From the franchise tag to interviews with Leslie Frazier to all kinds of prospect news, it was one busy offseason week in Vikings territory. See all the Vikings news and speculation as it progressed through the VU Daily Blog.
POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2011 AT 16:44:00
Mallett, Newton address their warts
While Blaine Gabbert and Jake Locker spoke to the media on Friday, it was Ryan Mallett and Cam Newton's day to address the media on Saturday.
Both entered the day under scrutiny for off-the-field issues.
Mallett tried his best to avoid the rumors of drug use, but the questions started immediately.
"First question, huh?" Mallett said before the inquiry at his press conference was even done.
"When I saw that stuff, I laughed about it. You can't control it," Mallett said of the drug rumors.
"It doesn't bother me. I would say I'm a great person. I would tell them to ask the coaches I've worked with before if you want to know about my character."
Mallett denied having a drug problem.
Newton was feeling the pressure from his comments about wanting to be an "icon" and said it was his fault for not fully explaining himself. He said his first priority is football.
Newton was also under the spotlight of an NCAA investigation looking into whether his father took money to send him to Mississippi State.
"My father is just like every other father. He wants the best for his son," Newton said.
He also was in possession of a stolen laptop at Florida, but he declined to address those concerns, saying he would leave in his past what was in his past.
In the end, Newton did himself more good in the public eye by at least talking about the allegations while Mallett didn't help his reputation by acting wronged by being asked about them.
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 15:57:00 Cam Newton on talk of theft at Florida: "What I did in the past is in the past." #Vikings
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POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 15:54:00 Cam Newton: "My father is just like every other father. He wants the best for his son." #Vikings
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 15:52:00 Cam Newton: "I was motivated to be great and that's what I'm going to do." Said football is his first priority." #Vikings
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 15:50:00 Cam Newton dropped the first third person reference. He's known for that. Will do full workout and do pro day. #Vikings
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 15:50:00 Cam Newton opened with a statement on his "icon" comments, took partial responsibility for how taken.http://yfrog.com/h84dvij#Vikings
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 15:14:00 Ryan Mallett was asked about the drug allegations right away. "First question, huh?" he said. Said he'll talk to teams about that, not media
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 15:12:00 Ryan Mallett on the character questions: "People can talk about me if they want to, but I'm going to play my game." #Vikings
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 13:55:00 Purdue LB Jason Werner was giving #NFLNetwork viewers the player perspective from the interview podium.http://yfrog.com/h793crcwj
POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2011 AT 13:10:00
Farwell lovin' the Aussie way, rugby possibilities
Vikings linebacker and special-teams ace Heath Farwell continues his Australian vacation and checked in late Friday with an update.
Here are some to the highlights:
"Sydney is absolutely my favorite place in Australia! We've been here a few days and I love it here," Farwell wrote an in e-mail to Viking Update. "Two days ago, I went surfing at Bondi Beach. Bondi Beach is a cool beach, reminded me a lot of the San Diego beaches. That evening my wife and I climbed the Sydney Bridge as the sun went down, the landmark of Australia and a must if you ever go to Aussie. The view is so amazing, not only is it a view 360 degrees of Sydney, it also overlooks the Sydney harbor and the famous Opera House. I didn't realize how serious of a climb that is. I don't mean by how steep it was or how difficult it was, but how you have to wear special jumpsuits and have to latch in to a cable in case you fall."
The trip also gave Farwell an opportunity for some future planning.
"Last night I figure out what I'm going to do if this lockout lasts too long. Julie and I went to Sydney stadium and watched the Australian passion of Rugby," he wrote. "The two teams were the Sydney Roosters, who I jumped on the bandwagon of and bought a t-shirt, against the rival team, the West Sydney Tigers. I think I could fit right in at their sport and love playing! These guys are so passionate about it! It's reminded me a lot of the NFL fans."
The trip continues. Saturday the Farwells are headling to Queensland, New Zealand.
