Tate Gets Three-Year Extension

With players being lopped right and left, Robert Tate's future with the team is more secure.

When Robert Tate was exposed to the Houston Texans in the expansion allocation draft, many viewed that as a clear sign that Tate's future with the Vikings was over.

Yet, at a time when Vikings are becoming former Vikings at an alarming rate, Tate not only remains a Viking, but will be for some time.

VU was told Monday that Tate has agreed to a three-year contract extension worth about $4 million. The contract lowers Tate's cap number for 2002 -- the biggest issue the Vikings are facing this offseason -- and is a clear sign that the team intends to have Tate as part of their immediate future.

* Former Viking All-Pro Randall McDaniel announced his retirement from the NFL Monday.
* Corbin Lacina has agreed to have his contract restructured and an announcement of such is expected by Wednesday.
* The same is not true with Chris Walsh, who continues to balk at reworking his contract. However, VU is being told if he doesn't change his mind by Thursday, he will be released like Mitch Berger was for a similar refusal.
* The Vikings and Byron Chamberlain remain far apart on contract language to try to keep him from becoming a free agent on Friday.
* As insurance to the potential loss of Chamberlain, the Vikings signed TE Johnnie McWilliams on Friday.
* The Vikings will submit tenders of $563,000 to restricted free agents Jim Nelson, Talance Sawyer and Kenny Wright, which means if another team attempts to sign them the Vikings have the right to match the offer.
* Qadry Ismail was among the numerous cuts the Baltimore Ravens had to make Monday to get under the league salary cap by Friday. The Ravens are said to be interested in Mitch Berger, but Brian Billick continues to downplay a similar interest in Cris Carter.

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