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Wilf still optimistic about stadium

Posted by: under Vikings, NFC, Adrian Peterson, Bryant McKinnie Updated: August 3, 2011 - 4:53 PM

MANKATO -- Vikings owner Zygi Wilf arrived in Mankato this afternoon and spoke to the entire team on the field following the afternoon walk-through. Wilf then took a few minutes to answer questions from reporters.

Q. What was your role in the decision to waive Bryant McKinnie?

A. "I give a lot of faith to Coach [Leslie] Frazier and to Rick Spielman [the Vikings vice president of player personnel] to make those decisions. It was a football decision on their part. Certainly I was aware of it but I left it up to them. I think our team is in great hands."

Q. Is there a point that you're only willing to put up with so much?

A. "Like I said, [with] the team in Coach Frazier's hands, I'm not going to worry about that. He has my full confidence."

Q. How important is it to get Adrian Peterson a contract extension with him entering the last season of his deal?

A. "I'm not going to comment on contracts.  I'll leave it up to Rob [Brzezinski, the Vikings vice president of football operations] and Rick to do that. But we're all very excited to get going here and compete. As you know, that's always been our goal, to win championships, and we start out all even and hopefully be on top when it's all over."

Q. What did you think of the trade for Donovan McNabb?

A. "We're very excited to have Donovan on board. He's a consummate professional, exceptional at quarterback and we're very, very excited to have him here."

Q. Is there still a possibility for a September special session for a new stadium?

A. "We're working on that. We still have some work ahead of us to put all the pieces in place but 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. 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."

Q. Are you at a breaking point on the stadium? Do you feel like you're getting pushed aside?

A. "No, not at all. Like I said, we have a lot of work ahead of us, it's an ongoing process and we want to make sure that when it's all said and done that the facility works out for everybody that was a partner in the venture and that it's a venue that everybody can look forward to and utilize for the best benefit of everybody in Minnesota."

 

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