Carter Next in Ring of Fame?

As the clock has passed midnight without Cris Carter being signed, word is coming out that the Vikings have plans to honor C.C. if he in fact retires by making him another inductee in the Ring of Fame at the Metrodome.

The Vikings are waiting for today's self-imposed deadline from Cris Carter to be signed or he'll retire ... but not for the reason you may think.

When Carter announced he was going to leave the Vikings, the team planned a retirement press release thanking Carter for his years of service to the organization. But those plans were put on hold when Carter indicated he planned to continue his NFL career. However, with Carter's retirement appearing imminent, rumblings around Winter Park center on doing things right.

VU has heard that the Vikings are considering adding Carter to the Vikings Ring of Fame at a home game this season if he does retire. The Ring of Fame has been a favorite of Red McCombs, who has doubled its size in the last couple of seasons, and Carter would be an ideal addition to the group.

As part of his Purple Pride mantra -- remembering the Vikings storied NFL tradition -- McCombs has held Ring of Fame ceremonies for Ron Yary, Mick Tingelhoff, Jim Marshall and Korey Stringer and a similar ceremony is scheduled this season for DE Carl Eller.

While the end of Carter's career with the Vikings came on a down note, he was always a fan favorite -- as displayed with the ovations he received in the regular season home finale. A ceremony honoring his Hall of Fame career would seem in order and, if nobody steps up to the plate today to sign Carter, the early word is that he will join the Ring of Fame later this year.

* VU keeps hearing rumblings out of Los Angeles that, while the Chargers are the top prospect on its radar to get a new team in L.A., the Vikings may be emerging as the second option.
* From the Oy, Vey Department comes this: A Twin Cities media report over the weekend said that the Vikings have had no contact with Green Bay WR Antonio Freeman. Why? Because he's still under contract with the Packers and, unlike Derrick Alexander, players under contract can't talk to other teams about potential deals. The Packers are hopeful of coming to an agreement before the June 1 date where players can be released from cap-unfriendly deals.
* Keenan McCardell, viewed by the Vikings as their No. 2 option at WR if a deal with Alexander falls through, may well get the $3-4 million a year he's seeking, since Tampa Bay, Kansas City and Washington are all expected to make strong bids for his services after June 1.
* Rumors are circulating that the Vikings are talking contract with former Arizona QB Stoney Case.

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