As reported two months ago when Derrick Alexander restructured his contract with Kansas City, one caveat in the deal was a $100,000 signing bonus, the promise he would be released and the opportunity to talk to teams about working a new deal.
The Chiefs made good on their end of the bargain -- releasing Alexander Monday. VU has been told the Vikings are in serious contract negotiations, backing up earlier talks when Alexander passed a physical with the team in April.
VU has been told that Alexander could be signed as early as today, but, if he balks at the deal, the team may look elsewhere. VU has confirmed that Alexander's agent Lamont Smith has said the Vikings are his top priority, but that, if talks fail, visits with New England and Tampa Bay have been scheduled.
This obviously isn't news to the Vikings. Expect a deal with Alexander to be completed within the next 48 hours. If a deal isn't struck by then, much like the Rams dealt with Cris Carter, a deal may not be done. Both sides are content to make a mutual deal, but the Vikings aren't about to get in a bidding war -- but, as you will see if you keep reading, that may be inevitable.
* While VU has confirmed that Alexander has tentatively scheduled visits with the Patriots and Bucs, we're also being told that San Diego and Atlanta may also have an interest in Alexander -- just another reason for the Vikes to want to get a deal done quickly.
* Among the big names released Monday, WRs Keenan McCardell (Jacksonville), Antonio Freeman (Green Bay) and Herman Moore (Detroit), QB Charlie Batch (Detroit), RB Jamal Anderson (Atlanta), DE Marco Coleman (Washington), OT John Fina (Buffalo), G Ray Brown (San Francisco) and LBs Hardy Nickerson (Jacksonville) and Mike Jones (Pittsburgh) were some of the names on the June chopping block.
* The Vikes are interested in both Nickerson and Jones, but Jones may make more sense since he won't have the asking price of Nickerson -- but Nickerson could give a young Vikings defense the leadership it needs to hasten the rebuilding process in the short-term (as in immediately).
* McCardell has already scheduled a visit with Kansas City, but, unless the Chiefs make a huge offer, VU has been told he's willing to hear out all suitors (perhaps including the Vikes if the Alexander talks stall) before making a decision.
* Contrary to the inside word from rural Wisconsin, Brett Favre's attempts to get Antonio Freeman to accept a pay slashing failed and, while many thought the Packers would limit his options by waiting until McCardell and Alexander were off the market, Green Bay is allowing him to test the open market. While his agent, Joel Segal, says four teams (not including the Vikings) have contacted him about Freeman, we're still hearing there is an even-money bet that he will eventually return to the Packers -- barring an obscene offer far higher than the Packers' $1 million, one-year offer.
* Matt Birk returned to workouts Monday with the team and is expected to take part in the team's full-squad minicamp this weekend.
* A decision from Gary Larson of Hennepin County District Court is expected Friday on the request to dismiss the wrongful death suit brought by the family of Korey Stringer that lists, among others, Dennis Green, Mike Tice and trainer Chuck Barta as defendants.
Alexander To Get Done Soon?
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