The Night Before

The Vikings got all of their rookies under contract on by Sunday and no players were absent for the 4:00 p.m. roll call that marks the official beginning of training camp.  That is an important note because it means nobody on the roster, including running back Adrian Peterson, appear to be hold outs.

A number of interesting things came out of Mankato on Sunday:

  • According to new Access Vikings beat writer Mark Craig, the Vikings began discussions with franchised player Chad Greenway to negotiate a long term contract that would keep him with the Vikings and also soften his blow to this year’s salary cap.  Greenway is set to make $10.1 million under the franchise tag.
  • It should not be overlooked that Adrian Peterson is making a public display of trust towards the Vikings organization by showing up to camp despite the absence of a new long-term deal.  I would assume the Vikings have made a promise to Peterson that he will be taken care of this year.  “We are in the process of trying to negotiate a long-term deal with Chad, and hopefully, that’s going to get done,” Leslie Frazier said. “Adrian is a major part, as we’ve talked about many times, of our future. So, we’re going to eventually get to that point where we want to talk to he and his agent about a long-term deal as well.”
  • Joe Webb will get the first team snaps until Donovan McNabb can begin practicing on Thursday.  It will be interesting to see if rookie Christian Ponder ends up getting in on some of that first team action throughout the week.
  • As if starting right guard Anthony Herrera wasn’t already on the edge of losing his starting job, it has been reported that he will begin the season on the PUP list, and second year player Chris DeGeare is his likely replacement during that time.  DeGeare now has a chance to show Bill Musgrave that it is he, not Herrera, that should be starting on the right side.
  • Cornerback Cedric Griffin has suffered two ACL tears in two years but will not be on the PUP list from the sounds of thing.  The Vikings coaches will likely limit his action initially.
  • Erin Henderson will go into camp as the starting weakside linebacker, replacing free agent Ben Leber, but Jasper Brinkley and Kenny Onatolu are expected to be competition for that spot.  The Vikings have not expressed much interest in seeing Leber return, likely due to the expense and their current cap situation.  “This is something the NFL has never seen,” Henderson said of his opportunity to start alongside his brother E.J.  He is correct, and that storyline is one that would get plenty worn out by the media should it actually come to fruition.
  • The guy that infamously didn’t know the overtime rules in the NFL, Donovan McNabb, said that he did not want to play until he was 41 years old like Brett Favre.  He then said he would like to play another “five, six years.”  Six more years in the NFL means he would be retiring at the age of 41.  Oops.
  • “This is an opportunity that I’ve been waiting for a long time, and it’s an opportunity that I plan on taking advantage of,” Brian Robison said of his status as the starting left defensive end.  This is Robison’s first season in which he is entering camp with expectations of being a full time starter following the departure of Ray Edwards.
  • Safety Tyrell Johnson has had a largely disappointing career thus far, but the former second round pick seems to recognize that this season could be his last chance to establish himself as anything more than a reserve.  “This is the most crucial year that I’ve ever had playing football,” he said.  Johnson stands to compete with Jamarca Sanford and Husain Abdullah for first team reps throughout training camp if the roster doesn’t see a major change.
  • When the lockout ended it was reported that veteran Vikings were “hyped” about the rumors linking the Vikings to Donovan McNabb.  Team leaders Chad Greenway and Steve Hutchinson both gave high praise to McNabb during some very flattering comments about the new starting quarterback.
  • Defensive tackle Kevin Williams still hasn’t heard with certainty if the NFL is going to suspend him following the end of the drawn out StarCaps case.  “Hopefully, they forget about it, but you know how that goes,” Williams said. “Whatever happens, happen. We’re prepared either way, or I am. Just going to go with that. Haven’t heard back from them. Maybe once this CBA thing gets settled completely we’ll hear from them, but I’m going to keep moving accordingly until then.”
  • Leslie Frazier indicated the “door was still open” to a return from nose tackle Pat Williams.
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13 Responses to “The Night Before”

  1. lost viking says:

    Have to question whether Viking are better heading into training camp than they would be had they kept Childress/Bevell Bevill in place.

