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Posted on: February 17, 2012 6:37 pm
 

Report: Vikings reach preliminary stadium deal

The NFL wasn't going to allow the Vikings to play in a college stadium while a new stadium was built. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

In late January, there were discussions that NFL owners might nix the Vikings' new stadium deal, primarily because the logistical gymnastics involved the Vikes playing up to three years in a temporary venue while the stadium was built.

The possibility of $67 million in losses over that time made it a non-starter. Now, according to the StarTribune.com, it appears that the team, the state and the city have a preliminary stadium deal in place. Details via the StarTribune.com's Rochelle Olson and Mike Kaszuba:
Minneapolis, the state and the Minnesota Vikings have reached preliminary agreement on the division of costs for a $975 million stadium on a site at or near the 30-year-old Metrodome, according to multiple sources who spoke Friday on condition of anonymity.

The city would contribute $150 million in construction costs to the downtown Minneapolis project. The state would pay $398 million and the Vikings would pay $427 million. The city also would pay approximately $180 million in operating costs over the next 30 years, the sources said.
The sources added that all the details -- including cost overruns -- still need to be sorted, but there could be an announcement as soon as next week.

Vikings vice president Lester Bagley wouldn't comment on the report instead insisting that “There is no agreement. Everything is subject to negotiations. We’re working hard on an agreement, but we’re not there yet.”

While a preliminary agreement is progress, the proposal would need to pass the Legislature, possibly the Minneapolis City Council, as well as the NFL. Put differently: it's a start but there's still a long way to go.

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Posted on: February 17, 2012 4:27 pm
 

Adrian Peterson says he'll start running Feb. 28

Peterson is set to begin running Feb. 28. (Getty Images)
By Josh Katzowitz

After tearing his ACL and MCL on Christmas, Adrian Peterson underwent surgery on Dec. 30, and a few days later, CBS Sports’ Charley Casserly said we could expect Peterson back at the start of the 2012 season.

The Vikings running back seems to be sticking to that schedule, as Peterson says he plans to start running Feb. 28.

That’s what he told KFAN 100.3 (via scout.com), saying, “I’m definitely making improvement. I’m starting to get my muscle tone and strength back into the legs. I’m happy with the progress I’ve made so far. I’m extremely happy.”

Since his surgery, he’s been in touch with the Vikings while rehabbing his knee in Houston.

But as he should, he’s trying to be cautious and trying not to do too much too soon. His physical therapist is making sure Peterson keeps that mindset.

“He’s making sure I’m doing the right things. It feels strong, but he doesn’t want me to push it too much,” Peterson said.

After all, if the Vikings are going to stick with quarterback Christian Ponder, it pays to have one of the league’s best running backs fully healthy for your offense.

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Posted on: February 17, 2012 12:00 am
 

Could the Vikings be interested in Luck, RG3?

Ponder will start for the Vikings again in 2012. (Getty Images)
By Josh Katzowitz

Assuming Andrew Luck goes with the No. 1 pick to the Colts in April’s draft and then somebody trades up to take the Rams spot at No. 2 to select Robert Griffin III -- still somewhat of an assumption, of course -- the Vikings won’t have a shot at either of them.

That’s because Minnesota will pick at No. 3 and because the Vikings took a quarterback in the first round last year. And while it seems somewhat silly that Minnesota would entertain the idea of replacing Christian Ponder so quickly -- Ponder began the year behind Donovan McNabb and played decently for one of the worst teams in football before injuring himself and giving way to some spectacular performances by Joe Webb -- it’s not out of the realm of possibility I suppose.

Especially when general manager Rick Spielman goes back and forth when discussing Ponder’s future with the club.

"I know we're very confident in Christian, but if one of those quarterbacks is too good to pass up, you also have to weigh that in too," Spielman told local reporters, including the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "But we're very, very confident in what Christian Ponder brings. As we go through this process and our coaches come into this process and we put this thing together in April, I don't know where we'll be."

Although Luck and Griffin could be categorized as “too good to pass up” by Spielman, that might say more about the team’s confidence in Ponder -- who was 2-8 as a starter while completing 54.3 percent of his passes for 1,853 yards, 13 touchdowns and 13 interceptions last year -- than anything else. The Rams, for instance, most likely won’t stick around the No. 2 spot because they’ve already got full confidence in Sam Bradford.

The Vikings, though, will vet Luck and Griffin, interviewing them at the NFL combine and perhaps having them make visits to Minnesota.

