Milloy's Agent Speaks

The Vikings have an interest in free-agent safety Lawyer Milloy, but at what price? A team source and Milloy's agent today spoke to this column about the situation.

Lawyer Milloy -- who would have imagined that this high-quality player could be available? Certainly not the Vikings, a team that has been seeking help at the safety positions.

While the Lawyer Milloy sweepstakes has begun throughout the league, the Vikings were rumored to be out of the running for the star player almost as soon as he hit the open market. The asking price for Milloy will be steep, as much as $4 million dollars a season, and a price that the Vikings could easily absorb.

"We have the salary-cap room to add a player that would command a salary in the range that has been rumored (Milloy money)," a team spokesman said. "Now, there may be parameters in a deal that would prohibit us from being a player in the game."

Those parameters may be what we have learned is a lengthy contract with a substantial signing bonus.

Sources in Washington have told this column that the Redskins have offered the All-Pro safety a multi-year deal worth approximately $5 million dollars a season with a signing bonus of six figures.

The representative for Milloy, Tom Poston, would only speak briefly on the situation.

"We are in discussions with many teams at this time. With any negotiation there is a process, some that we have talked with are pretenders, others are contenders. Lawyer Milloy is as good of a player at his position as anyone in the league, if not better. That is what we have based his value upon."

The Vikings, pretender or contender?

"I have had numerous discussions with the people in Minnesota," Poston said. "I wouldn't say that they have folded, and they have shown a serious interest in adding a player of Lawyer's (Milloy) ability and experience. Something will happen soon, we are pretty confident of that."

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