He's Ba-a-a-a-a-a-ack!

Cris Carter is coming out of retirement and, if healthy, will be returning to play in the Metrodome.

Former Viking Cris Carter took a long look around the Metrodome following the Vikings final home loss of the season last year. He was soaking in the moment, because he didn't think he would be coming back. He very well might, but not as a Viking.

VU has confirmed with two sources close to Carter that, following a physical today, the Miami Dolphins will announce the signing of Carter Monday.

While terms of the deal haven't been discussed, VU has been told this much. It is a one-year deal for at or near the pro-rated league minimum, but there are several incentives that could raise the deal to as much as $1.5 million if Carter lights things up and Miami remains successful.

VU has been told the incentives deal with some key issues -- number of plays Carter is on the field, receptions, touchdowns and even wins for the Dolphins and playoff success.

It could well be a mutally beneficial deal. Carter offers Miami a starting-caliber wide receiver to replace Oronde Gadsden, a starter who is lost for the year after undergoing wrist surgery. For Carter, the Dolphins offer him the one thing he was seeking in free agency -- a chance to play for a team capable of winning the Super Bowl.

On the ironic front, Carter will return to Minnesota in Week 16 for a Saturday game at the Metrodome -- the final home game of the regular season -- Dec. 21. Fantasy football players must be drooling already.

While the final contract language needs to be approved by lawyers and Carter must pass the physical, not only is he expected to be signed Monday, he will start practicing with the team and is expected to start vs. Green Bay when the Dolphins return from their bye week.

* Mike Tice said Saturday to expect to see Doug Chapman see some more carries. That may not necessarily mean that Michael Bennett or Moe Williams see their carries reduced. The Jets are God awful at stopping the run -- last in the NFL. In five games this year, the Jets have allowed (in order) 142, 163, 211, 223 and 215 yards rushing in a game. To put how ugly that is into proper perspective, the Jets have allowed 954 yards in five games on the ground. When Baltimore won the Super Bowl in the 2000 season, the Ravens allowed 970 yards rushing in 16 games.
* To make matters worse for the Jets defense, the Vikings plan to roll out Daunte Culpepper on many passing plays and, if there is a running lane, he may pile up some good yardage as well.
* The Jets are coming off their bye week, but the Meadowlands have been far from home sweet home. The Jets are 0-2 at home this year, are 1-4 in the last five home games (the only win a one-pointer over hapless Cincinnati) and the Jets have allowed 28 or more points in every game this year.
* The Vikings defense can't boast too much either. In the last four games, the Vikings have let teams pick their offensive poison to feed the Vikes. Two teams have rushed for 150 or more yards and two have topped 300 yards passing.
* As reported yesterday, Matt Birk, while still listed as questionable, will start today. Tice confirmed that he will let Birk give it a shot. Also expected to start is LB Henri Crockett, although he is being termed a game-time decision.
* Also a game-time decision will be Nick Davis, who will likely get every chance to return kicks if he doesn't have a workout setback Sunday.
* As a follow up to yesterday's report, the Jets have upgraded WR Wayne Chrebet from questionable to probable and he is expected to start.
* In other Cris Carter news, one of the players the Dolphins worked out this week before opting for Carter was former Viking Sean Dawkins, one of the last players released in early September.
* The Jets are 5-1 all-time vs. the Vikings.
* Former Vikings defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin has been given a two-year extension in the same position with Tampa Bay. The Bucs defense is carrying the team to it's best start in years and Kiffin is said to be the credit for the defense's part of that equation.
* Sales talks between Red McCombs and Glen Taylor are being described as "stalled." The hangup, according to sources going on the record with comments, is that McCombs is still asking for a price in the $600 million range, which Taylor won't pay.

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