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Posted on: August 25, 2010 10:32 am
 

Minnesota deems V. Jackson too expensive

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Our own Will Brinson had a pretty good idea Tuesday when he wondered if the Vikings – facing the loss of WR Sidney Rice for at least half the season because of hip surgery and WR Percy Harvin for the time being because of migraines – would try to acquire disgruntled San Diego WR Vincent Jackson.

Turns out that was a move actually discussed.

The Vikings apparently looked into the possibility of trying to trade for and sign Jackson – he’s got to be a better option than Javon Walker, right? – but Minnesota ran into the same problem that the Seahawks found when they asked permission to talk to Jackson. It would cost way too much money.

Here’s some analysis from Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Acee writes, “several league sources said in recent days that no one is willing to promise $10 million a year to a player with Jackson’s baggage and inexperience. Jackson has led the NFL in yards per catch over the past two seasons, but two seasons is a relatively small body of work to deserve such a mega contract. Moreover, Jackson has been arrested twice for driving under the influence, something that led to him being suspended the first three games this season.”

Jackson, you’ll recall, declined to sign his restricted free agent tender offer of more than $3 million from San Diego and seems committed to sitting out much of the season. Coming off his best season as a pro (68 catches, 1,167 yards and nine TDs), he’s still only made one Pro Bowl in his four-year career. If he wants a five-year, $50 million deal (with $30 million guaranteed), he’s going to have to wait.

Nobody is going to pay that kind of money for a guy who still has plenty of question marks attached to his name.

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Posted on: August 24, 2010 1:11 pm
Edited on: August 24, 2010 1:18 pm
 

Vikings should make a play for Bolts' Jackson

Posted by Will Brinson


The news that 2009 Pro Bowler Sidney Rice will miss at least half the regular after undergoing hip surgery (and possibly more, depending on the timetable) is pretty devastating for the Vikings' hopes for 2010, since they'll likely be without a legit No. 1 wideout for most of the season. That's why it sure does seem logical for the Minnesota to inquire about picking up disgruntled wide receiver Vincent Jackson from the San Diego Chargers.

Jackson is currently holding out from Chargers camp and seems likely to bail on the season in San Diego -- so much so that the Chargers gave the Seattle Seahawks permission to chat   with Jackson and his agent about a contract in order to make a trade.

It's believed that the Bolts want a second-rounder for Jackson, and that price, given the Vikings need at wide receiver, is just about right for Minny.

Currently, the Vikings are staring down an ugly situation whereby their wide receiver depth chart reads as follows: Bernard Berrian, Percy Harvin, Greg Lewis, Javon Walker. Dearth of talent aside, this is problematic for a few reasons.

First, Berrian is much, much better suited as a deep threat than a true No. 1. Secondly, Harvin's talents are ideally utilized in the slot position, where the Vikes can move him all over the field. Third, Lewis and Walker aren't guys you want being forced into semi-major roles, much less starting gigs, should another injury occur.

The possibility of dealing for Jackson isn't without its cons, though: One issue facing a possible deal is that the Vikings would almost certainly have to ink Jackson to a long-term deal. That's expensive, obviously, and they just opened up their wallet to guarantee that Brett Favre would return for 2010 (although, really, they should just demand he take a pay cut).

Also, Jackson will miss the first three games of the season due to an NFL-imposed suspension, which severely saps his value when talking both trade and contract.

So maybe management doesn't make it rain on a guy who'll be locked in as a Viking for a long time AND miss some of this season because of personal conduct issues, but at this point, with almost all of their chips firmly planted in the center of the "win now" table, why not?

They've got an uncapped year on their hands, and since they don't provide an inter-conference or inter-division threat to the Chargers, there's really no reason why they shouldn't be at least willing to discuss contract with another 2009 Pro Bowler to fill what is suddenly the biggest positional depth problem on a team that appears pretty desperate to throw everything at a Super Bowl run this year.

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Posted on: August 24, 2010 9:58 am
Edited on: August 24, 2010 1:24 pm
 

Rice has hip surgery (UPDATED)

S. Rice could miss the first half of the season (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Vikings WR Sidney Rice had hip surgery on Monday that could sideline him for the first half of this season. This comes courtesy of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune – staff writer Judd Zulgad confirmed on the radio this morning that Rice actually underwent the surgery – and I have a few thoughts about this issue.

1) It’s been a bad two weeks for the Minnesota receivers. Percy Harvin has been suffering from debilitating migraine headaches and now the Rice news. What was once considered one of the top WR corps in the NFL has been reduced to one legit starting receiver in Bernard Berrian.

Joe Webb, who probably could play WR, is still at QB, and that leaves Greg Lewis (eight catches in 13 games last year), Taye Biddle (who was playing in the UFL last season), Marko Mitchell (four catches in 10 games last year) and a few other guys whose names you haven’t heard. Oh, and Javon Walker, who still hasn’t signed officially but actually might have a chance to make the roster .

2)
Why did Rice have the surgery now? As opposed to way earlier in the offseason?

He had a standout season last year, catching 83 passes for 1,312 yards and eight touchdowns, and he was a force in the playoffs. But he injured his hip in the NFC championship game, and according to the paper, he saw three hip specialists in the offseason, two of whom recommended surgery.

Rice declined to do so. Why? And how pissed is Minnesota right now?

3) Brett Favre might have to be a miracle worker this season to get the Vikings back to the NFC championship game.

UPDATE (12:24 p.m.): The Vikings have officially signed Walker .

