The Vikings still have more than $2 million available to sign free agents before the start of training camp, but Mike Tice said Sunday that the team may well be done shopping and ready for the 2002 season.
Tice told VU the signing of WR Derrick Alexander may be the final piece in the roster puzzle for the Vikings and, barring injury, the team may be set for the coming year.
The one thing that emerged for training camp is that there is going to be competition at most positions, especially defensive line, running back and wide receiver, where there are a lot of bodies and not a lot of opportunities.
Tice has been very pleased with how the new cast of the Vikings and the exisiting nucleus have worked together in the offseason and thinks those who have the Vikings destined to be a 10-loss team are greatly underestimating the ability of this team.
* The Vikings are completely satisfied with where the roster sits. TE O.J. Santiago watched practice Sunday and will work out for the team today and DL's Jim Flanigan and Cedric Killings are expected in for visits this week, but, other than that, Tice thinks the Vikings first foray into free agency in more than five years is all but over.
* VU has been told by a source with the Bucs that Ed McDaniel may be signed as early as Wednesday by Tampa Bay.
* The Vikings currently have eight running backs on the roster, but, with a one-back basic set, will likely keep as few as four, but more likely just five running backs on the roster -- making comeptition in training camp fierce for everybody.
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