The Beat Goes On

News of player releases funnels to the media, with one player receiving a lot of attention by the Vikings, league sources and his agent.

The Kansas City Chiefs wasted no time in releasing wide receiver Derrick Alexander and teams wasted no time expressing an interest in the former all-pro receiver.

Numerous teams, including the Vikings, have been in contact with representatives for Alexander, according to Alexander representative Lamont Smith.

"Minnesota is a team that intrigues Derrick and the priority is to see if we can get something done with them," Smith said. "Derrick wants to get something done soon, but ultimately it is going to come down to what kind of deal can be put together."

The Vikings are treating the Alexander situation with a sense of urgency. Signing a wide receiver is a priority for the team and closing a deal with Alexander is a must, according to a league source.

"Minnesota is pressing hard to get a contract finalized with Alexander. The belief has been that getting one of these wide receivers under contract quickly would greatly benefit a team," the source said. "Over the next few days, once a player begins talking to more than one or two teams, the price tag will increase."

"The Vikings are in a good position because Alexander wants to play there, but he will not short-change himself. Minnesota is in a position to do something quickly and the expectation is that they will get something done with him."

According to a team source in Minnesota, the Vikings want to complete a deal within the next few days or they will go in another direction. The Vikings have made a strong point to show Alexander and his representatives that they want the receiver in the Twin Cities.

The Vikings have a plan B in the event that talks with Alexander do fall through. Feelers have been put out by the team regarding wide receivers Keenan McCardell and Antonio Freeman, both released on Monday.

McCardell and Alexander have been slotted all along at the top of the Vikings' wish list as the clocked ticked down toward the cut-down date. The knock against a deal with McCardell has been the perception that he will command a large contract and the chance of a bidding war occuring.

"Keenan (McCardell) has been a highly productive player in the league for quite a few years now and has been a major component in some highly explosive offenses," McCardell agent Joel Corry said. "Keenan would like to go to a situation where he has a chance to win, to be competitive. Minnesota, we believe, fits that type of opportunity."

The second wave of free agency has just begun and the Vikings appear to be poised to make their move.

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