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Monday Morning Mailbag Extra: Free Agency Primer

Posted by Mike Wobschall on March 6, 2013 – 7:54 am

While putting together a few questions and answers for next week’s Monday Morning Mailbag, I came across a good question that required a thorough answer. The answer became complicated enough that I thought it would be too long-winded for the Mailbag. So, I thought we could make a blog entry out of it and let the readers take it from there.

Take a look at the question and my answer. Then be sure to leave your thoughts on the matter by utilizing the comments section below the blog entry.

I know the Vikings new direction is to draft players instead of pick them up from free agency. I agree wholeheartedly with their direction. However, what type of contract deal does Mike Wallace want? What are the chances of the Vikings picking him up? Are there any free agents that you would personally like the Vikings to go after?
— Derek P.
Pearl Harbor, HI

Building the team through the draft as opposed to free agency is not a new direction for the Vikings. This has been GM Rick Spielman’s philosophy during his tenure in Minnesota. It may feel new to some fans because they are starting to see the wisdom in that philosophy given the Vikings recent success in the draft, but it’s nothing new for veteran NFL GMs.

I’m not sure what kind of contract Wallace will demand once free agency opens on Tuesday, but my sense is his camp will be seeking top-end type of money – something in the neighborhood of what Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald and Detroit’s Calvin Johnson are making. Whether that’s what he deserves or not is irrelevant. What is relevant is what the market bears. That’s why free agency can be dangerous, and that’s why teams prefer to use the draft as the primary tool to build their roster. In free agency, you’re not paying players based on their ability to perform. Rather, you’re paying them based on supply and demand. Those are two entirely different propositions.

The Vikings are a run-oriented team that features the NFL’s best running back and one of the League’s top run-blocking offensive lines. As such, it’s fair to wonder whether it makes sense then for the Vikings to invest such a large amount of money in a single receiver. If you’re a team that can run the ball effectively up to 30-35+ times per game, are you also a team that wants to pay a free agent wide receiver upwards of $15 million a season? I’m not saying the answer is yes or no in the Vikings particular case, I’m just suggesting it’s a question every team must ask itself when it comes to drawing up a plan for free agency.

As for free agents I’d like to see the team pursue, I don’t have anyone in particular in mind. Of course it’d be great to add a receiver the caliber of Wallace or Greg Jennings. But to me, the Vikings had a good plan in free agency last season. Spielman and Co. waited for the high-priced free agents to fly off the shelf early in free agency, and then once the second and third wave of free agency came along the Vikings picked up a few. While the additions of tight end John Carlson and Jerome Simpson didn’t work out as planned, the book on both of their Vikings tenures may not be over yet. Also, the signing of fullback Jerome Felton was brilliant. At the time, the Felton signing was an under-the-radar move that didn’t yield much more than a sentence or two buried at the bottom of the lead story. In the end, though, it turned out to be one of the better offseason additions and it resulted in a Pro Bowl berth for Felton following the best season of Adrian Peterson’s career.

Long story longer, the key to free agency is not making the biggest splash or identifying the best players at each position and then pursuing them. The key to free agency is identifying and signing players who fit the scheme and can be obtained with reasonable salaries. That leaves cap space and cash for the best kind of free agent signing – the re-signing of your own free agents whom you know fit with your team, which in the Vikings case could be players such as right tackle Phil Loadholt, safety Jamarca Sanford and even a future free agents such as Everson Griffen.


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174 Responses to “Monday Morning Mailbag Extra: Free Agency Primer”

  1. By VF209 on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    1st

  2. By Myric on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    I agree totally except in one instance. I’f the Vikes were one or two players away from being strong contenders for a strong super bowl run. I hope the Vikes can sign Phil. I am still a believer in John Carlson. Without the injury we would of had an amazing TE duo. Possibly battleing the Patriots for top TE’s in the nfl.

    The Vikes do need a deep outside threat. Someone that can open up the field and give the running room a little more travel time for Peterson. We can address that in the draft 3rd to 5th round. Offensive line may be a bigger need than we think if Phil isn’t signed. This draft is built to establish talent down the round with all the talent on the O line and D line. So much that we could get a starter for years to come in the first and second.

    Need help on the D line. I hope thats were we spend the first pick. Hopefully someone falls and they have to much talent to pass on..

    Go Vikes…..Nice job Wobs…

  3. By Troutdaddy on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    C’mon Wobs, you don’t have anyone particular in mind that you would like to see the Vikes go after? Throw us a bone here. It is just an opinion. We would all really like to know who you see as a high caliber player that you personally would love to see in purple this year. How about Revis? What about a WR? Give us a name so that we can speculate even more! I think the Vikes could in fact make a big splash in FA with a brilliant pickup if they play their cards right.

  4. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Spielman should sign “future free agent” Ponder to an extension…Before the draft…

    Sign Ponder to a 5yr/60+ million dollar contract this spring…Or most likely after a very good season this fall with new WR’s…
    Those contract extension numbers turn into over a 100+ million bucks next spring ???…

    And do it before Ponder sees the weapons he gets for this fall also…Ponder knows what he can do with new weapons around him…Might have him want to wait to sign a contract until next spring…Knowing who he gets to throw the ball to this fall…

    Timing is everything…Just ask an average QB in Flacco…Who just signed a monster contract because a just a few good games at the end of the season in the playoffs…

    This off season should be very interesting !!!…Many things could happen after or even before March 12th…

  5. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Jets seem to be in a BIG hurry to push the Revis contract onto another team !!

