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Had to include something to give everyone a stadium update.
Poss, still hard-nosed, weighs in on stadium – Star Tribune
Interesting read about Dan Poss, the “no-nonsense man in charge of building the Metrodome,” and where he stands on the new Vikings stadium push.
Vikings Offseason Plan v1.0 – Daily Norseman
A member over at the Daily Norseman put in a lot of work putting this “Vikings Offseason Plan” together. Quite in depth and definitely fun to read if your interest has already shifted to the offseason.
Vikings’ Raymond shows incredible perseverance – Yahoo! Sports
If you haven’t already, make sure you check out this incredible story about Mistral Raymond.
Just for fun!
These two are for all of you draftniks out there! Love reading Mock Drafts and the Top 100 over at “Mocking The Draft” has really great notes for each draft prospect.
Why Leslie Frazier should be fired, but won’t be – Bleacher Report
Title says it all here…
Vikings Territory Forums! – Vikings Territory
If you haven’t already, head over to our brand new forums, register and join in on some of the great discussions happening! (Sorry, had to plus us in somewhere)
And finally, these two should help to get you ready for tomorrow’s game.
Well, we have all read about it by now. Donovan McNabb was officially released by the Vikings, per his request, on Thursday.
As always, I am here to weigh in on these important issues. After all, thousands of articles were written about the impact of his arrival a few short months back, so his release must also be worthy of nauseating dissection as well… right?
McNabb’s release means so little to the Vikings at this point that the most impactful thing I can think of is the potential loss of a potential late round 2013 compensatory pick. That is it.
In six games with the Vikings he completed 60.3% of his passes for 1,026 yards, four touchdowns, and two picks on his way to a quarterback rating of 82.9.
The season is over. McNabb was never expected to be in purple next season. Furthermore, if fans are going to pay money to watch this team anymore this season, you can bet it is Christian Ponder or Joe Webb that they want to see taking snaps.
Thus ends McNabb’s tenure in Minnesota. An article about his condition issues, a television appearance in which he somewhat threw his teammates under the bus, and some mild speculation about where he might land next.
With over five years of speculation about how McNabb might fare as a Viking, it will take each of us less than five minutes to digest the news that he is gone and that his departure means almost nothing.
In the post below this one, I indicated that the release of quarterback Donovan McNabb means almost nothing.
As it turns out, it means even less than that.
1500 ESPN reports that McNabb requested his release after being relegated to running the scout team as the team’s third quarterback. There are two ways of looking at this; either McNabb fell to third on the depth chart because of poor performance or Joe Webb merited a promotion. Both are a possibility I suppose.
Offensive Coordinator Bill Musgrave praised Joe Webb and said that the team “feel(s) great about (Webb’s) future as a quarterback on this team as well.”
At this point, it is unclear if the Vikings will pursue another quarterback to take McNabb’s spot for the remainder of this season or not.
It seems apparent they are willing to go into Sunday’s game against Denver with only Christian Ponder and Webb on the roster.
In a very unsurprising move, Alex Marvez reports the Vikings have signed quarterback Sage Rosenfels. Rosenfels should fill the hole left by Donovan McNabb’s release yesterday as rookie quarterbackChristian Ponder’s backup.
Rosenfels, an 11-year veteran, was with the Vikings in 2009 before he was traded to the New York Giants in the 2010 preseason.
The details of Rosenfels signing are unclear right now but we will report back when there is more, definite, information.
[UPDATE: Tom Pelissero tweeted that the deal is for one year and in the amount of 1.5 million.]
Other interesting tidbits:
It seems that no one choose to pick up McNabb off of waivers. This means the Vikings are on the hook for his pay this week as well as the money they’ll give to Rosenfels.
According to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, the Vikings tried to sign QB John Parker Wilson off of the Falcon’s practice squad.
According to Adam Schefter over at ESPN, the Minnesota Vikings plan on releasing quarterback Donovan McNabb sometime today.
McNabb was brought in at the beginning of the season to serve as a temporary solution to the Vikings [everlasting] need at quarterback. After going 1-5, McNabb was benched and replaced by the rookie quarterback Christian Ponder.
McNabb’s release leaves a glaring hole in the Vikings’ depth chart with only quarterback Joe Webb behind Ponder. Especially with Frazier’s recent announcement to have Webb more involved in the receiving game, the Vikings will probably look to fill McNabb’s void immediately.
We should have more information on why he was released when today’s practice concludes and coach Leslie Frazier speaks with the media.
[Follow Up: According to Frazier, the decision was "mutual decision" and "the best thing to do" moving forward. Click here to read more of what Frazier had to say about the release of Donovan McNabb.]
It rubbed a lot of Vikings fans, and reportedly some from within the organization, the wrong way when seventh round pick Mickey Shuler was claimed by Miami off of waivers last season.
At the time, the Vikings front office wanted to retain the young tight end and instead jettison veteran Jeff Dugan, but Brad Childress overruled that decision and Shuler was subject to waivers.
The Dolphins cut Shuler prior to the 2011 regular season. The Bengals claimed him off of waivers, but he failed his physical and has remained unsigned for the entirety of this season.
Shuler’s phone rang last week and the Saints gave him a workout.
This week, however, the Vikings have their guy back as the Penn State tight end agreed to terms and has joined Minnesota’s practice squad.
An interesting note here is that the Vikings activated tight end Allen Reisner from the practice squad and cut receiver Stephen Burton. It was expected that Burton would land back on the practice squad, but that turned out to be false, and the Vikings have instead opted to add Shuler.
Two of the teams veteran tight ends, Visanthe Shiancoe and Jim Kleinsasser, are set to see their contracts expire after this season so it makes sense that the front office wants to load up on youthful options in the event that neither are retained.