After he signs the contract, the team will begin a series of personnel meetings that will include evaluations of each current player, the team's strengths and weaknesses and its plan for free agency and the draft.


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    Vikings | Ferraro hired as special teams coordinator
    Wed, 25 Jan 2006 17:08:10 -0800

    The Associated Press reports former Carolina Panthers special teams and strength and conditioning coach Paul Ferraro has been hired by the Vikings to become the team's special teams coordinator.


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    Vikings | Team still working on a contract with Foley
    Wed, 25 Jan 2006 07:03:24 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings are still in contract negotiations with San Diego Chargers director of pro scouting Fran Foley to become their new director of player personnel. Chargers officials already were looking for Foley's replacement at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., this week, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. Once the salary is agreed upon, the Vikings are expected to announce Foley's hiring.


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    Vikings | Culpepper wants to take a more hands-on approach
    Tue, 24 Jan 2006 21:12:36 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper fired agent Mason Ashe because he wants to take a more "hands-on approach" in his career. "Everyone knows that most games are won by the team that makes the best halftime adjustments," Culpepper said in a phone interview. "I consider this time in my career as being in the locker room at halftime. Mason and I came to a mutual agreement to end our business relationship." Culpepper declined to address his relationship with the Vikings and the trade talk. He also would not divulge whom he is considering to replace Ashe.


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    Vikings | Culpepper fires agent
    Tue, 24 Jan 2006 18:41:58 -0800

    The Associated Press reports Minnesota Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper has fired his agent, Mason Ashe.


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    Vikings | Woods hired as secondary coach
    Tue, 24 Jan 2006 18:10:33 -0800

    The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings have hired former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive quality coach Joe Woods to become the team's secondary coach.


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    Vikings | Pagac hired as linebackers coach
    Tue, 24 Jan 2006 18:04:10 -0800

    The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings have hired free agent linebackers coach Fred Pagac (Chiefs) to become the team's linebackers coach.


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    Vikings | Have not inquired about talking to Ferraro yet
    Tue, 24 Jan 2006 10:36:21 -0800

    Ron Green, Jr., of the Charlotte Observer, reports Carolina Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said the Minnesota Vikings have not requested permission to talk with Carolina assistant special teams coach and assistant strength and conditioning coach Paul Ferraro about their special teams coaching position. He has been identified as a possible candidate for the position.


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    Vikings | Team offers job to Foley
    Tue, 24 Jan 2006 06:38:02 -0800

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings have offered the job of personnel director to the San Diego Chargers Fran Foley, according to two sources. Barring a last-minute and unexpected change, the team could announce his hiring as early as Tuesday, Jan. 24. Foley would supervise the Vikings' college and pro scouting departments, if he accepts the job.


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    Vikings | Team expected to hire Woods
    Tue, 24 Jan 2006 06:31:45 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings are expected to hire Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive quality control coach Joe Woods as their new secondary coach.


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    Vikings | Culpepper still has same agent
    Tue, 24 Jan 2006 06:26:59 -0800

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports there have been rumors floating that Minnesota Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper would fire agent Mason Ashe, but as of Monday, Jan. 23, Ashe is still officially listed as Culpepper's agent.


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    Vikings | Ferraro could be a candidate
    Mon, 23 Jan 2006 05:58:27 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings may consider Carolina Panthers special teams assistant Paul Ferraro for their vacancy at special teams coach.


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    Vikings | Team may interview Cohen
    Mon, 23 Jan 2006 05:56:25 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings may interview Scott Cohen, who worked with new Vikings head coach Brad Childress with the Philadelphia Eagles, for the team's vacant player personnel director position. Cohen is currently the Eagles' director of pro personnel.


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    Vikings | Team loses out on one candidate
    Mon, 23 Jan 2006 05:53:52 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports the New England Patriots convinced college scouting director Tom Dimitroff to cancel his scheduled interview with the Minnesota Vikings Saturday, Jan. 21. Dimitroff notified the Vikings that he would not be traveling to the Twin Cities to discuss the team's vacant player personnel director position. According to a source, Dimitroff was interested in the Vikings' position but felt compelled to remain with the Patriots.


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    Vikings | Owners meeting this week about CBA
    Sun, 22 Jan 2006 20:32:27 -0800

    Judd Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf will join other NFL owners this week for meetings that will update the progress of an extension to the collective bargaining agreement. Failure to reach an agreement would result in the 2007 season not having a salary cap. ESPN.com reported NFLPA officials recently rejected the first new proposal made by the league in several months.


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    Vikings | Team to interview Smith
    Sun, 22 Jan 2006 20:32:01 -0800

    Judd Zulgad, of the Star Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings plan to interview Denver Broncos pro personnel director Rick Smith for their yet-to-be filled personnel job this week, now that the Broncos have been eliminated from the playoffs. The Vikings would like to hire someone by the end of the week, and if Denver had won Sunday, Jan. 22, it's believed the process would have proceeded without Smith in the mix.


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    Vikings | Team to let Triangle of Authority make decisions
    Sun, 22 Jan 2006 07:44:23 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf settled on a familiar setup for the team's decision making process. After re-signing vice president of football operations Rob Brzezinski to a three-year contract extension and hiring Brad Childress as head coach, Wilf is interviewing candidates to become his director of player personnel, completing what is known as the "Triangle of Authority." That approach helped turn Wilf's real estate business into a multi-billion company, and he is optimistic it can turn the Vikings into Super Bowl champions. Inside the Vikings' triangle are Zygi and Mark Wilf, with Childress, Brzezinski and the personnel director acting as the key points.


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    Vikings | Team raise season ticket prices
    Sat, 21 Jan 2006 07:07:53 -0800

    Don Seeholzer and Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, report the Minnesota Vikings have raised the prices for seven of their eight season-ticket packages.


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    Vikings | Team will interview Dimitroff today
    Sat, 21 Jan 2006 07:05:50 -0800

    Don Seeholzer and Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, report the Minnesota Vikings will interview New England director of college scouting Tom Dimitroff Saturday, Jan. 21, for the position of personnel director. Dimitroff is the fifth outside candidate to interview.


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    Vikings | Ferraro a candidate for special teams coach
    Sat, 21 Jan 2006 07:04:02 -0800

    Don Seeholzer and Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, report Carolina Panthers special teams assistant Paul Ferraro is a candidate to become the Minnesota Vikings special teams coach.


