Ellis Wyms didn't get to play as much as he was hoping when he joined the Vikings in 2008, but that isn't causing him to shut the door on the Vikings as a potential team for him in 2009.
Wyms, who will be entering his ninth season in the league, is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on Feb. 27 if he and the Vikings don't reach a contract deal before then. He said there is more to his football aspirations than finding the deal with the most money.
"I would love to come back here, would love to be back here. … Whatever is going to happen is going to happen. I've had a long enough career. I'm not the type of person that's money-hungry and greedy as hell," he said at the end of the season. "I've made some good money when I've played. Even the reason for me coming here was to have the opportunity to play with a good team and the opportunity to compete for a championship, a really, really good team that was on the uprise. I would love to be back here, but that's something that my agent and the team – the team will do what's best for them and my agent will do what's best for me. If it works out that way, great."
Wyms got more playing time when he was a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who run a similar Tampa-2 defense as the Vikings, but he understands why he wasn't seeing as much time with the Vikings with a Pro Bowl player like Kevin Williams in front of him on the depth chart.
"You just understand that Kevin's a great player and you want your great players on the field. I just take advantage of the opportunities I've been given. It's more about the team in any situation than it is about you," Wyms said. "Individually, of course, you want the opportunity to go out there and improve yourself. At this point in my career I would have liked more of an opportunity, but at the end of the day it's about the team and what the coaches feel are the best people to put out there in the best situations to help us win."
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