“We'll be at their workouts, yeah," said Spielman, who said last month that Ponder would be his starter heading into offseason workouts. "We'll be doing full monty on [Luck] and RG3."

Chances are, Ponder will be safe from having to compete with Luck and Griffin for Minnesota’s affections (Webb, though, might be a different story). But the Vikings will do its due diligence either way.

Said Spielman: “You never know what happens on draft day, and I would rather be over-prepared than under-prepared."

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Posted on: February 14, 2012 9:33 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2012 9:34 pm
 

Report: Cowboys not interested in Randy Moss

For the second time (that we know of), Jerry Jones isn't interested in Randy Moss. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

Randy Moss, 35 years young on Monday, has had an epiphany. Or maybe it's a mid-life crisis. Whatever, one of the NFL's most explosive receivers wants back in the NFL. Moss played his last game in 2010, when he caught passes for the Patriots, Vikings and Titans before deciding to retire. Now, after a year away from the game, he's ready for a comeback.

The biggest obstacle, of course, is the same one that faces 38-year-old Terrell Owens: are any teams interested in his services? (If not, Moss could probably make some pocket change by hosting his own show. In a short time, he's proven he's clearly capable of pulling it off. Seriously, this is comedy gold.)

Moss admitted that he had regrets in New England and Minnesota, and the Jets and Eagles are reportedly "curious." (As we joked in the latest Pick-6 Podcast, "curious" sounds like something you'd read in a Craigslist ad.) One team that won't be in the running for Moss' services? The same team that said "thanks but not thanks" in the 1998 NFL Draft when they selected Greg Ellis with the No. 8 pick and Moss fell all the way to the Vikings at No. 21: the Cowboys.

A source tells ESPNDallas.com's Calvin Watkins that the team will again pass on Moss 15 years after initially doing so.

"This shouldn't come as a surprise because the Cowboys have some talented and young wide receivers in Miles Austin and Dez Bryant," Watkins wrote Tuesday night. "The team also wants to re-sign Laurent Robinson, who led the team with 11 touchdown receptions in 2011."

So where does that leave Moss? Glad you asked because we talk about it below:


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Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:14 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2012 3:01 pm
 

Randy Moss rips Cris Carter for 'quit' comments

Carter and Moss, in happier times. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Once upon a time, Cris Carter and Randy Moss were teammates with the Minnesota Vikings. As such, when news arises about Moss, ESPN trots out Cris Carter to make some comments. And over the past couple of days, Carter's managed to make Moss, who recently announced his return to football, something that doesn't resemble happy.

Carter initially said that Moss could hop out of bed and run a 4.3 40-yard dash. But then he added later that Moss has a lot of "quit" in him.


“The one thing you have to address with Randy Moss is not a conditioning thing," Carter said. "It's not an age thing. It needs to be addressed. I believe it's the elephant in the room. It's that thing called quit.

“And Randy, not like any other superstar I've met, he has more quit in him than any of those other players. So I need to addresses that. That's what (New England Patriots coach Bill) Belichick did when he brought him over from Oakland. He told him he wasn't going to have it."

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Moss had taken criticism from Carter pretty well, not mentioning it on one of his many USTREAM sessions. He's also been surprisingly contrite since announcing his return. But then he took to Twitter on Tuesday afternoon and fired some shots back at his former teammate.

"@criscarter80 its sad how u stroked ur own ego when u were suppose to b my mentor!then u wonder why karma bites u in the ass! #goodlukwithhof," Moss tweeted.

Quick translation: we're not boys anymore. I mean, it's one thing to fire back at Carter for something he did during his career, but ripping Carter for not making the Hall of Fame when one of the arguments against Carter is that Moss overshadowed him in Minnesota is kind of tough.

That being said, Carter stood up on his analyst pedestal and took some shots at a guy who's supposed to be his boy. He shouldn't be surprised if said guy, who doesn't usually operate with a filter in place, fires right back.

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Posted on: February 14, 2012 12:09 am
 

Moss has regrets for New England, Minnesota

MossBy Josh Katzowitz

Randy Moss is beginning to love this social media thing. He’s started his own Twitter page, and on Monday morning, he announced on USTREAM that he wants to return to the NFL.

"I wanna play football," Moss said. "Your boy is going to come back here and play some football, so I'm really excited. I had some things I had to adjust in my life."

