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The Time Is Now


This offseason has been one of mixed bags when you talk to most Vikings fans. 

On one hand, you have a talented team that has maintained a great deal of continuity from the previous season.  Also, it seems like it’s been ages since the last offseason in which every single Vikings player stayed out of legal trouble during the time between their last game of the season and the beginning of training camp (frantically knocking on a very large chunk of wood).

However, there are a number of large issues that have placed giant question marks over the Vikings front office.  Each of these issues will need to be cleared up in order to make fans feel completely secure about their team heading into the pre-season.  The time has come for each of these issues to finally come to a head, and here is a brief look at each issue:

1.  ANTOINE WINFIELD:  Winfield has had a great career capped by a season for the record books last year.  He is entering the last year of his contract but seems intent on gaining long term security by causing a small ruckus and demanding an extension.  As previously reported, a deal seems imminent that will lock up Antoine for the long haul, but until the contract is signed, his status remains an uncertainty with the team. 

2.  BRETT FAVRE:  This is certainly the most widely reported unknown coming into this season.  Not only does the waffling from Favre and lack of forwardness from the Vikings put the fans in a position to speculate on the quarterback position, but the possibility of Favre’s signings puts everything into limbo including Tarvaris Jackson, Sage Rosenfels, John David Booty, cap space, ticket sales, publicity, and so on and so on.

3.  WILLIAMSWALL:  Kevin and Pat Williams have endured a long fight against the NFL in their efforts to overturn a suspension resulting from taking StarCaps, and over-the-counter supplement that unknowingly contained a banned substance.  After taking their case to the public courts last year, the status of these two run stoppers has been up in the air for a long time.  Right now it is being decided on whether this case should be handled by Minnesota Courts or on the federal level.  While this could drag on for awhile, both sides would like to have some sort of closure by the beginning of the season. 

4.  ROOKIE CONTRACTS:  Only two first round picks have signed their rookie contracts thus far, so the Vikings are not out of the ordinary by not having Percy Harvin under contract yet.  However, getting all three of their remaining picks (Phil Loadholt, Asher Allen, and Harvin) under contract before the start of training camp, which is only a week away.  Under normal years, this would be the highest priority right now, but it’ll be interesting to see if Favre and Winfield are too much of a handful on their own, and our rookies end up not being signed at the beginning of camp.

5.  PERCY HARVIN:  The Vikings were viewed as taking a giant risk when they used their first round pick on Florida receiver Percy Harvin in April.  Harvin’s past character issues were the talk of the town prior to the draft, particularly when it came to his failed drug test at the NFL Combine.  Since being drafted, Harvin has made a couple of headlines by becoming too sick to attend the first round of OTAs and then by becoming to sick to attend the NFL’s Rookie Symposium.  Neither of those two incidents should be regarded as negative necessarily, but Harvin has a lot to prove to the fans of Minnesota who are so eager to see him in action that his potential better shine through soon or else he might be facing an onslaught of nay-sayers come September.

So, expect to see lots of action in the next few weeks, as these things must come to fruition soon, and it seems that the time is now.  Keep checking back with Vikings Gab and we’ll keep you up to date on these issues and much more!

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