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New York Jets v Pittsburgh Steelers

Mike Wallace is a very rich man. I know this seems like a very obvious statement considering the former Steeler signed a 5-year $60 million contract with the Miami Dolphins (the deal included a $11 million signing bonus and $27 million in guaranteed money).

He has so much money that he could buy and sell my existence several million times over.

That said, according to Wallace’s dad, the 26-year old wide receiver could have pocketed even more cash if he had decided to sign with the Minnesota Vikings.

“The [Vikings] had come to the point where they were telling him, ‘You don’t have to live here, just be here during the season,’ ” Wallace’s father, Mike Jr., said by phone this week. “He wanted to get out of that snow and cold weather.”

Well, I guess we learned today that sometimes money isn’t everything. We also learned that no sane human being would actively choose to live in Minnesota during the winter.

Hat-tip to the Miami Herald and PFT

Tennessee Titans v Minnesota Vikings

With the Vikings’ acquisition of veteran quarterback Matt Cassel, some assumed it meant that Minnesota’s starting QB job was open for discussion.

Head coach Leslie Frazier is not one of those people.

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Minnesota Vikings v Philadelphia Eagles

According to Tom Pelissero, the Minnesota Vikings have released cornerback Antoine Winfield. The Vikings asked Winfield to take a pay cut and Winfield decided to take his chances in free agency.


Winfield signed with Minnesota in 2004, a six-year deal. He was then extended to a new, five-year, $36 million contract in 2009. He made the Pro Bowl in 2008, 2009, and 2010 and was All-Pro in 2008. Last season, Winfield played in all 16 games while recording 71 solo tackles and three interceptions.

While Winfield is still among the league’s top tier corners, paying someone of his vintage (he’s 36) a base salary of $7.25 million in 2013 is a thing that just wasn’t happening, especially with the Vikings preparing to possibly give all of their money to a wide receiver in free agency to replace Percy Harvin. Prior to cutting Winfield the Vikings had roughly $15 million in cap room, making them eligible but doubtful contenders to sign Mike Wallace, who could command somewhere in the neighborhood of $13 million annually. Now such a big boy move is possible.

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Pittsburgh Steelers v Cincinnati Bengals

With the Vikings’ blockbuster trade of Percy Harvin on Monday, the team can now afford to go spending to fill their new receiving hole, and the Miami Dolphins believe the Vikings will try to do that spending on Mike Wallace.

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Arizona Cardinals v Minnesota Vikings

Percy Harvin is done with the Minnesota Vikings, according to the Minnesota Star Tribune’s Sid Hartman.

Hartman’s sources told him Harvin doesn’t want to play for the Vikings and wants to be traded. The former University of Florida star recorded 62 receptions, 677 receiving yards and five touchdowns in 2012.

Vikings GM Rick Spielman has made it clear he won’t trade Harvin and the team is $16 million under the salary cap.


According to multiple reports, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin is looking for a contract extension that would put him in the same contract bracket as the best wide receiver in football.

Harvin, who becomes a free agent after the 2013 season, thinks he has a special set of skills, and believes he deserves a deal similar to Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson.

While the Vikings and Harvin’s agent, Joel Segal, have yet to exchange contract proposals, it’s believed that Harvin wants money closer to what Calvin Johnson got from Detroit in 2012 (eight years, $132 million) than to Jackson or Bowe. That’s an average of $16.5 million per year compared to a little more than $11 million for Jackson and Bowe. As one person put it about Harvin, he considers himself a “special” player and executives around the league have fed that attitude by telling people close to him how difficult it is to cover Harvin.

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I’ll preface what you’re about to read with a statement that can be applied to so very many posts and topics in late February.

We’re only now beginning the season of blind hearsay and speculation, a time when smokescreens become brush fires quickly. So while there’s something of importance in anything said by a general manager, there’s also a large potential for rhetoric, and straight lying. Got that? Cool.

While keeping that little disclaimer that can be applied to every rumor from now until late April in mind, know this: Vikings general manager Rick Spielman kicked off his Scouting Combine this afternoon by again saying that, no, he’s not trading Percy Harvin.

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