Vikes Tweaking Roster

Vikings coach Mike Tice has done an admirable job of rebuilding the Vikes on the fly. That continues today.

Mike Tice is brutally honest at times. There are two areas of the Vikings that he is most concerned with -- one intimately familiar to him and one that necessity has thrust upon him.

Those areas are offensive line -- where he coached -- and safety -- where both starters from last year are gone.

To that end, the Vikes are holding a casting call today at Winter Park for five players, with safeties Ronnie Bradford (Atlanta) and Victor Green (N.Y. Jets) being auditioned for starting roles. Bradford is a free safety and Green is a strong safety. If signed, both could find themselves battling for starting assignments.

As for the offensive linemen -- Rich Tylski, Max Lane and Kendyl Jacox -- the assignments would be to provide backup depth.

While no guarantees are being given to any of the players coming in today, the process of filling out the Vikings roster is another sign that the team is not looking at 2002 as a rebuilding year, but as a returning year to the playoff contender status.

* While Green would be an excellent addition, VU continues to be told that, unless the Vikings are willing to pony up some serious money, Green has a preference to join former Jets D.C. Bill Belichick in New England.
* Word is filtering down that the Vikes will reach an agreement with RB Moe Williams for a one-year deal to potentially bring him back to Minnesota and give him a chance to fight it out for playing time in the new one-back offense.

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