While speaking publicly for the first time since the NFC Championship Game on Jan. 24, Vikings owner Zygi Wilf proclaimed that the team is not cutting back on spending on players this year. Sid Hartman of the Star Tribune reports that Wilf wanted to make this clear to fans, especially after the loss of RB Chester Taylor and OL Artis Hicks to free agency.
“We spend when it’s appropriate,” Wilf said. “I work with my guys. When we want somebody, we go after them; that’s the way we’ve been doing it, and we’ll continue to do so when the time comes. When the opportunity arises and when the time comes, we will go out and get that person, but right now we’re really working on the draft.”
The Vikings owner has been known to not hold back when it comes to getting players that he, team executives and coaches feel will make their team into a championship-caliber team, regardless of the cost. Big-name players that have been brought to Minnesota since the Wilfs bought the team include DE Jared Allen, G Steve Hutchinson and QB Brett Favre.
Wilf also spoke of his hopes that the Legislature will get a Vikings stadium bill passed this year.
“I feel like we’re coming into what’s really needed to get this thing done, from the standpoint of the type of stadium that we want and the location that we want, and we’re right now working on the finance package,” Wilf said. “I think there’s a way to get this thing done this year, so I’m excited on that front.”
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