On Monday night, Moss returned to the USTREAM machine and talked about … well … whatever the hell he wanted.

The only thing (slightly) newsworthy he said was when somebody asked him if he had regrets for how he left New England last year. Moss answered by saying he had regrets for how his tenure ended in New England (he was traded, so he really didn’t have much to do with the decision) and for what happened in Minnesota (perhaps because he, as former Vikings coach Brad Childress, said "vomited" on the locker room). He also said he regrets how he ended his career.

Among other topics broached by Moss:

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His take on the media:

“Do you know why the media hates on me? The media hates on me because I give them nothing. They mix your words and (misconstrue) everything. That’s why I don’t like playing the media. There’s some good ones out there, but I don’t know who’s good and who’s bad. I choose not to mess with them. That’s why I’ve got Moss TV.

“The media has to feed their family too. That’s their job. I’m not knocking them.”

On whether a year off will make his legs fresher:

“My legs feel damn good. They really do.”

Who’s a better deep threat: Moss or Calvin Johnson?

“I don’t know that. That will be interesting to see this year.”

On how he's not broke:

"I've saved my money."

Moss also said he would return to his USTREAM in the next day or two. So, you know, be on alert or whatever.

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Posted on: February 13, 2012 10:11 am
Edited on: February 13, 2012 10:33 am
 

Randy Moss: 'I wanna play football'

Moss did a USTREAM chat Monday and said he wants back in the NFL. (USTREAM.com)
By Will Brinson

There's really nothing more surprising in life than finding yourself watching Randy Moss do a live USTREAM chat at 10:00 a.m. on a Monday morning. Except for this: Randy Moss announcing that he wants to return to the NFL while chatting live with fans on USTREAM.

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"I wanna play football," Moss said Monday morning. "Your boy is going to come back here and play some football, so I'm really excited. I had some things I had to adjust in my life."

It just so happens that Monday is Moss' birthday, so he gave back to fans by hopping on the Internet and holding a live chat. He seemed genuinely surprised by the fact that 100-plus people were watching around 9:45 a.m. ET, but was straight-up shocked when the number swelled to over 500 by the end of the hour, thanks to various people like our own Mike Freeman sending out links on Twitter.

Moss' live chat was both bizarre and entertaining. At one point, he pulled out a bag filled with all the hair he recently cut off and said it smells like "sauerkraut."

But, again, the most important thing is that Moss said he's coming back to football in 2012. Or, at least, wants to come back to football. There are teams (the Vikings, Raiders and Titans most notably) that can be crossed off the list.

Perhaps the Patriots are too much of a stretch for Moss. But there will be someone interested in taking a flier on Moss, particularly if he's as motivated as he sounded on Monday morning. On his birthday. During a USTREAM chat.

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Posted on: February 6, 2012 10:37 pm
 

Favre: Retirement 'went a lot smoother' this time

Favre actually sounding retired is worth celebrating. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

When the Patriots Hail Mary landed incomplete on Sunday night, the NFL finished its first Brett Favre-free season in 20 years. Sure there were rumors about his return when the inevitable quarterback injuries surfaced, but it seems like the Old Gunslinger's finally hung up his boots.

And his remarks on a radio interview with 1340 the Fan in Lubbock indicate he's done with the game, as Favre said that even though he started to miss the game once the Super Bowl came around, he was content being retired.

"It went a lot smoother than the previous three or four years," Favre said, via SportsRadioInterviews.com "At the end of last season, I’d said in year’s past that I knew. I really knew this time. I got beat up a little bit physically, but I still felt like I could still do it, but I just felt like it was time. In my situation, unlike some players who retire because they have no choice, either teams don’t want them or injuries have caused them to retire and they just can’t do it.

"For me, I really had never thought I would give out mentally before I gave out physically, but I think that was the case. Mentally, I was just burned out."

So was everyone else -- the constant flip-flopping of Favre in and out of the game wore on everyone.

Favre also added that for the first time, watching the regular season, he "didn't miss it a bit." Obviously, watching people compete for a Super Bowl is a little more difficult to watch for someone as competitive to Favre than is the regular season.

It'll be interesting to see how the next few years for Favre play out. His retirement/de-tirement decisions certainly hurt his legacy in the short term. Once he's removed from the game for several years, there will still be some backlash at No. 4, but we're willing to bet that most people begin to remember all the great stuff he did on the field (and there was a lot of great stuff he did) rather than the last few years that featured so much drama.

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