The NFL owners meetings have always been a chance for free agents to shop themselves in person to decision-makers around the league. In the past, the Vikings have used these meetings to meet with players and make signings.
VU has been told that the meetings are being used this year to allow Denard Walker to get his release from the Vikes. Walker, who has been disgruntled since the signing of Antoine Winfield and his apparent demotion to dime back in the Vikings' cornerback rotation, re-worked his contract over the weekend to eliminate approximately $2 million in guaranteed money in 2005. The league approved of the restructure Monday and he is expected to be released as early as today.
* The league won't rule on the penalty for Kenny Mixon until after his sentencing, which is scheduled for Thursday. Mixon, who has four alcohol-related convictions, including three in two years with the Vikings, faces up to a four-game suspension. His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, is fighting to keep the punitive action in the form of a fine. If Mixon is suspended it could adversely affect his career with the Vikings, who would find themselves with two starting DE openings heading into training camp.
* Tickets for the Vikings Draft Party at Winter Park go on sale Thursday. Tickets are $15 and are available at the Vikings ticket office, through Ticketmaster or calling 1-800-33-VIKES.
Walker To Be Released
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