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    Vikings | Woods a candidate for secondary coach
    Sat, 21 Jan 2006 06:59:26 -0800

    Don Seeholzer and Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, report Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive quality control coach Joe Woods is a candidate to become secondary coach for the Minnesota Vikings.


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    Vikings | Wilf explains structure for personnel decisions
    Fri, 20 Jan 2006 18:59:21 -0800

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf explained how the Vikings will make personnel decisions this off-season. Head coach Brad Childress will have the biggest say during free agency and when composing the team's 53-man roster, but will need agreement from the personnel director, who has yet to be hired, and vice president of football operations, Rob Brzezinski. Due to time factors during the draft, the personnel director will be in charge of draft-day decisions. Wilf referred to the structure as a triangle with Childress at the top and Brzezinski and the personnel director as the other two corners. Wilf said of himself, "I'm in the middle, not touching any of the sides, and hopefully I don't have to interfere. As long as I'm informed about what's going on in that triangle, I don't have to interfere."


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    Vikings | Birk won't play for less
    Fri, 20 Jan 2006 10:17:44 -0800

    Sid Hartman, of the Star Tribune, reports the agent for injured Vikings C Matt Birk (hip, hernia) recently was quoted as saying, "Under no circumstances will Matt Birk play for the Vikings for one penny less than what his contract calls for," which is $3.94 million in 2006. Owner Zygi Wilf was reportedly surprised by the statement. "If Birk can play football he will be paid his contract," Wilf said.


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    Vikings | Team would consider Sioux Falls
    Fri, 20 Jan 2006 06:13:55 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports as the Minnesota Vikings search for a new training camp site, owner Zygi Wilf said he would consider Sioux Falls, S.D. "Sioux Falls had made a very nice pitch," Wilf said, referring to the city's proposal before the team's agreement in 2004 with Mankato, Minn. "I would certainly entertain them if they would look upon it again, because we have to do something." Wilf made it clear that plans would only be for a temporary summer home.


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    Vikings | Knox Jr. will not be retained
    Fri, 20 Jan 2006 06:08:50 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress has informed coverage coordinator Chuck Knox Jr. he will not be retained.


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    Vikings | Cottrell may head to UCLA
    Fri, 20 Jan 2006 06:07:26 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports former Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell has been mentioned as a candidate for the same position at UCLA.


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    Vikings | Bailey expected to interview
    Fri, 20 Jan 2006 06:05:55 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings are expected to interview Jacksonville Jaguars director of pro personnel Charlie Bailey as they continue their search for a director of player personnel.


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    Vikings | Dimitroff to interview this weekend
    Fri, 20 Jan 2006 06:04:42 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings will interview New England Patriots college scouting director Tom Dimitroff this weekend as they continue their search for a director of player personnel.


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    Vikings | Kuharich to interview today
    Fri, 20 Jan 2006 06:02:17 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings will interview Bill Kuharich, Kansas City's vice president of player personnel, Friday, Jan. 20, as they continue their search for a director of player personnel.


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    Vikings | Agent's comments did not have Culpepper's approval
    Fri, 20 Jan 2006 06:01:35 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports agent Morgan Ashe said Minnesota Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper did not authorize him to comment on negotiations or to seek more money from the team. "Daunte's primary focus is on rehabilitating his knee," Ashe said Thursday, Jan. 19, of Culpepper, who tore three ligaments in his right knee Oct. 30 against the Carolina Panthers. Ashe said he wanted to clarify any misconceptions regarding Culpepper's contract status. Ashe said that he, Vikings owner Zygi Wilf and vice president of football operations Rob Brzezinski agreed to discuss further restructuring after the 2005 season. Culpepper, whose base salary for 2006 is $2 million, is due a $6 million roster bonus in March.


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    Vikings | Culpepper and B. Johnson to battle at training camp
    Thu, 19 Jan 2006 20:08:10 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf expects Vikings' QBs Brad Johnson and Daunte Culpepper to battle for the starting quarterback job during training camp. "One thing I've learned in this league, no one is handed anything," Wilf said Thursday, Jan. 19. "You've got to compete for your job, and you have to fight hard for it. If it's a given, you lose that spirit. I would hope that when they both come in, that they're both at 110 percent and they know they're fighting for their jobs. You can't ask for anything more than to be in that position." Wilf said he did not expect Johnson or Culpepper would be traded. "I think having both of them together is the best weapon that we can have going forward. And having them compete against each other on a constant basis is even better," said Wilf. Wilf also reiterated that Culpepper is a "franchise quarterback." But he added, "I've got two franchise quarterbacks, OK? That's how I look at it." Asked if he would address Johnson's or Culpepper's contract this offseason, Wilf said, "I won't comment on contracts."


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    Vikings | Kanavy officially hired
    Thu, 19 Jan 2006 18:08:31 -0800

    The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings have officially hired Tom Kanavy as strength and conditioning coach.


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    Vikings | Sugarman officially hired
    Thu, 19 Jan 2006 18:00:19 -0800

    The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings have officially hired Eric Sugarman as head athletic trainer.


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    Vikings | Position eliminated from the front office
    Thu, 19 Jan 2006 08:09:14 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports Mike Harmon's position as Minnesota Vikings director of marketing has been eliminated in a reorganization of the team's sales and marketing staff.


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    Vikings | Foley interviewed for front office position
    Thu, 19 Jan 2006 08:07:34 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports as they quietly proceed with their search for a personnel evaluator, the Minnesota Vikings interviewed San Diego Chargers director of pro scouting Fran Foley Monday, Jan. 16.


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    Vikings | Sugarman expected to replace Barta
    Thu, 19 Jan 2006 08:05:09 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress is expected to replace head trainer Chuck Barta with Philadelphia Eagles assistant athletic trainer Eric Sugarman. Barta is unsure of his plans. He will remain with the team for another week to help Sugarman with the transition.


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    Vikings | Barta let go
    Thu, 19 Jan 2006 06:21:18 -0800

    Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings head trainer Chuck Barta has been informed that he will not be retained by the team. Chris Peduzzi and Eric Sugarman, assistant trainers on the Philadelphia Eagles staff, are the top candidates to replace Barta.