    I wonder why ???…

    I think the Jets are well aware if the 49ers go after Harvin ???…They fall out on getting some of the 49ers plethora of draft pick compensation they have piled up…And the 49ers only really have enough cap space to accommodate one major free agent move….

    Spielman knows he holds all the cards with Harvin…
    Harvin is younger and stronger player than Revis…And will have a much bigger impact for the 49ers and the kind of offense they run…They have a great D already…

    Besides…If the 49ers do not want to be in play for Harvin ???…
    There are a lot of teams that will be…

    I just think all this Revis hype…Is tjust o get Spielman to fast play Harvin ???…

    I don’t think that will work…But only time will tell ???…

  6. By Mike B. on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    How much do you pay a RT that is a positive influence and a good run blocker, but is not so good as a p@ss blocker. Loadholt is going to want a decent contract to stay a Viking. I am wondering if it is wise to stick with him or find someone that can p@ss block well too. I think some of you are a little early to be judging how Ponder will perform this year. If he does well, I expect to see some comments how you were wrong on him. I think we will start to see why we drafted him first round starting this year. We do need to get some WR that can get open and a OL that can p@ss block as well as run block.

  7. By Mike B. on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    I think that the Vikings should look at Vince Young as a possible #2 for Ponder. Young could step in and be effective if Ponder is hurt. He is an upgrade compared to Webb.

  8. By twr on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    vince young is horrable

  9. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    RT isn’t the problem….G to replace C Johnson is…

    Loadholt probably waits until free agency to take on offers…And then (maybe) gives the Vikings a chance to match that offer…I think he likes the team enough to give them a slight discount…But not a lot…

    You take chances at QB with contracts…5yr/60+ million isn’t a big gamble for a “game manager” QB…I don’t even think Ponder falls under that category at all ???…But some do…
    I think Ponder will be big this fall…He does have the arm and touch to make big plays…You can’t throw the ball to covered receivers that won’t fight for the ball…Like we had last fall…

    60+ million is the base I believe Ponder is worth in an extension…There is no risk with that deal…

    Flacco at 120+ million…NOW THAT IS RISK !!!…
    I think that deal spells doom and gloom for the Ravens…

    I said this prediction once already…

    Ponder will have a better QB rating than Flacco after this coming season…
    No problem for the man of Steele…And I’m sure she agrees… ;-)

  10. By Champ Henson on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Big mistake by Frazier on the Donovan McNabb fiasco. Then team misjudged Webb as a #2, if they wanted a pocket passer, or hybrid wildcat type QB. Then Cutting Sage Rosenfels. It bit them big on that one in the play-off game. Now where does Bethel-Thompson fit, is he a legit project, or a big waste of time like Webb was? Ponder still a question mark entering his third year?… Come on Vikings staff, get educated, smarten up, and take care of the QB position once and for all.

  11. By Champ Henson on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Give Ponder $60,000,000??????
    What has he done to deserve anything close to that?

  12. By vikings rule on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Ponder is overpaid at 850,000. his actual true value is 30,000/game. you can stick your 60 million where the sun doesn’t shine

  13. By vikings rule on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Colin Kaepernick is only getting 1.1 million a year, give him the 60 million, he deserves it

  14. By Parkway on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Ha Ponder at 60 mill that’s the funniest thing I’ve heard for quite some time. Is that how much 3rd string Qbs are going for these days?

  15. By vikings rule on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    want to ear someting really funny, Hopkins picked Ponder as the #12 overall, that’s how much he knows! LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL
    HAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

  16. By vikings rule on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    hear

  17. By vikings rule on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    the 48th rated qb in the league making 60 million, HHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

  18. By DRS. on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    If as you stated, “The Vikings are a run-oriented team that features the NFL’s best running back and one of the League’s top run-blocking offensive lines. As such, it’s fair to wonder whether it makes sense then for the Vikings to invest such a large amount of money in a single receiver”, I then would wonder if the Vikings should think twice about paying Percy the big money as well.

  19. By vikings rule on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Ponder will be playing up north for the cfl 2 years from now and hopkins wants to give him a 60 million dollar extension, LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

  20. By northwoodsv2 on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    That’s a good point DRS. AP was able to rack up obscene yardage when the other team knew he was coming at them (with a couple of exceptions).

    Why have WRs and a QB on the roster at all?

    Can you imagine AP running behind a combination of 10 O-linemen and fullbacks?

  21. By DRS. on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    By the way you, (Mike Wobschall), sound in this blog entry, Percy being a WR and wanting big money have little chance of being on the team next year.

  22. By northwoodsv2 on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Of course, we’ll need a backup plan for when AP gets hurt or tired.

    Oh yeah. Without a passing game, we just punt.

  23. By DRS. on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    By the way Mike Wobschall seems to see it, and it may be true that all the Vikings will need is a good WR Draft pick, letting go of Percy may give the Vikings what they need.

  24. By DRS. on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    It is not sounding good for Percy.

  25. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Is everybody done getting a good chuckle on Ponder ???…

    If I remember right …Most of you laughed pretty hard also…When I predicted the Vikings would win their last 4 games of the season also ???…

    Why pay Percy 60 million ??…
    When Wright had 300+ yards/ 2TDs on 40 pass attempts…
    Percy had 600+ yards/ 3TDs on 80 pass attempts…
    Both play the same position…One was only a rookie…
    A team player on a rookie contract…

    Harvin wants 60+ million and causes problems and is injury prone…

    Double the pass attempts and numbers on Wright across the board….

