To Re-Sign Or Not To Re-Sign? That Is The Question

Posted by Mike Wobschall on March 9, 2012 – 11:46 am

Free agency has taken the attention away from the NFL draft for now, with much of the free agency discussion focusing on the unrestricted free agency market. Which players would fit best with which teams? Will certain teams be major players in free agency?

But before those questions can be answered, NFL teams must first take care of their in-house business. In other words, they must look at players on their own team who are scheduled to be free agents. Once they’ve decided which players they’ll welcome back and which players they’ll let walk, then teams can begin formulating their unrestricted free agency plan.

Now that we’re only hours away from free agency beginning (Tuesday, March 13 at 3:00 PM CT), you can be sure that most teams have made decisions on which players they’ll re-sign and which players they’ll let hit the open market. Consequently, they also have an idea of which free agents they’ll pursue once free agency begins. Let’s also keep in mind that the players also have some power in this process because they may choose to leave their current team for greener pastures in another NFL city.

But the rest of us are not privy to that information, so we’re left to guess what will happen. For the purposes of that discussion, I will list the Vikings restricted and unrestricted free agents below (along with a comment about each player), and leave it up to the readers to decide which players they’d like to see back with the Vikings in 2012. Let us know what you think by leaving your thoughts in the comments section below this entry.

Scheduled restricted free agents (2)
RB Lorenzo Booker – Has been team’s RB3 and also has return/special teams ability
LB Kenny Onatolu – Has been valuable special teams contributor, but will have to battle for roster spot

Scheduled unrestricted free agents (16)
S Husain Abdullah – Has been starting safety past two seasons and could be back to compete for starting spot in 2012
LB Xavier Adibi – Added during the 2012 season but wasn’t asked to contribute much
WR Devin Aromashodu – Seems like untapped potential, but will Vikings try another option in 2012?
WR Greg Camarillo – Great locker room influence, reliable veteran, has special teams ability
DT Fred Evans – Rotational player
DT Letroy Guion – Also a rotational player, but is young enough that could develop into starter
LB E.J. Henderson – Important part of Vikings organization since being drafted in 2003; defensive leader
LB Erin Henderson – Starter at OLB last season, developed from undrafted player to starter
S Tyrell Johnson – Has had disappointing run since being drafted in 2008; very athletic
LS Matt Katula – Signed to fill in for Cullen Loeffler after he was injured during 2011 season
TE Jim Kleinsasser – Venerable Viking retired after outstanding career
OL Scott Kooistra – Injured during preseason and placed on IR
S Jarrad Page – Signed late in 2011 and tried out for LA Dodgers this Spring
QB Sage Rosenfels – Was 3rd QB for some of 2011 and would be a good option as backup in 2012
CB Benny Sapp – Veteran CB who can contribute in some role
TE Visanthe Shiancoe – Had down 2011 season and will be a top option among TEs in free agency

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163 Responses to “To Re-Sign Or Not To Re-Sign? That Is The Question”

  1. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Would love to see them convince Kleinsasser to play another year or two. Shiancoe’s “down” year could be blamed on the lack of pass protection – give him another chance. Same with Aromashodu – untapped potential – we saw some flashes of talent, but for the most part the play was over before he had a chance to develop his route. Benny Sapp has something to add, but needs a supportive cast of characters.

  2. By Mike B. on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    I think Shiancoe is going to garish too much money for us to keep him. Aromashodu is a good back up WR could be a good #3. Sapp is not an every down CB and not a shutdown corner. It would depend on price for Sapp. I would like that Henderson’s back, but wonder how much market interest in them with our poor defensive play the last couple years. I am thinking there are better #3 QBs than Sage. There maybe some good QBs looking for a paycheck that can provide vet experience.

  3. By Mike B. on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    I really have no comment about the rest as they really haven’t proven their worth. Might be just as well to let them go find another opportunity.

  4. By Mike B. on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    There might be some interest in Booker even if he is restricted. He’s a good 3rd option and returner, so might be a team out there that puts us in a bidding war with him.

  5. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Wobs, I’m curious as to your choice of words regarding Sage – the change from “3rd QB” to “backup.” Am I reading too much into it, or do you think Sage would be competing to play behind Ponder?

    One dead horse that hasn’t been beaten for a while is moving Webb to WR, where he could make a significant impact for the Vikings every game.

  6. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Great titles on your last three or four articles Wobble– you are improving!

  7. By Carl K on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    If Sage was comfortable with being #3… don’t you think the Vikings would have signed him by now?

    If the Vikings re-sign Sage, they will need to pay him like a number #2.
    And that will mean he will make more money than Ponder and Webb put together.

    I don’t see the Vikings resigning Sage without moving Webb to WR.

  8. By Rogerthevikefan on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Letroy Guion and Erin Henderson are both young and could develop into solid players. D. Aromashodu could be a good 3rd or 4th wr. Caleb King can probably do what Booker has done for cheaper. Sapp should be retained because of lack of depth. Sage because then it would allow Webb to atleast try at Wr. Shank will want to much of the green $tuff. I like EJ but his broken femur stole his pass coverage making him a 2 down LB.

  9. By Rogerthevikefan on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Forgot about Abdullah only S besides Raymond who doesn’t look like total garbage. Head injuries make him a risk so a cheaper contract would be better.

  10. By KoN on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    I was thinking pretty much the same stuff Roger already said.

  11. By Carl K on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Devin Aromashodu fun facts.
    Devin had his best year as a pro with the Vikings
    Devin was our 2nd leading WR with 468 yards
    Devin had an 18 yrd per catch average last year.
    Devin played more snaps last year than Percy Harvin… 676 to 600.
    Devin has good size at 6’2″ 201 and great speed.

    If we can’t sign V Jackson… we need to focus on resigning Aromashodu and finding away to target him more.

  12. By Karl on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    The #1 guy on this list that I would not want to let go is definitely Aromashodu. When he flashes, he sure looks like he could be a game-changer.

    Out of necessity, I feel we need to keep at least 1 of the Hendersons and maybe Abdullah, but upgrades could be made. Abdullah certainly had a down year, but he could turn it around.

    If there’s room, I’d love to keep Camarillo, because I think he’s the type of blue-collar guy every team needs. I’ll never forget him running down the field to strip Kerry Rhodes after an interception. That’s the kinda of guy I want on my team.

  13. By chris_b on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    get rid of them all. hate to E J go but thats the nfl.

  14. By DRS on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings Free Agency 2012: Minnesota Looking For Cornerback

    Mar 09 9:00a by C-h-r-i-s-t-o-p-h-e-r Gates

    Yesterday, we took a look at some wide receivers that the Minnesota Vikings could be looking at in free agency starting on Tuesday. One of the other areas of the roster that could use some shoring up is the defensive backfield. The Vikings could use some help at both cornerback and safety. We’ll take a look at the safeties later on, but for now we’ll focus on the cornerback position.

    Here are five names to keep an eye on when the free agency period kicks off.

    1) Brandon Carr, Kansas City Chiefs – In my opinion, Carr is the big prize in this year’s free agency class at cornerback. He’s a #1-caliber corner, and will get paid like it this season. He’s got good size for a cornerback at 6′ and 205 pounds, and would fit well in whatever type of scheme the Vikings will be playing this year under new defensive coordinator Alan Williams.

    2) Cortland Finnegan, Tennessee Titans – He’s one of the NFL’s most hated players. . .partially because he’s a pain in the tail, but he’s also a very good cornerback. A feisty competitor that’s become known for having a bit of a temper, he could be just the injection of attitude that the fairly passive Vikings’ defense needs.

    3) Richard Marshall, Arizona Cardinals – The Cardinals aren’t generally where you think of when talking about defensive back talent, but Marshall is a pretty solid player. He played well at corner this year for Arizona, and something that might make him even more attractive is his ability to play the safety position, which he did for the Cardinals when Kerry Rhodes went down.

