Personnel Director Decision Coming

The Vikings' search for a personnel director continues to evolve as the team prepares for the important Senior Bowl college showcase.

The Senior Bowl is always a good chance for NFL teams to evaluate some of the best college talent available. The Vikings has sent its own delegation to Mobile, but has done so without knowing exactly who will be the team's personnel director ... at least for the start of practices.

The team is expected to make a final announcement by the end of the week, whether it be in-house candidates Scott Studwell or Jeff Robinson or someone currently outside the organization. One person it won't be is Patriots director of college scouting Tom Dimitroff, who cancelled a scheduled visit to the Twin Cities Saturday when his deal with the Patriots was sweetened. However, the team did interview Jags pro personnel director Charlie Bailey over the weekend.

With the Broncos knocked out of the playoffs, director of pro personnel Rick Smith once again can rejoin the fray. Had the Broncos made the Super Bowl, the Vikings would have likely been forced to scratch him off their list.

Another candidate that has emerged is Scott Cohen, the pro personnel director for the Eagles. But, if an attempt to hire him is met with the same Eagles attitude as other overtures have been, expect Philly to give Cohen a raise and keep him from joining Brad Childress.

Expect to see some resolution to this opening by Friday.

* The Vikings still have three coaching vacancies to fill -- linebackers, secondary and special teams. Although the Senior Bowl is annually a shopping market for unemployed coaches, Childress isn't expected to spend much if any time at Mobile.
* Despite being held to "only" five catches Sunday, the Panthers Steve Smith broke the 18-year-old record for most receptions in a post-season set by Anthony Carter, who caught 21 passes in three games for the Vikings during the 1987 playoffs.

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