It's not exactly Watergate and we're not Woodward and/or Bernstein, but VU has been told that the Vikings have a smoking gun in the draft day trade between Dallas and Kansas City that led to the Ryan Sims/Bryant McKinnie controversy and aren't letting it go.
From what we're being told, while Kansas City may have had the Sims card at the head draft table before the Vikings, the Vikings have confirmed that Dallas did not submit its portion of the trade officially to the league before the Vikings got their card to the table taking Sims.
Under league rules, when teams make a draft-day trade, both teams must confirm the deal with the league officials at the draft headquarters. While it appears Kansas City did its part, Dallas didn't confirm the deal until after the Vikings submitted their card, which, according to the rules, should have allowed the Vikings to move in and draft Sims.
While the team has officially downplayed the matter publicly, they are still fuming behind the scenes about what they see as a clear violation of league protocol and are seeking compensatory pick/picks in next year's draft.
The league's only comment has been to officially maintain that the deal with the Chiefs and Cowboys came off without a hitch, but the Vikings are confident they will get compensation in next year's draft since they have proof that Dallas failed to notify the league properly and in time to preclude the Vikings from moving in to make the pick.
The controversy continues...
* The Vikings will find out later this month if a judge will throw out the $100 million wrongful death suit filed by the family of Korey Stringer. Former coach Denny Green, current coach Mike Tice (then position coach for Stringer) and trainers Fred Zamberletti and Chuck Barta were named co-defendants in the suit and all four are seeking to have the charges against them dismissed. While it likely won't leave the team off the hook, having the individuals removed from the suit would severely damage the chances of the Stringer family winning the case if it went through to trial.
* The NFL is looking at increasing the practice squads for NFL teams from five to six players, given that one of the players on the practice squad is a quarterback.
* The Cowboys may be looking for a way to potentially keep the career of Dimitrius Underwood alive. If Underwood clears waivers, which is very likely, the Cowboys will seek to put him on the non-football injury list, which would allow Dallas to technically keep his rights for years to come if he doesn't return to pro football.
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