    Now tell me…Why should the Vikings pay a ton of money to a player that causes them problems…Why pay the problem child…When they are able to get high draft picks for Harvin in a trade…
    Especially when they have a solid young player like Wright to develop as their slot receiver in Harvin’s position ???…

    Kind of funny also ???…Ponder seemed to have no problem getting either Harvin or Wright the football !!!…
    To bad Percy had a hard time staying on the field…Might have been nice seeing what could have happened having two pretty good WR’s on the field at the same time ???…

  26. By Myric on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Trade percy to SF for the best we can!!!!!!!They want him. I know they do…..

  27. By Mike B. on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    The Vikings have a few big decisons to make. Simpson, Loadholt, Felton, and Harvin. I really don’t have any idea how the Harvin situation plays out. But a big contract for Harvin could move Simpson out the door. I think we should keep Harvin, if he is not the distraction some say he is. Webb is another issue it’s time to move on. If he wants to stay for his last year that’s fine, but he shouldn’t be the #2 QB. IMO. There are some QBs that would fit as a good back up to Ponder. We should look at Young Grossman Leftwich and Carr

  28. By DRS. on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    trading Percy may be the best the Vikings can do this year, who knows, though it is not sounding to good for Percy’s hope of a big pay check from the Vikings, later every one, SKOL Vikings

  29. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    And the game continues…. :-)

    UPDATE: Wednesday, March 6, at 11:55 a.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

    The San Francisco 49ers reportedly are denying any significant interest in Revis, according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN:

    While the New York Jets may be determined to trade Darrelle Revis, it would be a mistake to count the San Francisco 49ers as a serious suitor, according to a high-ranking team source.

    The 49ers’ interest in Revis is “.001 on a scale of 1-10,” the source said via text message. That remains consistent with the same team official who previously stated the 49ers were not inclined to pursue a Revis trade.

  30. By autobon7 on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Vince Young????? Are you kidding me?

  31. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Stay away from the hype Spielman…This guy is a set up !!…

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1554872-rounding-up-the-latest-nfl-draft-buzz-rumors-and-speculation#/articles/1554872-rounding-up-the-latest-nfl-draft-buzz-rumors-and-speculation/page/6

  32. By Champ Henson on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Frazier said any QB free agent signing would have to come with a mutual understanding that the Vikings have no plans on holding an open competition for the starting spot.

    “He’d have to understand his role,” Frazier said. “That would be the key. If the guy comes in and has the mindset that I’m going to create a problem in the locker room because he feels he should be the starter, that would not be a good fit.”

    What kind of coach says such a ridiculous statement???? The analagy that a professional player should come in and not want to work hard enough to start is bizarre and stupid….whoever they bring in should not have any notion to want to start???? And, wanting to start translates into creating a problem in the locker room???

    How stupid can a nfl coach get?

  33. By vikings rule on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    nfl.com
    ‘Fins, Vikes expected to vie for Wallace’s services

  34. By vikings rule on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Ponder doesn’t have the arm to throw to Wallace

  35. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1555599-showcasing-minnesota-vikings-biggest-strengths-and-draft-needs

  36. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    I think the Vikings would be foolish to go after Wallace…This stuff is all rumor..

    http://www.nfl.com/freeagency/story/0ap1000000147334/article/mike-wallace-not-greg-jennings-miami-dolphins-biggest-target

  37. By Kevin on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Ponder really needs to hit the weight room this off-season! Vikes will get there deep threat receiver…Ponder has to be able to hit him!

  38. By Wraith4912 on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Every day cry about Ponder, it’s like a broken record in here. The vikings are done with stop gap QB’s everytime the fanbase starts whining. He’s getting 3 years so get over it.
    Harvin isn’t crying about the team, he hasn’t said anything. The vikings have an order of operations that they employ when dealing with player contracts. There are other priorities before Harvin to get done such as everyone else with a contract that expires before Harvin’s
    Good day all.

  39. By iaVIKE on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Wait til the end of this coming season to say that, “vikings rule”. Ponder hit Wright in stride for a 65 yarder and a 54 yarder when they actually let a receiver run a route over 10 yards. Hit Aroumashadoodoo with one in the end zone that bounced off his chest too. Give him quality deep threats and then judge Ponder on his deep ball…but you’re just gunna keep runnin your mouth anyway.

  40. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1552135-10-wide-receivers-the-minnesota-vikings-should-consider-on-draft-day#/articles/1552135-10-wide-receivers-the-minnesota-vikings-should-consider-on-draft-day/page/10

  41. By Legit Vikes Fan on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    If the Vikes spend big on Mike Wallace and not Percy Harvin that would be the worst move we could possibly make. I don’t mind making a move for Wallace, but if that will cost us Percy then that price is way too steep! Percy would be a better fit in every offense in the NFL then Wallace would. I will be a very upset Vikings fan if it plays out that way.

    No Mercy Percy!!!!!!

  42. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Are the Vikings really interested in paying a huge price for Wallace in a bidding war ???
    Or just driving up the price tag on Wallace…
    To get a better deal on Harvin some way ???..

    .

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/03/06/report-vikings-expected-to-battle-dolphins-for-mike-wallace/

  43. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Alas, poor Webb…I knew him well…

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/03/06/vikings-expected-to-make-quick-strike-for-a-quarterback/

  44. By DRS. on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Vikings stadium: If funding falls short

    March, 4, 2013

    Mar 43:15PM ETBy Kevin Seifert | ESPN.com

    “And what of the doomsday scenario, where all three provisions fall short of the money required for the state’s annual payments? At that point, from what I can tell, the state would have to produce money from its general fund — something Gov. Mark Dayton promised not to do when campaigning for the facility.”

    http://espn.go.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/73297/vikings-stadium-if-funding-falls-short

  45. By DRS. on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    http://www.1500espn.com/sportswire/Pelissero_Vikings_shouldnt_waste_any_time_moving_on_from_Joe_Webb030513

  46. By Rick on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Vikings Rule do you ever say anything intelligent? Or do you just come on here to b*tch about Ponder? Get a life you tool.

