Vikes To Tag Kleinsasser?

With free agency approaching March 1, the Vikings are contemplating a drastic step with TE Jim Kleinsasser -- slapping a transition free-agent tag on him.

The Vikings have made it clear they want to keep Jim Kleinsasser, but the games have already begun.

A week after unsuccessfully having calls returned by Kleinsasser's agent Jim Sexton, the Vikings have indicated they will slap Kleinsasser with the transition free-agent tag if needed.

Under the transition tag, the Vikings would have the right to match any offer Kleinsasser would receive. If he doesn't receive a multi-year offer, the Vikings would sign him to a one-year deal for the average of the top 10 tight end salaries -- a little more than $2.35 million.

The two sides are expected to meet this week in hopes of getting a deal done before the tag issue becomes a question.

* The Vikings have until Feb. 20 to decide on placing the franchise or transition tag on any of their free agents. Feb. 20 is the league-imposed deadline for assigning such designations.
* The Vikings hired Portland State assistant coach Randy Hanson as the team's new offensive quality control coordinator.

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