Rosenthal To Ink Extension

Need any convincing the Vikings are looking at a three- to five-year window for success? Today may help more fans see the "big picture."

The Vikings have their eyes on the Super Bowl this year. But they also have it set on 2005, 2006 and beyond.

Thanks to preparation and salary cap management, the Vikings can potentially out-bid anyone for any player at any time. But, instead the team has invested primarily in known commodities. VU has been told another piece of the offensive puzzle will likely be locked up today.

Right tackle Mike Rosenthal is expected to sign a six-year extension deal worth about $15 million -- approximately $2 million of that in the form of a signing bonus.

With this signing, the Vikings will have O-linemen Rosenthal, Matt Birk, Bryant McKinnie and Chris Liwienski signed through the 2008 season -- as well as franchise bell cows Daunte Culpepper and Randy Moss.

Not too shabby.

* There has been a lot of media discussion about the personal angst Moss has for the Cowboys. While he's downplaying it, don't believe it for a second. There are three teams Moss has a legitimate issue with -- the Cowboys, the Bengals and the Titans.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was enamoured with Moss -- in retrospect, could you imagine Aikman, Emmitt, Irvin AND MOSS in 1998? Ouch, babe. Jones called Moss on draft day -- keep in mind that, at that time, Moss wasn't invited to the draft -- and told him that, if he was still on the board when their pick came up, he would be a Cowboy. When their pick came, they took DE Greg Ellis -- his ticket to Canton is already punched...oh, wait.

Moss' gripe with the Bengals and Titans is just as simple. Twenty picks went off the board before Denny Green was on the clock for 19 seconds? Two of them belonged to the Bengals, and they opted to take linebackers Takeo Spikes and Brian Simmons. Simmons is still with the Bengals, but isn't viewed as anything resembling a franchise player. The Titans committed perhaps the most aggregious error. They took a wide receiver -- weak-ankled Kevin Dyson. Ouch again, babe.

It's no coincidence Moss has eight TDs in four games vs. the Cowboys. He takes no play off when he sees Double-J bringing America's Team his way. He pities the Bengals and can tell Jeff Fisher he wouldn't have come up a yard short reaching for the goal line.
* Brian Williams practiced again Friday and is ready to play nickel back Sunday.

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