    4) Tracy Porter, New Orleans Saints – Porter is a name that causes Viking fans to cringe. . .he’s the guy that intercepted Brett Favre’s last pass of the 2009 season. . .but he would make a solid addition to the Vikings’ defensive backfield. He might not be as high-profile as some of the other corners, despite his post-season heroics, but that just means he could possibly be had for a better price.

    5) Carlos Rogers, San Francisco 49ers – Rogers would normally be a lot higher on this list, but his age (31) is a strike against him. Because of that, a team in rebuilding mode like Minnesota might not be quite as interested as they might normally be, but he would still be a nice get for the Vikings.

  15. By Karl on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Wow, I just read this article and let me restate my last comment. Erin Henderson just might be the #1 FA we need to keep. Take a look.

  16. By DRS on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Time pressure mounting

    Kriesel also pointed to another potential problem: Meeting the goal of Republican leaders to adjourn in mid- to late April while also accommodating inevitable pressure to make changes to the stadium plan as it winds its way through the Legislature.

    “It’s a start,” Kriesel said of the stadium legislation’s language being made public. “I think we all know that it’s going to look much different at the end than it does now — or there’s a chance” of that.

    Sen. Roger Chamberlain, R-Lino Lakes, an assistant Senate majority leader, met with Dayton earlier this week to discuss his own plan to essentially limit any Vikings stadium subsidy to a state loan. Chamberlain also said he told the governor it would be “very difficult” to get Senate approval for a stadium funded with gambling money.

    Bakk, the Senate minority leader, has said he would pledge 12 DFL votes toward a Vikings stadium, meaning the Senate Republican majority would need to produce 22 votes for the project to win Senate approval.

    Are there 22 Senate Republican votes, Chamberlain was asked. “I do not think so.”

    Staff writer Rachel E. Stassen-Berger contributed to this report. Mike Kaszuba • 651-222-1673

  17. By DRS on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    To find Cook guilty of domestic assault by strangulation, jurors must find that he assaulted her, causing bodily harm, and that the assault was in the form of strangulation. They also must find the two were in a relationship.

    For a conviction on the third-degree assault count, prosecutors must prove Cook assaulted Baker and caused “substantial bodily harm.”

  18. By Rogerthevikefan on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    I know this has nothing to do with Vikings but Resident Evil 6 will be coming out on Nov. 20 2012. They are bringing back zombies so happy.

  19. By DRS on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Sounds like cook is a goner to me, he was in a relationship at the time and he did cause substantial bodily harm.

  20. By Daniel0227 on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    I like Aromashodu but, man dude stop catching with your body.
    I really liked Erin Henderson, and think he will be a great player for us.

    The rest? See ya. Not a one of those guys should come back. Maybe Shank but that will not happen.

    Abdullah was not that bad, but this is the year to fix our Tampa 2
    First off, our Tampa 2 has no cover MLB. That is one of the Keys in the Tampa 2, to drop into Coverage. Another thing, is I don’t know if the Vikings understand what a SS and a FS does in a Tampa 2. The SS needs to cover and come up to help with Run support. The FS Should be a Cover Saftey and stay there.
    Our CB’s need to be able to lock down short area zones. Winfield was built perfect for that spot. Age has caught up with him, but we need CB’s with his kind of Ability. Guys who can Tackle but also cover and have great quickness.
    So glad we have a Allan Williams. I believe he “Gets” the Tampa 2 and Singleterry will help to Get a guy in there that is Fast, can cover, and a great Tackler. Not run stopper first and rush the QB. E.J. was good at that, But Tampa 2 is not built that way. not at all. Back to basics boys.

  21. By Rogerthevikefan on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Hope it has atleast a couple $h it your pants moments.

  22. By DRS on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    What’s left after 21 franchise tags are assigned?

    Posted by: Mark Craig under Vikings, Bears, NFC, Super Bowl, Vikings fans

    Updated: March 6, 2012 – 11:37 AM

    Funny how a record 21 franchise tags can take a significant lump of hysteria out of NFL free agency.

    But never fear. This is the NFL. There’s always enough hysteria to keep the American workforce distracted during business hours.

    So even though the field of hole-plugging star players has been greatly reduced by franchise tags and recent re-signings, a hole-filled team such as the Vikings can still find a difference-maker when free agency begins a week from today.

    The Vikings are expected to be about $10 million under the salary cap. They’ll create even more space — probably on Monday — when they release aging and/or ineffective veterans who don’t fit the current — and obviously overdue — youth movement. So going after one specific difference-maker shouldn’t be a problem financially.

    Receiver and cornerback are the likely areas of focus for the Vikings in free agency. Those also are two areas that were weakened by franchise tags and re-signings. Receivers Wes Welker, Dwayne Bowe and DeSean Jackson were tagged, while Buffalo’s Stevie Johnson signed a five-year, $36.25 million deal. Cornerback Brent Grimes also was tagged.

    Here are three players to keep an eye on:

    1, Brandon Carr, CB, Chiefs: If the Vikings weren’t picking so high in the first round (third overall), the no-brainer selection would be LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne. Cornerback is the team’s No. 1 weakness, and it’s magnified by having to play Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford and Jay Cutler six times a year. But corner typically isn’t a position one fills with a top-five selection. When the Chiefs opted to tag Bowe instead of Carr, they exposed a 25-year-old cornerback coming off his best season. He’s the perfect target for the Vikings as they hope to rebuild with younger players. A 6-foot, 207-pound corner that can play press coverage or zone, Carr would grow with the Vikings as they embark on a turnaround that could take at least two or three years to complete. Carr, who had four interceptions last season, is just entering his prime.

    2, Cortland Finnegan, CB, Titans: He just turned 28, so he’s not as attractive for a team in the midst of a youth movement. But if the Vikings believe he can hold up past his 30th birthday, Finnegan is the kind of physical cornerback who would fit the Tampa 2 scheme. He also has 15 career interceptions. For Vikings fans unsure of the term, an “interception” is when the other team throws the ball and your team catches it.

    3, Vincent Jackson, WR, Chargers: At 29, he’s older than the Vikings would like, especially with the long-term deal that it’s going to take to land him. Chances are that age also will steer Jackson away from the Vikings and into the arms of another receiver-starved team that’s considered closer to competing for a division title and a Super Bowl (did someone say “Da Bears”?) But if you’re the Vikings and you’re coming off last season, it’s hard not to make a run at the top No. 1-caliber receiver on the board. Jackson is a 6-5, 230-pound proven deep threat. His career average per catch over seven seasons is 17.5 yards.

  23. By DesertViking on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    I’m going to be really sad to see E.J go, but I guess he’s getting late in his years. His brother is a for sure resign, same goes for Aromashodu and Abdullah. I would like to see Shiancoe come back, but I doubt he’s going to wanna be reduced to a back up for Rudolph. In my opinion the rest should be released. We could possibly find better talent for a cheaper price elsewhere. Some will, more than likely, be brought back due to lack of depth.

    Since Manning is available it would be idiotic for Spielman not to at least think about bringing him in, from my understanding the Viking’s staff talked to RG3 during the combine. So why not at least consider Manning? I highly doubt that Manning would accept coming to Minnesota even if we offered him the most lucrative contract out of all the other teams sprinting to get him. It wont hurt to at least try, especially if we can sign Carl Nicks and knowing we’re pretty much going to draft Kalil in the 1st round our O-line would already be 10x better than it was last year, and if somehow Stephen Hill falls to us in the 2nd round then we’d be in business. It’s not likely to happen, but if by some fortunate events it did the only problem would be money.

    Anyway, that’s the fantasy scenario my brain conjured up.

