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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Monday, April 12, 2010 at 8:12:00 PM

Report: Packers showing interest in Westbrook

You remember how the Vikings were supposed to be interested in running back Brian Westbrook when the Eagles released him … but then they really weren't? Now it appears another team that runs a West Coast offense and is located in the NFC North could be investigating the possibilities of adding the unrestricted free agent.

None other than the Green Bay Packers, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

It's unclear how strong the Packers' interest might be and they could just be interested in checking out Westbrook's knee injury that is more of a concern for teams than his concussion history. It's also possible that their interest in him might not lead to a signing until they see who they end up with in the draft.

The Vikings never did show any public interest in Westbrook and instead focused on LaDainian Tomlinson, who ended up signing with the New York Jets.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Monday, April 12, 2010 at 11:55:00 AM

Three Vikings sign RFA tenders

Three Vikings – offensive lineman Ryan Cook, DT Fred Evans and safety Eric Frampton – signed their restricted free-agent tenders, the Vikings announced Monday on their website.

Cook, who is expected to take on the role previously held by Artis Hicks (who signed with the Redskins as an unrestricted free agent), was tendered at a third-round level worth $1.176 million for 2010.

Evans, who will compete with Jimmy Kennedy and Letroy Guion for playing time behind starting defensive tackles Pat and Kevin Williams, will make $1.759 million after being tendered at a second-round level.

Frampton, who is mainly a special-teams player and was originally drafted in the fifth round by the Raiders, will make $1.1 million in 2010 after being tendered at the original-round level.

The Vikings' remaining restricted free agents who apparently haven't signed their free-agent tenders yet are DE Ray Edwards (first-round tender at $2.521 million), QB Tarvaris Jackson (third-round level at $1.176 million) and FB Naufahu Tahi (right of first refusal at $1.176 million).

The deadline for other teams to sign restricted free agents to offer sheets is Thursday.

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OL Ryan Cook, DT Fred Evans and S Eric Frampton each signed their RFA tenders, acoording to Vikings.com. #vikings

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Monday, April 12, 2010 at 11:40:00 AM

Favre sends teammates real, tight, jeans

So far, there have only been about a dozen signs this offseason that Brett Favre is returning to the Vikings for the 2010 and just about nothing to indicate the opposite.

Unless this is supposed to be a going-away present, Favre still seems to be having fun with his teammates. Linebacker Erin Henderson wrote on his Twitter page Monday morning that the quarterback got all the Vikings players a pair of Wrangler jeans, the brand for which Favre is the spokesman.

"I would model my wranglers (for) u but I'm guessin they used my game pants to figure out my waist size n I never got into the skinny jeans....lol," Henderson tweeted.

But first Henderson, also supplied a picture for evidence.

Maybe the tight jeans create more sting when Favre executes his famous butt slap.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Monday, April 12, 2010 at 8:52:00 AM

King is right on Tebow, the ‘NFL temptor'

Sports Illustrated's Peter King reports in his Monday Morning Quarterback column that a Tim Tebow private workout was part of the Vikings' Florida mission over the weekend. Childress was in Florida giving a speech and King writes that Rick Spielman, the Vikings vice president of player personnel, also joined to watch the workout.

Vikings fans know those are the two main decision-makers in the team's draft room and fans also remember how much investigating that drafting duo did before selecting a former Tebow teammate, Percy Harvin, in the first round last year.

As much as finding a successor for Brett Favre would be a fitting move for the Vikings, even more fitting was King's assessment of Tebow as "Florida quarterback/NFL temptor."

Tebow's incredible production as a Gator has been overshadowed by his mechanics ever since the college season ended and the NFL throwing season began. I followed Tebow's passes and comments at the Senior Bowl as part of an ongoing "Tebow Tracker" blog for Scout.com and FoxSports.com, and it became apparent in a hurry how much attention he garners.

At that point, Tebow's publicity off the field far outweighed his worth on the field, and there was a reason his mechanics got so much attention – they needed an overhaul. He might have run the 40-yard dash faster than he went from finding a receiver to releasing the ball. After a week of practices in Mobile immediately following the NFC Championship loss in New Orleans, I came away thinking that Tebow in the first or second round would be a reach.

But with reworked mechanics on display at his pro day, Tebow could become just what King is saying – a temptor. And now some NFL observers believe he could, indeed, be selected in the first round.

"All along I've felt Tebow needs to go to a spot where he can have a peaceful redshirt year or two, and assuming Brett Favre plays one or two more years (now we're getting ahead of ourselves), Tebow to the Vikes makes some sense, particularly if Childress feels he's the kind of prospect that two of the quarterback coaches he admires most – Andy Reid and Mike Holmgren – think he is," King wrote.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Monday, April 12, 2010 at 7:19:00 AM

Leber: Vikings can wait on Favre

Ben Leber was back near his home turf in South Dakota over the weekend, but even there he couldn't avoid the Brett Favre questions.

Leber was making an appearance at the Sioux Empire Fitness in Sioux Falls, S.D. to promote a healthy lifestyle for kids and answered questions from local reporters.

The main question, of course, was about the future of the future Hall of Fame quarterback that led the Vikings to the NFC Championship last year. Leber said the team is willing to wait for Favre to make a decision.

"My gut feeling is that he'll be back," Leber said, according to the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. "He's in a comfortable environment, he had the best year of his career stat-wise, and he's got great chemistry with the guys in the locker room.

"He's earned the right to listen to his body and mind and take the time to make sure he's mentally right and ready to play. We're willing to wait for him."

Leber also said the team will use its loss in the NFC Championship as motivation for better season in 2010.

"The sting and the pain have worn off, but the experience and the desire to get back there burns pretty hot," he said. "We want to go back and redeem ourselves and win that game next time. We're over it collectively, but we still use it as motivation."

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