The Vikings have always been hesitant to use the franchise tag and transition free-agent tag allowed them by NFL collective bargaining rules. In fact, the Vikings have never actually had to use a franchise tag -- instead signing players before the tag ever had to take effect.
The same doesn't look to be true for the transition free-agent tag, as the team has until mid-afternoon tomorrow to sign Jim Kleinsasser, put the transition free-agent label on him or allow him to become an unrestricted free agent.
Vikings' head coach Mike Tice continues to say that Kleinsasser definitely will be back, but according to a source close to the Cowboys, if Kleinsasser hits the open market, the Cowboys are willing to offer him a deal the Vikings may not be willing to match. That is yet to be seen, but all indications from the Kleinsasser camp is that he wants to stay.
The best option for both sides is to make the transition tag moot and get him signed by February 27th. As of February 28th, he's a free agent and all bets are off and the Cowboys could move in quickly.
Kleinsasser, who played his college football at North Dakota, caught 37 passes for 393 yards and a touchdown last year for the Vikings. His numbers have increased in every year of his 4-year professional football career.
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