  24. By Erik the Red on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    I thought Hutchinson was a free agent. Am I wrong? Honestly I am a fan of him, although I know he is getting older, but I definitely think he has some years left in him. (And I just bought a Hutch jersey at the beginning of this year). Please if anyone knows anything about him, let me know. I do hope they can keep him, I believe he is a future HOF’er.

  25. By DRS on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    NFL Players Association to begin its review of Saints’ bounty scandal

  26. By Erik the Red on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    I know his contract is a bit much, him having been injured in recent years and such. Maybe I’m just dumb, but I honestly like the guy, lol. Will be sad to see him go

  27. By Carl K on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Erik – Hutch has 1 more year on his contract. It is a big salary so the Vikings may need to restructure it? Not sure what will happen at this point.

  28. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    DV- With the types of packages the Vikings employ I don’t really see a true heierarchy among the TEs. They have such a rotation that there doesn’t appear to be a “go to” guy.

    Maybe it was just the way last year panned out. Maybe it was because Rudolph was developing.

    I don’t think Shiancoe would have a problem with anything other than $$$.

  29. By DRS on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Rep. Ann Lenczewski of Bloomington, the DFL lead on the House Taxes committee, opposes the stadium plan but says Mondale’s analysis is sound.

    “If the Vikings borrow the money that they put into the project, they also will have debt service costs. Everybody is putting the money in when the stadium is being built, so the financing costs of each party are not relevant,” she said in an email.

    But Republican Sen. Roger Chamberlain of Lino Lakes, sponsor of a competing stadium bill that would shift much of the cost to the team and local business community, called it “absurd” that backers of the stadium deal can’t provide a schedule of repayment for the bonds.

    “If something happens and you can pay off the debt early, fine – you still calculate the numbers,” he said.

    It would be like taking out a mortgage for a house and not knowing how much you’ll have to pay and when, he said.

    “I’m incredulous. It’s silly. When you get a loan, they create an interest rate based on the time value of money and various risk factors the longer you go out,” Chamberlain said. “You don’t present-value your mortgage payment.”

    Chamberlain said he doesn’t know whether the public or the team would bear more of the costs if debt service was included. “There’s no way to tell,” he said, because there’s no bill yet and debt-service calculations haven’t been released.

    But the idea that there’s too much uncertainty to specify the payments “is really a stretch,” Chamberlain said. “I think they don’t believe that a lot of people out in the public can think clearly.”

    Chamberlain also questions Dayton’s oft-repeated claim that no state general fund money will be used for the stadium project.

    The state’s $398 million portion of the $975 million construction project is funded with revenues from electronic pulltab gaming, which is not allowed currently but would be as part of the stadium package. That’s Dayton’s point – that the new money only comes into being because of the stadium.

    To Chamberlain, there’s no significant difference. “They’re just stealing it before it gets to the general revenue fund,” he said.

    Drafters of the bill are reportedly looking into potential alternative funding sources should the electronic pulltab idea come up short.

    Rep. Morrie Lanning, R-Moorhead, who has been leading stadium efforts in the House, gave no more detail about that Wednesday, nor about how legislation related to the renovation of Target Center will be handled in relation to the football stadium bill.

    Details will be clear when the bill is ready, Lanning said, which will likely be Monday.

    Doug Belden can be reached at 651-228-5136.

  30. By DRS on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Access Vikings: About those Manning rumors

  31. By DRS on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Hartman: Vikings might cut ties with veterans

    Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune Updated: March 9, 2012 – 6:58 AM
    As the team retools from a tough 3-13 season, older players — even longtime contributors — could leave

    Just as Twins fans watched familiar names such as Joe Nathan, Jason Kubel and Michael Cuddyer change uniforms for the 2012 season, many longtime Vikings players also will be departing this season.

    Even though the Vikings have about $10 million in salary cap space, they aren’t going to pay a veteran offensive guard like Steve Hutchinson $7 million in the last year of his contract, even though he has made some great contributions since being signed away from Seattle.

    No doubt Hutchinson still has some good football in his body, but he has, for the first time in his career, been sidelined by different injuries. The Vikings will try to sign him for less money.

    E.J. Henderson, who has been an outstanding linebacker for nine years, is an unrestricted free agent and earned $9 million last season. Look for the Vikings to let Henderson test the free-agent market, and they will do the same thing with tight end Visanthe Shiancoe.

    Cornerback Cedric Griffin, a six-year veteran, is no longer the player he was before he had surgery on both knees. His future certainly is in doubt with the team.

    Then you have cornerback Antoine Winfield, who has spent eight of his 13 years in the NFL with the Vikings and who is signed for two more seasons.

    Winfield’s contract calls for $6 million in base pay for those two years. The big question is whether the Vikings will stay with that contract because one of the real weak spots on the roster is the defensive backfield. When healthy, something he hasn’t been for the past two seasons, Winfield is one of the best cover cornerbacks and tacklers in the league.

    Winfield suffered a collarbone injury against the Packers on Oct. 23 and didn’t play the rest of the season, causing a real problem for a secondary that, even with Winfield in the lineup, was average.

    Winfield stayed in town during the offseason to rehab his injury and has been treated by Vikings trainer Eric Sugarman most every day. Winfield says the collarbone injury has healed and now the goal is to get the collarbone as strong as or even stronger than before he suffered the injury.

    “It’s good, the collarbone feels fine,” Winfield said the other day. “I’m just over here rehabbing every day, trying to get my strength back. I’m getting stronger every day. You can’t put a timetable on it.”

    Winfield said he hasn’t heard whether the Vikings are planning to renegotiate his contract.

    “I hope so,” said Winfield when asked if he is looking forward to another season with the Vikings. “That’s why I’m over here working out every day, trying to get my body to be able to go through a long season.”

    Of the 15 unrestricted free agents on the team, one the Vikings want to sign is quarterback Sage Rosenfels, who joined team late in the season and whom the Vikings want on board to work with young quarterbacks Cristian Ponder and Joe Webb.

    Rosenfels is living in Denver and would join the team here to work with the quarterbacks once he signs a contract.

  32. By Rogerthevikefan on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    @Karl nice read. That is what I saw when I watched Erin play. He drops in to coverage better than EJ and has a great instints. Erin could move to MLB and could continue to get better with experiance. He is the most important resign.

  33. By LifeLongVikesFan on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Here’s my thoughts…

    S Husain Abdullah – Good Bye!
    LB Xavier Adibi – Good Bye!
    WR Devin Aromashodu – Try to sign.
    WR Greg Camarillo – Sorry, but good bye, major upgrades needed at WR depth
    DT Fred Evans – Try to sign
    DT Letroy Guion – Good bye!
    LB E.J. Henderson – Try to sign.
    LB Erin Henderson – Sorry, good bye!
    S Tyrell Johnson – Good Riddance!
    LS Matt Katula – Try to sign.
    TE Jim Kleinsasser – Best of luck with your future – we’ll miss you!
    OL Scott Kooistra – ???
    S Jarrad Page – try to sign.
    QB Sage Rosenfels – Come on man, good bye!
    CB Benny Sapp – try to sign please.
    TE Visanthe Shiancoe – try to sign!!

    Go Vikes!

  34. By Rogerthevikefan on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    I just hope he doesn’t get PI$ $ED off if EJ doesn’t get reisgned.

  35. By DRS on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Of the 15 unrestricted free agents on the team, one the Vikings want to sign is quarterback Sage Rosenfels, who joined team late in the season and whom the Vikings want on board to work with young quarterbacks Cristian Ponder and Joe Webb.

    Rosenfels is living in Denver and would join the team here to work with the quarterbacks once he signs a contract.

