Tice Upbeat on Free Agency

Vikings coach Mike Tice may have more money to spend in free agency than some think he will.

The buzz around Winter Park for the last month has been that, if Red McCombs is bent on selling the team, the Vikings could be hamstrung in free agency.

However, VU has been told that, barring a quick resolution to a sale, McCombs will continue to run business as usual -- good news for Mike Tice.

Tice said over the weekend that he is looking to add the players that will help turn the Vikings from a 6-10 team to a 10-6 team or better. To do that, the team will need to get some help in free agency, and they have a chance to make a big splash.

The Vikes are about $25 million under the 2003 cap and McCombs has indicated he will be open to any signings if they will help the team. While the stigma of selling the team looms, the Vikings will head into March with a chance to improve -- and it looks like a chance they're willing to pursue.

SUNDAY NOTES
* Houston LB Jay Foreman, an unrestricted free agent, is said to be interested in joining the Vikings. Foreman, the son of Vikings great Chuck Foreman, grew up in Minnesota and would be more than willing to return home for less than other teams might offer.
* A rumor among the Twin Cities media is that the Vikings are interested in DT DeWayne Robertson of Kentucky. Yet, VU and several other draft observers don't see Robertson going until the final half of the first round -- not at No. 7.
* Former Vikings G.M. Jeff Diamond signed a one-year deal to stay with the Titans.

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