VU Daily Blog: 4/19/10

The trades and construction union goes public with support for a new stadium, the Vikings get a quarterback signed and another new deal. The VU Daily Blog has all the Vikings news and speculation.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Monday, April 19, 2010 at 3:42:00 PM

Trades union supports new Vikings stadium

Not surprisingly, the president of the Minnesota State Building and Construction Trades Council has thrown his public support behind getting a new stadium bill passed for the Vikings this session, which ends in May.

Harry Melander, the council's president, submitted a letter to the Austin Daily Herald in support of a new stadium and cited the rough state of unemployment among his members as one reason to start building a stadium.

"In 2009, unemployment in the construction trades, those workers we represent and would work on a new Vikings stadium, was roughly 25 percent. This is three times greater than Minnesota's unemployment rate of 7.4 percent," Melander wrote. "There were almost 40,000 less construction workers employed last year than in 2005."

Beyond the effect those job losses have on the immediate families, Melander pointed to the impact that it has on the state budget, saying construction jobs created by building a new stadium would produce $10 million in state income taxes during the building phase and would keep those workers from drawing unemployment.

Melander also cites numbers produced by a stadium study last year: 7,500 construction jobs with $286 million in total wages and benefits for construction workers, along with 3,400 jobs related to the stadium once it opens.

Earlier this year, the hospitality industry threw its support behind a new stadium.


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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Monday, April 19, 2010 at 1:14:00 PM

T-Jack is back

Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson signed his free-agent tender from the Vikings, according to, paying him $1.176 million for the season.

His signing leaves DE Ray Edwards as the only restricted free-agent Viking left to sign his tender. Edwards has voiced his displeasure with not being an unrestricted free agent and could "hold out" until June 15 before signing his tender. After that, he would risk a significant salary decrease.


Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Monday, April 19, 2010 at 11:16:00 AM

KARE 11 gets Vikings preseason games

Vikings preseason games are moving from KSTP to KARE 11, the station announced on its web site Monday.

In addition to the games, which will be aired in high definition, the station will carry the two Vikings-produced shows – Vikings Weekly and Vikings GamePlan. Both 30-minute shows will be expanded to 27 weeks on KARE 11.

"Year in and year out this community shows tremendous passion in all things Minnesota Vikings," said John Remes, president and general manager KARE 11, in a statement on their web site. "Whether it is TV ratings, attendance, or purple flags on cars, people love to be connected to this team. Interest in the Vikings is higher than ever and we are pleased to be partnering with them."

"Partnering with KARE and their unmatched focus on community involvement in the Twin Cities will also create some exciting new opportunities for us," said Steve LaCroix, Vikings vice president of sales and marketing/chief marketing officer.

The two sides signed a two-year deal through the 2011 season, which is when the Vikings' lease at the Metrodome expires.


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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Monday, April 19, 2010 at 7:58:00 AM

Where the Vikings pick … for now

The Vikings have been active in the middle rounds of the draft the last few years.

In 2009, they traded a fifth- and seventh-round pick to move up in the fifth round and grab LB Jasper Brinkley. In 2008, they did a similar thing – trading a fifth- and seventh-rounder to move up in the fifth round and select QB John David Booty. In 2007, Rick Spielman's first year in charge of the Vikings draft, they traded a sixth-round pick and exchanged fourth-rounders with Tampa Bay to move up in the fourth and select DE Brian Robison.

So with eight picks and a playoff roster intact, the expectation is that the Vikings will continue to look for opportunities to dump a late-round pick or two and target players of value early in the third day or late in the second day of the draft.

For now, however, is the trading currency they possess:

Round Pick in Round Overall Pick
1 30 30
2 30 62
3 29 93
4 30 128
5 30 161
5* 36 167
6 30 199
7 30 237

* Compensatory pick (cannot be traded).

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