  36. By DRS on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    How did Cristian Ponder get by the censureship?

  37. By DRS on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Oh the article misspelled the name, that is why.

  38. By DRS on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Charley Walters: Peyton Manning will rise again, Ben Utecht assures

  39. By DRS on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Adrian Peterson: Two-city rehab plan working

    5 March, 2012 // Vikings // Tags : Caught up with Vikings running back Adrian Peterson for my story a few days ago on the Saints’ bounty issue and the Vikings’ place in it, and I slipped in a few questions about his rehab on his torn left anterior cruciate ligament.

    More than two months after Dec. 30 reconstructive surgery, Peterson might as well add aisle seat requests to his rehab regimen. He’s taken at least three flights from his offseason home of Houston to Minnesota, spending at least a week at a time at the Vikings’ Eden Prairie facility.

    Ideally, the Vikings would like to have their hands on Peterson at all times. But Peterson said the multi-city setup is working well because of communication with the Vikings.

    Peterson works with a personal trainer out of Houston, and Vikings trainer Eric Sugarman is still heavily involved in the process when Peterson’s not inside Winter Park.

    “I stick to the plan wherever I am,” Peterson said. “In both places, I’m being pushed hard and I’m pushing myself hard. So, I think it’s working out well.”

    Last week, Peterson ran in a pool and said he was pleased with the results. He hasn’t experienced any setbacks.

    Peterson is known to push his bodily limits in training, but recovery from a torn ACL also requires patience. He likely won’t be able to run on a hard surface for at least a few more months.

    His patience is improving, he says.

    “This is going to take time,” Peterson said. “I understand that.”

  40. By DRS on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    There’s optimism that the Vikings will keep Henderson, reports 1500ESPN’s
    Tom Pelissero, possibly under a two- or three-year deal.

    Here’s what I’ve gathered on the Henderson front.

    *There has been no formal offer made to Henderson.

    *Talks have been encouraging enough that it would take a team swooping in with a substantial deal to pry him away from Minnesota.

    *Though no deal is expected this week, something easily could get done in the hours before free agency starts.

    In other Vikings free agency news…

    *There’s mutual interest between the Vikings and quarterback Sage Rosenfels to agree to an extension. Rosenfels could fill the third-string/mentor role to
    C-h-r-i-s-t-i-a-n Ponder. When I spoke to Rosenfels toward the end of last season, he was encouraged about a return.

    *Husain Abdullah’s concussion history could be a hang-up in a potential re-sign, but from what I hear, it wouldn’t be difficult to get a deal done. He’s not demanding big money, and he wants to be a Viking.

  41. By DRS on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings Intend to Keep Erin Henderson Off Open Market

    The Minnesota Vikings are in the midst of a youth movement that will involve completely rebuilding their roster this offseason. Not only will disappointing players be let go to make way for younger talent, but veteran starters could also get the axe to make salary cap space for…*

  42. By DRS on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings Interested in Keeping QB Rosenfels

    Despite its lack of proven talent, the quarterback position for the Minnesota Vikings is among the most stable. If all goes as planned in the next few days, the position could gain even more stability. According to Jeremy Fowler of the Pioneer Press, the Vikings and backup…*

  43. By sandiamond on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    DRS this is getting ridiculous! please refrian from so much content posting of articles. If it might not be so important then just post the link and let everyone decide whether or not to open the link for the story

  44. By DRS on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    sandiamond up yours, I do not tell you how to post so do not tell me.

  45. By Troy on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Erin Henderson
    Husain Abdullah because theres nobody else.
    Guion or Evans.. not both
    Aromashadu (our receiving threats could be better with time to throw)

    Brandon Carr
    Hope Chris Cook can play
    Sign Pierre Garcon

    Matt Kalil
    Stephon Gilmore
    Brian Quick

  46. By peter on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Erin Henderson and Guion the only ones I’d seriously chase.
    Onatolu for special teams..
    Aromashodu, Sapp and Abdullah could resign for depth if price is low enough but they are not starters. Sage should only be considered as number 3 and mentor to two younger QB’s.
    Booker fumbled way to often to bring back.
    Time to move on from E.J. and Shiancoe who have given great service.
    Let the rest walk and upgrade to better talent that can help the team

  47. By DRS on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    sandiamond all this Constance speculation on what player the Vikings might or might not get is ridiculous as well, they will get who they get on the day they get the player, and they will do what they want to do even if the fans want it or not, all this has not prompted me to ask you to stop posting what you have posted, so do me the same favor.

  48. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Is this the “DRS HOUR” ?

  49. By DRS on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    This should make sandiamond happy, I have to go for now so everyone have a great day.

  50. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    DRS– I really appreciate all your posts, but I scrolled through to scan the opinions and it seemed most of the blog was by you.

  51. By DRS on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus, could be, LOL, Have a great one.

  52. By DRS on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus, yes that may be, but it looks like there were not too many posting today anyway, I do not think I kept anyone from posting, if I did sorry. Everyone have a great day.

  53. By sandiamond on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    drs not this particular blog. It has been going for weeks. Nobody wants to scroll thru a mile long blog day in and day out. 300+ comments and it becomes worthless

  54. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    DRS, I am not complaining, just making an observation. Have at it! Maybe later we will have the “Fred Jones Show.”

  55. By Troy on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    anyone know much about court cases? I’ve read the news on Cook.

    But I do not understand which way the case is leading… can anyone clear it up?

  56. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Troy, it’s a case by jury– anything could happen.

  57. By DRS on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    sandiamond,and the rest of you should stop posting about players and Mr. cook every day then there will not be 300+ postings.

  58. By Troy on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Alright. Thank you

  59. By Derek on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Re-sign both Hendersons, Camarillo, Evan, Sapp, Guion, and Shaincoe.

  60. By DRS on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    I am not the one who post every day, check it out; you will see that I am the least of them who post on a daily b-a-s-s-e-s.

  61. By DRS on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Everyone have a great day and may God bless you all.

  62. By Troy on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    not sapp, not camarillo, not shiancoe.

    not ej either

  63. By Daniel0227 on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    anyway! back to football!

  64. By KoN on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    I think that I prefer the DRS show to the Fred Jones show, the plot of the Fred Jones show is interesting for a couple of episodes, but then it just gets repetitive.

  65. By Carl K on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    For some of you who think we need a veteran TE… Dallas Clark is now on the market. Cut today by the Colts.

  66. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    DRS– post all you want. Some interesting articles. I just thought it funny that I kept scrolling and it was DRS throughout the whole blog, but seriously, it does not bother me. Keep it up.

  67. By DRS on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus, thank you my friend, and I did not intend to say everyone should stop posting, I was just pointing out that what is interesting to someone may not be to someone else, and that I do not post every day, posting over 300+ entries. Maybe people do not care that the legislature are playing games with the stadium issue, I do, so it is one of my main issues, so I post about it more than some may care to read about, once more have a great day.

  68. By DRS on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    And yes I supose I had more than my normal postings today, Have a great day, boy it is hard to leave this site now and then, LOL. Bye.

  69. By Rocksalt on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    I appreciate the updates especially on stadium stuff. Not a done deal by any stretch……

  70. By sandiamond on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    S second round pick for the Vikings makes sense?

  71. By Dirty Nasty Legs on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Keep: Erin Henderson, Camarillo, Aromashado, Rosenfells, Sapp, Guion. Let the rest go. We have too many holes to fill to not resign some of these guys. I also don’t want to pick up many free agents, I would rather keep some salary cap space since we will still be rebuilding next year and will soon have to start looking at resigning some of our 2014 free agents.

  72. By Gary on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    I thought the NFL was going to pony up $250 million. Where in the numbers does that show up? If it’s included in Ziggy’s contribution, then what is being reported as being “HIS” contribution is being misrepresented. If it’s not included there, then it means less has to come from other sources.

