VU Daily Blog: 5/7/10

A busy and important week winds down after stadium struggles and the Williams Wall suspensions. What is else is happening? See all the Vikings news and speculation as it progresses through the VU Daily Blog.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Friday, May 07, 2010 at 2:21:00 PM

Grassroots petition for stadium asking for special session

The founder of, Cory Merrifield, has created a Facebook page in an effort to get Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty to call a special session for the Vikings stadium issue.

The Facebook page appears to have been started Thursday night and already has more than 600 people who "liked" the post. His goal is to get 10,000 people to "like" the idea on Facebook or sign a petition he is promoting, which is located here.

If he reaches that goal, he says he will call a press conference to ask Pawlenty for a special session.

"Now it's up to you. Email, call, tweet and post everything you can to get people to act," he writes on the site. "This is your last chance to keep the Vikings in Minnesota, don't watch it pass you by with out taking action!"


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Posted by: Kevin Brown
on Friday, May 07, 2010 at 12:20:00 PM

Is Haynesworth on Minnesota's radar?

The the potential suspensions looming for the Williams Wall in Minnesota, is the likelihood of interest in disgruntled Redskins' DT Albert Haynesworth more likely now?

A recent post suggests it should be.

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Friday, May 07, 2010 at 9:18:00 AM

Vikings WR Rice is ready for price mark-up

When it comes to NFL contracts, the phrase used by players and agents that "he outplayed his contract" usually will cause a rolling of my eyes.

Players sign a contract and I believe that the market usually dictates what they are worth. I'm also a big believer that rookies should have to prove something in the NFL before getting the big money – witness JaMarcus Russell's $39 million heist, which translates into just over $5 million per win he got for the Oakland Raiders over the past three years.

But when a young player works hard, produces and doesn't rock the boat, then maybe it's time to consider a bump in pay before the expiration of the contract. Such is the case for Vikings wide receiver Sidney Rice, as pointed out by's Ed Thompson in his most recent "7 Points" column.

Rice has shown the potential since his rookie year, but it took a healthy season and a great quarterback to bring those talents to the forefront in 2009 and allow fans to see it. Rice had a team-leading 83 catches for 1,312 yards and eight touchdowns.

"(Brett Favre) made Rice his favorite target, throwing to him 121 times. Compare that to Favre's 92 attempts to Bernard Berrian that resulted in 618 yards and the 91 attempts to rookie Percy Harvin that chalked up 790 yards," Thompson writes. "Their combined receiving yards topped Rice's total by less than 100 yards. Yet Rice's compensation is tiny compared to his peers."

That's because Rice is still in his rookie contract. Berrian took advantage of a lucrative six-year free-agent offer from the Vikings in 2008 that averages about $7 million a year. Harvin at least had a first-rounder's contract. Rice was a second-round pick and is now entering the final year of his contract.

"The smooth-striding receiver is entering the final year of his deal with just over $700,000 in incentives that fall under the league's ‘not likely to be earned' category, so he could wind up earning nothing more than his base salary of $550,000," Thompson writes. "Meanwhile, Berrian is scheduled to receive $3.7 million in salary plus a $100,000 workout bonus. And Harvin's combined roster bonus, workout bonus and salary should allow him to bank nearly $2.6 million."


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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Friday, May 07, 2010 at 8:02:00 AM

National columnist sees need for Vikings stadium

The Vikings' hopes for a stadium financing bill went on life support this week as the original bill built on user fees and a local partner became nearly unrecognizable with adjustments that don't seem viable.

And, yet, through all the political garbage and grandstanding that goes at the Minnesota Legislature, one thing remains: The Vikings play in a stadium that generates the least amount of revenue for its NFL tenant and the stadium is considered a relative joke around the league.

That last fact wasn't lost on Fox Sports columnist Alex Marvez, who visited the Metrodome last fall for Favre's first go-round with his former team, the Green Bay Packers. Let's just say that trip to the Dome didn't leave Marvez any more impressed than his previous impressions.

"The entire concourse was as crowded as Bourbon Street on Fat Tuesday. Not even the Williams Wall could be as effective in clogging human traffic," Marvez wrote in his latest column about stadiums around the NFL.

Marvez says he's not a fan of corporate welfare, but he also sees that the Vikings' future in Minnesota after 2011 is tenuous and he praised owner Zygi Wilf's willingness to spend on a product that isn't returning much financially on his investment. But if the Vikings do leave Minnesota, Marvez sees one advantage.

"On the bright side, the Metrodome's concourses would be clear on game days. The only folks at risk of getting hurt then would be heartbroken Vikings supporters whose team deserves better," he writes.

That possibility seems more plausible with each passing legislative session.


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