Vikings officials kept a positive tone during the early stages of the Bryant McKinnie negotiations, but, as reported earlier, those high hopes have fallen flat.
For teammates that have been in camp for a week now, McKinnie remains unsigned and, VU has been told his agents have drawn a line in the sand that won't allow for negotiations.
Claiming the Vikings are making an "inferior offer," McKinnie's agents say they want a deal not determined by players around his draft slot or what players were paid last year, but what they believe McKinnie is worth.
The frustration of the Vikings has been obvious. Mike Tice has said he's no longer a starter, Red McCombs has said his value goes down the longer he holds out and even teammates have said his holdout is hurting the team.
Yet, the agents for McKinnie are adament about getting the best possible deal for their client and that could mean a holdout that lasts longer than anyone immediately envisioned.
* Aside from McKinnie, there are just four other unsigned first-round picks -- Quentin Jammer (San Diego, No. 4), Ryan Sims (Kansas City, No. 5), Wendell Bryant (Arizona, No. 12) and T.J. Duckett (Atlanta, No. 18).
* The Vikings meet in the first of four practice scrimmages today with the Chiefs at Mankato. With tempers running hot for both teams -- K.C. lineman John Tait needed 17 stitches after a camp brawl at River Falls -- the hitting for tonight's practice is predicted to be heavy.
* Kicker Doug Brien was added back to the regular roster Thursday and taken off the physically unable to perform list.
* In other injuries, four players -- Derrick Alexander (quadriceps), Michael Bennett (calf), Byron Chamberlain (calf) and James Wofford (knee) -- missed Thursday's practice.
McKinnie at Day 7 and Counting
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