  47. By Parkway on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    gergie1957 says:
    Mar 6, 2013 12:00 PM
    “Vikings want to make sure whoever comes in knows Ponder’s the guy.”

    We need more of those 60 yard passing performances from Ponder. Be assured if you come to the Vikings, you will ride the pines. And you better be ready to go (Start in the Playoffs) at a moments notice. No pressure.

  48. By Parkway on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    tjacks7 says:
    Mar 6, 2013 11:46 AM
    Oh so you’re looking for the overachiever that’s thinking “I’m good enough to play at a moments notice, but I’ll never be good enough to start regularly.”

  49. By Parkway on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    filthymcnasty1 says:
    Mar 6, 2013 11:52 AM
    So they need to find a backup that’s bad enough not to beat out Ponder for the starting gig.

    Typical Viking move.

  50. By Parkway on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    landof10000lakes says:
    Mar 6, 2013 11:43 AM
    This is ridiculous. If Ponder can’t handle the pressure of a QB competition, he should not be our QB. They treated TJack with kid gloves, too, so as to not hurt his confidence. How did that turn out?

  51. By Legit Vikes Fan on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    That’s the article I read too. I’d rather not get involved and drive up the price it’s only another wr for Harvin to compare $$ with. I say committ to Harvin and draft a big WR in April. Cordarrelle is going to be too much of a stetch but I’d like to see the Vikes draft – Keenan Allen or Justin Hunter in the second.

  52. By Parkway on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    toddc612 says:
    Mar 6, 2013 1:51 PM
    Sheesh, I certainly hope whomever they acquire gives competition to Ponder. If not, what’s the point?

    It’s painfully obvious that he’s just not that good..

    I’m sick of crossing my fingers every game for an “average” performance from Ponder. Then he gets praised if he goes over 150 yards passing. What a joke..

  53. By DRS. on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2013/02/09/max-says-vikings-may-try-to-trade-percy-harvin/

  54. By Legit Vikes Fan on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Enough with all the Ponder talk. The Vikes have made the mistake of committing to him and that is that. I’d rather save money this year and grab Vince Young then spend money on Matt Cassell, Thigpen, etc.. Ponder is going to have to make it happen otherwise this season could be his last.

  55. By DRS. on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/6433/christian-ponder

  56. By Legit Vikes Fan on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    DRS.

    That link you put up on Harvin is about a month old. We have publicly made it aware that we aren’t dealing him.

  57. By vikings rule on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Ponder did not hit Wright on stride, iaVIKE , it was 5 yards underthown, you tool

  58. By mac on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    webb had no snap’s with the first string , get off joe’s back … tthat game was called for ponder playing anyway’s …musgrave doesn’t know how to change it up for the qb’s and musgrave is the weak link right now in the viking coaching staff as far as i’m concerned !

  59. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    By Legit Vikes Fan on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    DRS.

    That link you put up on Harvin is about a month old. We have publicly made it aware that we aren’t dealing him.

    —————————

    And some bad articles Parkway puts up about Ponder are from early December..Before Ponder helped win the last 4 games of the season…

    If you don’t think Harvin is getting traded ???…Fine…

    Some fans do…

  60. By Champ Henson on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    …..so….whoever is the backup qb…..if he is called on to play…shouldn’t play better than Ponder….but instead play worse so that Ponder keeps his job….and not create any locker room problems with superior performance….unbelievable!!
    Packer fans are laughing their butts off I bet.

  61. By DRS. on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Vikings make two minor adjustments to coaching staff

    Posted by: Dan Wiederer under Vikings Updated: March 4, 2013 – 10:59 AM

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/194899021.html

  62. By DRS. on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Sylvester Williams a Viking? So says the latest mock draft from ESPN’s Todd McShay

    Posted by: Dan Wiederer under Quarterbacks, The draft, Vikings Updated:
    March 6, 2013 – 12:29 PM

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/195642311.html

  63. By Immure on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    By vikings rule on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Ponder did not hit Wright on stride, iaVIKE , it was 5 yards underthown, you tool
    __________________________________________________________________

    Your thinking about the first one against the Lions the 54 yarder that was slightly under thrown.
    But the one iaVike is talking about was the 65 yarder against GB that indeed hit Wright on stride.

  64. By DRS. on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Adrian Peterson not buying Chris Johnson’s bid to win 2013 rushing title

    Posted by: Dan Wiederer under Vikings, Adrian Peterson Updated:
    March 4, 2013 – 5:25 PM

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/195161671.html

  65. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Frazier was not talking about drafted QB’s…

    Frazier said that a veteran QB coming in to back up Ponder…
    Would not be fighting for the starting position…

    Ponder is the starter…He has earned the right to be the starter in Frazier’s eyes…Whether fans like it or not…

    Will Ponder underperform and lose the starter position during the season …
    I doubt that…But who knows ???….
    That also will be the coaches decision…
    Right now Ponder knows the playbook and the offense a lot more than any veteran or rookie coming in…
    Its that simple…

    Will a rookie or MBT be competition to push Ponder or future reps ???…Sure…
    But not for the starting position at the beginning of the season…

    If the Vikings draft a veteran…It will not be to take over Ponders job at all…That will be just to help if Ponder is injured…

  66. By DRS. on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    E-pulltab revenue down $15M in forecast for Vikings stadium plan

    Article by: JEAN HOPFENSPERGER and RACHEL E. STASSEN-BERGER ,
    Star Tribune staff writers Updated: March 4, 2013 – 12:59 AM

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/194098491.html?refer=y

  67. By DRS. on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    later.

  68. By vikings rule on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    they expected to have 2,000 business places selling the e tabs, only 170 so far

  69. By Jeremy on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    There’s always pressure Parkway!!! A backups job is to come in and play with no wrinkles at a moments notice….or what are they for???? I don’t think Webb is intelligent enough to play QB at NFL level..he looked scared and wasn’t comfortable in the system or atleast that’s the way I saw it. Webb will never be able to outduel any QB in the league when it comes to just passing.. unbelievable athlete…terrible QB talent..