"The earthquake here has got a lot of coverage and it has a lot of people concerned over here," Farwell wrote, saying he's been told Aussies feel a brotherhood with New Zealanders. "We still haven't figured out our new plans after the earthquake hit Christchurch. We were supposed to end the trip in Christchurch, but now it's looking like we might be changing destinations to Auckland, NZ. It's in the north island."
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 13:02:00 Adrian Clayborn, an Iowa DE who has been projected to the #Vikingsby some: "If they draft me, that would be appealing."
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 12:22:00 Cal DL Cam Jordan, the son of former #VikingsTE Steve Jordan, said he only listens to about 45 percent of the advice his dads gives him.
POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2011 AT 10:16:00
Key quarterbacks still to talk
The talk of the Vikings continues to be quarterbacks, but we didn't get the chance to talk to a couple of key quarterbacks at the NFL Scouting Combine on Friday.
Quarterbacks are usually scheduled to talk to the media on Fridays at the Combine, but Cam Newton and Ryan Mallet didn't make it to the media room. They are both expected to make another try on Saturday and we'll pass along anything of interest from those sessions.
Quarterbacks work out tomorrow, but today they are busy taking the Wonderlic test, meeting with the NFL Players Association and going through more team interviews. The main position groups doing their media interviews today are defensive linemen and linebackers.
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POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 18:44:00 Notebook: Lockout to affect Vikings' camps: The Vikings can have an extra minicamp with a new head coach, but th...http://bit.ly/gnHQt7
POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2011 AT 15:48:00
QB trade talk? Not in Green Bay
The Vikings are continuing to evaluate rookie quarterbacks, but one name thrown around in the trade market is Packers quarterback Matt Flynn.
First, Green Bay isn't likely to trade anything of value to a divisional rival like the Vikings – remember how they wanted to keep Brett Favre away from the Vikings? Secondly, Packers general manager Ted Thompson did his best to shoot down speculation on trading Flynn at all.
"His future is to be on our team. That's our plan right now. Again, that would be some sort of hypothetical that some team would call and do this and that," Thompson said. ""We don't deal in those kinds of things. We assume he's going to be on our team."
Asked if he would need to have a replacement backup in place before considering trading Flynn, Thompson once again avoided a direct answer.
"It's a hypothetical question that somebody would want to trade for him or that we would be interested in trading him," he said. "He's on our team and I think people are trying to get ahead of themselves by saying, 'Well this is the logical next step.' That's not necessarily the logical next step. He's on our team."
POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2011 AT 15:08:00
Wilfs supportive during lockout
While some other teams talk about placing employees on furloughs, reducing salaries or terminating employees altogether, Vikings owner Zygi Wilf took a different approach. He gathered the entire Vikings organization a few weeks ago and let them know there wouldn't be any layoffs or salary reductions.
"The Wilf family assured all the Vikings' employees, including the coaches, there were not going to be any layoffs, there were not going to be any pay cuts, that they would circle back at some point and discuss what would happen down the line," Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said. "But there's no imminent desire or concern to lay people off or make people take pay cuts. I'm like, ‘Wow. That's a big deal now.' You're talking about boosting morale, just what it did for coaches, for people that work in marketing or people that work in other departments, whoever it is. That to me just reinforced in my mind why this in a lot of ways is the best job in the league -- because they didn't have to do that in these uncertain times."
Frazier made it a point to tell Vikings beat writers about Wilf's move and was genuine in his appreciation, saying it can help the coaches and scouting staff focus on evaluating talent and not having to worry about their future.
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POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 14:24:00 Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder said he talked with #Vikingsoffensive coordinator Bill Musgrave during Senior Bowl meeting.
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 12:09:00 Frazier said he got a message from Dave Duerson, a former Bears teammate, a few weeks before his passing. Said adjusting out of NFL tough.
