McKinnie, Vikings Making Progress

Talks have heated up and some progress has been made with representatives for holdout offensive lineman Bryant McKinnie.

Another day passes and no sign of the seventh player selected in the NFL Draft, Bryant McKinnie.

There are indications that talks have heated up and an agreement could be reached by the end of the week, sources tell The Insiders.

"A significant amount of progress has been made over the past 24 hours in regards to the stance taken by McKinnie's representative team led by Jim Steiner," the source said. "While both sides have concerns and a difference in thoughts on the contract talks, both parties are working to get McKinnie into camp as soon as possible."

"Steiner has come off of his notion somewhat that McKinnie will be compensated as a top-five pick. Being the case, dealing with the Vikings will be much easier. The negotiations are at a point right now where a deal could be struck quickly or it could drag on another week. All will depend on if both parties can continue to keep communicating as they have the past 72 hours."

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