VU Daily Blog: 5/4/10

Rookies added, stadium reaction and poll results, team needs left to address and more. See all the Vikings news and speculation as it progressed through the VU Daily Blog.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Tuesday, May 04, 2010 at 4:47:00 PM

Vikings sign three more rookies

Still no Ryan Perrilloux among the group, but the Vikings have signed three more rookies to their roster. All three participated in the rookie camp over the weekend.

They are Adrian Battles, a guard from Minnesota State, and two former Gophers – DE Cedric McKinley and CB Marcus Sherels.

That brings the active roster to 87 players, but there are a few exemptions. The offseason roster is capped at 80, but the eight draft picks don't count against that total since they are currently unsigned, and DE Ray Edwards hasn't signed his restricted free-agent tender yet.

Once the draft picks start signing – typically in July – some of the players currently on the roster will have to be trimmed before the start of training camp.


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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Tuesday, May 04, 2010 at 4:09:00 PM

Vikings' needs left to address's Adam Caplan is taking a team-by-team look at the draft and gives his analysis on where teams still need an upgrade.

He saw the Vikings looking to fill a lot of their predraft needs with the picks they made over the three-day draft, but there are a still a couple areas where they could use some depth, if not immediately then for the future, according to Caplan's evaluation. One of those spots is at left tackle.

"Starter Bryant McKinnie hasn't always made the best decisions off the field," Caplan writes. "McKinnie's play has been inconsistent of the past few seasons, so it remains to be seen if the team believes he's the long-term answer left tackle."

To see what else Caplan had to say about the team needs and their draft picks, click here.


Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Tuesday, May 04, 2010 at 1:10:00 PM

Online voters favor stadium proposal

As much as politicians seem to care about the public perception, there seems to be a disconnect between critics of a bill being proposed to help finance a Vikings stadium and the results of at least one online poll, although admittedly not a scientific representation of public opinion.

The Star Tribune published an online poll, asking "What do you think of the Vikings stadium funding plan?"

Only two options were given:

1) I like it. The taxes are fair and don't hit the average taxpayer; or

2) There are much more pressing needs than a stadium that should be paid for with those taxes.

With nearly 12,000 votes cast early Tuesday afternoon, 77 percent were in favor of the proposed bill and 23 percent were opposed.


Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Tuesday, May 04, 2010 at 12:44:00 PM

Former Vikings linebacker dies

Former Vikings linebacker Nick Rogers died in a car accident at 1:30 a.m. Monday, according to the Fulton County medical examiner, cited in this Atlanta Journal-Constitution story.

According to the report, Rogers' vehicle left the road and struck a power pole.

Rogers was a sixth-round draft choice of the Vikings in 2002 and had 34 tackles and two sacks as a rookie. He played two seasons with the Vikings, then went on to play for the Packers and Colts in 2004 and the Miami Dolphins in 2005. He started 16 games in his two years with the Vikings.


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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Tuesday, May 04, 2010 at 7:50:00 AM

Reaction mixed to Vikings stadium proposal

The Vikings stadium proposal is getting mixed reviews from legislators, as expected.

Rep. Jim Abeler (R-Anoka) thought the proposal is a step in the right direction, according to ECM newspapers in the northern suburbs.

Rep. Greg Davids (R-Preston) said he thought the proposal could pass.

Rep. Jerry Newton (DFL-Coon Rapids) likes the impact the stadium would have on construction jobs and believes he could vote the project and "not get hammered in his district," according to ECM.

But the politician that likely matters the most in the stadium debate – Gov. Tim Pawlenty – isn't throwing his support behind this plan. Pawlenty has said all along that he supports the Vikings, but he doesn't want state money going to construction of a stadium. Now he is opposed to the user-fees funding mechanism that is being proposed through taxes on jersey sales, hotel stays and rental cars.

"This bill still has a very rocky, tough road to get down to become law at this point of the session," House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher said, according to the Star Tribune. "I'm not sure that this bill is ready for prime time."

Despite her feelings, the bill will start going to committees today.


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Sharper gets a one-year deal with Saints, according to NFLN. RT @sharper42: To the entire WHO-DAT Nation, guess what? I'M BAACKK! #vikings

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