  73. By sandiamond on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply


  74. By sandiamond on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    #4 what an athlete

  75. By Mike R. on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply


    I thought you would have posted the Barron hit on Vandy’s QB Rodgers (yes Aaron’s younger brother). I was watched that game. I wasnt looking at tv when I heard “Whappp!!!”. I looked and saw replay. Ouch…lol

  76. By sandiamond on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

  77. By KoN on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Smith looks like he’s a good pass defender and know’s how to react to the play, the biggest problem I saw in that tape was that he seems almost afraid to hit people. Obviously the safty is the last line of defense so it is good to be cautious, but you still have to be able to lay a hit on people. Barron looked good, but it is hard to tell with just highlights (and isn’t he supposed to be gone by the end of the first round anyway).

  78. By KoN on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Barron looks more willing to hit people.

  79. By sandiamond on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Mike R yea that is a smack hit on video. watched him 2 years plow down running backs like hightower and upshaw and you don’t see much of that on the tube

  80. By JC on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Are you serious? Rosencopter???? What has he done in the NFL = Nothing. Tarvaris Jackson actually has a better record and career than Sage does. Cripe I’d rather sign Jeff George as #3

    RB Lorenzo Booker – Yeah he fumbles but so did AP and he turned it around. Keep Him!
    LB Kenny Onatolu – Good Special Teamer and Back up …Keep Him
    S Husain Abdullah – Can get him cheap…Keep him.
    LB Xavier Adibi – ummmm dunno
    WR Devin Aromashodu – Worth a second year and second chance.
    WR Greg Camarillo – Back to mowing lawns…lawn boy
    DT Fred Evans – as they say good rotational player keep him
    DT Letroy Guion – Played better and still can improve…keep him
    LB E.J. Henderson – Gotta keep the Terminator and his brother
    LB Erin Henderson – See above
    S Tyrell Johnson – R U Serious??? Overstayed his welcome by at least 3 years!
    LS Matt Katula – decent job backing up Loeffler but I think Loeffler will be back
    TE Jim Kleinsasser – Happy Retirement to a Class Act!!!
    OL Scott Kooistra – Who???
    S Jarrad Page – Swing batter batter….
    QB Sage Rosenfels – Parsley Sage Rosemary & Thyme to Go and NEVER Come Back!!!
    CB Benny Sapp – Plays with intensity and heart and can hit hard…keep him
    TE Visanthe Shiancoe – Drafting Kalil and getting an accountable rest of the O-Line will help his numbers and keep him singin’ and a swingin’ in the Vikings shower room for a few more years!

  81. By Mike R. on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply


    What do you think of S Tramain Thomas from Arkansas? Solid tackler and had interceptions in his career. He was the one who came up and forced the fumble so Arkansas could run it back for TD to put them up 14-0 vs LSU. Yet he was a Combine snub…..

  82. By Spencer *Day 5 Of Trial* on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    “I don’t know if he hit me or shoved me,” Baker told the Eden Prairie officer last Oct. 22 as she sat in the back of a Hennepin County Medical Center ambulance. “I know he choked me.”

    “How did he choke you?” the officer, Janina Wresh, asked her.

    “Hand on neck,” Baker is heard replying.

    “Were you afraid of him?”

    “Yes. At that time, yes.”

    More on the story here..

  83. By Spencer *Day 5 Of Trial* on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    As the days are going by, its getting harder and harder for me to think hes innocent.

  84. By sandiamond on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Mike he looks interesting at ranked #7 FS 5th round. 5 of the 11 arkansas interceptions for the year. right there with Claiborne and Hayward

  85. By sandiamond on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    The Colts released halfback Joseph Addai, tight end Dallas Clark, safety Melvin Bullitt, linebacker Gary Brackett and quarterback Curtis Painter.

  86. By TheWall on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Harrison Smith could be a fine SS. build the OLine and secondary.

  87. By TheWall on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    S Brandon Taylor LSU is a good hybrid safety who will be around in the 4th to 5th range.

  88. By TheWall on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Miami Dolphins will be renamed the miami colts after FA. half the offence will be released Colts

  89. By Spencer *Day 5 Of Trial* on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    The Colts are releasing everybody. Something we should be doing.

  90. By Mike R. on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply


    I saw at least a few days ago you mentioned FS Neiko Thorpe from Auburn. I saw him get burned on a deep pass last year (Auburn didn’t have good pass defense). He had decent year and good bowl game against Virginia (an emotional SEC vs ACC matchup). Another Combine snub. I wanted to see his skill set.

  91. By sandiamond on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    shocked to see Thorpe ranked #18 so that means UDFA. hard to fiqure out why he played better when cam newton was at Auburn. I guess the defense just quit last year after a sub-par season

  92. By Dirty Nasty Legs on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    JC – Why would you want to get rid of Sage? He actually did pretty well backing up Schaub in Houston, he already knows our system and I don’t think we would have to pay him all that much. Its not like we are looking for him to be our QB of the future, just a solid QB to run the practice squad and play in the event both Ponder and Webb go down.

  93. By Carl K on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Mike B – Tramain Thomas has a nose for making plays. I am surprised he didn’t get a combine invite. I think he would be a good late round pick. With that said, I am not sure if he would be an upgrade over Mistal Raymond or Abdullah.

    I think strong safety is a bigger need than FS

  94. By Saddy on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Folks, hot news, rams and redskins agree to trade, Matt Kalil to the vikings, barooooo

  95. By Mike R. on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Carl K

    I would have like to see him at Combine. He had 5 INTs and was ignored on YouTube video of Arkansas Alonzo Highsmith fumble return for TD vs LSU…if you watch the play develop, Thomas comes up from midfield and hits LSU RB to cough up the ball.

  96. By Carl K on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Rams and Redskins strike deal for the #2 pick.

    Kalil will look good in purple.

    Now we need to find a WR and CB.

  97. By Spencer *Day 5 Of Trial* on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Sweet lord. The Redskins better hope RG3 turns out to be something special.

  98. By Spencer *Day 5 Of Trial* on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Dam, that win earlier against the Redskins cost us dearly. And we loss AP too. We have the worst luck.

  99. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    Spencer stay positive buddy.

  100. By Gary on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    SEE YA to everyone but Guion and Erin Henderson. Possibly bring back Sage IF the price is right and IF he doesn’t get an offer to be #2 somewhere else.

  101. By Mike R. on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    The Redskins trade up to go for RG3? Right away it sounds like an upgrade to QB and fan base($$$) right away. What would be interesting is if Redskins take Kendall Wright in 2nd round! These two had a connection at Baylor.
    Also watch out for the Rams in the next couple years. Fisher as coach,the draft picks from trade and franchise QB Bradford (no excuses now Bradford)

  102. By Viking-ology on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    With the 3rd pick, the Vikings pick Matt Kalil.

  103. By Viking-ology on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    If Webb does nothing but stand on the sidelines as backup QB it will be ashamed to have all that talent wasted on the sidelines.

  104. By Viking-ology on Mar 9, 2012 | Reply

    The QB roster for Minny should look like this: #1 Ponder #2 Rosenfels #3 Webb (emergency backup)
    Webb can be a Blazer package QB (if they have a better approach) a kickoff returner (look no futher than Hester in Chicago) or a WR (he has speed and size) put the kid out on the field don’t waste him as the 2nd QB.

  105. By Viking-ology on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    Viking’s will free up a lot of cap room-they will not resign most if not all of thr FA. This will open up the door for two good FA signings. The youth movement will continue-2012, the season of less seasoning.