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    Vikings | Bercich let go
    Thu, 19 Jan 2006 06:19:30 -0800

    Sid Hartman, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings linebackers coach Pete Bercich was interviewed by new head coach Brad Childress Wednesday, Jan. 18, and was told the team was going in a different direction.


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    Vikings | Wilf against stadium referendum
    Wed, 18 Jan 2006 20:15:31 -0800

    Mike Kaszuba, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf spoke against a stadium referendum, saying it was "rather foolish" to ask voters to approve a project the county's elected officials had already endorsed. Wilf recently outlined a media campaign to counter critics who want a referendum on Anoka County's plan to contribute $280 million toward the stadium through and three-quarters of 1 percent countywide sales tax. Wilf's comments come after four small cities in Anoka County passed resolutions asking for a referendum on the countywide sales tax.


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    Vikings | Agent wants to start Culpepper negotiations
    Wed, 18 Jan 2006 19:19:57 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports agent Mason Ashe said he is prepared to begin "scheduled" contract negotiations with the Minnesota Vikings to make QB Daunte Culpepper (knee) one of the NFL's highest-paid players. Ashe said he, Vikings owner Zygi Wilf and Rob Brzezinski, the team's vice president of football operations, outlined their intentions in August, when Culpepper received an additional $7.5 million in guaranteed money from the team. "I am poised and ready to begin the scheduled restructuring of his long-term contract with the Vikings, as we discussed last summer with Mr. Wilf, so Daunte can assume the position on the NFL pay scale that he so deserves," Ashe said Wednesday, Jan. 18. Ashe said his client's focus is on returning to health after tearing three of four ligaments in his right knee Oct. 30 in Charlotte, N.C., in a game against the Carolina Panthers. Although Culpepper is ahead of schedule, Ashe declined to put a timetable on his client's return.


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    Vikings | Kanavy hired
    Wed, 18 Jan 2006 06:35:23 -0800

    The Star Tribune reports the Minnesota Vikings have hired Philadelphia Eagles assistant strength and conditioning coach Tom Kanavy to be their head strength and conditioning coach.


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    Vikings | Interviews starting for personnel director
    Tue, 17 Jan 2006 20:02:09 -0800

    The Star Tribune reports the Minnesota Vikings planned to interview former Miami Dolphins general manager Rick Spielman Tuesday, Jan. 17, for the position of personnel director. The team also is planning to interview former Atlanta Falcons executive Ron Hill and might extend the search to wait for Denver Broncos director of pro personnel Rick Smith. Head coach Brad Childress will be involved in this round of interviews, along with owner Zygi Wilf and vice president of football operations Rob Brzezinski.


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    Vikings | Could be forced to find new training camp home
    Tue, 17 Jan 2006 18:54:45 -0800

    Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings may be in the market for a new training camp location next year. Greater Mankato Training Camp LLC has operated the team's camp in Mankato, but has dissolved for financial reasons. Training camp has been held on the campus of Minnesota State University for the past 40 years so the team will not take over negotiations with the school and be in charge of securing sponsors.


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    Vikings | Dunbar hired as defensive line coach
    Mon, 16 Jan 2006 15:04:21 -0800

    The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings have hired LSU assistant coach Karl Dunbar as their new defensive line coach.


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    Vikings | Bieniemy hired as running backs coach
    Mon, 16 Jan 2006 14:48:15 -0800

    KESQ.com, citing the Associated Press, reports UCLA assistant football coach and recruiting coordinator Eric Bieniemy has been hired by the Minnesota Vikings as their new running backs coach.


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    Vikings | Agent says again B. Johnson did not request a trade
    Mon, 16 Jan 2006 08:35:01 -0800

    Don Seeholzer, of the Pioneer Press, reports agent Phil Williams once again denied a report stating Minnesota Vikings QB Brad Johnson asked new Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress to trade him. "I didn't know that there was a trade request," Williams said. "All I know is what I've said all along. Brad wants to be a starter and deserves to be a starter in this league." Johnson made those feelings known recently to the Vikings, but Williams has denied that there was any trade request.


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    Vikings | Childress looking to get things started
    Mon, 16 Jan 2006 08:31:47 -0800

    Don Seeholzer, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress said he would hold one veteran minicamp two weeks before the April 29-30 NFL Draft and plans a physical training camp, with some type of scrimmage every day.


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    Vikings | B. Johnson tells ESPN he wants to be a starter
    Mon, 16 Jan 2006 06:56:07 -0800

    The Star Tribune reports Minnesota Vikings QB Brad Johnson told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" he wants to be a starting quarterback in 2006. He said he believes he can start for another three or four more years.


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    Vikings | Studwell a leading contender
    Sun, 15 Jan 2006 08:11:09 -0800

    Updating previous reports, the Star Tribune reports right now the leading candidate for the player personnel job the Minnesota Vikings will create appears to be Scott Studwell, director of college scouting.


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    Vikings | Baker will not be retained
    Sun, 15 Jan 2006 08:00:31 -0800

    Updating previous reports, the Star Tribune reports Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress has told defensive line coach Brian Baker that he won't be a member of the coaching staff.


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    Vikings | Team has contacted Dunbar
    Sat, 14 Jan 2006 12:00:02 -0800

    Updating previous reports, the Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings have spoken to LSU assistant head coach and defensive line coach Karl Dunbar about filling a vacancy on the staff of new Vikings head coach Brad Childress. LSU spokesman Michael Bonnette confirmed yesterday that the Vikings had talked to Dunbar about the job.


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    Vikings | Birk remains No. 1 on the depth chart
    Sat, 14 Jan 2006 07:19:50 -0800

    Don Seeholzer, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings OC Matt Birk (hip, hernia) missed all of last season following hip surgery that was related to past sports-hernia operations. Despite the surgery, head coach Brad Childress said Birk remains No. 1 on the team's depth chart.


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    Vikings | Looking at Dunbar for defensive line coach
    Sat, 14 Jan 2006 07:10:35 -0800

    Don Seeholzer, of the Pioneer Press, reports Louisiana State defensive line coach Karl Dunbar has emerged as a leading candidate for the same position with the Minnesota Vikings.


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    Vikings | Bubin contract update
    Fri, 13 Jan 2006 20:58:54 -0800

    Updating previous reports, Minnesota Vikings OL Sean Bubin signed a future two-year contract with base salaries of $310,000 (2006) and $385,000 (2007).


