The lack of a labor deal has already affected free agents, but other players who want to be traded are likely to feel the sting this year and that could affect the Vikings' ability to find a veteran quarterback.
The first backlash of the pending lockout could be that, while the draft in April will go on as scheduled, until there is a collective bargaining agreement in place, the league won't allow free agent signings or player trades. As a result, those players who are disgruntled with their current teams will remain so.
A classic example of this is already setting up in Philadelphia. Backup QB Kevin Kolb
was supposed to be taking over with the Eagles when Donovan McNabb
got traded prior to last year's draft. Instead, Kolb got knocked out in his debut, was replaced by Michael Vick
and the rest was history. Following the Eagles' loss to Green Bay Sunday, Kolb was quoted in the local media as saying that he wants to be traded.
The problem with that is he can't be traded until a new CBA is in place, which many believe won't happen until late in the summer or early in the fall. In the meantime, teams that need to address the quarterback position -- like the Vikings -- will be much more likely to do so during the draft. Considering that draft picks would be the likely compensation for Kolb, the Eagles wouldn't be too likely to simply trade him for future draft picks and having nothing to show for it when the 2011 season begins.
Kolb is far from alone. Several teams have at least one player that wants out of his current situation but until a new CBA is struck, they're stuck in limbo, which will make a bad situation even worse -– but not enough to push both sides to the bargaining table.
The Vikings have given permission to offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and special teams coach Brian Murphy that they can hear offers from other teams, according to 1500 ESPN – the most clear indication yet that they Vikings are going to part ways with both.
Broncos special teams coordinator Mike Priefer was at Winter Park Monday interviewing for the special teams position with the Vikings.
Vikings defensive line coach Karl Dunbar has been offered the same position with Tampa Bay, according to the Star Tribune. While many of the current coaches are still under contract with the Vikings, Dunbar's deal ended this year and he is free to go wherever he wants.
Former Denver coach Josh McDaniels is making his world tour. After meeting with the Vikings, McDaniels is on the short list of candidates for offensive coordinator with the Rams, who are expected to lose offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur to the Browns. McDaniels is also being mentioned as a potential candidate in Atlanta if offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey gets a head coaching job. He has also been rumored to be a candidate for coordinator vacancies in Miami and Kansas City. For a guy who was all but run out of Denver on a rail, McDaniels has more potential job offers than he can handle.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.
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