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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Monday, March 29, 2010 at 9:49:00 PM

Montgomery joins crowded defensive line

The Vikings have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with former Packers defensive end Michael Montgomery, according to multiple reports.

Montgomery will join a defensive line that is already deep, with starters Jared Allen and Ray Edwards under contract and tendered, respectively, and backups Brian Robison and Jayme Mitchell each under contract.

Montgomery's best season was in 2008, before the Packers switched to a 3-4 defense. He made eight starts and garnered 59 tackles and 2.5 sacks, but he was released by the Packers earlier this month.


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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Monday, March 29, 2010 at 4:35:00 PM

Over-thinking the (mock) draft


The danger in doing too many or too-early mock drafts is that one person can over-think the whole thing, but don't tell that to the uber-informed Vikings VP of player personnel Rick Spielman. He does his own mock draft every year with better information than any draftnik could dream of. Spielman admitted he does pretty well in his own mock draft, which he uses to gauge the potential availability of prospects when the real draft rolls around.

We'll look forward to hearing what Spielman thinks of John Holler's fourth attempt this year – and the fact that he has now returned the Vikings' 30th pick to the player he originally had slated for the team in Version 1.0 more than a month ago.

Say hello, again, to Mr. Kyle Wilson as the Vikings' first-round pick as we reshuffle the board on several other picks in front of Minnesota, which allows Wilson to still be available (in mock draft land, anyway) at No. 30.

Here is Round 1, Version 4.0 of's 2010 mock draft.

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Monday, March 29, 2010 at 2:47:00 PM

Time for Favre ‘charade' to end?

Are the Vikings and Brett Favre in cahoots to keep the NFL world guessing about his potential return to Minnesota when they already secretly know he's coming back? It's a thought I've entertained in my mind many times over the last month. My conclusion is that the Vikings have received strong indications from Favre that he is returning, but neither party wants to set themselves up for criticism by announcing anything too soon and then having Favre change his mind.

Surely Favre wrestles with the possibilities if he returns to the field. He could end up making a deep playoff run again and even reclaim the Lombardi Trophy while wearing purple (somewhere Ted Thompson is turning in Mr. Burns). Or in a league where nothing is guaranteed, Favre could get hurt, lose his patience and start chucking interceptions, or other factors could conspire to dethrone the two-time defending NFC North champions.

Ed Thompson (no relation to Ted) of and thinks Favre has to be rehashing the last of his interceptions and wondering what could have been – a motivating factor that will have him return to don a Vikings uniform.

"So there's no doubt about it. A champion and competitor like Favre isn't going to let his NFL career end like that when he knows he still has a legitimate shot to hoist the Lombardi Trophy one more time," Thompson writes in his "7 Points" column for

But Thompson also thinks it's time for Favre and the Vikings to end the drama and announce his return if they already know the answer.

"If Favre and the Vikings have secretly agreed to allow him to defer his appearance at training camp, they should just set the precedent, man up and announce it rather than hide behind what appears to be a poorly conceived charade that opens up integrity questions for everyone involved," he writes.

Maybe they're just looking out for the page views of every site that hangs on Vikings news. For that, we say, "Thanks for the drama."

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on Sunday, March 28, 2010 at 10:17:00 PM

Report: DE Montgomery to visit

imageThe Star Tribune, citing NFL sources, is reporting that former Packers defensive end Michael Montgomery will be visiting the Vikings on Monday.

The Vikings are scheduled to have all of their defensive ends return from 2009, but Ray Edwards is a restricted free agent and hasn't signed his tender from the team yet, making him eligible to sign an offer sheet with another team in the com ing weeks. The Vikings would have the opportunity to match any offer sheet Edwards might sign or receive a first-round pick if they decline.

Montgomery played in 10 games with Green Bay last year. In 2008, he started eight games and had 59 tackles.

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