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Vikings being told to report next week

Posted by: under Vikings, Bears, Lions, NFC, Leslie Frazier, Vikings players, Anthony Herrera, Bernard Berrian, Bryant McKinnie, Cedric Griffin, Chris Kluwe, E.J. Henderson, Kevin Williams, Leslie Frazier, Madieu Williams, Percy Harvin, Phil Loadholt, Steve Hutchinson, Visanthe Shiancoe Updated: April 28, 2011 - 6:35 PM

It remains uncertain if the NFL lockout will really end in the coming days or if the NFL will get the stay they are looking to obtain from the 8th Circuit U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, but the Vikings are making plans to begin their offseason program.

The team is calling players this evening and telling them to report to Winter Park on Monday to begin working out. Once the league year begins, the team can begin holding Organized Team Activities and conducting its workout program. Those two things are optional.

However, assuming the league goes back to working under the 2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Vikings also will be able to conduct two mandatory minicamps. The team will get an extra one because Leslie Frazier is considered a new head coach, despite the fact he was the interim coach for the final six games last season.

"I'm coming to workout everyday that we are allowed," tight end Visanthe Shiancoe said in a text message. "[I] can't wait!"

Vikings players will be able to get into Winter Park starting Friday morning to workout, if they so desire.

The Vikings aren't the only NFC North team to make quick plans, now that it appears there is a good chance the new league year will have to start. The Detroit Lions have a Monday meeting and will start OTAs on Wednesday. The Bears have a meeting scheduled for Monday morning.

The players with the most incentive to show up starting Monday will be the guys with workout bonuses written into their contracts. Those players likely either have to be at Winter Park for a set number of workouts or a percentage of them during the offseason.

Here's a list of those players:

DT Kevin Williams, $500,000

LT Bryant McKinnie, $250,000

WR Bernard Berrian, $100,000

LB  E.J. Henderson, $100,000

OG Anthony Herrera, $100,000

TE Visanthe Shiancoe, $100,000

S Madieu Williams, $100,000

CB Chris Cook, $80,000

TE Jeff Dugan, $50,000

CB Cedric Griffin, $50,000

OG Steve Hutchinson, $50,000

P Chris Kluwe, $50,000

WR Percy Harvin, $27,500

WR Greg Camarillo, $25,000

LS Cullen Loeffler, $20,000

RB Toby Gerhart, $12,500

OT Phil Loadholt, $2,500
 

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