Many Former Vikings Still Looking for Work

The Vikings have assembled the majority of the training camp and preseason roster, but there are still many ex-Vikings out of work around the league. Get updates on a dozen former Vikings who haven't received a contract offer yet.

While the Vikings continue to tweak their roster, adding offensive guard Mike Jones, releasing linebacker Brannon Carter and talking of doing their due diligence on center LeCharles Bentley, there are several ex-Vikings still out of work about six weeks before the start of training camps.

Two of those – safety Mike Doss and defensive end Darrion Scott – were with the team last year, but both have been unable to find a job. In fact, each has had a hard time even getting a nibble.

Scott, who was placed on injured reserve last year and subsequently ran into legal trouble while home in Charleston, W. Va., has had only one visit. That came with the New England Patriots well before the NFL draft in the last weekend of April. And since the end of the season, he was arrested and charged with assault and child endangerment. With or without a conviction at his July 7 trial on those charges, his NFL career could be over.

Doss, on the other hand, hasn't had any trouble with the law reported, but he hasn't had any serious interest from NFL teams either. The Vikings made no attempt to re-sign the safety as an unrestricted free agent and he hasn't had a visit with any other NFL teams.

But the string of ex-Vikings looking for employment goes further back than those who were in purple last year.

Two other unrestricted free-agent offensive linemen – guard Chris Liwienski and tackle Mike Rosenthal – weren't offered a contract to return to the Miami Dolphins, who are featuring a new coach (Tony Sparano) and new general manager (Bill Parcells).

The new decision-makers may have ended the NFL careers of those two former Vikings starters. Liwienski was with the Vikings from 1998-2005. Rosenthal came over from the New York Giants and played with the Vikings from 2003-2006.

Another offensive lineman, Nat Dorsey, a former draft pick who played for the Vikings in 2004 and then was traded to the Cleveland Browns in 2005, didn't receive a tender from the Browns and is still without a team. Back on the defensive line, the Houston Texans declined to tender defensive tackle Cedric Killings, who is officially listed as being retired. Killings was with the Vikings in 2002 and 2003 in a reserve role before going to the Redskins and eventually the Texans.

Another former Vikings defensive tackle, Ross Kolodziej, was among those who didn't receive a tender from the Arizona Cardinals. Kolodziej, a Wisconsin alumnus, played with the Vikings in 2006 behind Pat and Kevin Williams.

The Cardinals also elected to move on without former Vikings punter Mitch Berger. Berger signed with the Cardinals in November 2007 and since the end of the season has had visits with the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos. But Berger, who gained NFL credibility originally with the Vikings from 1996-2001, still hasn't found a team to take him on.

Another former Vikings specialist, kicker Aaron Elling, didn't receive a tender from the Cincinnati Bengals and remains on the open market. Elling was with the Vikings from 2003-04 in the infancy of his career and made stops with former Vikings coaches in Baltimore and Jacksonville since then.

Detroit elected not to tender former Vikings WR Troy Walters, who was the son of former Vikings linebackers coach Trent Walters. The wide receiver broke in with the Vikings in 2000 and 2001 and has since been with Indianapolis, Arizona and Detroit.

The Rams and former Vikings offensive coordinator Scott Linehan elected not to tender two former Vikings – offensive tackle Todd Steussie and linebacker Raonall Smith. Neither Steussie, who was scheduled to have minor ankle surgery this offseason, nor Smith has received much serious interest in the free-agent market, although Smith did visit the Miami Dolphins in March.

As chronicled here yesterday, Oakland didn't tender quarterback Daunte Culpepper, who visited the Green Bay Packers before the draft. However, the Packers drafted QB Brian Brohm in the second round, likely eliminating them from bringing another veteran into the fold, at least for now.

In addition to Culpepper, the Raiders also didn't tender running back Reshard Lee, who spent a brief time trying to catch on with the Vikings.

So while the Vikings move forward in building their roster for 2008, there are several ex-Vikings still searching for another opportunity to extend their NFL career – most of whom are getting little interest in the free-agent market.


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Two of those – safety Mike Doss and defensive end Darrion Scott – were with the team last year, but both have been unable to find a job. In fact, each has had a hard time even getting a nibble.

Scott, who was placed on injured reserve last year and subsequently ran into legal trouble while home in Charleston, W. Va., has had only one visit. That came with the New England Patriots well before the NFL draft in the last weekend of April. And since the end of the season, he was arrested and charged with assault and child endangerment. With or without a conviction at his July 7 trial on those charges, his NFL career could be over.

Doss, on the other hand, hasn't had any trouble with the law reported, but he hasn't had any serious interest from NFL teams either. The Vikings made no attempt to re-sign the safety as an unrestricted free agent and he hasn't had a visit with any other NFL teams.

But the string of ex-Vikings looking for employment goes further back than those who were in purple last year.

Two other unrestricted free-agent offensive linemen – guard Chris Liwienski and tackle Mike Rosenthal – weren't offered a contract to return to the Miami Dolphins, who are featuring a new coach (Tony Sparano) and new general manager (Bill Parcells).

The new decision-makers may have ended the NFL careers of those two former Vikings starters. Liwienski was with the Vikings from 1998-2005. Rosenthal came over from the New York Giants and played with the Vikings from 2003-2006.

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Another former Vikings defensive tackle, Ross Kolodziej, was among those who didn't receive a tender from the Arizona Cardinals. Kolodziej, a Wisconsin alumnus, played with the Vikings in 2006 behind Pat and Kevin Williams.

The Cardinals also elected to move on without former Vikings punter Mitch Berger. Berger signed with the Cardinals in November 2007 and since the end of the season has had visits with the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos. But Berger, who gained NFL credibility originally with the Vikings from 1996-2001, still hasn't found a team to take him on.

Another former Vikings specialist, kicker Aaron Elling, didn't receive a tender from the Cincinnati Bengals and remains on the open market. Elling was with the Vikings from 2003-04 in the infancy of his career and made stops with former Vikings coaches in Baltimore and Jacksonville since then.

Detroit elected not to tender former Vikings WR Troy Walters, who was the son of former Vikings linebackers coach Trent Walters. The wide receiver broke in with the Vikings in 2000 and 2001 and has since been with Indianapolis, Arizona and Detroit.

The Rams and former Vikings offensive coordinator Scott Linehan elected not to tender two former Vikings – offensive tackle Todd Steussie and linebacker Raonall Smith. Neither Steussie, who was scheduled to have minor ankle surgery this offseason, nor Smith has received much serious interest in the free-agent market, although Smith did visit the Miami Dolphins in March.

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In addition to Culpepper, the Raiders also didn't tender running back Reshard Lee, who spent a brief time trying to catch on with the Vikings.

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