    All you Ponder haters might as well jump a different bandwagon because he is here to stay!!!

    Keep Percy and draft a few more WRs..there are plenty of quality players in this years draft

  70. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    By vikings rule on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    they expected to have 2,000 business places selling the e tabs, only 170 so far

    ——————————

    All I hear are people wanting to play…
    And that nobody knows where they can play ??…

    Sounds like a business run by the government…Doesn’t it…

  71. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    “If the Vikings draft a veteran”…Whoa !!…That was off…

    *If the Vikings bring in a veteran QB….

  72. By vikings rule on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    if the Vikings sign Wallace, Percy might be on the auction block, at least they might get a 1st round draft pick for him, hopefully they keep both

  73. By vikings rule on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    our 3 highest paid players will have to redo their contracts if they sign Wallace

  74. By Dr. Remulak on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Every player in the NFL is competing for the #1 spot at their position. Fraziers just blowing hot air.

  75. By robb on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Webb should definitely go because the Vikings will never utilize his talents in any other position but QB.Simpson is interesting and I’ve always felt there is an upside to him that can get better as he familiarizes himself more with this offense.It’s the Viking’s luck that they seem to get players who have had nominal to good seasons elsewhere but flop when they come here.But I feel Simpson could be an exception if he is just given a little more time.He did make some clutch plays in week 17.And Harvin must stay no matter what.No matter what.

  76. By vikings rule on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    i should say the top 3 paid players redo contracts if Wallace is signed and Percy stays

  77. By northwoodsv2 on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    By mac on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    webb had no snap’s with the first string , get off joe’s back
    ———————————————————————————

    Really? You really think so? How heavy is that rock you live under?

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/vikings/2013/01/05/christian-ponder-elbow-packers-playoffs-joe-webb/1811203/

    ____________________________________________________________

    “Frazier said Webb received plenty of practice reps as Ponder watched during the week and professed confidence in the backup.

    Said Frazier: “I don’t think this game will be too big for him.”
    _____________________________________________________

  78. By Old School on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Grab Wallace……………………….Pay him!

    DO NOT LET THE FINS GRAB HIM!

    It’s time for the Vikes to step up and grab a #1 Wideout!

    Wallace…..Percy…………Rudolph……A.P. in the backfield……

    Come onnnnnnnnn!

  79. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1556473-nfl-draft-2013-deandre-hopkins-and-players-flying-under-the-radar

  80. By Parkway on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    We couldn’t afford Wallace and Harvin

  81. By vikings rule on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    old school is right, we would have a high powered offense with Wallace

  82. By Parkway on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    I’d say dropping back at least a few spots and still getting Hopkins would be a great move and then move up again into the 2nd

  83. By Nicholas on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Parkway,

    That is exactly what I want to see happen, too! It would be almost exactly like last year, but lower in the draft.

  84. By xvike on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Sure I wouldn’t mind having mike Wallace, but for over $10mil+ per year? No thanks. High powered offense with Wallace and Ponder throwing him the ball? yeah, highly unlikely… Unless Ponder miraculously improves his arm strength and accuracy on the deep routes, it ain’t gonna happen… Seriously, how many times did Ponder miss simpson or any other wr in fact, on a go route?

  85. By Nicholas on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    I’d be jumping for joy if we could pick up both Hunter and Hopkins : )

  86. By Spencer on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

  87. By robert knows pondersucks07 on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    i agree webb looked terrible in the playoff game .it kind of looked like ponders whole career but you want to sign him for six more yrs?trade percy for picks but he gives 100% and wants to win for you.why dont we trade peterson percy allen and pickup a not so good qb so he will fit in your myopic vision of ponder or we could trade ponder and all you ponder backers for the rights of the next weakarmed cant read a defense,self sacking quitting on the team qb in the draft

  88. By john61 on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    that would be a big mistake to trade harvin,we are close to winning it all,get a new reciver and harvin will be fine ,please dont trade him,were five young players away,sick to your guns rick, if anything we need is a new OC,thats it

  89. By Daniel on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Jerome Felton has to stay in the team

  90. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Anyone watching the Rand Paul filibuster on drone warfare ???…

    8 hrs plus already..Still going strong…

  91. By Parkway on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    But how will Obama kill all the kids

  92. By WRHopkins2013 on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Turn on C-span and find out…

  93. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    I did the mistake of reading some of Wobble’s copy. Come on man. Same level of writing from when I first started reading this. Complicated answer? What the…
    Paaaalleezzze! And it is all based on your bias– you say building through the draft is nothing new. What? Come again? And your evidence is Spielman? Huh?

  94. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    And now Parkway is at it again!!! PALEEEEZE CHILE!!!