  106. By Mike R. on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply


    Great 3rd pick…Ron Yary 2.0 ? Webb should be doing something for the team besides standing on the sideline. Bills have QB Josh Nesbitt from Ga Tech on PS. He is switching to S. Good size and athletiscm (sp)

  107. By Mike R. on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    Stephen Hill is interesting. Not many receptions but his average yards per catch is eye catching. Since Ga Tech was option first team, I assume Hill had to block. A big play and blocking WR? Hmm

  108. By KoN on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    What if the browns were willing to trade. I don’t know if they are interested in Kalil or not, but if they aren’t then trading back one spot and picking up another 1st or 2nd round pick would be pretty cool. Let me clarify again that I would only advocate this if they are NOT interested in Kalil,

  109. By Mike R. on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    Sounds like Redskins have done deal to trade up with Rams….

  110. By Mike R. on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    Is this going to be a Peyton Manning/Ryan Leaf draft again? Thought Manning was going to be bust (Heath Schuler Tenn QB) and Leaf was ging to have potential..that is why I am on blog instead of making important decisions in NFL. LoL

  111. By Shawn on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply



    RAMS TRADE 2ND PICK TO THE SKINS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    VIKINGS GUARANTEED LT FROM USC MATT KALIL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  112. By Shawn on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    Redskins move to the #2 pick

  113. By Shawn on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply


  114. By Shawn on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    With the 3rd pick of the 2012 NFL draft the Minnesota Vikings select Matt Kalil, Tackle out of USC

  115. By sandiamond on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    What the heck? redskins gave up the farm. Comments hitting here every few seconds during the middle of the night!!

  116. By sandiamond on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings trade their round 4 and round 3(2013) to Rams for pick # 38 in this year’s draft

    #3 #35 #38 LT,DB,WR bam, bam, bam and done!

  117. By sandiamond on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    Vikings get final price tag on Week 16 win

    It’s been clear for some time that the Minnesota Vikings wouldn’t be in position to trade their No. 3 overall pick to a team that wanted to draft Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III. Griffin’s performance in last month’s NFL scouting combine sealed his spot as the second-best player in the draft, and on Friday night the St. Louis Rams traded the No. 2 pick to the Washington Redskins for a bounty that will make Vikings fans rue the day their team dropped from contention for the No. 2 pick themselves.

    As you assuredly know, the Vikings were on track to have the NFL’s second-worst record before they defeated the Redskins 33-26 in Week 16. (Tailback Adrian Peterson also suffered a major knee injury in that game, an unrelated but no less serious event.) After Friday night’s trade, we now know the difference between winning and losing that game was two future first-round picks and a second-rounder.

    That’s the premium the Redskins paid the Rams to swap first-rounders in 2012, presumably to draft Griffin. With Andrew Luck and Griffin expected to go 1-2 in the draft, it’s far less likely that a market will emerge for the Vikings’ spot at No. 3. If it does, the bounty will be nothing close to what the Rams got from the Redskins.

    Obviously, I’m not suggesting the Vikings should have done anything other than play to win against the Redskins. I’m not a proponent of tanking. In the end, that game was just another chapter in the star-crossed history of this franchise. The Vikings will do well to draft USC left tackle Matt Kalil at No. 3 next month, but they missed out on an opportunity to jump-start their rebuilding process with a rare volume of high draft picks in the coming years. Such is life.

  118. By Jon on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    I can’t believe the Redskins gave up that much, LMAO. Deals like this never seem to work out. The reason the rams are afraid to trade out of spot 2 and why they didn’t say yes until they are pretty much forced to with such a good deal offered, is because they don’t want to lose their shot at Blackmon.

    Now that this is all settled and they have acquired another high second round pick, Blackmon will be chosen at number 3 or Vikes will trade down a few spots if the price is right.

  119. By OTKalil2012 on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    Scam alert !!…

    How can Fisher be shaking hands on a deal with the Redskins dealing top draft picks this spring…When the Redskins are involved with the “Bountygate scandal”…And might have top draft picks taken away from them…Sure the Saints are the main storyline involved with the bountygate story…But defensive coordinator Willaims had the same bounty system in place in the Redskins organization before going to the Saints…And who are the Skins making this blockbuster trade with ???…That’s right…Where the troublesome defensive coordinator Williams is right now with the Rams…

    I smell something very fishy in Fisherville !!!…All this hype about the Redskins making this trade sounds a lot of empty promises…For Fisher to get the Browns to break the bank trying to beat out the Redskins offer…Doesn’t sound like the Browns GM is buying the story either…

  120. By OTKalil2012 on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    Now when the story comes out in the bountygate scandel that Goodell is taking the Redskins number one pick away in this springs draft (the news most likely coming out very soon)…Goodell will look like the bad guy in this bountygate scandel …Cheating the Rams fans from all their number one picks…And stopping the Redskins from getting RG III for Redskin fans…

    Make your decision soon Roger…Owners of the teams implicated are working on ways to make you look bad by handing out penalties for teams involved…

  121. By Carl K on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    Right now the Vikings have 10 million in cap space and are rumored to be interested in V Jax. 10 million will not be enough to sign V Jax!
    We will need to cut Herrera just to sign Jackson.

    To re-sign Erin Henderson we would need to cut or restructure Hutch.

    Now that the Vikings know Kalil is in the bag… Monday should the day that Herrera and Hutch get cut. Fusco and C Johnson will need to start at the guard positions.

    Signing 2 guys like Erin Henderson and V Jax could takes as much as 15 million.

  122. By Carl K on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    Will the Vikings really blow up this roster and cut guys like Winfield and Ced Griffin?

    Stay tuned… Monday might be the day we find out!

  123. By OTKalil2012 on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    Carl K….A rebuilding team only has one good shot at cleaning house…Releasing Winfield and C Griffin should only be a good start….Lets see if Spielman trades some older veterans for draft picks ??…That is what will shake up the roster…And maybe shake up the faith of fans in the new system with Spielman in charge…The Vikings organization has fought change on a big way since well…forever ??…The Vikings have never blown up their roster…And I think its the one reason the Vikings have never won a super bowl also….Spielman has been wanting a huge youth movement since being here in Mn…He is fully in charge now…Lets see how far he is willing to go ???…Could be interesting come Monday….and beyond…

  124. By SAN JO VIK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    Oregon vikes fan’s tell me they hope the vikings draft “BLACKMON” WR AKA “GALVATRON” GO VIKES!

  125. By SAN JO VIK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    I want L.JAMES #21!!!!

  126. By Rocksalt on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply


    The funding package for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium had a shaky unveiling Friday when Gov. Mark Dayton issued new estimates for charitable gambling money for the project, and was immediately challenged by the industry’s main lobbying group.

    The controversy quickly overshadowed a day in which Dayton personally stumped for the stadium’s public subsidy package, meeting with key Capitol leaders in their offices and conducting a series of radio interviews. His push came as the stadium bill, after months of closed-door meetings, was released just before hearings on the $975 million project are set to begin next week.

    Standing with State Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans, Dayton said that allowing electronic bingo and pulltabs in the state’s bars and restaurants would produce $62.5 million annually to finance the state’s total $398 million stadium contribution.

    That figure is $10 million a year less than a previous calculation. It was revised to satisfy charitable gambling officials who want tax relief for their industry as part of any Vikings stadium deal. “We feel confident that this is a revenue stream that we can rely on” for the stadium, Frans said.

    But the revision quickly came under fire.

    A spokesman for Allied Charities of Minnesota said after the governor’s news conference that leaders of the charitable gambling industry did not know about the briefing and said there was no agreement with the Dayton administration on whether the revenue estimates were accurate or how the new revenues should be divided.

    “We have no deal,” said Ray Bohn, a spokesman. “We’re pretty offended.”

    Bohn said Dayton administration officials had begun meeting with charitable gaming officials just three days before, and that discussions had been expected to spill into the weekend. “It’s very weird,” Bohn said. “I’ve never been treated like this before.”