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 12:07:00 Leslie Frazier called #VikingsWR Sidney Rice a "high, high priority" to get signed to a long-term contract.
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 12:06:00 Leslie Frazier said the Wilf ownership group assured the entire organization there wouldn't be pay reductions or terminations. #Vikings
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 11:30:00 Broncos GM Brian Xanders said he was told every QB at the Combine will do a full workout. #NFL#Vikings
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 11:28:00 Leslie Frazier said part of the culture change is having a more team oriented roster and not guys worrying about individual honors. #Vikings
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 11:21:00 Leslie Frazier said he doesn't view this as being a rebuilding year for the #Vikings
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 11:17:00 Leslie Frazier said the #Vikingswill look to upgrade the defensive line. Admitted that it is aging.
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 10:40:00 Nice video interview with the private quarterbacks coach for Cam Newton, who could be a #Vikingsinterest:http://bit.ly/fusRcb
POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2011 AT 10:32:00
Big Vikings day at the Combine
Friday is a big day at the NFL Scouting Combine for Vikings fans.
Not only is Leslie Frazier speaking to the assembled media and beat writers on the side, there are positions of interest to the Vikings that are also speaking to the media. We will be hearing from quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs.
Yesterday, the media room was filled with offensive linemen, tight ends and specialists.
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POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2011 AT 15:19:00
Spielman: Frazier and Griffen talked
Everson Griffen's arrests earlier this month and pending court case have to factor into the Vikings' comfort level at defensive end considering that starter Ray Edwards and backup Brian Robison are both scheduled to be unrestricted free agents.
Griffen was arrested for public intoxication and again for fleeing police during a three-day time period earlier this month. Vikings vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman said that head coach Leslie Frazier and Griffen talked about the issues.
"I know Leslie and Everson had a pretty good conversation. I'll keep internally what's been discussed, but we feel very confident in Everson," Spielman said Thursday. "What he did, I'll leave that for Leslie to discuss. He is a very talented football player and felt very fortunate we were able to get him in the draft last year and showed signs of that as a rookie. Have a lot of high expectations for him going into next season."
POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2011 AT 14:12:00
Lombardi: Vikings have more needs than they think
The Vikings are sending out strong signals that they will select a quarterback early in the draft, but NFL Network analyst Michael Lombardi said the team has more needs than they may think.
"I think Minnesota has more needs than they really think they have and I think what happens is when you are so close you kid yourself into thinking you (don't) have all these needs and then the next year when you don't get there you realize you've got a lot of needs, and I think they do," Lombardi said.
He said those needs aren't limited to one side of the ball or the other.
"I think the Vikings' misconception is that they weren't as good defensively as people thought. They're older on defense and I think they obviously have to fix their quarterback," he said. "Their left tackle is a huge concern. Bryant McKinnie didn't play as well for them last year. What are they going to do with Sidney Rice? They need to re-sign (him) or they need an outside receiver. (Percy) Harvin is a really good slot guy."
POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2011 AT 13:23:00
Vikings want long-term deal with Greenway, talk about Rice
Vikings vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman talked about the predraft process and free agency Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine, saying Chad Greenway's value dictated that the Vikings place the franchise tag on him.
"Chad is a valuable part of our organization. When you look at that, you look at what he brings to our defense and you weigh in the fact that he is a three-down linebacker, he's never off the field – he's very important to us, not only on first and second down, but what he brings to us on third down as well," Spielman said. "Our goal and objective will be to continue to work with his agent and get a long-term deal done with Chad."
Sidney Rice was another player that fans thought the Vikings might consider giving the franchise tag, but Spielman declined to get into the Vikings' thought process on that decision.
There has been talk that the Vikings might be able use a restricted free-agent tender on Rice, but Spielman said the team is moving forward under the rules of free agency in an uncapped year, meaning players would need six years of experience to become unrestricted – Rice has only four years of experience.