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    Vikings | Childress meets with Culpepper
    Fri, 13 Jan 2006 17:50:19 -0800

    The Associated Press reports new Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress met with Minnesota Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper (knee) Friday, Jan. 13. Childress didn't characterize the tone of the meeting, allowing only that it was a "good flow on information back and forth." Childress didn't sound worried about getting Culpepper comfortable with a new offense and coaching staff, even though the best-case scenario for Culpepper's full return to the field is sometime during training camp. Childress said he expects Culpepper to be in Minnesota for the team's offseason training and conditioning program that begins March 20.


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    Vikings | Stefanski named defensive assistant
    Fri, 13 Jan 2006 17:48:37 -0800

    The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings have named Kevin Stefanski an assistant coach. Stefanski, an intern in Philadelphia, will work directly with Vikings' head coach Brad Childress.


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    Vikings | Sheldon named defensive assistant
    Fri, 13 Jan 2006 17:44:25 -0800

    The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings have named Matt Sheldon a defensive assistant coach. Sheldon spent the past five seasons on staff with the St. Louis Rams.


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    Vikings | Culpepper slimming down; recovering well
    Thu, 12 Jan 2006 20:12:40 -0800

    The Star Tribune reports Minnesota Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper (knee) weighed 266 pounds when he suffered his season-ending knee injury last season. Thursday, Jan. 12, Culpepper was at Winter Park and he weighed 252, an indication that he is going to play next year at least 20 pounds lighter. Dr. Dave Fischer and head trainer Chuck Barta checked out Culpepper's knee and the conclusion of the two was that Culpepper is right on schedule rehabilitating the knee and there is a good chance he will be ready to do some things, not everything, at training camp, and may be ready for the regular season opener.


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    Vikings | J. Johnson hired
    Thu, 12 Jan 2006 18:36:07 -0800

    Vikings.com reports the Minnesota Vikings have officially hired Jimmie Johnson as tight ends coach. Johnson comes to the Vikings after two seasons as offensive coordinator at Texas Southern University.


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    Vikings | Murphy officially hired
    Thu, 12 Jan 2006 18:35:12 -0800

    Vikings.com reports the Minnesota Vikings have officially hired Brian Murphy as an assistant special teams coach.


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    Vikings | Morris officially hired
    Thu, 12 Jan 2006 18:34:04 -0800

    Vikings.com reports the Minnesota Vikings have officially hired Pat Morris as offensive line coach.


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    Vikings | Hueber officially hired
    Thu, 12 Jan 2006 18:18:03 -0800

    Vikings.com reports the Minnesota Vikings have officially hired Jim Hueber as an assistant offensive line coach.


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    Vikings | Bevell hired as offensive coordinator
    Thu, 12 Jan 2006 10:37:45 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings have hired Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Darrell Bevell as the team's offensive coordinator.


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    Vikings | Wyatt hired as receivers coach
    Thu, 12 Jan 2006 10:32:43 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings have hired University of Oklahoma receivers coach Darrell Wyatt to be the Vikings receivers coach.


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    Vikings | Kight signed to future contract
    Wed, 11 Jan 2006 21:37:27 -0800

    The Star Tribune reports the Minnesota Vikings have signed practice squad WR Kelvin Kight to a future contract.


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    Vikings | Bubin signed to future contract
    Wed, 11 Jan 2006 21:35:18 -0800

    The Star Tribune reports the Minnesota Vikings have signed practice squad OL Sean Bubin to a future contract.


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    Vikings | Team will upgrade their facilities
    Wed, 11 Jan 2006 21:33:42 -0800

    The Star Tribune reports Minnesota Vikings Zygi Wilf's ownership group will spend approximately $2 million on a plan to renovate Winter Park, a project that will focus primarily on upgrading the locker room. If all goes as planned, the two-phase project will be completed when the team returns from training camp in mid-August.


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    Vikings | Team expected to hire Murphy
    Wed, 11 Jan 2006 21:31:37 -0800

    The Star Tribune reports the Minnesota Vikings are expected to hire Wisconsin special teams coach Brian Murphy as an assistant special teams coach.


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    Vikings | Team expected to hire Bieniemy
    Wed, 11 Jan 2006 21:31:06 -0800

    The Star Tribune reports the Minnesota Vikings are expected to hire UCLA assistant coach Eric Bieniemy as their new running backs coach.


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    Vikings | Hueber and Morris hired as co-offensive line coaches
    Wed, 11 Jan 2006 20:44:40 -0800

    Bob McGinn, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reports the Minnesota Vikings have hired Wisconsin assistant coach Jim Hueber and former Detroit Lions assistant coach Pat Morris as co-offensive line coaches.


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    Vikings | Team expected to hire Bevell as offensive coordinator
    Wed, 11 Jan 2006 20:44:10 -0800

    Bob McGinn, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reports the Minnesota Vikings are expected to interview Green Bay Packers assistant coach Darrell Bevell for their offensive coordinator position Thursday, Jan. 12. If all goes well, he will be hired by the end of the week. An NFL source said it was a foregone conclusion in coaching circles that Bevell had the job.


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    Vikings | M. Ward signed to future contract
    Wed, 11 Jan 2006 19:24:37 -0800

    The Minnesota Vikings have signed free agent CB Marvin Ward to a future one-year contract with a base salary of $235,000 (2006).


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    Vikings | Rogers hired as quarterbacks coach
    Wed, 11 Jan 2006 17:42:01 -0800

    The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings have hired Virginia Tech quarterbacks coach Kevin Rogers as their new quarterbacks coach.


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    Vikings | Bevell to be offensive coordinator?
    Wed, 11 Jan 2006 13:43:35 -0800

    The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress appears to be wanting to hire Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Darrell Bevell as his offensive coordinator.


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    Vikings | Smoot to have shoulder checked
    Wed, 11 Jan 2006 13:31:30 -0800

    The Pioneer Press reports Minnesota Vikings CB Fred Smoot (shoulder) was scheduled to visit with a doctor Wednesday, Jan. 11, to have his shoulder checked. Smoot plans on taking two weeks off before starting his offseason program.


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    Vikings | Bieniemy to interview for RB coaching position
    Wed, 11 Jan 2006 10:27:24 -0800

    Jill Painter, of the Los Angeles Daily News, reports the Minnesota Vikings have received permission to talk to UCLA assistant coach Eric Bieniemy about the team's vacant running backs position, according to a source. Bieniemy was expected to interview in Minnesota Wednesday, Jan. 11.


