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.
Randy Moss' second stint with the Vikings officially came to an end on Tuesday.
The Vikings placed the wide receiver on waivers, according to Fox Sports and ESPN. That means there now will be a 24-hour process in which he can be claimed. The deadline for teams to claim Moss will be 3 p.m. Wednesday.
The top 10 teams in order of waiver claims are Buffalo (0-7), Carolina (1-6), Dallas (1-6), San Francisco (2-6), Denver (2-6), Detroit (2-5), Vikings (2-5), Cincinnati (2-5), Cleveland (2-5), San Diego (3-5).
Moss will be owed the balance of his $6.4 million salary ($3.888 million) if he is claimed. If he passes through waivers the Vikings will owe Moss the remaining $3.888 million on his deal and another team could sign him as a free agent for approximately $450,000.
The decision by Vikings coach Brad Childress to jettison Moss after four games with the team has caused big controversy and questions about Childress' job security because of the way he handled this move. Childress told his players on Monday he was going to waive Moss but he was not placed on waivers by the 3 p.m. deadline.
Moss, who was selected by the Vikings in the first round of the 1998 draft and played for the team through 2004, had 13 receptions for 174 yards and two touchdowns in four games with Minnesota.
While the move did not become official until 3 p.m., the Vikings weekly game release that was put out earlier in the afternoon had Moss being waived in its roster moves section.
A quote that was attributed to Randy Moss' agent, Joel Segal, that ran in the Access Vikings blog Monday was not from Segal but rather someone posing as him on what proved to be a phony e-mail account. The Star Tribune regrets the error.
After seven weeks of being on crutches, Sidney Rice is finally able to walk into the Vikings' locker room at Winter Park with no assistance.
The wide receiver ditched his crutches on Tuesday after receiving the go-ahead a day earlier from his doctor in Vail, Colo. That is where Rice had surgery on his hip in August.
"He said everything looked good," Rice said today. "I was supposed to be done with [the crutches] Friday but I'm done with them now. .. Everything has been feeling good. It hasn't been giving me any problems. I've been walking around and walking on the treadmill, things like that with [my full] body weight."
It's Sunday morning, but it's the start of the work week for the Vikings, who return to practice to begin preparations for their season opener against the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night.
The team has practice at 11:50 a.m. with media access afterward. Lots going on today. Brett Favre and Brad Childress will hold their weekly press conferences. We also have our first locker room media access of the season.
We also have conference calls with Saints coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees.
The Vikings will announce their practice squad shortly. We also will see if they make any additional roster moves to address depth concerns at cornerback and wide receiver.
We'll have plenty of updates throughout the day so check back.
Considering many think it's an unlucky place to wind up Jared Allen might want to avoid this honor.
According to ESPN, the Vikings defensive end is one of three players in the running to be on the front of the box for "Madden NFL '11." New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees and Indianapolis wide receiver Reggie Wayne are the other candidates.
For the first time, according to ESPN, fans will be able to decide if Allen, Brees or Wayne gets his image placed on the cover. The voting starts today and fans can go to www.doritoschangethegame.com and vote daily through March 15. EA Sports likely will announce the winner around the NFL draft.
It's also worth noting, the Vikings have started making roster moves with an eye toward the 2010 season. The team has signed 10 players to futures contracts. That includes every player who finished the 2009 season on their practice squad. Here's that list: Safety Colt Anderson; offensive tackles Patrick Brown, Chris Clark and Drew Radovich; running back Ian Johnson; defensive tackle Tremaine Johnson; wide receiver Vinny Perretta; and cornerback DeAndre Wright.
The Vikings also signed wide receiver Taye Biddle and running back James Johnson.
Biddle, who played at Mississippi, was active for two games with Carolina in 2006 but has bounced around practice squads since then, making stops with Tampa Bay and the New York Giants. Johnson rushed for 29 yards on nine carries with Cincinnati in four games in 2008 and was on the Bengals practice squad this past season.
In most major league sports, trade deadline day is one of the most exciting of the season from an off-the-field or off-the-ice standpoint. Teams looking to make a playoff push attempt to make deals to add an extra piece or two and teams out of contention stock up for the future.
But this isn't the case in the NFL. The trade deadline falls relatively early in the season and it's not as if that many deals are made anyway in this league anyway. So it should come as no surprise that this year's deadline passed at 3 p.m. today with no activity from Winter Park.
There were a few deals made here and there -- and it was a pretty active when it came to overall roster moves (thanks, New England Patriots) -- but the Vikings weren't in on the action.
The Vikings certainly wouldn't have minded adding depth at a few spots, but the reality is that even though this team is 6-0 the folks who run the front office do have an eye on the future. There is little doubt that if the Vikings made some calls around the league to check on players, the asking price in return included draft picks.
Rick Spielman, the Vikings' vice president of player personnel, said this spring that he planned to keep all of his 2010 picks because the franchise had dealt some of its selections in recent years. This included a first-rounder that went to Kansas City in the Jared Allen trade in April 2008.
As for the potential of picking up a cornerback with Antoine Winfield hurt, that had little chance of happening. Teams aren't in the business of trading good corners and if a player at that position is available there is usually a reason. The asking price for a quality corner also would have been extremely high.
Vikings players had today off, so we'll start to get a better idea of where Winfield is at with his sprained right foot on Wednesday. It would not be surprising if he missed at least one game.
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