VU Daily Blog: 5/5/10

The ups and down of the stadium debate, poking fun at surgery, the new richest deal and failed waiver claims. See all the Vikings news and speculation as it progressed through the VU Daily Blog.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 3:47:00 PM

Fun with Favre

At least one network can embrace the Brett Favre saga with a bit of humor. NFL Network took the opportunity to play doctor with Favre's ankle situation.

NFL Network invited Dr. Sachin Patel, an orthopedic surgeon at the Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation, onto the set to talk about the potential timetable for any surgery Favre might elect to have on his left ankle.

"The assumption is that this is a washout. It's an outpatient procedure typically and the recovery for it is really four to six weeks," Patel said, adding that it would take another month for Favre to be aggressive on his ankle, meaning he should be having surgery in the next two weeks to have the best chance of practicing in August.

Of course, Patel has not seen Favre's medical records and is operating under assumptions made off of media reports about the ankle and potential surgery.

Beyond the speculation on a Favre timeline, NFL Network deserves credit for trying to have some fun with the situation. Between host Rich Eisen, analyst Marshall Faulk and Patel, they played a quick round of the game Operation, this version altered to show Favre's face on the board. For the record, Eisen won, but he operated on Favre's right knee, not the left ankle. Will that further delay the quarterback's comeback?


Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 1:24:00 PM

The new richest guard

Move over, Steve Hutchinson, there's a younger player taking over your title as the richest guard in the NFL.

The New Orleans Saints reportedly signed Jahri Evans a seven-year, $56.7 million deal, according to ESPN. In 2006, the Vikings made Hutchinson the richest guard at the time with a seven-year, $49 million deal that became infamous for its poison-pill provisions.

Of course, we'll have to wait and see how much of Evans' deal is realistically attainable.


Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 12:13:00 PM

Stadium bill shot down … for now

Less than 12 hours after one House committee approved the advancing of a stripped-down stadium bill, another House committee rejected it 10-9 on Wednesday morning.

The rejection might only be temporary, according to a Star Tribune report on the issue, but it also could signal the long odds a stadium bill faces at the end stages of Minnesota's legislative system in 2010.

A Senate state and local government panel was also scheduled to look at the bill on Wednesday.


Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 9:19:00 AM

Stadium bill gets stripped down

The bill proposing two options for financing a new Vikings stadium is down to one option after a House committee amended the bill in an attempt to increase the chances that Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty would support it.

Committee members voted 6-4 to approve the amended version, which strips out taxes on hotels, jersey sales and car rentals. That was done because Gov. Tim Pawlenty criticized the part of the bill that would create new taxes, even though those taxes were intended largely for those who support the Vikings.

The only funding plan that can survive without the taxes calls for placing the stadium in the City of Minneapolis and using taxes currently being assessed to pay for the Minneapolis Convention Center. However, St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman criticized that plan because it didn't help entertainment venues in his city.

So what's left is one option that even those on the Minneapolis City Council question because of reservations about diverting convention center taxes. Ah, politics. No wonder Minnesotans enjoy the Vikings as an escape … at least through 2011.


Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 7:49:00 AM

Vikings try to nab former Redskins receiver

Further evidence that the Vikings don't stop trying to improve their roster: They put in a waiver claim for a recently released wide receiver.

The Vikings would seem to be set at receiver (try saying that three or four years ago) with Sidney Rice having a Pro Bowl season, Percy Harvin having a Rookie of the Year season and Bernard Berrian earning his nickname as Brett Favre's "slant king."

Sixth-round draft choice Joe Webb is beginning the transition from college quarterback to NFL receiver. Additionally, the Vikings have Greg Lewis and Jaymar Johnson with previous – although limited – experience, as well as newcomers Taye Biddle, Tindal Kelton, Aaron Rhea and Ray Small trying to make the roster.

That didn't stop the Vikings from putting in a waiver claim on former Redskins receiver Marko Mitchell on Tuesday, according to's Adam Caplan. Mitchell was released on Monday, but the Lions were among the other teams to put in a claim on Mitchell and they were awarded him because they had a worse record than the Vikings last year.

Mitchell had a solid preseason with the Redskins in 2009 after being drafted in the seventh round, but he finished the regular season with only four catches.


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