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    Vikings | No contact with Bieniemy
    Tue, 10 Jan 2006 21:59:20 -0800

    The Star Tribune reports a UCLA spokesman said the Minnesota Vikings have not contacted UCLA running backs coach Eric Bieniemy, another potential member of the Vikings' new coaching staff under head coach Brad Childress.


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    Vikings | Team may hire Woods
    Tue, 10 Jan 2006 19:36:46 -0800

    Roy Cummings, of the Tampa Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings may hire Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive quality control coach Joe Woods. He would likely become defensive backs coach for the Vikings.


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    Vikings | Tomlin named defensive coordinator
    Tue, 10 Jan 2006 14:13:39 -0800

    ESPNews reports the Minnesota Vikings have hired Mike Tomlin as the team's defensive coordinator.


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    Vikings | Team may hire Rogers
    Mon, 9 Jan 2006 22:52:22 -0800

    Randy King, of the Roanoke Times, reports Virginia Tech quarterbacks coach Kevin Rogers is scheduled to be in Minneapolis Wednesday, Jan. 11, to meet with new Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress in regards to becoming the Vikings next QBs coach. Rogers, who has been a college coach for 27 years, never has coached in the NFL.


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    Vikings | Front office search resumes
    Mon, 9 Jan 2006 22:16:48 -0800

    The Star Tribune reports the Minnesota Vikings have resumed their search for a personnel director to work with head coach Brad Childress and executive vice president Rob Brzezinski. In addition to incumbents Scott Studwell and Jeff Robinson, three more outside candidates have been discussed: New England Patriots director of college scouting Tom Dimitroff, Denver Broncos director of pro personnel Rick Smith and Philadelphia Eagles assistant director of player personnel Jason Licht.


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    Vikings | Receive permission to talk to Bevell
    Mon, 9 Jan 2006 22:08:22 -0800

    Tom Silverstein, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reports the Green Bay Packers gave the Minnesota Vikings permission to talk to quarterbacks coach Darrell Bevell about a job on new head coach Brad Childress' staff. Bevell's contract with the Packers expires Jan. 31 and he probably will be allowed to leave if he is offered the offensive coordinator's job.


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    Vikings | Close to adding Tomlin as defensive coordinator
    Mon, 9 Jan 2006 17:52:19 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings are closing in on adding Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive backs coach Mike Tomlin as their new defensive coordinator. Tomlin's agent, Brian Levy, said pending a meeting with team executives, Tomlin will be hired. "I'm optimistic at this point that Mike will be the defensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings," Levy said Monday, Jan. 9. Levy and the Vikings have had preliminary contract discussions, and new Vikings head coach Brad Childress flew to Tampa to pick up Tomlin. Despite his age, 33, Tomlin is considered one of the hottest rising assistants in the NFL. Levy said other teams are interested in Tomlin as well.


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    Vikings | Cosgrove weighing move to the Vikings
    Mon, 9 Jan 2006 16:56:31 -0800

    Steven M. Sipple, of the Lincoln Journal Star, reports Nebraska defensive coordinator Kevin Cosgrove has declined to comment on reports that he is weighing an offer to become linebackers coach for the Minnesota Vikings. Cosgrove is torn between staying at Nebraska and making his first career foray into the NFL. He is a friend of new Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress.


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    Vikings | Cottrell fired
    Mon, 9 Jan 2006 09:40:56 -0800

    Updating previous reports, ESPNews reports the Minnesota Vikings have fired defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell.


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    Vikings | Culpepper to meet with Childress
    Mon, 9 Jan 2006 06:24:12 -0800

    Sid Hartman, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings injured QB Daunte Culpepper (knee) has agreed to fly to the Twin Cities from Orlando this week to spend some time visiting with new head coach Brad Childress. "I spoke to Daunte Saturday morning. I had a nice conversation with him," Childress said. "I will have a chance to sit down face-to-face with him here later in the week." Childress wants to tell Culpepper how valuable he is to the team. Apparently, Culpepper is making good progress after undergoing surgery to repair his knee.


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    Vikings | J. Tice fired by team
    Sun, 8 Jan 2006 23:07:44 -0800

    Updating previous reports, the Star Tribune reports the Minnesota Vikings have fired assistant offensive line/tight ends coach John Tice.


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    Vikings | Olson fired by the team
    Sun, 8 Jan 2006 23:06:56 -0800

    Updating previous reports, the Star Tribune reports the Minnesota Vikings have fired quarterbacks coach Rich Olson.


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    Vikings | Dalton fired by team
    Sun, 8 Jan 2006 23:05:32 -0800

    Updating previous reports, the Star Tribune reports the Minnesota Vikings have fired running backs coach Dean Dalton.


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    Vikings | Chandler won't be retained
    Sun, 8 Jan 2006 23:04:16 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings have informed wide receivers coach Wes Chandler he will not be retained by the team. Earlier reports said Chandler would join the staff of the Baltimore Ravens.


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    Vikings | Downing allowed to interview with Childress
    Sun, 8 Jan 2006 22:52:44 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings offensive quality coach Todd Downing is believed to be getting an opportunity to interview with new head coach Brad Childress for an opening to remain with the Vikings.


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    Vikings | Shultz allowed to interview with Childress
    Sun, 8 Jan 2006 22:51:44 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings strength and conditioning coach Kurtis Shultz is believed to be getting an opportunity to interview with new head coach Brad Childress for an opening to remain with the Vikings.


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    Vikings | Baker allowed to interview with Childress
    Sun, 8 Jan 2006 22:50:46 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings defensive line coach Brian Baker is believed to be getting an opportunity to interview with new head coach Brad Childress for an opening to remain with the Vikings.


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    Vikings | Hanson allowed to interview with Childress
    Sun, 8 Jan 2006 22:49:51 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings offensive assistant/assistant quarterbacks coach Randy Hanson is believed to be getting an opportunity to interview with new head coach Brad Childress for an opening to remain with the Vikings.


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    Vikings | Knox Jr. allowed to interview with Childress
    Sun, 8 Jan 2006 22:47:43 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings coverage coordinator Chuck Knox Jr. is believed to be getting an opportunity to interview with new head coach Brad Childress for an opening to remain with the Vikings.