  95. By vikes- or - die on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    If we trade Harvin or if we keep Harvin it’s all good. We made it to playoffs without him. We will be great with or without him. I have to agree with WRHopins. It does make more cents to trade Harvin. Wright can step in and get the job done, we would save a ton of money and pick up draft picks.

  96. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    We did great at the end of the year– won against Chicago and Green Bay– won two road games including one against the 12-2 Texans who had every incentive to win– would have gained first seed. Yeah, and who was our QB?

    That’s right!

  97. By Shawn on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    I atand with Rand … 10 hours

  98. By Shawn on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    err stand

  99. By Spencer on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Titus you seem like the kind of guy that would humiliate and berate an intern that brings you your coffee 2min late.

  100. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Woman calls 911 when she and her toddler are attacked by pitt bulls. Read who owned the dogs. Seriously? Gun laws should come after dog laws.

    finity.comcast.net/articles/news-national/20130307/US-Pit-Bull-Attack/

  101. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Oops– cut off a letter in the link– here you go:

    http://xfinity.comcast.net/articles/news-national/20130307/US-Pit-Bull-Attack/

  102. By VikeNasty on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    The level of stupid on this blog amazes me.

    Vince Young is garbage the Eagles learned that last year.

    Vikes can barely afford giving Harvin the money he wants let alone Harvin and Wallace.

    If you gave Ponder 60 mil to save money in case he turns out to be good later, he would still hold out for more money if he became good and felt he was worth more.

    The only people who put up posts worth anything are Daniel stating the obvious about resigning Felton and Spencer posting the tweet about Cook Isle.

    Oh and the debate about resigning Loadholt was worth a look.

  103. By VikeNasty on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Pitbull story wasn’t bad either.

  104. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Spencer, I am sorry you feel that way. But I understand your concern.

  105. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Thanks VikesNasty– I am so tired of hearing pit bull advocates– and then stories come up of children or adults being attacked and killed by several of these killing machines— and usually they are pets in the same home!!!

  106. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Thanks VikesNasty– I am tired of hearing pit bull advocates– and then stories come up of children or adults being attacked and killed by several of these killing machines— and usually they are pets in the same home!!!

  107. By john61 on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    harvin will stay and play hard for next year s$$,

  108. By Spencer on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Pit bulls are loving creatures, I am sure Nova would have my back on this. Its the dog owners that are the problem!!

  109. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    I don’t care if a hundred novas and ten thousand super novas have your back on this– you are wrong.

  110. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    loving animal? Kills its owners– and its owners’ children! Yeah, great pets.

  111. By john61 on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    dogs are only as smart as the owners

  112. By VikeNasty on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    No shizz but that doesn’t mean he wont ask for money after that unless you’re giving Wallace that one year deal that free agents covet.

  113. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    I will end all the confusion over Harvin right here. Spielman is testing the waters– he is seeing what possibilities in the trade Harvin could bring in– if the Vikes can get some good return on their investment, they will. If not, then Harvin is a Viking.

  114. By Spencer on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    “Killing machines” you sound like Piers Morgan

  115. By john61 on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    A men,

  116. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    OMG! Dogs are only as smart as their owners? HA HA HA HA HA.

  117. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Dogs only as smart as their owners! HA HA HA. These comments are getting dumber by the second.

  118. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Lion kills 26 yr old intern in CA:

    http://xfinity.comcast.net/articles/news-general/20130306/US-Fatal-Lion-Attack/

  119. By Spencer on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    There he goes again, spitting on us “peasants.”

  120. By vikes- or - die on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Pit bulls are loving creatures. Ha! That’s funny. That’s like saying, King Cobras are loving creatures. I am going to buy two for my children so they can have their friends come over play with them.

  121. By john61 on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    we have the money if get rid of more dead wood,2 DT ,2 linebackers,cut J.A CONTRACT to three years,K.W contract 3 years,we have the money to sign .there alot of these guys getting cut that would be better then what we have, that are going to need jobs

  122. By Spencer on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Comparing a Cobra to a Pitt is a joke. How can you compare a domesticated animal to a killer snake?

  123. By vikes- or - die on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    It’s just funny spencer. Like saying, Pit bulls are loving creatures. It’s a joke.

  124. By john61 on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    its funny reading the blogs

  125. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Spencer– did you read the link above? A 14 month old toddler and his mother attacked– the boy died. The pit bulls were HER pets! AND this happens all the time– a woman in Germany a few years back– her niece was torn apart in front of her at her home– by HER three pit bulls. I recall in Seattle, I think– a couple years back– a man came home to find his pregnant wife dead on the floor– his two pit bulls in the corner acting ashamed. They killed her– and the baby. Yeah, with that track record– let me have a couple pit bulls at home. When is the last time you heard a golden retriever eating the kids?

  126. By vikes- or - die on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    I am going to laugh myself to sleep tonight. HE HE HO HO HA HA HA……………ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

  127. By vikes- or - die on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    There ain’t nothing funny about what Titus just said. He’s keepin it real. It’s the sad truth. Keep it real Tituuuuuusssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  128. By Spencer on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    There are many Pitts that have never harmed their owners, its just that simple.

  129. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Yeah, ten shih tzus attacked their owner and dragged him to the woods for dinner. The man had burgers, the dogs alpo.

  130. By VikeNasty on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    The vikings went to the playoffs without Wallace and with all of that dead weight you want to get rid of. I think a lot of fans forget that this team does not need drastic changes. It just needs a few improvements to stay relevant next year. Then with a few more improvements over the next few years maybe deep playoff run and possible Super Bowl.

