Vikings Notebook: Defensive Tackle Visit

What's the latest on the Vikings' visit with defensive tackle Ellis Wyms? And what did Vikings coach Brad Childress have to say about last month when asked about the possibility of Brett Favre retiring? See inside.

In all likelihood, the Vikings will be waiting until Monday to start the heavy lifting in negotiations with defensive tackle Ellis Wyms.

Wyms was visiting with the Vikings on Saturday, but, according to a league source, the Vikings and Titans are expected to be the primary teams involved in negotiations that should intensify on Monday.

Wyms played the first six seasons of his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who play a similar defense to Minnesota's signature scheme (although how much the Vikings actually employ the Tampa-2 defense is up for debate). While with the Bucs, Wyms registered 14½ sacks, including a career-high five in his final season in Tampa Bay.

Last year, Wyms played for the Seattle Seahawks, where he had two sacks and was credited with 11 tackles. For his career, he has 131 tackles and 16 ½ sacks.

The Vikings are set with their starters at defensive tackle, with Kevin Williams and Pat Williams each making the Pro Bowl the last two seasons, but they currently have only Fred Evans behind them. Spencer Johnson, a backup for the last four seasons with the Vikings, signed a five-year, $17.5 million contract with the Buffalo Bills that included $6 million in guarantees.

CHILDRESS ON FAVRE

Count Vikings coach Brad Childress among those who wasn't expecting Brett Favre to retire. Instead, the Packers quarterback and 17-year veteran of the NFL called it quits with an emotional press conference last week.

At the NFL Scouting Combine in February, Childress was asked about the possibility of Favre retiring.

"I talked to (Packers general manager) Ted Thompson this morning and I doubt whether that's going to happen," Childress said on February 22. "That's not from Ted; that's from me watching Brett play. Why he wouldn't play on I wouldn't know."

Favre said on Thursday he is just too tired when discussing his reasons for retiring.

"I think last year and the year before I was tired, and it took awhile but I came back. Something told me this time not to come back," Favre said.

Childress was asked at the Combine if he would like to see Favre return.

"Am I holding out any hopes that he quits? I'm probably holding out hope that he falls over on his lawnmower," Childress quipped.

Now that Favre is no longer throwing darts against the Vikings, we're guessing Childress is hoping for safer outdoor activities for Favre.

Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who was the quarterbacks coach in Green Bay from 2003-2005, was one of the coaches that Favre thanked at his retirement press conference.


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