Chip Scoggins is a Star Tribune sports columnist. He has temporarily returned to cover the Minnesota Vikings. He had the beat from 2008-2011 after covering college football for five years. Chip has been with the Star Tribune since January 2000. He can be followed on twitter at @chipscoggins.Find Chip on Facebook.
Mark Craig has covered football and the NFL the past 20 years, including the Browns from 1991-95 and the Vikings and the NFL since 2003. Since 2008, Craig has served as one of the 44 Pro Football Hall of Fame selectors. He can be followed on Twitter at @markcraignfl.
Well, that was an interesting and thoroughly entertaining game. The fact that Greg Lewis, playing in his first game, made a circus catch with two seconds remaining on his first reception in a Vikings uniform pretty much says everything.
Wide receiver Bobby Wade spoke to the media in Kansas City today after signing a one-year contract with the Chiefs and admitted he didn't see it coming when the Vikings released him last week.
"It was very surprising, caught me off guard," he said. "Other than that, it's the nature of the business. Nobody is safe. Everybody understands that regardless of pay or how many years you've played or even production for that matter. . . I'm just fortunate to have this opportunity.''
Wade, who led Minnesota in receptions the past two seasons but was sure to see less playing time with the arrival of slot receiver Percy harvin, did not express any bitterness toward the Vikings. The interesting thing about the move wasn't that Wade was let go as much as it was he was let go a week after agreeing to have his 2009 salary cut from about $3 million to $1.5 million. He stands to make just over the veteran's minimum of $745,000 with the Chiefs this season.
Asked how fast he can be ready to play with Kansas City, Wade said: "It'll be determined on my learning curve. I'll put in as much time as possible to try to learn and get on the field as early as possible. Other than that, it's just about making plays once I get out there. I'm just going to continue to work and we'll see where it falls on Sunday.''
Wade did make it clear that reports of a division in the Vikings' locker room over Brett Favre's presence simply weren't true. "It wasn't the way it was written up," he said. "There was no division in the locker room. I didn't experience any of that."
Wade had a few options after he was released. Reportedly the Indianapolis Colts expressed interest in him. Instead, he elected to join the Chiefs, who went 2-14 last season.
"I want to be part of a program that's about growing," Wade said. "I want to be part of a program that's excelling, that's not moving backward but moving forward. I wanted to play with a quarterback that's going to be here for awhile. Matt Cassel is a proven quarterback in this league and this is his opportunity to really shine.''
It didn't hurt that the Chiefs are now coached by Todd Haley, who was Wade's position coach in 2003 when the wide receiver joined the Chicago Bears as a rookie.
"I'm very grateful for what I learned my rookie year," Wade said. "It carried me a long way the past six years. He kind of showed me the ropes. He was hard on you but high on you, really excited about your opportunities but willing to push you to get there. That's what I'm looking forward to in this opportunity. You can get a little relaxed in this league but if you continue to push yourself or have somebody pushing you, you can continue to get better.''
Wade also feels he will have the opportunity to catch some passes in Kansas City. "There are a lot of opportunities in that position, especially in this offense," he said. "It's not run, run, run, run, run. This is an opportunity to have a balanced attack.''
Vikings injury report: LB Erin Henderson (calf), did not participate; LB Heath Farwell (hamstring), limited in today's practice; G Anthony Herrera (back), limited; TE Jim Kleinsasser (hand), full participation.
What it means: Wide receiver Bernard Berrian was not limited in a practice for the first time in several weeks. Berrian played last Sunday against Cleveland but appeared to be slowed by a hamstring injury suffered in the first preseason game.
Detroit injury report: DE Cliff Avril (hamstring), did not participate; QB Drew Stanton (knee), DNP; DT Andre Fluellen (knee), limited; DT Grady Jackson (knee), limited; CB William James (foot), limited; CB Eric King (shoulder), limited; K Jason Hanson (knee), full participation.
By Judd Zulgad
Wide receiver Bobby Wade signed a one-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs that will pay him more than the minimum for a seven-year veteran, according to his agent Jerome Stanley. That means Wade will earn over $745,000 for this season.
"He expects to play a significant role with the Chiefs," Stanley said in an e-mail. "He and the head coach [Todd Haley] are on the same page as to his ability and expected contributions. He looks forward to being a part of the process of building a winning, Super Bowl level team, like he was in Minnesota where he made significant contributions. He wishes his friends and all former teammates well."
As we mentioned in a Monday blog, Haley is familiar with Wade, having served as the receiver's position coach in 2003 with the Chicago Bears.
Wade led the Vikings in receptions each of the past two seasons but was released last week, shortly after agreeing to have his 2009 salary cut from $3 million to about $1.5 million. The Chiefs are looking for help at receiver after signing and then releasing veterans Amani Toomer and Ashley Lelie before the start of the season.
While it's still unclear exactly what happened with Wade in Minnesota, Stanley's comment that his client is on "the same page" with Haley is interesting.
Wide receiver Bobby Wade, who was released last week in a surprise move by the Vikings, is headed to the Kansas City Chiefs, according to a Tweet from ESPN's Chris Mortensen. Mortensen reports the Indianapolis Colts also were interested in Wade but that his old team, the Tennessee Titans, did not express a desire to get him back.
Wade is a good fit for the Chiefs in part because he will be reunited with new Chiefs coach Todd Haley. Haley served as Wade's wide receivers coach with the Chicago Bears in 2003.
CLEVELAND -- Vikings wide receiver Bernard Berrian, listed as questionable on the injury report Friday, will be active for the Vikings' regular-season opener today against the Browns.
Berrian injured his hamstring in the first quarter of the Vikings' exhibition opener at Indianapolis and did not play in the final three preseason games. He was limited all last week in practice, raising the possibility that he might sit out today. However, Berrian tested the hamstring in pregame warmups and obviously felt he was good to go.
Part of the issue is that Berrian has never suffered a hamstring injury in his career before this and did not know exactly what to expect.
As expected, Sage Rosenfels has been designated the Vikings' third quarterback for today's game, meaning Tarvaris Jackson will be the backup to Brett Favre. If Rosenfels enters before the fourth quarter, Favre and Jackson would not be eligible to return to the game.
The biggest surprise on the Vikings' inactive list is defensive tackle Fred Evans, who is listed as the backup nose tackle to Pat Williams and started late last season after Williams suffered a shoulder injury. Evans was not listed on the injury report last week, so his absence evidently isn't injury related.
The Vikings other inactives are wide receivers Jaymar Johnson and Greg Lewis; cornerback Asher Allen; safety Jamarca Sanford; linebacker Erin Henderson and center Kory Litchtensteiger. Henderson is expected to miss about a month because of a calf injury. Lewis was signed last week after wide receiver Bobby Wade was released.
Update: The Browns inactives are Brett Ratliff (third QB); defensive backs Marquis Floyd and DeAngelo Smith; running backs Jerome Harrison and Cedric Peerman; offensive lineman Red Hadnot; tight end Martin Rucker; and linebacker Leon Williams.
Rookie Alex Mack is going to start at center in place of Hank Fraley.
And the suspense is finally over ... if there was any. Brady Quinn is going to start at quarterback for the Browns.
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