Taylor says he’s staying in Miami
Viking fans and bloggers alike have speculated that the Vikings might be a viable trade partner with the Miami Dolphins to acquire veteran defensive end Jason Taylor an a trade before this year’s draft. Dolphins football czar Bill Parcells said a few weeks ago that rumors of Taylor being on the trading block were completely untrue. And now Taylor himself is also on the record as saying he expects to be in a Dolphins uniform once again next season.
“Look, I’m under contract with the Dolphins,” Taylor told Sirius Satellite Radio on Saturday. “That’s where I want to be. It’s where’ I am, and I’m not retiring. There’s been no agreement. Is it possible that something happens in the future? They can decide to do whatever they want. They’re in charge.”
Parcells had said that Taylor will be playing for Miami in 2008 unless he chooses to retire, so for now, any hopes of Taylor ending up in Viking purple seem to be moot.
Young Viking DBs benefit from performance-based pay
Three of the team’s younger defensive backs made good money this past season as part of the league’s performance-based pay system.
Cornerback Cedric Griffin earned an additional $208,000 in 2007 through the NFL’s Performance-Based Pay system. Rookie Marcus McCauley also earned an additional $206,500, and Charles Gordon received an extra $190,083.
Character issue taking hold in scouting process
The Vikings increased emphasis on the issue of character has coincided with the league’s added emphasis on the topic as well, as commissioner Roger Goodell has already demonstrated his willingness to put his foot down on repeated off-field shenanigans.
“Roger has been extremely proactive about that, I don't see any downside to that,” Vikings coach Brad Childress said in this jacksonsun.com article. “You need good football players who are good people and I think that is a mandate from the commissioner.”
Vikings done at WR for now?
With the re-signing of Robert Ferguson, who agreed to a one-year deal worth about $1 million with incentives for up to $600,000 more, the Vikings would appear to be done at wide receiver until at least the draft at the end of April.
However, there are suggestions by the good folks at ProFootballTalk.com that the Vikings could still pursue the recently released Darrell Jackson at wide receiver, even though they have now re-signed Ferguson.
Pair of former Vikings get a chance up North
Two players who were in training camp with the Vikings last summer – DT Alex Guerrero and LB Cameron Siskowic – were signed this past week by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL).
Guerrero, a 6-foot-1, 303-pounder from Boise State where he recorded 105 tackles, 21.5 tackles for a loss and eight sacks, has previous pro experience with the Vikings, Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs, as well as NFL Europe’s Rhein Fire.
Siskowic, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound linebacker, played four seasons at Illinois State, earning the 2006 Gateway Football Conference Player of the Year award after recording 154 tackles (74 solo), two interceptions, two quarterback sacks and three forced fumbles in 13 games. The 23-year-old spent time with the Bengals and Vikings last year.
FBI searching for bank robbers
Photos released by the FBI in two local bank heists have an uncanny resemblance to…well, just see for yourself right here.