    The briefing — which was tacked onto a news conference on education grants — and the new revisions showed that even as the stadium bill was being introduced, concern over the reliability of electronic pulltab projections is but one more worry in a project plagued by complicated politics and financing.

    In a rare move for a governor, Dayton went to the offices of GOP House and Senate leaders to make his case. He talked to House Speaker Kurt Zellers, R-Maple Grove, for 35 minutes in Zellers’ closed-door office. But Zellers was still tepid when asked whether he supported — or would help politically push — for a Vikings stadium and, if anything, seemed to distance himself further from it later in the day.

    “I personally don’t believe in funding for the Vikings stadium,” Zellers said. “I didn’t vote for the [public subsidies for a Minnesota Twins ballpark]. Doesn’t mean it won’t get a fair trial, a fair hearing.”

    Asked whether he was an advocate for the Vikings stadium, Zellers replied with one word: “No.”

    The DFL governor was asked later whether the controversial stadium project could pass the House without Zellers’ help. “I think a stadium bill is going to pass the House with 68 votes. I didn’t ask the speaker what his vote would be,” Dayton said. “There have to be enough advocates for this project in the House and the Senate and the Minneapolis City Council.

    “That’s the real challenge,” Dayton acknowledged.

    The stadium would be built on the Metrodome site in downtown Minneapolis. The Vikings would contribute $427 million toward construction costs, while the state’s share would be $398 million. Minneapolis is to give $150 million upfront and share other continuing costs with the team.

    What’s the pulltab backup?

    Frans said he was confident about this latest pulltab revenue estimate, but conceded that if electronic bingo and pulltabs failed to generate enough money, the state would have to look at a backup plan more directly supported by state money. “That’s something we’ll have to look at,” said Frans.

    State officials said that while $38 million to $40 million a year would be needed for debt service on stadium borrowing, bond houses might require twice as much because gambling is seen as an unstable funding source.

    But any move to use direct state money carries a new set of political worries — many Republican legislators who hold the majority in the House and Senate already have said they would reject any such move.

    “If the electronic pulltabs just [don't] work why, then, no one can probably vote for it,” said Senate Majority Leader David Senjem after his Friday meeting with Dayton. “We have to be assured there’s a financing mechanism that works,” the Rochester Republican said.

    On whether the Vikings stadium legislation would pass the Legislature this spring, Senjem said: “We’ll do the best we can. If it’s not good enough, why, we’ll have to, I suppose, set it aside and [do it] at a different time.”

    Staff writer Jim Ragsdale contributed to this report. Mike Kaszuba •

  127. By sandiamond on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    Carl the viking transactions are about to get heated up any day now

    -rosenfels, abdullah and erin henderson contract talks in the works
    -players to be outright released ? ( hutch, winfield, griffin, ej,herrera,ty johnson,camarillo)
    – free agent signing?
    – chris cook trial verdict

  128. By Gary on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    “Gambling is seen as an unstable funding source”? Ask the tribe down at Mystic Lake about THAT!

  129. By Old School on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    The way this team played last year……..

    The way they looked………..



  130. By Spencer *Day 6* on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    S Husain Abdullah –Bring him back, he showed potential.
    LB Xavier Adibi – Bye.
    WR Devin Aromashodu – Keep, but hes still a bad WR.
    WR Greg Camarillo – Keep, hes a reliable 3rd down WR.
    DT Fred Evans – 50/50.
    DT Letroy Guion – Keep.
    LB E.J. Henderson – See ya EJ. Too old, and cant cover.
    LB Erin Henderson –Must bring him back. Good player.
    S Tyrell Johnson –Dont even think about re-signing him.
    LS Matt Katula – Does it matter?
    TE Jim Kleinsasser –Bye.
    OL Scott Kooistra – Does it matter?
    S Jarrad Page – Cut, hes not committed to football.
    QB Sage Rosenfels –Cut.
    CB Benny Sapp – Hes a solid Nickle CB. Keep.
    TE Visanthe Shiancoe – The most overrated player on the team. Cut.

  131. By GrandDaddyPurp on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    Keep Guion, Abdullah, and Erin Henderson

  132. By Gary on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    Spenser = Drop the WR – Aromashodu & Camarillo = too expensive – look at the young WR on the roster (Kris Adams, Emmanual Arceneaux, Stephen Burton, Kerry Taylor) and at least 1 WR will be added in the draft. Once the draft is over, shouldn’t be room for Benny
    GrandDaddyPurp = I’m with you except a veteran QB is needed so if Sage is cheap enough AND doesn’t bolt for an offer to be #2 elsewhere, I’d consider having him back

  133. By OTKalil2012 on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    There might be a silver lining for all fans wanting the Redskins dealing those draft picks to the Rams for the chance of drafting RG III…While I still believe the Redskins will have to pay a penalty to the league in the form of draft picks of some kind for having Williams as defensive coordinator a few years back…And Williams having had the bounty system in play during those seasons also…

    One big difference remains between handing out penalties for that bounty system…Roger Goodell and the NFL “warned” the Saints to stop what they were doing…And the Saints did not listen to the league…

    Point being…Goodell will fine and be much more harsh on penalties with draft picks with the Saints…Redskins may have to give up a draft pick for being involved…But most likely see a lower pick being involved…Like a 3rd round selection being in play and a much lower fine also…Look for the Saints to pay a MUCH higher amount of money for a fine…And forced to give up higher round draft picks also…

  134. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    Goodell is going to do his best impression of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans.

  135. By Viking-ology on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    And the NFL built a brand new stadium for the Saint’s!

  136. By odin13 on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    Nothing against Abdullah BUT he has 4 CONCUSSIONS in the last 2 years so his health is a serious concern, not to mention the downtime at the position as well as players suing the nfl over getting and being allowed to continue their careers (as if they couldn’t make the decision to retire on their own and were forced to play) after sustaining such injuries. He has become a liability and we can free up some salary cap money. Go after Markelle Martin (athletic, intelligent, hard hitting ball-hawk) in the 3rd or George Iloka. I think we can get one of these guys that late.

  137. By Viking-ology on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    Hex the ‘Aint’s

  138. By Viking-ology on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    Release our FA-start anew. Sign two good FA (WR & CB) draft smart (starting with Kalil) the “Season of less seasoning” continues.

  139. By Carl K on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    Should Brandon Burton get more playing time this year?????

    Here are some reports on him last year before the Vikings drafted him in the 5th round.
    Ranked Burton as the #5 corner and said he had the talent to be a quality starter.
    A speedy cover corner with smooth back pedal and fluid hips. Needs to work on tackling technique, and has trouble getting off blocks. Third round prospect.,
    Good intangibles, intelligent and a hardworker. Burton is likely to be a 2nd or third round pick.
    Burton is a fine cover corner who has enough size and a ton of speed. Yet he can also use that speed to get into the backfield and is an effective blitzer and run stopper. Burton cemented his spot as a second round pick with his fine showing at the NFL combine. His lack of strength and willingness to take gambles may cause some teams to shy away from him, but Burton is a player who can learn a new system and be a very good corner.
    Burton is limited in upside because he is just a solid athlete, as he really doesn’t drive on the ball, and isn’t much of a playmaker. Burton is a solid, but not special cornerback prospect. He fits any defensive scheme and should go sometime in the 2 to 3rd round.

    Burton burst onto everybody’s radar in the first game of the season by shutting down star Pitt receiver Jonathan Baldwin. Burton is very physical, gets a great jam on the line, and does a great job turning and sprinting out of his back pedal.
    Burton enters the offseason looking like a top 50 pick. Burton’s mix of speed, quickness and size are exactly what NFL scouts are looking for. Once in the NFL he will need to work on his hand and footwork in his drops, but he has raw potential that coaches love to work with. Once Burton improves his footwork and tackling ablilty, watch out.

