McDaniel Returns to Minnesota...To Retire

Two years after being released by the Vikings, Randall McDaniel returned near the scene of the crime Tuesday.

It was almost two years to the day that Randall McDaniel held a press conference at Lakeview Elementary School in Robbinsdale, Minn. Back in 2000, he had been released by the Vikings after locking horns with Dennis Green. At that time, he was forced to have his press conference at the school because the Vikings wouldn't do him the courtesy of having a press conference at Winter Park.

Two years later, following two playoff seasons with Tampa Bay, McDaniel was back at Lakeview, this time to announce his NFL career is over.

"This is a special -- a great day for me," McDaniel said. "It's the end of one career and the start of another."

McDaniel, who holds a physical education degree from Arizona State, said he will look to get his teacher certification. For years, he volunteered at three schools in the local school district and his wife was a teacher in the district.

As for his intentions when and if he's elected to the Hall of Fame, McDaniel was clear that he will go in as a Viking. Despite leaving the team on ugly terms following a promise by then-general manager Jeff Diamond to rework a contract, only to have Green back off on that deal when he took over, McDaniel said he holds many fond memories as a Viking and that is how his career will be remembered -- which will add to a growing list of Vikings in Canton.

WEDNESDAY NOTES
* While no deal was officially completed Tuesday, VU has been told that an agreement with Chris Walsh should be finalized today. If a deal can't be struck, the Vikings insist he will be released. Deals are also pending on Corbin Lacina and Brad Badger, as well as ongoing talks with Dave Dixon.
* Mike Tice said the team is moving on beyond Mitch Berger. He said that the team is interested in veteran punter Tom Tupa and Baltimore's Kyle Richardson, who will become a free agent Friday. The team will hold off a decision until after the coaching staff returns from the Combine, which is scheduled for this weekend.
* Attorneys for the Vikings and the family of Korey Stringer were in court Tuesday, arguing the venue for a trial in the family's $100 million wrongful death lawsuit. The family contends that, since the team is headquartered in Hennepin County and almost all of the players and coaches live there, it should be set for a Minneapolis courtroom. The Vikings counter that, since the death took place in Mankato, it should be conducted in Blue Earth County. No decision was made following the arguments by both sides.
* The blood purge of the Baltimore Ravens continues. Former Viking RB Obafemi Ayanbadejo was not tendered an offer by the team for next season.

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