Tice Hopeful Carter Will Stay

With everyone else sure Cris Carter is gone, why isn't Mike Tice conceding it?

Mike Tice said this weekend that the Vikings approached him about sending out a press release honoring Cris Carter and his contributions to the Vikings organization. Tice put a stop to it.

Why?

He's not convinced Carter is gone. With the Vikings looking to re-tool on the fly, Carter has said he wants to play for a Super Bowl contender and isn't sure that will happen with the Vikes.

Tice is more confident and said he doesn't want to send out a release saying Carter is through with the Vikings until he hears it from him. The Vikings will likely have to hit the free agent market to get a replacement if Carter does sign elsewhere, but Tice says he wants to talk to Carter and try to convince him to stay with the team.

VU will follow up on any contact with Carter and his agent and see if there is a chance he will stay with the team.

MONDAY NOTES
* VU has been told that, following the rash of cuts made last week, the Vikings are currently $8.3 million under the salary cap, which means the team should have enough money to re-sign Byron Chamberlain, Robert Griffith and Kailee Wong if each wants to return to the Vikings.
* One player who doesn't want to stay is center Cory Withrow. Mired behind All-Pro Matt Birk, Withrow wants a chance to start in the NFL and has been given permission to have his agent talk to other teams about a possible trade. Withrow's agent claims at least a dozen teams are interested in the backup center.
* With the Vikings potentially looking to the free agent market for wide receivers, one player that won't get the call is former Viking Matthew Hatchette. VU has been told that Hatchette, who is going to be released by the Jets, isn't of interest to the Vikings brass.
* Tight end Hunter Goodwin is in town today to talk to the Vikings about coming back to Minnesota. He wouldn't be signed as a replacement for Chamberlain, since he is a blocker, not a receiving tight end.

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