  140. By Carl K on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    The Viking’s 5th round draft pick was ranked a lot higher by many people, but some holes in his game caused him to drop in the draft.

    Did Burton work hard enough as an NFL rookie to correct or improve some of his flaws?
    Will the coaches give him a bigger role in our secondary this year?

  141. By odin13 on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    1) Matt Kalil for obvious reasons 2) CB Alphonso Denard or Stephen Gilmore again for obvious reasons 3) FS Markelle Martin see my above post 4) DT Alameda Ta’amu, Remi totally sucks and a big body will be great next to Williams sinc e we’ll never get Dontari Poe 5)Dwight Jones or Jeff Fuller which I think will still be available this far back and EXCELLENT value at this point, 6) OG Lucas Nix if available, if not Ryan Miller. We can move Charlie Johnson to Herreras spot, let Hutch play out his final season and develop our pick here or draft a stud player for the left side next draft. 7) LB tank Carder again if available take a chance this guy is an animal and if Elimimian works out then look out because you have just installed some brutal hitters on this D. By the way what’s up with OL Demarcus Love. How do you take up a roster spot and never play a down or be on IR? What are they doing with this guy?

  142. By Spencer *Day 6* on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

  143. By Spencer *Day 6* on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    But heres what worries me about Brandon Burton. How could he not beat out Cedric Griffin, Benny Sapp, Marcus Sherals, and Asher Allen? If he’s losing playing time to below average corners, then maybe he just isnt good.

  144. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    Old School – you are right. Cut the whole team except for Allen and Ponder. Oh, and maybe keep Webb and Harvin. And while we’re at it, AP might be worth keeping. We may even keep one of the Henderson brothers- they aren’t so bad. Oh, maybe Kevin Williams and Chad Greenway can stay too. Gerhart ain’t too bad either. Camarillo is an overall reliable player as well. Wait a minute, smart thing would be to cut the whole team. Seriously? Come on.

  145. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    Kyle Rudolph?

  146. By Ben on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    Erin and Aromoshodu we should for sure re-sign and we really need to try to re-sign Shiancoe I beleive he is still one of the better Tight ends he just needs a qb to get him the ball but he has size and speed and hands plus I really like the idea of 2 tight end sets with him and Rudolph. release Tyrell, release Abdullah release Cedric Griffen and try to get Brandon Carr, Pierre Garcon, and Melvin Bullett and possibly try to get Hutchinson to take a pay cut and for sure release Remi Ayodele he did nothing last season. Wanna know why the patriots are always good every year they know how to manage their roster and make drastic decisions to land franchise players

  147. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    I am predicting 10 or 11 wins this season.

  148. By DeerTracks on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    Carl K…Yes, Buton appears to have what it takes to be a good CB…

    What is needed is the Brain Trust Viking Coach’s is to stop looking in the bushes for that cream of the crop CB, and start training the ones’ already on the Roster

    Same thing with the WR’s and TE’s…What is it with people yelling Draft a TE! Draft a WR! Cheez, we have them on the Roster!

    With Kieinsasser gone, Rudolph can replace him…6’6″, 259 lbs ..Watched him (again) in the Denver game.. Good hands,,,Watched Webb used as a WR same game…Also good hands…He caught one looong ball, but it was nullifyed for his push off…For crying out loud, Vikings stop shaking the bushes and start using the players you have!!

    Vikings…Use Joe Webb, like you did in the Denver and other games, some WR bits, sneak him in on some QB plays ..,.

  149. By SkolVikes98 on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    Did anyone else notice our interior line was cut today? I wonder what the Vikings are planning on doing.

  150. By Spencer *Day 6* on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply


    The Vikings have CUT Huchison, Herrea, and Ced Griffin!

  151. By Spencer *Day 6* on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    So we’re now what- 23 million under the cap?

  152. By 61Vikings on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    ‘Skins gave up (3), yes (3) 1st round picks to get RG3, WOW, they really wanted that guy, but the ‘Skins are known for giving up alot and never getting much in return!! This team does not draft to smart!! That all but guarantee’s the Vikes to tab our man, LT/Matt Kalil, not a glamorous pick, but a very smart pick for years to come!! 2nd and 3rd round picks will be determined on what we do in free agency!! I would love to see the Vikes tab OG/Carl Nicks and CB/Cortland Finnegan in free agency, then come draft time, draft best available WR!!

  153. By 61Vikings on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    Starting OL for the Vikes next season:
    LT/ Matt Kalil, LG/Carl Nicks, C/John Sullivan, RG/Charles Johnson, RT/Phil Loadholt-or to be determined. Double TE set Kyle Rudolph and Alan Reisner-or to be determined in draft with a 4th or 5th round pick!!

  154. By 61Vikings on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    Look for more teams to go with (2) strong TE’s with the ability to catch and block, see the New England Patriots!! Wouldn’t surprise me if the Vikes drafted another TE in this years draft, since Kleinsausage retired!! V.Stinko has to go, can’t block worth a dodo!!

  155. By Carl on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    Sign Erin Henderson to 4 yr 10 mil deal. end of story
    Sign Sage Rosenfels 2 yrs 5 mil deal.
    Sign Hussain Abdullah at a cost effective price. Also draft a FS in the draft.
    Sign Letroy Guion to a back up DT contract.
    Sign Aromashadu to a reasonable WR contract he would make a good #5 WR.

    The rest show the door. Rebuild from the bottom up with youth

  156. By 61Vikings on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    Hate to see Hutch go, but he was in the last year of his deal and he’s 36!! We need Ben Grubbs or Carl Nicks in free agency!! Charles Johnson can take one of the guard positions!! Let’s see how commited the Vikes are in rebuilding the OL during free agency and the draft!! Herrera and Griffen are no brainers to let go!!

  157. By Mark B on Mar 10, 2012 | Reply

    I’m a little curious on what everyone thinks about taking Blackmon with the third overall pick and then Stephen Hill at 35. Can DLove slide into that LT spot and take care of business is the only real question. We didn’t get to see him at all last year in games outside of the preseason. If he can be a serviceable LT and with the addition of 2 play making WR in the draft (forcing teams to play more coverage and not be blitz happy) the OL could be better. This also allows you to go into the FA market and grab a couple of guys for the secondary. I would love to see Finnigan lining up against Jennings and Megatron twice a year – Willian Middleton from the Jags could be another interesting option that may be cheap. Get some help at safety in the draft and game on!

  158. By Kyle on Mar 11, 2012 | Reply

    What they should do with Aromashadu is send him to the same camp they sent Sidney Rice too. And with the right rotation and if we got some WR in free agency or draft he wouldn’t have to do it all the time. And he might become a big threat for us this year.

  159. By VikeFan on Mar 12, 2012 | Reply

    S Husain Abdullah –resign, low pay
    LB Xavier Adibi – resign low pay or cut
    WR Devin Aromashodu – sign low pay or cut
    WR Greg Camarillo – cut
    DT Fred Evans – cut
    DT Letroy Guion – cut
    LB E.J. Henderson – cut
    LB Erin Henderson –resign, modest pay
    S Tyrell Johnson –cut
    LS Matt Katula – cut
    TE Jim Kleinsasser –thank you for being a Viking
    OL Scott Kooistra – cut
    S Jarrad Page – cut
    QB Sage Rosenfels –sign low pay or cut
    CB Benny Sapp – sign low pay or cut
    TE Visanthe Shiancoe – sign low pay or cut
    Note: if low pay signs dont want to sign.. lol CUT
    Need: Younger (YOUNG) high talented players
    Young players on the team need to start (NOT SIT AND WATCH TILL THEY ARE OLD)

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