Kleinsasser likely to stay with Vikings

  • Article by: KEVIN SEIFERT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 28, 2007 - 12:47 AM
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PHOENIX - Barring an unexpected change, tight end Jim Kleinsasser will remain with the Vikings and go to training camp with the team, a person familiar with the situation said Tuesday.

Kleinsasser's status has been in some doubt while the team works on restructuring his contract, which currently calls for him to receive $2.9 million this season. While the sides have not finalized a new deal, the person said Kleinsasser is amenable to restructuring and wants to remain with the team.

Kleinsasser, entering his ninth season, will compete with Jeff Dugan and Richard Owens for the Vikings' No. 2 tight end position behind new starter Visanthe Shiancoe. The Vikings kept four tight ends on their roster in 2006.

In other Vikings news:

• Vikings coach Brad Childress and Kansas City coach Herm Edwards have been discussing options for renewing the teams' training camp practice arrangement. The Chiefs visited Mankato in 2006, meaning the Vikings are scheduled to travel to River Falls, Wis., this summer. Childress said one possibility is to spend a day at each facility.

• Former defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin, now the head coach in Pittsburgh, said the residue of past disciplinary problems had an impact on the Vikings' 2006 season. "Things that go on outside the white lines always manifest themselves inside the white lines," Tomlin said. "We had a tough job there and it was just beginning to scratch the surface. I know they're going to continue to move forward but it's a lot tougher than people think."

• Cornerback Ronyell Whitaker received a team-high $139,850 from the NFL's performance-based pay program. The system provides players with additional compensation if their playing time exceeds expectations based on their original salaries.

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