O'Donnell To Visit Today

Tennessee QB Neil O'Donnell, released last week by the Titans as a cap move, will be in town today and the Vikings plan to make the trip a memorable one for both teams.

It's almost two months to the day when NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue says, "Minnesota is on the clock." But, the Vikings will be on the clock today in a very different mode than in the war room in late April.

Veteran QB Neil O'Donnell, released by the Titans last week in a cost-cutting move, will visit Winter Park to talk to staff about the possibility of coming to Minnesota to back up Daunte Culpepper.

O'Donnell will be a hot property if allowed to seek his full open market future. Several teams are in dire need of QB help -- both as starters and backups -- and O'Donnell would be an ideal fit here if he's willing to be a backup.

The Vikings will likely have to make a big impression or offer top-flight backup money to assure O'Donnell is signed quickly before he has a chance to meet with other teams or get sentimental about the Titans -- they want him back, but a cap-friendly number.

If the Vikes are going to sign O'Donnell, they need to make a big impression -- financially and personally -- to get his attention and get him signed. Minnesota is on the clock and, if O'Donnell gets away with offers being exchanged, he may be gone for good.

* From the "Hello, Newman" Department comes this: CB Terence Newman, a player tabbed by some to the Vikings at No. 7, ran a 4.3 40 at the Combine's final day Monday. He also wowed scouts with a 41-inch vertical jump. VU has been told that the Bengals spoke at length to his agent, prompting some to think the Bengals may look to drop down to Chicago, Dallas or Arizona -- all of whom could use a QB like USC's Carson Palmer.
* In all 323 players attended all or some of the Combine in Indianapolis. By far the deepest position in this year's draft is defensive tackle, where some project as many as six or seven DT's going in the first round and possibly as many in the second round.
* Once free agency opens Friday, the Vikings will start talking with their own unrestricted free agents. The team is very interested in re-signing three of them -- Moe Williams, Hunter Goodwin and Lance Johnstone.
* The Vikings contend they are looking for four or five starters in the free agent pool.

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