"We will finalize all our tags on potential restricted free agents when we get back," Spielman said.
"… We're just dealing with the rules and we're going about as normal as we can with the situation that we're dealing with. It hasn't really affected us one way or another on our decision-making."
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 13:04:00 Wasn't specific, but said he doesn't plan to release guys right now. RT @Johnny_Curtis: @VikingUpdatemeaning he isn't releasing them or is?
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 12:28:00 Rick Spielman said he didn't anticipate any big moves with players currently on the #Vikingsroster (i.e. releasing them).
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 12:27:00 The #Vikingswill be meeting with the agents for their own free agents throughout the next few days in Indianapolis.
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 12:27:00 Rick Spielman said he feels pretty good about the QB depth of this draft class through the second or third rounds. #Vikings
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 11:08:00 With plenty of #Vikingsspeculation about QBs, John Fox said that Kyle Orton is his starter. He was vague in taking about Orton for trade.
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POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2011 AT 09:52:00
Farwell's plans could be altered by earthquake
New Zealand continues its rescue and recovery efforts following a 6.3-magnitutde earthquake that is expected to have death tolls rise above 300.
In just a few days, Vikings linebacker Heath Farwell was scheduled to be in New Zealand as part of his multi-week vacation that involves several different excursions in Australia. He said in an e-mail Tuesday night that he and his wife are checking with their travel agent to see how that part of their vacation will be altered.
Here is an update from Farwell on his trip so far:
"We went to the outback of Ularu, Ayers Rock and stayed in a luxury tent. Ayers Rock is in the dead center of the country in dry desert of the outback. It had great sunrises and sunsets and not a lot of wildlife but the flies were unbearable. You literally had to wear fly nets every time you went outside," Farwell wrote from Cairns, Australia, which he said is the tropics in the northern part of the country.
The trip already featured hiking through a rainforest and going to the Great Barrier Reef earlier this week.
"That was amazing. The coral was unbelievable," Farwell wrote on Tuesday. "Tomorrow we are headed to Sydney for a couple of days before we go to New Zealand. We are in the process of checking with the travel agent to see if that's affected. Our last stop was supposed to be Christchurch [the hardest hit city by the earthquake] in about two weeks, but I'm sure that's changed."
Farwell and his wife Julie arrived in Australia about 10 days ago, touring Kangaroo Island, which he was told had 400,000 kangaroos. He also took a Land Rover on a guided tour of wildlife.
"Our guide was able to put us on a couple of kangaroos relaxing under some trees, some wallabies feeding and koalas sleeping in some trees," he wrote a few days after arriving in Australia. "We were able to get about 30 yards away from the 4-foot kangaroos before they got spooked and hopped away. The wallabies were pretty tame. Some we were able to get pretty close to, and we were able to get right underneath the tree of the sleeping koalas. All were unbelievable and some fantastic pictures."
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POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 16:40:00 OK RT @DanWetzel: Newton: "not to sound arrogant but what I did in 1 year others couldn't do in their entire collegiate careers." #Vikings
POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2011 AT 16:36:00
NFL announces draft times
The NFL announced the times for each round of the draft on Tuesday.
The first round will start on Thursday, April 28 at 7 p.m. Central with the second and third rounds on Friday, April 29, starting at 5:30 p.m. CT. Rounds four through seven will be on Saturday, April 30, starting at 11a.m. CT.
The Vikings currently have picks in every round but the third, with two picks in the fifth round. They select 12thin the first round and 11th(43rd overall) in the second round.
On April 30 they are scheduled to pick ninth in the fourth round, eighth and 19thin the fifth round – their second pick of the fifth round coming from the Sage Rosenfels and Darius Reynaud preseason trade – seventh in the sixth round and 13thin the seventh round.
Of course, the Vikings are usually actively trading on draft weekend, so a number of those picks are likely to change, but for now you know when the rounds start and when the Vikings select.
