Carter Actually Retiring?

After sounding quite confident that 2001 will be his last season, Cris Carter stunned some media types Thursday by saying his retirement isn't as automatic as some may have originally thought.

Cris Carter was being asked to respond to the megabuck contract signed by Randy Moss when he was interviewed on ESPN-Radio's Dan Patrick Show. His response to another question, however, has caused some raised eyebrows around Winter Park.

As part of the interview, Carter was asked about how he was preparing for his final season. His answer? "Who said this is my final season?"

Carter backtracked on his original statement made last winter in his home town of Middletown, Ohio, when he said that his football career started there and it was appropriate that he announce that he was going to finish football after this coming season while at a function in Middletown.

Although the quotes from the appearance were quite clear -- at least in written form -- Carter now says they were taken out of context and that, while he might retire at the end of this season, there is no guarantee.

What affect will this have on the Vikings? If it means keeping Carter for another year, VU is all for it -- regardless of whether it hurts the salary cap situation or not.

FRIDAY NOTES
* With Moss signed, the Vikings are turning their attention to potential free agents Matt Birk and Kailee Wong. Both accepted one-year tender offers and could become free agents following this season. While some speculation is that the team is going to make a serious run to get Daunte Culpepper locked up to a long-term deal, VU has been told just the opposite. Culpepper has three years remaining on his rookie contract and the Vikings likely won't go to lock down an extension until next year at the earliest and possibly do a similar strategy as with Moss -- wait until the summer of 2003 to sign a long-term extension.
* Michael Boireau and John Davis are going to have to take physicals Sunday before being cleared to practice. Boireau has suffered through a neurological disorder that has made part of his face droop, while Davis was recently in a car accident.
* The Vikings placed wide receiver Lonny Mitchell on injured reserve, meaning he will be lost for the entire 2001 season.
* Dennis Green has indicated that the Vikings are going to rotate Michael Bennett, Doug Chapman and Moe Williams in training camp and may well keep the committee concept alive and well during the regular season, barring an explosive performance from one of the three in the preseason.
* VU has learned the terms of sixth-round pick Carey Scott's contract. He signed a three-year deal for $950,000 -- $209,000 this year, $297,000 in 2002 and $389,000 in 2003 with a $57,000 signing bonus.

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