Rumors About Free Agency and Players Continue

It is that time of the year and 2003 shouldn't be any different than any other year. Rumors swirl about players, every team is on the verge of making the big deal, and then 99% of those rumors don't hold water. We have the latest on some of those rumors.

Free agency has not headed in the direction that the Vikings thought would happen, but they are not losing any sleep regarding the events over the past two-plus weeks.
The Vikings have visited with many players, others were ripped from the grasp of the Vikings before Minnesota could put its best foot forward. The positive to the free agency period for the Vikings is that they gained a starting cornerback and defensive lineman, while not getting wrapped up in the frenzy of signing players for insane amounts of money.
Free agency is a crap-shoot and an expensive one, just look at the Washington Redskins. One year removed from salary cap hell and they think thay have the game by the short-ones. Here's betting that Coach Visor and Redskins lay an egg in 2003.
Back to Minnesota.................
It is that time of the year and 2003 shouldn't be any different than any other year. Rumors swirl about players, every team is on the verge of making the big deal, and then 99% of those rumors don't hold water.
Rumors have swirled that wide receiver Randy Moss is on the trading block. Almost as funny as the rumor is the response this column got when asking about the rumor.
"Absolutely not, nothing to it, no chance, nothing," a team source said. "We are always open to discussion, we entertain thoughts, but we have never discussed Randy Moss with any team, in any way. If we would, a starting point would be about three first-round draft choices and then some. That should be enough to stop the insanity that happens this time of the year."
Another deal that has been rumored, but never found its way to the reality front, is one regarding offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie and the Cleveland Browns.
"When Bryant (McKinnie) was holding out, we had some internal discussions about the situation. Where we stood, what we wanted to do, and who we could work with if a time came where we wouldn't be caught holding the bag, so to speak," the source said. "We are quite happy with Bryant and glad that we have him. He has the potential to be a dominant player for the next decade, that is what we are banking on."
And, what about the rumored talks with the Browns?
"We don't kiss and tell, we talk to teams all the time," the source said.

Courtesy of VU................From what VU is hearing this weekend, if, as expected, DE Terrell Suggs, DT Jimmy Kennedy and Terence Newman are all gone, the Vikings will trade their pick to move down and save Red McCombs having to sign another monster check for signing bonus cash.
From what this column has been told, the Vikings have targeted Suggs, Newman, and Kennedy in that order.

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