[size=18px]Zygi and Brad[/size]
Sunday, July 30th, 2006 by Judd Zulgad Star/Tribune
Not only did quarterback Brad Johnson report to camp on time Sunday afternoon but he was one of the first players to arrive and pulled up well before the 5 p.m. deadline. Owner Zygi Wilf and Johnson had about a 10-minute talk in the parking lot near the quarterbackÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s car. So were they discussing a possible raise for Johnson? There had been rumblings the quarterback might holdout in hopes of getting an increase on the $1.2 million he is due this season.
If the subject was brought up, Johnson certainly wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t saying when he stopped to chat with the media before going into Gage Center.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s his second year coming in as the owner of the Minnesota Vikings, so heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s excited and ready for a new year,Ã¢â‚¬Â Johnson said when asked about the conversation. Ã¢â‚¬Å“He went through a learning curve himself, and I think you make adjustments on the run. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s excited to be back, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m excited to be back. Every time I see him I always talk to him in the building. I think weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve always had a very good relationship. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s great to see him again.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Johnson also was asked about the potential for a holdout. Ã¢â‚¬Å“That talk really wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t through me,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Pretty much I really donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to talk about any contract really for the rest of the time. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s kind of where IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m at.Ã¢â‚¬Â