Wilf Says Pepp to be Paid

Vikings owner Zygi Wilf was in Indianapolis Saturday to watch some of the Combine workouts and, in the process, attempted to put to rest some of the rumors that the Vikings are trading Daunte Culpepper.

Trying to figure out the Vikings mindset this offseason has been a difficult proposition at best. Earlier in the week, Daunte Culpepper sent a mass media e-mail claiming that he was told by Zygi Wilf that no trade was in the offing. But Friday, coach Brad Childress acknowledged that there have been inquiries about Culpepper's availability from some teams -- the Ravens and Dolphins have both been mentioned.

But Saturday, when pressed by reporters at the Combine, Wilf said that he plans to pay Culpepper his $6 million roster bonus due March 17. Wilf said that the conversations he has with Culpepper are, in his mind, intended to remain private and wouldn't elaborate too extensively on the comments made by Culpepper earlier in the week.

Wilf's comments came on the heels of a report in the Miami Herald that the Dolphins are no longer interested in making a trade with the Vikings because they had heard that the team is going to simply release Culpepper in order to avoid paying his roster bonus in three weeks.

What the Vikings' final plan will be is yet to be determined, but Wilf is doing his part to maintain what he said following the season -- that Culpepper will be paid his $6 million roster bonus and that, when he's healthy enough to play again, it will be as a Viking.

* VU has been told that the Vikings are preparing a multi-year offer for wide receiver Koren Robinson in hopes of getting him signed before free agency begins.
* The same can't be said for safety Corey Chavous, who has started every game in the his four years with the Vikings. VU has heard that the Vikings are willing to let Chavous test the free agent market and that he likely won't be back in 2006.
* Wilf was seen greeting former Vikings coach Mike Tice, giving him a hug as the two bumped into one another in an Indianapolis hotel lobby.
* Despite slapping the transition tag on Brian Williams, it apparently hasn't changed his view of remaining with the Vikings. Childress addressed the situation in Indianapolis, saying that players don't always have the option of deciding where they play, but Williams' agent countered by saying that Williams planned to move on via free agency after the season and that hasn't changed. As a transition free agent, Williams is free to seek out other free agent offers, but the Vikings can match any offer he receives. If a team does sign him to an offer sheet and the Vikings don't match it, they would receive no compensation.

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