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    Vikings | Dalton status uncertain
    Sun, 8 Jan 2006 22:47:16 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports the status of Minnesota Vikings running backs coach Dean Dalton is uncertain.


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    Vikings | Bercich status uncertain
    Sun, 8 Jan 2006 22:45:50 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports the status of Minnesota Vikings linebackers coach Pete Bercich is uncertain.


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    Vikings | Olson status uncertain
    Sun, 8 Jan 2006 22:44:16 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports the status of Minnesota Vikings quarterbacks coach Rich Olson is uncertain.


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    Vikings | J. Tice status uncertain
    Sun, 8 Jan 2006 22:41:01 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports the status of Minnesota Vikings tight ends coach John Tice is uncertain, according to Tice.


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    Vikings | Panagos won’t be retained
    Sun, 8 Jan 2006 22:40:01 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings have informed assistant defensive line coach Jim Panagos he will not be retained by the team.


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    Vikings | Ross won’t be retained
    Sun, 8 Jan 2006 22:38:47 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings have informed assistant secondary coach Kevin Ross he will not be retained by the team.


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    Vikings | Ellis won’t be retained
    Sun, 8 Jan 2006 22:36:20 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings have informed strength and conditioning assistant Mark Ellis he will not be retained by the team.


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    Vikings | Tillman won’t be retained
    Sun, 8 Jan 2006 22:33:29 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings have informed special teams coach Rusty Tillman he will not be retained by the team.


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    Vikings | Cottrell won’t be retained
    Sun, 8 Jan 2006 22:21:51 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings have informed defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell he will not be retained by the team. Cottrell said new head coach Brad Childress called him Sunday evening, Jan. 8, to inform him of his decision. "He said he's going in a different direction," Cottrell said. "I just have to move on."


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    Vikings | Tomlin will become team’s defensive coordinator
    Sun, 8 Jan 2006 09:04:00 -0800

    620WDAE.com reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive backs coach Mike Tomlin will become the Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator. Tomlin told the St. Petersburg Times that he is leaving Tampa Bay.


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    Vikings | Team to hire Hueber
    Sun, 8 Jan 2006 07:50:46 -0800

    Tom Mulhern, of the Wisconsin State Journal, reports Wisconsin offensive line coach Jim Hueber reportedly has agreed to take a job with new Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress. Hueber was a highly respected offensive line coach with the Badgers, and more than 25 of the players he has coached in his career have made NFL rosters.


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    Vikings | Sharper named Pro Bowl starter
    Sat, 7 Jan 2006 16:41:41 -0800

    Minnesota Vikings FS Darren Sharper has been named a Pro Bowl starter for the 2006 Pro Bowl to be held Sunday, Feb. 12.


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    Vikings | Williams a front office candidate
    Sat, 7 Jan 2006 14:28:01 -0800

    Roy Cummings, of the Tampa Tribune, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers pro personnel executive Doug Williams is among a list of candidates Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress has been asked to consider for an executive-level position. The Fritz Pollard Alliance, an organization that promotes diversity and equality in the NFL, gave the Vikings a list of African-American candidates to consider for their vacant personnel director's position. Williams is among those listed.


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    Vikings | May be interested in Tomlin
    Sat, 7 Jan 2006 14:24:16 -0800

    Roy Cummings, of the Tampa Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress is believed to be considering Tampa Bay Buccaneers assistant coach Mike Tomlin for a spot on his coaching staff. Tomlin is believed to be among a group of candidates being considered for the defensive coordinator's post.


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    Vikings | Childress will call plays, bring West Coast offense
    Sat, 7 Jan 2006 09:27:53 -0800

    The Associated Press reports Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress will call the plays for the Vikings, something he did not do when he was the offensive coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles. Childress will also bring the West Coast offense to Minnesota.


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    Vikings | McCarney may not be a defensive coordinator candidate
    Sat, 7 Jan 2006 07:33:39 -0800

    Randy Peterson, of the Register, reports Iowa State football coach Dan McCarney cautioned against jumping to conclusions that his "great, great friendship" with new Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress would lead to McCarney jumping to the NFL as a defensive coordinator. McCarney was defensive coordinator and Childress was offensive coordinator at Wisconsin under Barry Alvarez from 1992 through 1994.


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    Vikings | Cottrell would like to stay in Minnesota
    Sat, 7 Jan 2006 06:42:33 -0800

    Don Seeholzer and Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, report Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell would like to stay in Minnesota with the team. He doesn't know what his chances are. "I spoke to Brad (Childress) today, but only very briefly," Cottrell said. "He was in a rush. It was a hectic day for him. He said he'd be back next week." Childress was vague on the composition of his staff, admitting he has some positions earmarked but not ruling out any of Mike Tice's former assistants. Cottrell could also be a candidate with other teams, but he said there's nothing on the front burner.


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    Vikings | E. Bieniemy could get hired
    Fri, 6 Jan 2006 20:27:08 -0800

    Judd Zulgad and Mark Craig, of the Star-Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress might hire UCLA running backs coach Eric Bieniemy to serve in an unspecified role.


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    Vikings | B. Murphy potential special teams assistant
    Fri, 6 Jan 2006 20:26:48 -0800

    Judd Zulgad and Mark Craig, of the Star-Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress might hire University of Wisconsin special teams coach Brian Murphy to serve as the team's special teams assistant..


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    Vikings | K. Cosgrove potential linebackers coach
    Fri, 6 Jan 2006 20:26:28 -0800

    Judd Zulgad and Mark Craig, of the Star-Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress might hire University of Nebraska defensive coordinator Kevin Cosgrove to serve as the team's linebackers coach.


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    Vikings | P. Morris could grab offensive line coaching job
    Fri, 6 Jan 2006 20:25:56 -0800

    Judd Zulgad and Mark Craig, of the Star-Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress might hire Detroit Lions offensive line coach Pat Morris to serve in the same role for Minnesota.


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    Vikings | Childress contract update
    Fri, 6 Jan 2006 19:54:45 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports the contract Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress signed is a fully-guaranteed, five-year deal worth about $11 million. The deal is similar to the contract Cleveland Browns head coach Romeo Crennel signed.


