VU Daily Blog: 4/4/11 - 4/10/11

From the NFL's labor situation to veteran comments on the quarterback conundrum to stadium talk, the beat went on in Vikings land. See all the Vikings news and speculation as it progressed through the VU Daily Blog.

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The book on: QB Christian Ponder: If the Vikings are looking for a well-rounded person to play quarterback, Chri...
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Compare and contrast: Guards: Not many guards are drafted in the first round and that's expected to be the case ...
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Draft full of one-year wonders: Three players at the top of this year's draft are one-year wonders. Many times, ...
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Knee injury could make him faller. RT @
RavensInsider: DE Da'Quan Bowers visits the #Vikings today, Browns up next:http://bit.ly/gZr43P

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When cap returns, so do roster decisions: The Vikings have managed their salary cap well over the last decade, b...
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Notebook: Vikings still like Webb: The Vikings will probably draft a quarterback and maybe even sign a veteran, ...
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Sunday slant: A lot of Dungy in Frazier: Tony Dungy returned to Winter Park last week for a speech to inspire le...
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Stadium bill unveiled with minor changes: Legislators got a look at a stadium bill that was altered slightly sin...
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Notebook: QB run could be decided early: Len Pasquarelli explains why an interest in Christian Ponder could have...
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2011 rookie runners could set dubious record: Last year was proof for those who believe that running backs don't...
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RT @
dkaplanSBJ Source tells me to expect mediation btwn nfl-nflpa, but this source also thinks case will proceed in courts, not in mediation

POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER
ON FRIDAY, APRIL 08, 2011 AT 14:48:00

Preseason schedule affected by Metrodome's roof

The Vikings needed help finding a preseason opponent, according to what Lester Bagley, the team's vice president of public affairs and stadium development, toldPro Football Talk Live on Friday. The reason, according to Bagley, was that nobody wanted to play their preseason games in the Metrodome after the roof collapsed in December about seven hours before the Giants were scheduled to play there.

"We couldn't even get a preseason game scheduled this year," Bagley said. "We could not get a partner and the league had to step in and help us get a preseason game scheduled because of that facility. … The facility is no longer viable and we've got to resolve the issue."

We've been told that the Vikings requested that their first two preseason games be played away to help ensure that the Metrodome is ready by the team's first preseason game. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Friday no release date has been set for the schedule. Last year, the preseason schedule was announced on March 31.

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POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 09:22:00
Lawmakers to unveil Vikings stadium bill: The two chief sponsors of a Vikings stadium bill are expected to unvei...
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POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER
ON FRIDAY, APRIL 08, 2011 AT 09:18:00

Shiancoe prefers veteran QB approach

With all the talk surrounding the Vikings' quest to draft a rookie quarterback early, tight end Visanthe Shiancoe said on NFL Network that he believes the team should also find a veteran that can step in right away while a rookie learns.

"I would say we draft somebody that could be a backup and could learn," Shiancoe said. "Right now, we have to go with a veteran quarterback, I feel – somebody that can adjust on the run because we might not even be practicing until August together as a team collectively."

Shiancoe was referring, of course, to the players being locked out and teams not being able to hold their usual offseason activities. New head coach Leslie Frazier had planned a veteran minicamp for this weekend that he was forced to at least postpone and maybe cancel altogether.

With a new offensive coordinator in Bill Musgrave, getting the Vikings up to speed on a somewhat new offense will be more of a challenge the longer a lockout drags on.

Shiancoe said he believes Frazier brought in some "premier coaches" in Musgrave, special-teams coordinator Mike Priefer and linebackers coach Mike Singletary. But, without a proven quarterback returning …

"I think we're in a rebuilding process," Shiancoe said, "but at the same time we have a lot of core players and good coaches in the right places right now."

The tight end admitted that the 2010 season was full of turbulent times, from all the Brett Favre drama on and off the field, the trade for Randy Moss, who lasted only four games on the roster, to the collapse of the Metrodome roof that caused the last two "home" games to be played at Detroit's Ford Field and TCF Bank Stadium. The season was full of "all sorts of crap," Shiancoe said.

