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Spielman Talks About Manti Te’o

If I didn’t know better, I would say that Rick Spielman’s recent comments about Manti Te’o indicate that, at the very least, he is intrigued by the possibility of drafting Notre Dame’s star linebacker.

We have previously discussed the choice Te’o would present the Vikings if he were available while they are on the clock in April, and Spielman sounds like he is tuning in to the media coverage of the whole “fake girlfriend” thing to keep tabs on the situation. ¬†He admitted to watching Dr. Phil for the first time in his life when Te’o’s prankster culprit,¬†Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, was being interviewed.

That tells me he is at least a little interested in Te’o.

“In the end, you’ll sit there and discuss all that,” Spielman said of the bizarre story. “Every team will make their own determination. How do you compare what happened, because he’s an extremely talented football player, against a guy who may have a drug issue or may have an arrest record or may have some other off-field issue? Everybody’s going to have, just like on any player, their difference of opinion. We’ll go through that process as well.”

He also says that the Vikings are aware of some details that have not yet been reported by any media outlets, which displays that they are doing their homework on the young linebacker.

Spielman says that the Vikings will evaluate the Te’o’s “whole body of work” and that the odd story, as well as his poor play in the championship game, will only factor into their evaluation as a part of the whole.

Of all the players in this draft class, I suspect steam will pick up greatly in the next few week’s as far as connecting Te’o to the Vikings, and that might be exactly what Spielman wants to see happen.

What we know, however, is that the Vikings are either interested or pretending to be interested.


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Adam Warwas

Adam Warwas (Founder) has been writing about the Vikings for a total of eight years. Five of those years have been here at Vikings Territory where he continues to surround himself with enough talented individuals that people keep coming back. As proud as he is of what Vikings Territory has become, his real treasures are in his home... a beautiful wife and three amazing children (and a dog named Percy).

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  1. Adam,
    Your last sentence hit right on the head and reminded me to make the yearly “public service announcement” to everybody.

    It is the “off season” and with the combine starting this week and the draft a little more than 2 months away, I would like to remind everyone that this is the beginning of the “lying season” From here on out, take anything that a coach, GM. owner etc etc.. says with a grain of salt. Because its all smoke and mirrors stuff from now to until “Mr. Irrelevant” is selected. This applies to every team. Spielman can play with the best of them. That’s why, IMHO, this is one of the most entertaining times of the year. Sit back and enjoy the show!

  2. if he told the truth about the draft all the time he wouldn’t be doing his job very well at all

    of course, we do need a lb or two. this guy could be the nutbag of the draft. mourning a fake girlfriend you never met?

    1. reusse puts some words in spielman’s mouth –

      So, now we have General Manager Rick Spielman saying the Vikings have no intention of trading Harvin. I suppose Spielman could have taken a more candid route in his meeting with reporters last Friday and said:

      “We have come to the conclusion Percy is a complete pain in the ass and that he can’t be relied on as a long-term contributor to this team. We certainly aren’t going to give him the type of contract that he’s after, so we plan to trade him for the best we can get.”