  131. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    No way would I own an animal with the propensity for violence and let it roam around the house– I broke up with a girl once– not for this exactly– she really wanted to have a pet mountain lion– I asked her if we would lock it up at night (hypothetically if we were married). She seriously said no– that it could walk in the bedroom while we are sleeping. That is no lion friend, that is cuckoo.

  132. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    I think if Ponder had not injured his arm, we would have gone deep into the playoffs– maybe even Superbowl.

  133. By VikeNasty on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    I say they could beat the Packers but I don’t know how much further.

  134. By Spencer on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    A mountain lion…c’mon man…

  135. By john61 on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    peterson will be old in a few more years,we have 2 years at the most, and then we will start to rebuild agin,

  136. By vikes- or - die on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    All we need is a little tweaking. Give AP the ball all day. Run play action. Draft a beast of a DT, LB,WR, sprinkle in some free agents and call it a Super Bowl run BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  137. By john61 on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    5 good players and vikes would be great

  138. By vikes- or - die on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    John61,
    AP is coming into his PRIME. HE has 2 or 3 MONSTER years left. And who knows what after that!

  139. By vikes- or - die on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    I agree with that totally. 5 really talented player in the right spots and it’s on!!!!

  140. By john61 on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    i just hope that he dont get to beat up,without any help

  141. By vikes- or - die on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    Ya I know what your saying. Like Earl Cambell. But AP looks to be running a little wiser. I am hoping he takes after Walter Payton.

  142. By john61 on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    i want him to beat E Smith record, hate the cowboys

  143. By vikes- or - die on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    I have hated the Cowboys ever since that call when they said that Nate Wright interfered with Drew Perisen. Not a big fan of E. Smith. To me he was a pro bowl running back with Hall of fame #’s. I hope he CRUSHES E. Smiths record!!!

  144. By robert knows pondersucks07 on Mar 7, 2013 | Reply

    titus there was no reason for ponder not to play.that injury should have not repeat not kept him out.give me a qb that wants to lead not a qb that needs to be lead.you think favre manning sir francis of tarkington montana even rivers played with injury to his knee and played oh….. not your precious ponder who quit on the team no leadership at all.

  145. By vikes- or- die on Mar 7, 2013 | Reply

    It seemed like it was more the coaches not wanting Ponder in the game because of the injury. They deactivated him for the game if I am not mistaken. “If” you want to blame someone it would have to be the coaching staff for that game. We should have pounded the ball all game long and ran some play action. The game was way over Webbs head.

  146. By vikes- or- die on Mar 7, 2013 | Reply

    I just read a article that says we are expected to pick a WR at 23. I’m sorry, but I still believe defense wins championships and if we can take a stud of a DT it will go along ways with our defense. Not only for this year but for the near future. We can still get a h3ll of a WR , because these days, they are everywhere. Everyone is pass happy. Let’s throw the ball and think later. AHHHH, don’t think so.

  147. By Purple Padre on Mar 7, 2013 | Reply

    I agree with Vikes or die, although we need a good WR, better to draft the best player available. Our team is getting older, which will become more of a concern as the season stretches on. I wonder what the average age of our players is? maybe Mike W. could blog about that? It seems for too long we’ve tried to patchwork fix our team with older talent. Drafting well, drafting responsibly, consistently, builds teams that are regularly in the hunt.

  148. By vikes- or- die on Mar 7, 2013 | Reply

    Actually we have a pretty young team. But K. Williams is not getting any younger and our other DT’s are ok, but nothing to write home about. Our DE’s are good to go, but we need a stud at DT and this is a great draft to make that happen. But it wouldn’t hurt to take a DE in the draft. If he is the BEST player available.

  149. By sandiamond on Mar 7, 2013 | Reply

    #90 DE Dial alabama late rounder

  150. By Troutdaddy on Mar 7, 2013 | Reply

    Not sure why some think that we couldn’t have Wallace and Harvin. Harvin still has a year left so we could still bring in Wallace and then clean house a bit to make room. There are several people we can get rid of that are dead weight. I am waiting for Spielman to work his magic…. Not sure what’s going to happen, but I can feel that it IS going to happen…..

  151. By northwoodsv2 on Mar 7, 2013 | Reply

    By VikeNasty on Mar 6, 2013 | Reply

    The vikings went to the playoffs without Wallace and with all of that dead weight you want to get rid of. I think a lot of fans forget that this team does not need drastic changes.
    —————————————————————————————

    The Packers went to the playoffs with a vastly superior QB and WR corps than we have. How far did THEY get?

  152. By sandiamond on Mar 7, 2013 | Reply

    Tavon austin, Mike wallace … you acquire players to put the ball in the end zone just like Harvin. He shows up to play or else hes replaced

  153. By Troutdaddy on Mar 7, 2013 | Reply

    Drastic changes do not have to be made. My point is that we could get a really good player (Like Wallace) and not have to give away the farm to do it. By dead weight- I am talking about Players like Webb, Jefferson, Carlson. Players like this did not make our season last year and they each have value for us to use. What I am saying is to get the most bang for our buck if possible and if that is not possible then hope we have a great Draft to fill the gaps. I would also be in favor of Cook gettng the boot. We didn’t see much from him last year as he is so brittle. I think he is a good player- just not as good as what i think is available. I guess I would just like to see something amazing happen in FA or the draft that get all of us really fired up about this year. Right now the speculation gobblin has got everyone in a Tizzy. I am impatient… I am also sick of the banter about Ponder, being the QB and the whole Harvin thing. Funny thing about Harvin is that he hasn’t really said anything to anyone about anything and everyone is acting like he has this huge problem with the Vikes. How about we wait to hear him tell everyone how he feels because according to players and coaches- he has NOT said anything about wanting to leave the Vikes.

