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Posted by: Kevin Brown
on Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 8:52:00 AM

Some positive press for McKinnie

An Overtown (Fla.) teenager will be able to attend her prom in a new dress, new hairstyle and arrive in style thanks to Vikings OT Bryant McKinnie, who's a huge Twitter fan and user.

McKinnie had posted a message on Twitter looking for an exemplary student to send to prom.  With help from the Alonzo Mourning charities, Cierra Reese was selected because of her strength dealing with her mother's heart condition while attending school and keeping a positive outlook.

"She's going through a lot of adversity, and at the same time, she has a positive spirit about everything, and doesn't let stuff get her down," McKinnie told CBS4's Gio Benitez. "And still working hard and stuff like that so I felt like this is a great story."

It is a great story, the link is right here.

Despite the negative publicity McKinnie has garnered in the past, he is frequently involved in several positive off-the-field events and charities.

 

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 7:50:00 AM

Edwards upset with free-agent process

As the 2009 season was coming to a close, it was clear which of the Vikings' restricted free agents was most upset with how the state of labor talks were going.

With new rules to free agency this year because there is no Collective Bargaining Agreement beyond the 2010 season, free agents with four and five years of experience are no longer unrestricted, meaning any team can sign them without owing their previous team any draft-pick compensation. For this year's free agency, players must have six years of NFL experience to become unrestricted.

Ray Edwards isn't alone in feeling the sting of being forced to spend at least one year on the restricted list – basically the 2006 draft class from the second round on down that hasn't signed extensions is in the same boat – but Edwards went public with his frustrations on Friday.

"My frustration is that I signed a four-year contract, I didn't sign a six-year contract," Edwards told the Star Tribune. "There's nothing you can really do about it, so I'm just waiting my time, see what I can do to better my situation. I do need to take care of myself and my family. Don't get me wrong, we definitely get paid a nice amount of money but let's be fair here. So that's my thing about the whole situation."

Edwards was given a first-round tender, which means he will earn $2.521 million on a one-year contract with the Vikings if another team isn't willing to give him a long-term deal and give up a first-round draft pick to do that. Had he been an unrestricted free agent, he likely would have garnered much more money than the Saints gave former Bears defensive end Alex Brown this week – a two-year contract worth $5.5 million.

Instead, the Vikings did what they had to in order to give them the best chance to keep his services for at least another year.

"I'm not mad at the team, not at all," Edwards said. "They gave me a chance to live my childhood dream of playing in the NFL, so I can't really be mad at them. In part they can do what's right on their end. But it's a business decision. They are doing their best to [make] the business decision that they feel is best so we'll see where that goes."

Edwards said he wants to get a long-term contract done with the Vikings, but they haven't been talking about it with his agent. He still could receive an offer sheet from another team, but that would have to be executed by April 15 and the Vikings would then have one week to decide to either match the offer or receive that team's first-round draft pick.

Short of receiving an offer sheet from another team, his options are limited. He can skip most of the offseason program and not sign the tender until June 15, but after that date he would risk losing out on about $1 million in salary if he didn't sign it.

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Posted by: Kevin Brown
on Friday, April 09, 2010 at 10:17:00 PM

Spear hunting with Jared Allen

As you'd imagine, Vikings Pro Bowl DE Jared Allen brings an all-out intensity to everything he does; including spear hunting.

"My dad hunted, my grandfather hunted, and I just remember being around it a lot growing up," Allen said, in this American Hunter story by Ben O'Brien.  "I didn't get into it personally until after my senior year of college, after I had the time and the money.  I was probably about 22, and it brought back those childhood memories being out there, carrying the ammo.  I just love being out in the country, I grew up in the country."

In recent years, Allen has bagged a red stag in New Zealand, a black bear in northern Idaho and a buffalo with a bow.  He also took a wild boar in Texas equipped with only a knife, a hunt that he called "absolute controlled chaos."

The more adventurous and wild, the better for Allen, who eats every animal he takes in the field.

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