"It was kind of like we were chefs," he said. "We spent three hours in the kitchen cooking and we dropped the plate."

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POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 21:36:00
A new, relevant visit. RT @
RavensInsider Colorado CB Jimmy Smith visited the Bengals, #Vikings this week. NFP link:http://bit.ly/fZvMUE

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NFL, players disagree on mediation details: Both the NFL and the players say they are willing to negotiate with ...
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Compare and contrast: Change-of-pace backs: Some could be third-down specialists. Others may just lack the size ...
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The book on: QB Andy Dalton: The record-setting quarterback from the Mountain West Conference was reportedly one...
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The draft chat with NFL Scouting's Michael DiJulio is open for questions now. He'll join at 7 CDT. 
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POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER
ON THURSDAY, APRIL 07, 2011 AT 10:30:00

DE Bowers now a hot Vikings mock draft pick

At NFL Scouting Combine time back in February, there was a lot of buzz that Clemson DE Da'Quan Bowers could be the No. 1 overall pick of the draft. Now, with rumors that he is still struggling with a knee injury, Bowers' stock is falling in the community of draft analysts in the media. That could be good news for the Vikings.

ESPN's Mel Kiper has Bowers going to the Vikings with the 12th pick in his latest mock draft, but Kiper is far from alone. With a fresh influx of new and updated mock drafts, Bowers is the popular choice in the tremendous Mock Draft Muncher.

Bowers is now picked for the Vikings in 12 of the 46 mock drafts munched, while Jake Locker is the falling choice. While Bowers went from five selections to 12 in less than a week, Locker went from seven (the leader last week) to only being selected for the Vikings in four of the 46 mock drafts. Auburn QB Cam Newton is now a more popular pick at 12 than Locker, but Newton was also the most popular new pick to go No. 1 overall. Here is the trend of the top Vikings' selections.

Other popular choices for the Vikings' 12th pick are DE Robert Quinn and DE Cameron Jordan, the son of former Vikings TE Steve Jordan.

Bowers' average draft position in the 46 mocks was 7.15 while Newton's was 4.52. Quinn was 9.29 and Locker was 19.23.

Give the Mock Draft Muncher a look. It's one our favorite items at this time of year.

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Draft chat: NFL Scouting's Michael DiJulio: You likely have plenty of questions about the 2011 draft prospects a...
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Priefer talking like Longwell will return: New Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer didn't sound like ...
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Decision delayed in NFL labor dispute: Judge Susan Richard Nelson could take up to two weeks to issue a ruling i...
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POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER
ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 06, 2011 AT 16:53:00

No ruling Wednesday on NFL labor situation

Judge Susan Richard Nelson said it could be a few weeks before she issues a ruling after hearing testimony from lawyers with the NFL and its players after the players requested an injunction against the NFL-imposed lockout. However, her announced timetable could be to encourage the two sides to negotiate once again.

"This is a good time for both sides to come back to the federal court (negotiating) table," she said, according to FOXSports.com.

The NFL and the former union already tried mediated negotiations before the NFLPA decertified as a union and the owners responded by locking out the players. But this time talks, on the off chance they occur, could be mediated by a federal judge.

On Tuesday, Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said the team is going about its predraft preparations as normal, even though they haven't been able to sign any free agents or trade for other players because of the labor impasse.

"It's just so much out of our control that you really don't get caught up in it. You just do the thing that you can control, and for us right now that's going to the draft evaluation process and looking back at our season from a year ago and trying to improve and making sure that we hit on the guys that we draft," Frazier said.

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RT @
BobGlauber: Judge Nelson urges sides to talk to one another under federal mediation - supervised by her - before she renders decision.

