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  • SOLUTION FOUND IN VIKINGS’ STADIUM IMPASSE?
    Posted by Mike Florio on March 6, 2009, 7:11 a.m.
    The Minnesota Vikings have been trying to get a new stadium in the Twin Cities area for a long time, at least a decade. Eventually, they’ll quit trying.

    So with Governor Tim Pawlenty recently making it clear to owner Zygi Wilf that the project isn’t in line with the state’s current priorities and Ed Roski continuing to move forward with that “if they come, I will build it” venue in the Los Angeles area, things haven’t been looking good for an ongoing marriage between the 48-year-old franchise and the only home it’s ever known.

    But maybe a breakthrough is on the horizon. Representative Tom Hackbarth, a Republican, is proposing a plan that would using revenues from a Twin Cities casino to fund the stadium.

    The measure, requiring a Constitutional amendment, would be put to a public vote in 2010, and the Vikings would be required to sign a 30-year lease in the new facility.

    “Let’s let the voters decide,” Hackbarth said, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “I think this is a perfect solution.”

    Unfortunately, Hackbarth floated a similar idea five years ago, and it went nowhere.

    Making matters worse, the Vikings have yet to embrace the concept.

    “We’re not advocating for a gaming situation,” Vikings exec Lester Bagley said. “[But] if that’s what the state leaders want to use, then let’s sit down. At least someone is thinking creatively.”

    The person thinking most creatively — and aggressively — is Ed Roski. And while we’ve heard that the NFL isn’t genuinely interested in Roski’s plan due in large part to the fact that there isn’t another viable plan against which each can be leveraged, the fact remains that the Vikings are committed to the Metrodome for only three more seasons.

    So whether it’s Los Angeles or San Antonio or Mexico City or London or somewhere else, the Vikings could be moving on and moving out in the not-too-distant future if folks in Minnesota don’t adjust their priorities, pronto.
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    • That's this FO's whole idea in free agency... finding some "diamonds inthe rough" while adding 1 or 2 big time players (Hutch, Berrian, Allen ~ i have to give them credit for going out to get these guys)

      Granted, this has worked for the most part in terms of Leber & Taylor (anyone else that i am forgetting?), but i refuse to believe that this plan will be enough to push this team to the super bowl. There are too many gaping holes that need to be filled by above-average talent.
      Originally posted by MichaelJordanEberle (sabf)
      Thanks jerks, I have an exam tomorrow and reading this lowered my IQ by 14 points. Dicks.

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      • What about the idea of trading some mid-round pick for Matt Leinart?

        I'm not necessarily supporting the idea, just putting out some food for thought....
        Originally posted by MichaelJordanEberle (sabf)
        Thanks jerks, I have an exam tomorrow and reading this lowered my IQ by 14 points. Dicks.

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        • Originally posted by The_Dude View Post
          What about the idea of trading some mid-round pick for Matt Leinart?

          I'm not necessarily supporting the idea, just putting out some food for thought....
          Hah, no Matt Leinart for me thank you very much. He's...how do you say this...terible
          SKOL VIKINGS!


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          • VIKINGS KEEP FARWELL
            Posted by Mike Florio on March 6, 2009, 2:41 p.m. EST
            The Minnesota Vikings are now 2-1 in the category of “unrestricted free agents we needed to keep.”

            They’ve retained tight end Jim Kleinsasser, and now they’re reached an agreement with linebacker Heath Farwell, according to Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

            Farwell, who at one point seemed to be possibly leaving, is finalizing his deal.

            He is a key special-teams contributor and provides depth at linebacker.

            For now, the only player to leave was center Matt Birk, whom many fans wanted the Vikings to keep. Birk signed with the Ravens earlier this week, and it’s an open question as to whether coach Brad Childress genuinely wanted to see Birk come back for a twelfth season.



            This was pretty necessary from a special teams standpoint.

            And no, i don't think that Leinart is the answer here either.
            Originally posted by MichaelJordanEberle (sabf)
            Thanks jerks, I have an exam tomorrow and reading this lowered my IQ by 14 points. Dicks.

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            • yeah are coverage units need all the help they can get.

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              • Originally posted by russie View Post
                SOLUTION FOUND IN VIKINGS’ STADIUM IMPASSE?
                Posted by Mike Florio on March 6, 2009, 7:11 a.m.
                The Minnesota Vikings have been trying to get a new stadium in the Twin Cities area for a long time, at least a decade. Eventually, they’ll quit trying.

                So with Governor Tim Pawlenty recently making it clear to owner Zygi Wilf that the project isn’t in line with the state’s current priorities and Ed Roski continuing to move forward with that “if they come, I will build it” venue in the Los Angeles area, things haven’t been looking good for an ongoing marriage between the 48-year-old franchise and the only home it’s ever known.

                But maybe a breakthrough is on the horizon. Representative Tom Hackbarth, a Republican, is proposing a plan that would using revenues from a Twin Cities casino to fund the stadium.

                The measure, requiring a Constitutional amendment, would be put to a public vote in 2010, and the Vikings would be required to sign a 30-year lease in the new facility.

