VU Daily Blog: 4/21/10

From Lito Sheppard's visit to a Randy Moss honor to reaction to Ray Edwards, the VU Daily Blog has the news of the day. See the day as it progressed through the VU Daily Blog.

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Scout's Notebook: CB Lito Sheppard: The Vikings added a big-play veteran insurance policy to strengthen the corner...

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Sheppard Joins the Flock: The Vikings made a big signing this afternoon, adding cornerback Lito Sheppard -- a move...

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The #Vikings have agreed to terms with CB Lito Sheppard, according to

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 4:31:00 PM

Report: Sheppard visiting Vikings

The Vikings are visiting with veteran CB Lito Sheppard today, according to a report on

The interest in Sheppard makes some sense as starting CB Cedric Griffin recovers from a torn ACL suffered in the NFC Championship Game, but the timing of the visit – the day before the 2010 draft starts – is interesting. The Vikings have shown a lot of interest in cornerbacks of various values in the draft and this might allow them to wait until the end of the second or third round to grab a cornerback in a draft considered deep at the position.

The age of Antoine Winfield, who will turn 33 in June, also has to factor into the Vikings' thinking as they prepare to not only fill needs this year but into the near future.

Sheppard is a two-time Pro Bowl player that is best known for his time with the Philadelphia Eagles. He had a three-year stretch from 2004-2006 when he had 14 interceptions. He played seven years for the Eagles before spending last season with the New York Jets, who cut him.


Posted on Twitter at: 2:13:00 PM
Steuber's Final Mock Draft: After months of releasing two-round mock drafts,'s NFL Draft Analyst Chris S...

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 12:22:00 PM

Moss 16th in vote of all-time valuable draft picks

One day after the NFL revealed that Randy Moss' first game against the Minnesota Vikings will be on Halloween, the NFL also revealed that Moss was No. 16 overall among fan voting for the league's most valuable draft picks of all-time.

The Vikings selected the highly talented wide receiver with the 21st pick in the 1998 draft and he instantly became a hit, earning Offensive Rookie of the Year, NFL Rookie of the Year and getting five Pro Bowl berths over the next six years before former owner Red McCombs dealt him to Oakland during the 2005 offseason.

The online vote took place over a five-week period on as part of the league's celebration of the 75th NFL draft. The top 10 vote-getters will be revealed during the 2010 NFL Draft, which starts tomorrow.


Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 8:58:00 AM

Childress doesn't show concern over Edwards

Vikings DE Ray Edwards wasn't happy with his situation as a restricted free agent this year – he would have been unrestricted under the old rules of the collective bargaining agreement – and indicated he would probably stay away from the team's offseason conditioning program.

Edwards is the only restricted free agent for Minnesota that hasn't signed his tender. With a first-round pick attached to his tender as compensation if another team signed him, Edwards didn't received any offer sheets from other teams. That leaves him to sign his tender with the Vikings by June 15, negotiate an extension (he said there have been no talks), or conduct a costly holdout as Edwards' only options.

Vikings coach Brad Childress said on Tuesday that he wasn't sure Edwards would skip the offseason program completely.

"I don't know. I wouldn't be surprised to see him show up at some point in time," Childress said. "I know I don't have to worry about Ray from a physical fitness standpoint. He's doing all the things he needs to do."

Many Vikings are already working out at Winter Park, and their more formal organized team activities (OTAs) start on May 18. The official minicamp, which is mandatory for signed players, is June 11-13.


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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 8:17:00 AM

Goodell: ‘We want to get back to L.A.'

While the Vikings remain optimistic (as recently as Monday) that they can get a bill passed to approve funding for a stadium, the NFL is still trying to figure out the stadium situation in Los Angeles. The threat of moving an existing NFL team to L.A. has always been a concern for Vikings fans.

For more than a year, developer Ed Roski has been working on preliminary plans for a stadium in the City of Industry, Calif. Within the last week, a rival plan has emerged to build an NFL stadium behind Staples Center in the city of Los Angeles.

"There are some positive developments in Los Angeles and with the construction of a new stadium," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell wrote in a Tuesday chat on "While the stadium in the City of Industry has gotten many construction approvals, it still needs to be determined how to pay for it. This is a big challenge particularly in this economic climate. It is one of the issues we are addressing in the context of our collective bargaining agreement. We want to get back to LA. Hopefully it will happen soon."


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The chat with #Vikings DE Brian Robison is now open on for your questions (draft, schedule, etc.):

Posted on Twitter at: 6:27:00 PM
So the #Vikings have the early bye, four prime-time games (two with Favre factor) and a six-game stretch of noon games.

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