With the deadline for making contract offers to restricted free agents ending Friday, the Vikings made a bold move Wednesday to improve themselves and hurt their rival Packers -- make a qualifying offer sheet to one of their starters.
The Vikings signed DE Aaron Kampman to a one-year offer sheet worth $1.2 million, giving the Packers seven days to match. Kampman, a three-year veteran, started all 16 games for the Packers last year, but was offered just a one-year qualifying offer by the cap-troubled Packers.
The Packers have until next Wednesday to match the offer. If they don't, the Vikings will surrender a fifth-round draft pick in exchange. If they don't match, it could alter the Vikings' draft plans. As of this point, VU projects the Vikings taking a defensive end with the second of their two first-round picks, but that could change in a hurry if they can sign Kampman.
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