                “Let’s let the voters decide,” Hackbarth said, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “I think this is a perfect solution.”

                Unfortunately, Hackbarth floated a similar idea five years ago, and it went nowhere.

                Making matters worse, the Vikings have yet to embrace the concept.

                “We’re not advocating for a gaming situation,” Vikings exec Lester Bagley said. “[But] if that’s what the state leaders want to use, then let’s sit down. At least someone is thinking creatively.”

                The person thinking most creatively — and aggressively — is Ed Roski. And while we’ve heard that the NFL isn’t genuinely interested in Roski’s plan due in large part to the fact that there isn’t another viable plan against which each can be leveraged, the fact remains that the Vikings are committed to the Metrodome for only three more seasons.

                So whether it’s Los Angeles or San Antonio or Mexico City or London or somewhere else, the Vikings could be moving on and moving out in the not-too-distant future if folks in Minnesota don’t adjust their priorities, pronto.
                Probably not going to happen, the American Indians in Minnesota support politicians a good amount and I don't think they want to lose that vote, and voting for this is going to make them very unhappy.
                "Compadres, it is imperative that we crush the freedom fighters before the start of the rainy season. And remember, a shiny new donkey for whomever brings me the head of Colonel Montoya."

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                • Vikings fans are such die-hard fans. I don't see why they just don't go for it. The team can be in debt for a little bit. What team would they go for if they moved. I know I wouldn't be a Vikings fan anymore if they moved. They have always been my favorite team.

                  sig by fenikz
                  Originally posted by ImBrotherCain
                  You are just a terrible person.
                  Originally posted by bigbluedefense
                  I have an iPhone.

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                  • Scotts got the latest mock up. I got to say I like this MUCH better then the previous picks he had for the vikes. Britton makes sense there, I think Id like to go with Unger vs Britton, but I would be ok with it. I also like the Sean Smith pick in round 2(unless of course Alphoso Smith were to fall there, but I doubt it.)
                    Last edited by General Zod; 03-09-2009, 03:07 PM. Reason: Sorry this should have went in the draft thread lol

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                    • Originally posted by General Zod View Post
                      Scotts got the latest mock up. I got to say I like this MUCH better then the previous picks he had for the vikes. Britton makes sense there, I think Id like to go with Unger vs Britton, but I would be ok with it. I also like the Sean Smith pick in round 2(unless of course Alphoso Smith were to fall there, but I doubt it.)
                      Yeah I do agree with what you've said as well as Scott. I would love to see Alphonso Smith fall to us in the 2nd but I wouldn't mind Sean Smith. He has height and would be a good cover 2 CB.

                      On the bad side...We re-signed Benny Sapp today...



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                      • Vikings | Sapp re-signed
                        Mon, 09 Mar 2009 13:18:30 -0700

                        Judd Zulgad, of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, reports the Minnesota Vikings have re-signed unrestricted free-agent CB Benny Sapp to a one-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.





                        Sapp to return
                        March 9th, 2009 – 1:29 PM by Judd Zulgad The Vikings re-signed cornerback Benny Sapp to a one-year deal this weekend. The terms were not disclosed but Sapp is expected to make above the minimum of $620,000 for a six-year veteran. Sapp joined the Vikings as a free agent last offseason after spending his first four seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs.

                        Sapp saw extensive time during the second half of the season when he played in the nickel defense after cornerback Charles Gordon suffered a season-ending injury. Sapp finished with 22 tackles, two interceptions and four pass breakups.

                        As for the visit that Vikings fullback Naufahu Tahi took to Cincinnati last week, I was told no offer has been made by the Bengals but the team does have interest in the restricted free agent. The Bengals have Packers fullback John Kuhn, another restricted free agent, in for a visit today.
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                        • Sapp had some bright moments, but I remember yelling his name, followed by a profanity several times last year.


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                          • Originally posted by Vikes99ej View Post
                            Sapp had some bright moments, but I remember yelling his name, followed by a profanity several times last year.
                            Yeah defiantly during that Chicago Bears vs Vikings on Sunday night when he threw a punch...that's how i remember him.



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                            • Originally posted by The Dynasty View Post
                              Yeah defiantly during that Chicago Bears vs Vikings on Sunday night when he threw a punch...that's how i remember him.
                              yeah, but he followed that up with a great play, i dont remember if it was an int or a fumble return. i'm not pleased with the resigning, but then again it's better than doing nothing(which they've pretty much done so far)
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                              • Originally posted by General Zod View Post
                                Scotts got the latest mock up. I got to say I like this MUCH better then the previous picks he had for the vikes. Britton makes sense there, I think Id like to go with Unger vs Britton, but I would be ok with it. I also like the Sean Smith pick in round 2(unless of course Alphoso Smith were to fall there, but I doubt it.)

                                I'd be pretty happy if the draft played out that way. An upgrade at RT (who isn't) and a bigger corner who can push Griffin and offer depth, extremely important since both Winfield and Griffin are FA's after the year. Fills probably our two biggest needs and we wouldn't have to reach in terms of value to get them.

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