Wilf hasn't given up on special stadium session

  • Article by: JUDD ZULGAD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 4, 2011 - 6:31 AM

 

MANKATO - Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said Wednesday that efforts continue to get a special session called in September in order to seek legislative approval for the proposed venue in Arden Hills.

"We're very confident that we will have something worked out in the near future and hopefully that it could be addressed in a special session," said Wilf, who talked to reporters after he addressed the team following the afternoon walk-through. "But we're very confident in our location and for the future of the franchise in a new stadium up in Arden Hills.

"We're very excited about moving that process forward for our fans and for everybody in the state who utilized the Metrodome in such a good fashion for the last 30 years. This will be a great venue for the next generation."

Wilf made it clear he does not believe the stadium is being pushed aside by legislators.

Cook is back

The Vikings agreed to terms with Ryan Cook on a two-year deal, bringing back the versatile offensive lineman. Cook had been on the free-agent market after spending his first four NFL seasons with the Vikings.

A second-round draft choice of the Vikings in 2006, Cook was a center at New Mexico and has played tackle, guard and center in the NFL. Cook started all 16 games in 2007 and started 14 regular-season games at right tackle in 2008. Last season, he started six games, including the final six of the season in place of the injured Anthony Herrera at right guard.

Cook took over for John Sullivan at center after he was injured as well. Cook's signing comes a day after the Vikings released veteran left tackle Bryant McKinnie and provides some depth on the line.

Long-term outlook

The Vikings continue contract talks with linebacker Chad Greenway about a long-term extension.

"Hopefully, something will happen here soon," coach Leslie Frazier said. "It doesn't seem that it's affecting him in any way. He's having a great two days of camp, so things are moving right along."

Greenway is playing for a one-year franchise tender worth about $10 million.

Meanwhile, running back Adrian Peterson is entering the last season of his contract and also should be in line for an extension soon.

It's a boy

Peterson was absent again Wednesday as he continued to spend time with his fiancee, who gave birth to a boy on Monday.

Frazier said Peterson is "doing well" and is expected to be back on the field Friday.

Etc.

• Linebacker Kenny Onatolu suffered a stress fracture in his left foot and is wearing a walking boot. "From what I've been told, [he] is going to be day to day," Frazier said. Onatolu is a key contributor on special teams, and Frazier has expressed a desire to get him on the field on defense, too.

• Pro Football Talk reported the Vikings were $5.6 million over the $120 million salary cap as of Tuesday. McKinnie's cap number was $5.4 million for this season.

• Special teams coordinator Mike Priefer said a decision on how much to use receiver Percy Harvin on kickoff returns will be a "game-by-game type of deal." The issue is that Harvin is going to see significant time on offense and at times his role might be such that running back Lorenzo Booker will be the return man. Priefer said the punt-return job is wide open.

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