In a follow-up from a request made by VU to the NFL's league office about a couple of matters, there is news on one front and none on another. In the non-news department, Robert Smith still hasn't officially filed his retirement paperwork, but the active news department could have more of an impact on the Vikings this year.
VU has learned that cornerback Dale Carter, who was suspended for one year by the league last year, has filed for reinstatement -- the first part of the process to return to the league. However, the league hasn't made a decision yet on bringing him back -- a surprising development since Leon Lett was allowed to return to the NFL after four separate violations of the league's drug policy.
The NFL is expected to approve Carter's reinstatement, but, as long as it waits, the situation gets a little dicier for the teams interested in him. As reported earlier, if Carter is reinstated, he will be released by Denver to free up cap room instead of paying his contract. Once released, he is expected to sign with the Vikings because Minnesota has expressed the most interest and can promise him something most teams can't -- a starting job.