Donovin Darius took an unusual approach to help get himself out of Jacksonville Monday -- contacting a Twin Cities newspaper asking to get out.
Darius contacted the Star Tribune claiming he has lost his enthusiasm to play for the Jaguars, who have slapped him with the franchise tag three years in a row. He vowed that he wouldn't ask for more than market value for a long-term deal from the Vikings and, if given his choice of playing for any team in the league, he would pick the Vikings.
The Jaguars would likely ask for the Vikings' second first-round pick (No. 18) in return for Darius or the team's second-round pick and a player. The Vikings have yet to respond to Darius' strange contract ploy.
In other business, cornerback Fred Smoot is scheduled to visit Winter Park today.
Darius Uses Media to Become Viking
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