    Some of Childress’ problems stemmed from an unproductive 2009-10 off season with few changes. Had Chili maintained his coaching role I doubt the ’11 draft would have been rolled out as it did. In fact, there may have been many changes and perhaps a more aggressive approach to the Offensive line. Chili & co., fighting for his job, might have been forced into more personnel moves.

    • Skol12 says:

      Chilly could build a great team, he did infact. He could also coach the ProBowl team to a 5-11 record. He should not be allowed to coach the gophers but he would be a great replacement for the very very very overrated Rick Speilman(who is still considered great just because he picked AP).

  2. Zag says:

    Wonder if we have any interest in Lofa Tatupu? He was only scheduled to make about $4 Million this year in Seattle before his release.

  3. lost viking says:

    Is it surprising that Free Agent players did not descend on Winter Park in droves wanting to play for a player’s coach in Leslie Frazier?

    Thought Viking may have more success attracting FA but in the end its mainly the financial package. Not many Nnamdis.

  4. Vikadan11 says:

    Chilly would be under the same control as Leslie ~ This has more to do with the Wilf’s having to hold onto their money to help pay for their part of the new dome if the bill ever gets past ~ JMHO

    Chilly did just like Green did and run the team into the ground while leaving it with a aging roster ~ wasting h years of talent because he want TJ as his QB no matter win or lose ~ Now guys like Leber and Pat Williams are aging and most likely want be back ~ KW is now 30 as well ~ Winfield is another player he robbed any chance of winning a super Bowl ~ AP was wasted also because Chilly KAO and poor game plans and play calling as was Hutch and many others vets ~

    Favre did help the team get close to the Super Bowl in 2009 but if anyone has any of the games recorded it was easy to see that 2010 bought the KAO back and Favre was unable to change the plays at the LOS like he did in 2009 ~

    I’m looking forward to this season with Chilly gone ~

    “Maybe Leslie want wast the players time because he lacks the ability to fit his system to the talent on the roster ~” <<<< Thats something Chilly did better than anyone else could dream of ~ Players also made their way into the dog house with Chilly in charge ~ Some we know the reason why other like Camarillo we have no clue how a WR who had back to back 50+ catch season with the Fin's offense that sucked and all Chilly could do was get him on the field as the punt returner ~

    • Deep Blue Sea says:

      First of all, Childress coached alot better than you can spell. Secondly, Childress made the Vikings into a top team in a few years, and within a couple two unbelievably unfortunate plays of the Superbowl. They were nearly as good as the 98 Vikings, who were again so painfully snakebit. The guy did great! If Frazier can bring this team up to that caliber, we will be incredibly lucky. I hope it happens, but get real. It takes alot to win the division. L

      • Vikadan11 says:

        Come on with the spelling thing will you ~ I’m not known for my typing and my spelling is just fine ~ You didn’t seem to have any trouble making out what I posted did you ~ ? Chilly was nothing more than a con ~ He didn’t get the team close to the SB ~ The talent on the roster rose above the coaching they were getting on offense and thats why the Vikings didn’t keep most of the offensive coaches once the season was over ~ And it was his bad judgement that keep the Vikings from making the Super Bowl ~ He blew that last play he called and had 12 men on the field ~ All of this can be found with Google or Yahoo search ~

        If you have the games saved go back and watch the 2009 offense vs the 2010 offense ~ 2009 Favre was changing the plays at the LOS ~ And it was in the press more than once about the two having it out on the side line as well as on video about Favre changing the plays ~ 2010 brought back Chilly KAO ~ JMHO thats why Hutch~Allen~Longwell had to go over Chilly’s head to get the OK to leave camp to go down and talk him into returning ~

        These things can be looked up on the internet with just a little searching ~

  5. Fragile Freds says:

    AK –

    Nice update. Thanks in advance for another year of fine Vikings news.

  6. Vikadan11 says:

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  7. Vikadan11 says:

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