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    Vikings | Wilf claims Childress signing was not a result of panic
    Fri, 6 Jan 2006 19:38:19 -0800

    Bob Sansevere, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf claims he did not hire new head coach Brad Childress out of panic. Wilf said, "Panicky? You think I'm panicky? The people who think I'm panicky don't know their football. We did not go through the process rashly. . . . We're very happy how we handled this. A lot of you might have thought we acted rashly. Just the opposite. We did this in the most diligent fashion. My expertise as a businessperson made me realize when you want something, you go out and get it. We went out and made sure we got Brad Childress."


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    Vikings | Childress duscusses quarterback situation
    Fri, 6 Jan 2006 17:22:47 -0800

    Vikings.com reports Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress said he doesn't believe a player should lose their starting job due to an injury and that QB Daunte Culpepper (knee) is the franchise quarterback. But he did acknowledge that QB Brad Johnson won a lot of games for the Vikings during the 2005 season and that he was familiar with the system.


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    Vikings | Press conference will be held today
    Fri, 6 Jan 2006 09:16:30 -0800

    Vikings.com reports the Minnesota Vikings will hold an 11:00 a.m. press conference today at Winter Park. It is believed the team will announce Brad Childress as their new head coach at the press conference. Earlier, owner Zygi Wilf announced the hiring in a prepared statement, according to the Associated Press. "Coach Childress has the combination of integrity, experience and competitive spirit that were important in our search for a new Vikings coach."


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    Vikings | Childress would likely hire Bevell
    Thu, 5 Jan 2006 20:52:08 -0800

    Tom Silverstein, of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, reports Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Brad Childress would likely hire Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Darrell Bevell to his coaching staff.


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    Vikings | Bienemy could be a running backs coach candidate
    Thu, 5 Jan 2006 20:44:02 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports probable new Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress may look to UCLA assistant coach Eric Bienemy as running backs coach for the Vikings.


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    Vikings | Shurmur an offensive coordinator candidate
    Thu, 5 Jan 2006 20:42:24 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports probable new Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress may look to Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach Pat Shurmur as a candidate to be the Vikings' new offensive coordinator.


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    Vikings | Childress already lining up coaching staff
    Thu, 5 Jan 2006 20:39:14 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports probable new Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress is already lining up some assistant coaches. A league source said Childress has already targeted his defensive coordinator; Eagles' linebackers coach Steve Spagnuolo. Another possibility is Eagles' secondary coach Sean McDermott.


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    Vikings | Continue to work on deal with Childress
    Thu, 5 Jan 2006 20:38:54 -0800

    Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports agent Bob LaMonte and Minnesota Vikings vice president Rob Brzezinski started working toward a deal Thursday evening, Jan. 5, in hopes of reaching an agreement they could jointly announce Friday, Jan. 6, at Winter Park that Philadelphia Eagles head coach Brad Childress would become their new head coach. Asked if a deal had been completed, Wilf said Thursday night: "It's not done. But we're working toward something for tomorrow. We might know a lot more tomorrow." Asked if he were negotiating with Childress, Wilf said, "He's very highly thought of, and I'm very impressed with him." Wilf reiterated that a deal had not been agreed upon, but he was confident in his executive team's search and execution. Childress is expected to be given a large pool of money to sign his assistant coaches.


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    Vikings | Agent says B. Johnson not looking for a trade
    Thu, 5 Jan 2006 18:33:52 -0800

    Don Seeholzer, of the Pioneer Press, reports agent Phil Williams denied a story that said Minnesota Vikings QB Brad Johnson told the team if he is not their starting quarterback in 2006 he wants to be traded. "I don't know exactly what was said, but I know Brad's never used those words," Williams said Thursday, Jan. 5. "He wants to be a starter, no question, and he should be. There's nothing more to it than that." Williams confirmed that Johnson talked with Vikings vice president of football operations Rob Brzezinski but said he was unaware of exactly what was said. With three years remaining on the four-year contract he signed last offseason, Johnson's future is in the hands of the Vikings, whether he returns as the starter or backup. Williams said Johnson believes he has three or four more years of football left in him and that the situation will sort itself out.


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    Vikings | Childress chosen as new head coach; must now reach contract
    Thu, 5 Jan 2006 16:35:10 -0800

    Jay Glazer, of FOXSports.com, reports the Minnesota Vikings have chosen Brad Childress, formerly the offensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles, as their new head coach. The two sides have begun negotiations and as long as they can work out contract terms, the team is expected to name him their head coach Friday, Jan. 6, at a press conference.


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    Vikings | M. Williams update
    Thu, 5 Jan 2006 15:51:03 -0800

    The Associated Press reports Minnesota Vikings RB Moe Williams pleaded not guilty to three misdemeanor charges from the boat party earlier in the 2005 season. Williams is charged with indecent conduct, disorderly conduct and lewd or lascivious conduct. A pretrial conference is set for next month.


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    Vikings | M. Williams pleads not guilty
    Thu, 5 Jan 2006 11:06:37 -0800

    ESPNews reports Minnesota Vikings RB Moe Williams pleaded not guilty to charges of indecent conduct, disorderly conduct and lewd or lascivious conduct in connection with a boat party.


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    Vikings | Johnson wants starting QB job or be traded
    Thu, 5 Jan 2006 10:17:29 -0800

    The Star Tribune reports Minnesota Vikings QB Brad Johnson has told Vikings vice president of football operations Rob Brzezinski that he wants to be traded if he is not going to remain the starting quarterback, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Johnson's agent, Phil Williams, did not deny that his client wants to start, but disputed that a trade demand was made.


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    Vikings | Team talks to Haslett's agent
    Thu, 5 Jan 2006 07:03:47 -0800

    The Pioneer Press reports fired New Orleans Saints head coach Jim Haslett's agent Peter Schaffer has spoken with the Minnesota Vikings, but no interview has been set up. "They're going to interview some initial candidates, and they'll move forward from there," Schaffer said.


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    Vikings | Team has not contacted Linehan
    Thu, 5 Jan 2006 07:00:08 -0800

    The Pioneer Press reports the Minnesota Vikings have not contacted Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Scott Linehan about their vacant head coaching position, according to Linehan. "I haven't talked to Minnesota," Linehan told Houston reporters. "Certainly, I'm fortunate to have anybody interested. I don't get into whether they're going to call or not. I'm happy to be here, to be honest with you."


