Big-Name Players Draw Nationwide Attention

The Vikings were making news around the NFL nation in the past week, from persisting inquires about Randy Moss to other teams that were looking to make a push for Antoine Winfield. In the end, the Vikings still have Moss and added Winfield.

  • How serious were trade talks — if any — regarding Randy Moss? Many reporters around the league questioned their teams' personnel people once Miami and Minnesota newspapers ran with the story the last couple weeks.

    In Arizona, the reply was, "Not today. At this point, it's mostly just rumor." That came from Rod Graves, Cardinals VP of operations, on whether the Cardinals were attempting to trade for Moss, who once played for Cardinals coach Dennis Green.

    New York wasn't left out of the questioning either. The latest he said/she said coming out of Jets camp involved their alleged pursuit of Moss, who has said he'd like to come to the Jets and is a player the Jets would be desperate to acquire, warts and all.

    Yet the Vikings insist they are not shopping Moss and Jets officials say they haven't contacted the Vikings about Moss. And acquiring Moss became an even lower possibility following the Jets' trade Friday for WR Justin McCareins.

  • Count the Cowboys as one of the teams that were considering a push for cornerback Antoine Winfield if the Vikings didn't get their deal done when they did. According a source, the Cowboys expressed interest in Winfield to replace Mario Edwards opposite Terence Newman.

  • A Vikings official tells Viking Update that there was no truth to quieter rumors about trading running back Michael Bennett. According to the source, the rumors may have stemmed from a Senior Bowl conversation in which many what-if scenarios were tossed out about a number of players.

  • The Vikings canceled a visit with former Steelers tight end Mark Bruener and the Bills could be his only option. He was due to earn $2.4 million with the Steelers. Once Jim Kleinsasser's new deal was finalized, the Vikings decided they didn't have a need for Bruener.

  • Philadelphia head coach Andy Reid made some changes on his coaching staff in the wake of the departure of Ron Rivera and Dave Toub, who were hired by the Chicago Bears. Trent Walters, a long-time college assistant who spent seven years with the Vikings under Dennis Green, will replace Steve Spagnuolo as the secondary coach. Spagnuolo, who had coached the Eagles' secondary the last three years, will replace Rivera as the linebackers coach. Ted Daisher, a high school coach in North Carolina, will replace Taub as the club's assistant special teams coach and assistant defensive line coach.

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