Vikes Going Shopping?

The Vikes are less than two weeks from opening training camp, but may not be set on the roster, as the clock ticks and the team becomes more attractive to unsigned free agents.

The talk on how the Vikings are prepared for the 2002 season is kind of like Starsky and Hutch asking Huggy Bear for the low-down.

As Huggy would say, "I don't know nothing about nothing, but word on the streets is...."

The current word on the streets is that, while the Vikings aren't in hot contention for any specific players to make a big splash, they continue to talk to O.J. Santiago about coming in to try to work into one of the tight end positions with the team.

As reported before, Santiago wants an NFL job, but realizes that anything with the Vikes -- as long as Byron Chamberlain and Jim Kleinsasser are on the ticket -- will be as a part-time player.

Other than Santiago, the Vikings aren't in the front-running chase for anyone who has more than one or two teams bidding. If someone wants to come for incentives and a minimum deal, the Vikes are interested. For guys like Sam Adams, who wants a big piece of cake up front, it ain't happening. Period.

* Who cares about the record last season. Coming of an NFC title game appearance in 2000, the Vikes had a 92 percent renewal rate on season tickets. After last year's 5-11 season? Renewals are running at 94 percent.
* VU has been hitting several e-mails from a story we ran last month about Dennis Green landing in Atlanta as its next head coach after his agent hooked on in a top front office capacity. Sunday alone, three national sources said that, when Dan Reeves retires or is fired, Green is the man for the job.

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