Brett Favre is all the talk surrounding the Vikings, but there are other signings they still need to execute in the coming weeks, before the start of training camp.
The Brett Favre
-watch continues and could stretch until late July when the Vikings report to training camp.
Otherwise, the Vikings' other pressing concerns are working out a potential contract extension for cornerback Antoine Winfield
and, of course, getting their five draft picks signed.
The Vikings reached a four-year agreement with seventh-round safety Jamarca Sanford
out of Ole Miss.
Minnesota has four more draft picks to sign, including wide receiver Percy Harvin
; offensive tackle Phil Loadholt
; cornerback Asher Allen
; and linebacker Jasper Brinkley
Free agent WR Marvin Harrison is on the Vikings' radar, according to a report in the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Harrison, who turns 37 in August, was unwilling to accept a pay cut and was released by the Colts on Feb. 25. Harrison is second in NFL history with 1,102 receptions, had 60 last season — Bobby Wade led the Vikings in receptions with 53 in 2008 — and has been slowed by a knee injury since the 2008 season.
Vikings coach Brad Childress on what he told quarterbacks Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels about the potential arrival of Brett Favre in Minnesota. "I said to them that you know what? ‘You can't know (what's going to happen) because (Favre) doesn't know and I don't know. But it would be a bad deal for you not to do anything over the summer,'" Childress said on KFAN Radio in the Twin Cities. "In the last couple seasons here, somewhere, somehow, the same thing I told Tarvaris last year, ‘We're going to need you.' Gus (Frerotte) went down (in 2008, Jackson) was able to come in and help us win a couple of football games. You look at it now. Sixty odd starting quarterbacks two years ago in the National Football League (were used), whether it's for a play, a series, a game, a couple games, you need all those guys. You need all 53 guys on your roster."
While there has been talk that Favre was a less-than-ideal teammate with the Jets last season, in part because he did not dress in the locker room, Childress has no such concerns. "I talked to (former Vikings fullback) Tony Richardson, who was his teammate at the Jets, and he had nothing but great things to say about him," Childress said. "Did I get into did he have a separate locker? It's hard for me to see that and, of course, I know how Winter Park is set up. I think he'll be a great locker room guy. He's probably one of the better practical jokers out there over the course of 16 years (in Green Bay) and he's not afraid to give it to anybody. I think he'll be a tremendous teammate as well."
Vikings left guard Steve Hutchinson was named to an NFL all-decade team by NFL.com. Hutchinson, a six-time Pro Bowl selection, and Alan Faneca were the two offensive guards.
The Vikings released three rookie free agents they signed after the draft. The list includes quarterback Sean Glennon, offensive lineman Bobby Lepori and tight end Nick Walker.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "Does he have the endurance and the stamina in that arm yet? He doesn't know that yet. He's got to build some endurance in that and see if he thinks he can get it back to where he wants to get it to." — Vikings coach Brad Childress talking about quarterback Brett Favre and his possible comeback on KFAN Radio in Minneapolis.