Vikings Begin OCP Monday

Starting Monday, the Vikings begin the 16-week process of what is called the offseason conditioning program. While not mandatory, near-full compliance is expected from a lot of teams, making this portion of the season critical for blending in new players with holdover veterans.

The 2006 season is a little less than three months in the rearview mirror, but the 2007 season semi-officially gets underway Monday.

The Vikings' offseason conditioning program, which technically is voluntary, but perhaps in name only, gets underway Monday as part of the NFL offseason program. Veterans are allowed to work out together without being in violation of the league's collective bargaining agreement.

The Vikings aren't alone. All but four teams in the NFC will begin their offseason conditioning programs Monday – for those interested, the others are the Panthers (March 26), the Saints (April 2), the Seahawks (April 2) and Bears (April 17).

While it may not be the type of gathering that gets Vikings fans geeked up for the 2007 season, it is the start of things.

* So what does a coach do after life in the NFL? Well, if you're Dennis Green, you're multi-tasking. Green, who was fired by the Cardinals earlier this year, is working as a public speaker as well as developing a DVD about fishing in areas around the United States. It's a good gig if you can get it.
* Joey Harrington has had a spotty NFL career at best, and it appears his next landing spot could be the Canadian Football League.
* Yesterday VU passed along that free agent DT Ian Scott likely would be off the Chiefs' radar after the team re-signed Ron Edwards to a five-year deal. That possibility went from remote to almost impossible when the Chiefs signed Scott's former teammate, Alfonso Boone. Scott was planning on visiting with the Chiefs before making a free-agent decision.

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