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RT @
Greg_A_Bedard: Hearing finish. Nelson said she will prob need "a couple weeks" to consider both sides fairly. #NFL#Vikings

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Compare and contrast: The power backs: The Vikings already have their all-around running backs and power backs w...
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Compare and contrast: The tight ends: The Vikings will likely be looking to add some youth to their tight end st...
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Scout.com Mock Draft: Newton to No. 1: In this latest installment of Scout.com's mock NFL Draft, Cam Newton take... 
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Vikings looking for intangibles in next QB: The Vikings are finding the quarterback position is full of variable...
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Long legal labor road starts today: The NFL's legal battle with its players starts today in a St. Paul courtroom...
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Spielman cautious on too much draft movement: The Vikings are preparing for all kinds of draft-day scenarios, bu...
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Spielman, Frazier talk about 'top 30' visits: Vikings coach Leslie Frazier and VP of player personnel Rick Spiel...
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Dungy said it was hard for him to let Frazier go from Indy, but "elevating" others is one of Dungy's seven "E's" of leadership. #
Vikings

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Former #
Vikings Matt Birk, Tony Richardson and Alan Page's foundation also received money from NFL's $1 million grant to players.

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Madieu Williams and EJ Henderson are the current #
Vikingswhose foundations benefitted from the NFL's $1 million grant to player charities.

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Tony Dungy speaking at Winter Park right now at Athletes in Action event, sponsored by the #
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Dungy on a sign in the locker room under Bill Musselman: "Defeat is worse than death because you have to live with it." #
Vikings

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The #
Vikings will get out for a few last visits/workouts in the coming weeks, Rick Spielman said.

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Spielman said if the #
Vikings don't trade in the first round there are five positions they would consider at No. 12.

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Spielman said most of the #
Vikings predraft visits are tonight and tomorrow. A couple others in the coming weeks.

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Frazier to Dungy, who is speaking at the #
Vikings Winter Park: "Man, Tony, you really set the bar high for me."

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Vikings linebackers coach Mike Singletary said he didn't talk to his players before the lockout. Film does the talking for him, he said.

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NFL Draft Chat: Focus on Round 1: On the brink of his next mock draft being released, Scout.com NFL analyst John...
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Compare and contrast: The all-around RBs: NFL Scouting's Michael DiJulio breaks the running backs into three cat...
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Locker the draft dropper of 2011?: The NFL is inviting as many as 20 incoming rookies to the NFL draft. QB Jake ...
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The book on: DE Adrian Clayborn: The Iowa defensive end has been linked to the Vikings in a few mock drafts. See...
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Intentional Hounding: Bowers Disappoints: From training camp to the Super Bowl and all the offseason activity, I...
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30 of these predraft visits allowed. RT @
RavensInsider: Connecticut LB Scott Lutrus is scheduled to visit the #Vikings

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10 times/year. Here is order page:
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POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER
ON MONDAY, APRIL 04, 2011 AT 12:56:00

Veteran Vikings speculation on a couple fronts

Sports Illustrated's Peter King wrote in his "Monday Morning Quarterback" column today that he believes the Vikings are the best fit for Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb. With the issues between McNabb and Washington head coach Mike Shanahan last year, McNabb isn't expected to remain a Redskin in 2011.

While King just wrote this is his belief (there was no source cited), there are a few questions surrounding that speculation. King writes he thinks a conditional fourth-round pick that could be increased to a third-rounder sounds about right for compensation in a trade. It seems likely that there will be no veteran trades allowed before the April 28-30 draft because there is no collective bargaining agreement in place right now, so any draft picks likely would have to be for next year.

There is also the matter that McNabb is likely to be released if he isn't traded, so would the Vikings be willing to give up a mid-round pick for him?

Then there is the matter of what kind of a fit McNabb would be for the Vikings. They are expected to run a version of the West Coast offense, but under new offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave this wouldn't be the same style that McNabb was used to from his days in Philadelphia when he was with former Eagles offensive coordinator and former Vikings head coach Brad Childress.

Finally, there is the matter of salary compensation (as opposed to potential draft-pick compensation). If the Vikings would trade for him, he is due only $2.5 million in base salary. But if he is cut, would he be willing to sign for that again? Much of his contract with the Redskins was tied to bonuses, so he'll likely be looking for something far more than a $2.5 million base salary in 2011 if he is released.

Pro Football Weekly also reported that the Rams might have interest in Vikings receiver Sidney Rice.

