Vikes Sign Safety Bradford

The Vikes added veteran leadership to their young safety corps Wednesday, signing free safety Ronnie Bradford.

Early this week, the buzz around Winter Park was that a signing or two was pending. Names weren't mentioned specifically to VU, but one position that got raised eyebrows was when the subject of the safety position came up.

That buzz became reality Wednesday, as the Vikings announced the signing of safety Ronnie Bradford, who is expected to compete for a starting job in a very young secondary -- taking over at the free safety spot.

Bradford will be entering his 10th season after playing with Denver, Arizona and most recently Atlanta, where he played cornerback until moving to safety in 2000.

Coach Mike Tice said he believes Bradford can give the Vikings some experience at a position sorely lacking in that now and that he will be valuable, whether he is a starter or not, simply by leading by example.

* With the signing of Bradford, the Vikings now have added three former Falcons -- joining LB Henri Crockett and DE Chuck Wiley -- in the off-season.
* LB Ed McDaniel wants to come back to the Vikings in training camp to show he still has some life left in the tank, but claims to have a couple of other teams interested in him.
* Depositions for the pending wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of Korey Stringer have begun.
* The prospects of getting a stadium deal done for the Vikings and University of Minnesota Gophers for the 2003 Legislative session looks very promising, as the Vikings have pledged $100 million toward a stadium and the NFL has agreed to kick in $52 through G-3 funding, which the Vikings narrowly have beaten the deadline to earmark funds for.
* RB Moe Williams continues to talk to the Vikings, but no contract has yet been signed.
* Washington and Oakland are viewed as the frontrunners for nose tackle Sam Adams, but, like the Vikings and a few other teams, are waiting for asking his price -- currently a multi-year deal with a signing bonus of up to $8 million -- to come down ... way down.
* From the Blame It On the Dog Department comes this: Bears DE Bryan Williams might not be ready for the start of training camp in two months because he broke both his wrists in a freak accident. How did it happen? He tripped over his dog and fell down some stairs at his home. Typically dogs are blamed merely for suspicious smells and disappearing homework, but this one adds a new page to the blame game.

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