  154. By pablito on Mar 7, 2013 | Reply

    Uh yessir everyone has forgotten about greg Childs? He broke his leg in the preseason but will be back this year right? So now with Jurious Wright, Greg Childs and Percy harvin why do we need Wallace? If we did get Wallace we would trade Harvin and Simpson? Look Simpson was not good last year and i will be one to say he can and will do better. Carlson was not much better. Here is how I see it:

    Trade Devin Aromashadu, John Carlson and if they can trade for Loadholt that is fine. Too many penalties. Reminds me of Ron Yary?? How can Ponder pass if he can’t block well. I mean assignment after assignment he missed. He doubled team guys and left other guys to sack Ponder. How many sacks did we allow? Too many.

    Lastly if we don’t use Gerhart more he will want to be traded too. This team has too much AP written on it. He was so close to the record though. A work horse but his knees will be like Gale Sayers or Walter Payton. Already had the one surgery. Blowout that knee again and its over for him. Get Gerhart to run the old smashmouth football. Pass more frequently and to better receivers that can go deeper. Don’t overplay Percy. Don’t overplay AP. If Ponder has time and the receivers get open then we have a better team. Ponder needs to pass for well over 200 yards a game to be effective. Take some pressure off AP. Spread the wealth like Barry Sotero said!! Spread the ball around like Tom Brady does. Make it fun Vikes and fans. Like the days of Randy Moss. Speaking of Moss he has really settled down and been a good team player. I could be wrong.

  155. By pablito on Mar 7, 2013 | Reply

    Oh and Rand Paul was awesome. Johnny McCain, Lindsay Goober Graham and the rest of the rinos get lost!!

  156. By young on Mar 7, 2013 | Reply

  157. By Tony Belcher on Mar 8, 2013 | Reply

    Hear is what we need to do… we most definitely need a deep threat wideout that is 6’3 or taller… we need to get another cornerback because Winfield is old and Cook is a trouble maker… our D-line needs a new DT and we need a better safety next to Smith… id say go for Wallace or Jennings in free agency then trade Harvin for a first rounder and an up and coming corner (Sean Smith) then use our two first round picks on a DT and a Safety or WR since they are so deep in talent this year

  158. By mike on Mar 10, 2013 | Reply

    fitzgarld for harvin

  159. By Leighton on Mar 10, 2013 | Reply

    If we get a 1st or 2nd round pick for Harvin I would say go for it!

  160. By Trent Lorenson on Mar 10, 2013 | Reply

    What do you think about Danny Amendola? I think he would be a good fit. Will he go fast or do we have no interest in him at all? We are in need of a wide receiver.
    Thanks Trent

  161. By celticvikingwarrior on Mar 11, 2013 | Reply

    Amendola is a poor man’s Wes Welker with concussion’s……a talented RISK at best….

  162. By mikeY on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    BRING RFA VICTOR CRUZ TO MN.

    LOSING A 1ST RD PICK TO THE GIANTS FOR ACQUIRING A RFA LIKE CRUZ BUT STILL HAVE ANOTHER 1ST RD PICK (the one from SEA)

    GO DEFENSE WITH THE OTHER 1ST RD. PICK(BEST AVAILABLE:DT,ILB) AND I GAURANTEE ONE OF THOSE RECEIVERS WILL STILL BE THERE IN THE 2ND RD FOR MN.

    THIS ROSTER NEEDS MULTIPLE WR’s (preferably not all rookies)

    +CRUZ IS THE REAL DEAL.

  163. By jim on Mar 13, 2013 | Reply

    Yeah right build through the draft 3 to 4 years loose them like we always do
    way to go spielman give yourself a exstention!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! might as well pay yourself you wont pay anytop tier players all 2 and 3rd

  164. By Rush on Mar 15, 2013 | Reply

    So what is going on with Jennings says he visited the Vikings yesterday??

  165. By Rush on Mar 15, 2013 | Reply

    Glad we finally got a name brand wide receiver away from GB!!! Could have done with out Cassel though he is worse then Ponder!!! Now get a DT out there!!!

  166. By drew on Mar 16, 2013 | Reply

    The Broncos released Elvis Dumerville, we should sign him and a top corner in the free agency,

  167. By myric on Mar 16, 2013 | Reply

    Anyone know were were we are cap wise? Would it be possibly to sign Dumerville and still sign draft picks? Can he play left End?

  168. By Ekolu Osorio on Sep 22, 2013 | Reply

    Hey Mike, I’ve been a Viking faithful ever since I can remember going back to the late 60’s. I’ve always been one of the most optimistic proponents of the Vikings organization. However, as I’m watching them play the Cleveland Browns I am totally disgusted. I see a team that is playing tentative, inconsistent and without any sense of urgency. Special teams has been a total letdown over the past 2 weeks. The offensive line has been awful. Our Corners have been non-existent. The offensive play calling lethargic and predictable. I mean from top to bottom we are a team in utter chaos. Turnovers, mental miscues, and the inability to play some good, hard-nosed football, I’m at a loss of words. I’m hurt, angry, and I’m ready to suit up. Come on Mike lets not only be accountable but responsible for every inch.

  169. By Myric on Sep 22, 2013 | Reply

    I agree with most of that. Long time fan here. The vikes have constantly chocked my whole life. When u can’t complete the average pass to your wr, how can you expect to win? Cant block, cant cover, cant win. This is a choke job. The vikes were never even in this game. Third week in and playoffs are already out of the picture. Discussed with the performance or lack there of.

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