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Posted on: August 23, 2010 4:02 pm
 

Vikings close to signing Javon Walker

J. Walker and B. Favre shown here during happier times (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The scenario Will told you about the other day – the Vikings possibly signing Brett Favre’s old buddy (but not really), WR Javon Walker – seems to be on the verge of occurring.

According to ESPN.com , the Vikings plan to sign Walker, an eight-year veteran who’s spent the past two seasons in Oakland. Or, more accurately, has spent the past two seasons disappearing in Oakland.

Walker had his best success – an 89-catch, 1,482-yard, 12-touchdown year that resulted in Walker’s only Pro Bowl berth – when he was catching passes from Favre in Green Bay during the 2004 season.

But the next year, he held out during training camp. A move that did not sit well with Favre.

"If Javon wants to know what the quarterback thinks, and I would think he might, I'd tell him he's going about this the wrong way,” Favre said at the time. “When his agent tells him not to worry about what his teammates think and all that stuff, I'd tell him I've been around a long time and that stuff will come back to haunt you."

Walker suffered a bad knee injury in Week 1, and the next season, he found himself in Denver. He had a good season there in 2006 (69 catches, 1,084 yards, eight TDs), but since then, Walker has been a shell of his former self, combining for 41 catches and one score in the past three seasons.

I imagine Walker – who said a few months ago he’d be willing to play for the veterans minimum salary – would welcome a chance to play with Favre again, considering he’s been a non-factor four of the past five years he’s played. Besides, six of Favre’s targets caught 25 passes or more from him last season.

Don’t expect Walker (shown at right during happier times with Favre) to hang around too long, though. Right now, the Vikings receiving room is pretty bare without Percy Harvin (migraines) and Sidney Rice (hip). Assuming they return, though, Favre most likely will be throwing to receivers with whom he actually gets along.

And Walker most likely will have to contemplate retirement.

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Posted on: August 20, 2010 1:29 pm
 

Harvin back at practice

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Some good news on the Percy Harvin front.

According to Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune , the Vikings WR was back at practice today, standing on the sideline and talking with offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and trainer Eric Sugarman.

Even if it’s a while before he returns to practice, it’s just nice to see him out of the hospital.

Harvin, you’ll recall, collapsed during practice Thursday and was sent to the hospital after suffering a migraine headache attack.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: August 19, 2010 6:41 pm
 

Harvin said to be doing OK

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Not much of a Percy Harvin update, but we’ll take it where we can get it. Two updates, actually.

First, Vikings WR Bernard Berrian wrote on his Twitter feed , “Percy's doin fine everyone. Prayers still goin out though.”

Then, Vikings coach Brad Childress just released a statement. It reads: "Percy appreciates everyone’s concern. He is alert and resting comfortably, but will remain in the hospital overnight."

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Posted on: August 19, 2010 2:16 pm
Edited on: August 19, 2010 2:22 pm
 

Percy Harvin collapses during Viking practice

Posted by Andy Benoit

After being away from the Vikings for multiple weeks due to migraines after his grandmother's death, wide receiver Percy Harvin gave everyone a scare at practice Thursday. The second-year pro vomited and collapsed on the sideline before leaving in an amublance.

The Star Tribune offers details:

Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin collapsed at the team’s Winter Park facility Thursday while watching practice and was loaded into an ambulance.

Harvin, who has suffered from severe migraines, was not on the field for the start of practice. He was seen talking to head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman outside the locker room at Winter Park and then jogged onto the field to watch practice. A few minutes later, Harvin vomited and then fell to the ground.

Practice continued as the team’s medical staff tended to him. After about 10 minutes, a police car and ambulance from the Hennepin County Medical Center arrived and EMTs tended to Harvin as practice stopped and players watched.

According to CBS's Rapid Reports, Brad Childress said Harvin looked into the sun while catching punts before practice, which triggered a migraine. Harvin has said in the past that his migraines sometimes cause vomiting. We'll keep you posted on his status.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: August 13, 2010 1:23 pm
 

Vikes use 'left squad' exemption for Harvin

Posted by Will Brinson

The Vikings have plenty to worry about -- read: Brett Favre and the deadline that Jared Allen imposed for the quarterback's return -- without the absence of star second-year wideout and general NFL handyman Percy Harvin.

But that doesn't mean they're free from the literal headaches around the former Gator; in fact, the team was forced to use a "left squad" exemption on Harvin, according to the Minnesota Star-Tribune "Access Vikings" blog .

Harvin's status is a result of two unfortunate scenarios (the death of his grandmother and the recurrence of his migraine headaches) colliding -- as such, he's been absent from the Vikes since July 31.

In order to completely process this exemption status, the Vikings had to send Harvin a letter informing him that in five days they hold the right to place him on the "reserve/left squad list." If Minnesota followed through with that action, Harvin would not be eligible to play for the entire 2010 season.

Needless to say, they don't plan on doing that; Brad Childress told the Star-Tribune that sending the letter was a requirement to get the exemption and that the team is being "supportive" of Harvin. (Of course, they didn't plan on failing to get a pick in during the 2008 NFL Draft, and you saw what happened there.)

But, as the fellas at AV point out, the simple fact that the team is being forced to even send the letter and use the left squad exemption is a pretty firm indication that Harvin won't be in camp any time in the immediate future.

For a team that's already dealing with the possible loss of it's most important offensive player (Favre), Harvin's status is likely only beefing up the stress level in Minnesota.

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