It's hard to say if it's nepotism or if when Dennis Green calls his son on the phone trade talk ensues.
Whatever the reason, the Vikings and Cleveland Browns made their third trade in three months Monday -- although it won't be official until today -- as Dennis Green and Jeremy Green, his son and Browns coordinator of pro personnel, completed a deal to bring former Viking Stalin Colinet back to Minnesota.
Colinet, who was traded to the Browns in 1999 for Jerry Ball, was being phased out in the new-look Browns defense, much in the same way other players acquired in trades earlier this season were.
The Colinet deal is the third trade involving the younger and elder Green. At the end of training camp, the Vikings traded for Travis Pentice and QB Spergon Wynn. Shortly thereafter, the Vikings traded a seventh-round draft pick for Everett Lindsay, who was expected to serve as a backup at all offensive line positions, but started last week due to an injury to Corbin Lacina.
No announcement was made of what Cleveland would receive in return for Colinet, other than "an undisclosed draft pick," but VU has been told it will likely be a swapping of draft picks -- giving Cleveland a fifth- or sixth-round pick and receiving the Vikings seventh-round pick in exchange.
* Because the Colinet deal will not be made official until today, no roster move was required as of yet to make room for Colinet on the Vikings roster.
* Also on Monday, the Vikings picked up former Atlanta offensive lineman Calvin Collins, who had started at both guard positions and center with the Falcons as a versatile substitute. He is expected to back up all offensive line positions, much in the same way Lindsay has. However, VU has been told that his experience on the interior line positions may help the team concentrate on having Lindsay work more at the tackle spots once Lacina returns to the lineup.
* To make room for Collins on the 53-man roster, the Vikings announced that they have released defensive back Keith Thibodeaux.
* Michael Bennett was wearing a protective boot on his injured ankle Monday and is not expected to play Sunday. He is currently listed as questionable on the team's injury report, but VU has said he will likely be downgraded to doubtful later in the week and is almost guaranteed to be deactivated for Sunday's game with the Packers.
* In Bennett's absence, Doug Chapman is expected to start with Travis Prentice moving into the role of third-down back and short-yardage rusher.
* While Randy Moss is listed as questionable, he is going to play Sunday barring a reaggravation of the injury. VU has been told the ankle problem with Moss is actually a lingering problem from a basketball injury in 1998 and that, while painful now, Moss will be ready to go at close to full speed Sunday, primarily because of the importance of the game.
* Robert Griffith is said to be rehabilitating nicely from his broken leg, but is still three weeks away from returning at the least. However, with the Vikings' bye week coming after the Tampa Bay game, there is a chance that Griffith will be back in time for the team's next game after the bye -- Nov. 11 at Philadelphia.
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