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POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2011 AT 11:01:00
Minneapolis stadium still a possibility
When the Vikings' interest in a potential Arden Hills stadium development became public, their letter to Ramsey County officials stated it wasn't an exclusive negotiating agreement. Now it appears that Minneapolis is still a possibility for a new Vikings stadium.
The Vikings and officials from the City of Minneapolis, including Mayor R.T. Rybak, met on Friday, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
"We had a good discussion," Vikings vice president of stadium development, Lester Bagley,told the Pioneer Press. "We talked about our current situation and we talked about what we're trying to accomplish at the Legislature. We need a local partner, including financially. ... He (Rybak) was gracious."
Bagley told Viking Update two weeks ago that the Metrodome site wouldn't require much infrastructure upgrades, which could save more than $100 million on a stadium project that would require major roadway work.
No matter where a potential new Vikings stadium is built – and right now it looks like Ramsey County and the current Metrodome site are the leaders – it would require financial commitments from the team, the state and a local partner, whether that is a city, county or combination of both.
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POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2011 AT 14:19:00
Greenway gets the franchise tag
The Vikings elected to use the franchise tag after all – applying it to linebacker Chad Greenway. That means that Greenway in 2011 will receive the average of the top five salaries of linebackers in 2010, about $10 million, if the rules of the franchise tag remain the same under a new collective bargaining agreement.
Greenway led the Vikings with 149 tackles and 10 tackles for loss in 2010. It was the third consecutive season he led the team in tackles, coming up one shy of his career-best 150 tackles in 2008. He was named the team's defensive player of year by his teammates in 2010.
"Chad's an important part of our team and his play speaks for itself. He's productive and has continued to improve each year he has been in the NFL," head coach Leslie Frazier told the team's web site. "He's a leader for us in the locker room and on the field."
Greenway said after the season that he hadn't heard from the Vikings regarding a new contract. The team is still able to negotiate a new long-term contract with him, but the application of the franchise tag guarantees they will at least have the right to match any other offer he may receive or the Vikings could elect to receive two first-round draft picks as compensation if he signs with another team.
"I have a family and I have kids and a wife that wants to know where she's going to live next year and that's all part of it too," Greenway said of his contract uncertainty after the season. "For me, of course you're anxious because you want to know what's going to happen, but at the same time it's so early, postseason right now, that you're just trying to gather your thoughts and let it all sink in that the season's over. The anxiety I'm sure will heighten as things go here, but what can you do? You can't do too much about it. Just going to stay patient."
The Vikings could still use the transition tag on another player before Thursday. The most likely candidate is Sidney Rice, but Ray Edwards could be a longshot for that designation, which pays a player the average of the top 10 salaried players at their position in 2010.
Putting the franchise tag on Greenway should keep him in Minnesota while the Vikings' other starting outside linebacker, Ben Leber, is also scheduled to be a free agent.
POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2011 AT 10:35:00
Report: McKinnie drops $100,000 at party
Vikings tackle Bryant McKinnie had to forfeit his Pro Bowl check last year when he missed a practice for the NFC squad and was dismissed from the Pro Bowl. McKinnie said he was trying to get ahold of the NFC training staff to talk about an injury, but he was also tweeting in the early-morning hours about a party he was attending at a Miami nightclub.
Now McKinnie reportedly spent more $100,000 at a party last Thursday night at a Hollywood nightclub,according to TMZ, at an NBA party.
The bar tab is drawing scrutiny because of a potential lockout of NFL players and most players talking about the need to tighten up their spending. However, McKinnie admitted after the season that he was fine financially.
"You've just got to have some money set aside so you make sure you're comfortable, but I'm in like my fifth year of my contract so I'm good," he said after the Vikings' season had ended. "Some of the rookies, you know, they probably have more saved up than I would."
McKinnie's contract for 2011 calls for a $4.9 million base salary and a $1 million roster bonus, along with $500,000 in incentives.