Once again, there are a few circumstances that would need to come about for that to happen. First, there is a question of whether Rice will be a restricted free agent or unrestricted. If he's restricted, are the Rams willing to give up a first-round pick to sign him to an offer sheet? Whether he restricted or not, would they be willing to pay whatever it is Rice's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, will be looking for in a contract?

Of course, there is likely to be some competition for Rice if he is unrestricted. In addition to the Vikings, any team that needs an outside receiver should be considering him if they believe he is past his hip injury, and surely they would need him to pass the team's physical as a condition of completing any contract that might be signed.

It's all early speculation at this point and until the terms of free agency are known it's hard to determine how likely it is that Rice will leave Minnesota.

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Prob depends if tender holds. RT @
ProFootballTalk: Rams reportedly have "some interest" in Sidney Ricehttp://wp.me/p14QSB-vxa #Vikings

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Rookies lining up for draft appearance: The NFL is expecting more than a dozen rookies to attend the NFL draft i...
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POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER
ON MONDAY, APRIL 04, 2011 AT 08:02:00

Story details Minnesota judge in NFL antitrust case

On Wednesday, one of the most important NFL court cases will start to be heard in a Minnesota courtroom. So who is in charge of the case? The answer is federal judge Susan Richard Nelson.

But who is Nelson? The Associated Press has a good story that combines the background experiences of Nelson with some commentary from attorneys that have worked with her as a lawyer and tried cases before her as a judge.

Nelson, 58, has 22 years of litigation experience and was part of a landmark antitrust case – the NFL suit is also an antitrust case – against the tobacco industry. Her firm at the time won a $6.1 billion settlement for the State of Minnesota.

"You hope in your career that you have an opportunity to do something that matters, that makes a difference. Something that matters takes all you can give," she told the Minnesota's Women's Press after that decision in 1998.

Nelson was appointed to be a federal magistrate in 2000, which included work on cases relating to the investigation of men who were thought to be traveling from Minnesota to Somalia to potentially join a terrorist organization. She also has experience as a mediator, which could be important in the NFL hearings.

Give the Associated Press story a read. It's an interesting look at the judge who will make important rulings for the future of the NFL.

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Compare and contrast: The receivers: NFL Scouting's Michael DiJulio assesses the top dozen receivers in the draf...
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RT @
RavensInsider: Tulsa FB Charles Clay to visit the #Vikings on Tuesday NFP link, Q&A with Clay:http://bit.ly/i5N6lN

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The book on: DE Da'Quan Bowers: Da'Quan Bowers is now viewed as a possibility to drop to the Vikings after conce...
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NFL results show importance of quarterback: The Vikings are looking to draft a quarterback early and there is so...
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A couple of new #
Vikings follows on Twitter: S Husain Abdullah is @HAbdullah39 and WR Emanuel Arcenaux is @Eman_Arceneaux (changed account).

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Sunday slant: Critics convening?: The much-anticipated (and delayed) stadium bill is supposed to be introduced t...
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Frazier: D-line upgrade one way or another: Vikings coach Leslie Frazier maintains that they are very likely to ...
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Compensatory picks can matter: The Vikings haven't taken full advantage of their compensatory picks of late, but...
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Around the NFC North: The Bears should be looking to replace Tommie Harris, the Lions will be looking at another...
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Ramsey County last stadium site standing?: Officially, the bill that is supposed to be introduced next week does...
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Leslie Frazier, talking about intangibles of QBs, on @
KFAN1130: "Sometimes at that position, talent is not enough." #Vikings

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The book on: DE Robert Quinn: A suspension from North Carolina isn't the only thing defensive end Robert Quinn o...
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#
Vkings talk, too: RT @caplannfl: Lots of draft chatter ... Kolb speculation in this week's chat transcript: http://on-msn.com/hhZvfi

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Troubled Tar Heels Still Have Talent: One of the most anticipated Pro Days on the entire schedule, Thursday in C...
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No one's laughing at Mike Brown now: Back in 2006, Mike Brown stood nearly alone in opposition to the CBA signed...
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Analysis: Stadium letter vague so far: Two politicians are set to introduce a Vikings (or "people's") stadium bi...
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Who's No. 3? Few agree: The top two prospects at a number of positions seem to jump out. After that, however, ev...
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