Vikes Miss Out On Trotter

Since June 2, VU has been asking about the contract status of LB Jeremiah Trotter. Wednesday brought some sad news about how low the limbo bar could go.

Nobody at Viking Update -- from Lurts on down -- has ever made an argument that VU is a fan publication. We try to be objective, but we also know our audience. You're Vikings fans. So are we.

So it has been this offseason that we have continually reminded Vikes fans that Ted Cottrell is a genius and Antoine Winfield is the best shut-down CB the team has ever had.

So the e-mail and subsequent phone conversation with an Eagles insider came as troubling news. By the time most of you read this, it will be on the ESPN scroll that LB Jeremiah Trotter has re-signed with the Eagles.

For those unfamiliar with his situation, Trotter earned his NFL stripes with the Eagles, but, before Philly was willing to part with millions to sign Terrell Owens and Jevon Kearse, they said "no thanks" to Trotter. He became a free agent and Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, who never met a million dollars he wasn't willing to set fire to, signed Trotter to a seven-year, $36.5 million deal prior to the 2002 season.

When it became clear that Snyder was now willing to overspend on offense, Trotter was cut loose. When asked directly by VU if the Vikings, who need a playmaking linebacker, were interested in signing Trotter, we were told his price range was too steep.

Less than two weeks ago, VU pondered if maybe a call should be placed to Trotter's agent to see if his asking price has come down. Apparently that request was never answered.

VU has been told by a source with the Eagles that, pending Trotter passing a physical, he will sign a one-year deal today to return to Philly for a base salary of $660,000 -- the minimum salary for a player with his tenure in the league.

With the amount of cap room available to the Vikes and the personnel in place to creatively structure a contract based on incentive bonuses, there's no question the Vikings could have buried the "take it or leave it" offer from the Eagles. It didn't happen.

Like it or not, the Vikings missed out on this one. If Trotter isn't the same player he once was, he has no guarantees with Philly. He's back in town with his hat in his hand and his dignity long since gone -- not to mention his agent, who saw $500,000 turn into $30,000 in a hurry.

Bottom line: Unless the Vikings have a serious problem with Trotter or his agent, they missed out on this one. His price, like weapons of mass destruction, was never found.

Here's hoping E.J. Henderson, Dontarrious Thomas and Mike Nattiel make this entire discussion a moot point. But, until that happens, one has to wonder what prevented the Vikes from stepping up for the good of the franchise to get a bargain.

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