The Vikings' signing of Chad Greenway and Adrian Peterson could be worth as much as $140 million. That represents almost half of what the state is still squabbling over for its share of a proposed new stadium.
The contract signings of Adrian Peterson
and Chad Greenway
may have taken place in Eden Prairie, but the message should have made it across the Mississippi River to those in St. Paul trying to bleed every dime out of the Wilf family to defray local costs for a new stadium.
Given the potential that both Peterson and Greenway will play at a high enough level to work to the completion of their lucrative contracts, the Wilfs invested approximately $140 million of their own money in two players. That financial commitment represents about half of what the state is bartering down from its share of the cost of a stadium where those two players (and 51 other Minnesota taxpayers) are hoping to play their home games.
The political mud-slinging in Minnesota has become as pathetic as it ever has, as an unprecedented shift in party control of the governor's office and the Legislature has given the "new blood" in the corridors of power a surprisingly strong voice. If they want to, as a voting block, serve as a stonewall for a new stadium, they probably have the votes. The question remains: How will they use their votes?
One thing has become certain with the moves made by the Wilfs at a time of turmoil in terms of getting a stadium partnership finalized – they are more than willing to spend their own money to put a quality product on the field. Let's not forget that Brett Favre didn't come cheap and, when it was clear he wasn't coming back (again), the Wilfs made sure the QB position was manned by a proven winner in Donovan McNabb
. The signings of Peterson and Greenway only help cement that commitment to putting a winner on the field.
It would seem that the conundrum now, with Peterson locked in for seven more years, isn't whether he will finish his career as a Viking, it's whether it will be as a Minnesota Viking.
The strange odyssey of rookie Allen Reisner continues. He was somewhat of a surprise member of the final 53-man roster when the Vikings made their roster cut-down to 53 players – resulting in veteran Jeff Dugan being cut loose. Shortly thereafter, Reisner was released when the Vikings signed linebacker Xavier Adibi. He cleared waivers and was signed the practice squad earlier this week. On Saturday, he was promoted to the active roster – ending one of the strangest weeks in Reisner's life.
To make room for Reisner on the active roster, the Vikings released offensive lineman Seth Olsen.
While Donovan McNabb has posted some big numbers in regular-season openers over his career, perhaps the stat that means most to the Vikings coaching staff is that he has won his last three Week 1 starts – something the Vikings hope extends to four today.
The Vikings' next two opponents will be Tampa Bay and Detroit – both at the Metrodome. The Lions and Bucs play each other in Week 1, giving the Vikings an opportunity not only to get recent film on both, but how they approached one another in their head-to-head matchup.
The rumor mill has already started concerning a pair of former Vikings. Reports (unconfirmed) have sprouted that, if Kerry Collins is an epic fail, the Colts have been in touch with Brett Favre. Other reports state that the Saints were interested in getting Randy Moss after Marques Colston went down with a broken collarbone. Those reports have been denied by the Saints organization.
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.