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    Vikings | E. Taylor signed to two-year contract
    Wed, 4 Jan 2006 19:37:03 -0800

    The Star Tribune reports the Minnesota Vikings have signed DL Eric Taylor to a two-year contract. No financial terms were disclosed. He ended the 2005 season on the team's practice squad.


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    Vikings | Chandler headed to Baltimore
    Wed, 4 Jan 2006 19:36:41 -0800

    The Star Tribune reports Minnesota Vikings receivers coach Wes Chandler is expected to join the Baltimore Ravens as receivers coach.


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    Vikings | Police and courts: F. Smoot
    Wed, 4 Jan 2006 17:53:48 -0800

    Beth Silver, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings CB Fred Smoot pleaded not guilty to charges related to a boating party.


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    Vikings | Team visits with Caldwell
    Wed, 4 Jan 2006 17:49:22 -0800

    The Associated Press reports Minnesota Vikings representatives visited the Indianapolis Colts offices Wednesday, Jan. 4, to discuss their head coaching vacancy with Colts' assistant head coach Jim Caldwell, who also coaches the Colts quarterbacks.


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    Vikings | Cottrell interviews with team
    Wed, 4 Jan 2006 17:46:47 -0800

    The Associated Press reports the Minnesota Vikings interviewed defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell Wednesday, Jan. 4. "Ted's a serious candidate," his agent, Joe Linta, said Wednesday night. "It's a real possibility he could get this." Linta said his client spent several hours interviewing with owner Zygi Wilf and others and was "very happy with how they conducted the interview and very impressed with how committed they are to fixing the problems that went on there this season."


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    Vikings | Childress has good visit
    Wed, 4 Jan 2006 12:11:30 -0800

    Sean Jensen and Don Seeholzer, of the Pioneer Press, reports Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Brad Childress has emerged as a top candidate for the Minnesota Vikings' vacant head coaching position. Childress had meetings with Vikings owner Zygi Wilf and team president Mark Wilf. "We had a good visit, and we had some good talks," Childress said Tuesday, Jan. 3. "My impression is that they are quality people, and I'll leave it that."


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    Vikings | Caldwell to interview for head coaching position
    Wed, 4 Jan 2006 12:08:10 -0800

    Sean Jensen and Don Seeholzer, of the Pioneer Press, reports Indianapolis Colts assistant head coach/quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell is expected to interview as soon as Thursday, Jan. 5, for the Minnesota Vikings' vacant head coaching position.


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    Vikings | Police and courts: M. Williams
    Wed, 4 Jan 2006 06:53:04 -0800

    The Associated Press, citing WCCO-TV, reports the attorney for Minnesota Vikings RB Moe Williams will enter a not guilty plea to charges related to a boating party on behalf of his client.


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    Vikings | Police and courts: B. McKinnie
    Wed, 4 Jan 2006 06:52:27 -0800

    The Associated Press, citing WCCO-TV, reports Minnesota Vikings

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    Vikings | Team has 17th pick in the NFL Draft
    Mon, 2 Jan 2006 16:39:39 -0800

    The Minnesota Vikings will have the 17th pick in the first-round of the 2006 NFL Draft.


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    Vikings | Childress to interview
    Mon, 2 Jan 2006 16:13:04 -0800

    Jay Glazer, of FOXSports.com, reports Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Brad Childress will be the first to interview for the Minnesota Vikings' vacant head coaching position.


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    Vikings | Nearing agreement with Heckert
    Mon, 2 Jan 2006 14:51:47 -0800

    Len Pasquarelli, of ESPN.com, reports the Minnesota Vikings are nearing an agreement with Philadelphia Eagles vice president Tom Heckert to become the top personnel official in the Vikings' front office.


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    Vikings | Rivera to be interviewed?
    Mon, 2 Jan 2006 14:51:32 -0800

    Len Pasquarelli, of ESPN.com, reports the Minnesota Vikings were attempting Monday, Jan. 2, to arrange a meeting with a potential candidate for their vacant head coaching position, believed to be Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera.


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    Vikings | Cottrell to interview for head coaching job
    Mon, 2 Jan 2006 14:51:06 -0800

    Len Pasquarelli, of ESPN.com, reports the Minnesota Vikings will interview Vikings defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell for the vacant head coaching position Tuesday, Jan. 3.


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    Vikings | Wilf handled Tice firing poorly
    Sun, 1 Jan 2006 20:11:53 -0800

    Bob Sansevere, of the Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf handled the firing of former head coach Mike Tice poorly. Rather than allowing Tice to address the team, Wilf had a news release handed out to players and coaches in the locker room stating Tice had been fired. Wilf plans to hold a news conference Monday, Jan. 2.


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    Vikings | Tice fired
    Sun, 1 Jan 2006 17:11:47 -0800

    ESPN.com reports Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Tice was fired after the team's Week 17 win over the Chicago Bears.


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    Vikings | Week 17 Inactives
    Sun, 1 Jan 2006 12:41:12 -0800

    The Minnesota Vikings have declared WR Christopher Jones, LB Heath Farwell, QB J.T. O'Sullivan, TE Jeff Dugan, LB Keith Newman, WR Marcus Robinson, C Melvin Fowler, CB Ukee Dozier inactive for Week 17.


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    Vikings | M. Robinson inactive Week 17
    Sun, 1 Jan 2006 12:38:42 -0800

    Minnesota Vikings WR Marcus Robinson (sick) is inactive for the team's Week 17 game.


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    Vikings | Brezinski re-signed to multi-year deal
    Sun, 1 Jan 2006 09:53:35 -0800

    Jay Glazer, of FOXSports.com, reports Minnesota Vikings executive VP Rob Brezinski was re-signed Saturday, Dec. 31, to a multi-year deal. The length and financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.


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    Vikings | Looking to restructure football operations
    Sun, 1 Jan 2006 09:26:45 -0800

    Jay Glazer, of FOXSports.com, reports the Minnesota Vikings are looking to restructure their football operations over the off-season. The team is looking for a general manager type or head of personnel type position and has already started interviewing people for the job. The Vikings current personnel man Scott Studwell was already interviewed and the team plans to interview Philadelphia Eagles personnel director Tom Heckert Jr.


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    Vikings | Tice out as head coach
    Sun, 1 Jan 2006 08:25:46 -0800

    ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Tice will get fired after the 2005 season.

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