When the Vikings announced the release of five veteran players Tuesday, Cory Withrow's name came as something of a surprise. While some immediately speculated that it might be the end of his Vikings career, rather shocking seeing as how well he played during Matt Birk's sidelining due to hernia surgeries, that may not end up being the case.
VU has been told the primary reason for Withrow's release was his $990,000 salary for 2005, which would have included bonuses of nearly $450,000. The thinking was that paying almost $1 million to a backup center wasn't a wise investment. That doesn't mean the Vikings have given up on Withrow. The team plans to make him a more cap-friendly offer -- either in early March or after Withrow has had an opportunity to test the free agent market.
* As expected, the Viking announced the hiring of Wes Chandler as their receivers coach Tuesday. Chandler, who held the same position with the Cowboys from 2000-02, was one of the coaching casualties when Bill Parcells took over the Cowboys prior to the 2003 season.
* Just when you think you've heard the last of the Randy Moss stories, a gambling website from Costa Rica has set a betting line on whether or not he will be traded and, if so, to whom. Surprisingly, the overwhelming favorite to end up with Moss are the Falcons -- one of the few teams we haven't heard much about with all the media-fueled trade speculation.
* Of the other players cut Tuesday, there's a possibility guys like Rhett Nelson and Larry Ned may get another look, but 12-year veteran Terrance Shaw and WR Kenny Clark, who had career-ending back surgery last year, won't be back.
Vikings To Try To Re-Sign Withrow
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