Catching Up: Harvin's Migraines; Edwards' Gripe; Jimmy Clausen

Three items for a fine Sunday afternoon:

Via the Star-Trib: Percy Harvin says he’s still having migraines, and probably will forever.

Speaking of headaches: Ray Edwards is unhappy about his contract situation, and has begun using those phrases pro athletes always employ when they are cheesed at the team but want to seem diplomatic. Phrases like, “I want to get paid what’s fair. If it’s here or somewhere else.” Of course it’s not the Vikings‘ fault the CBA expired, leaving guys like Edwards to endure restricted free agency in a year when they were originally set to enjoy the unrestricted variety. The Vikings are simply playing the system as it’s set up for this year: using the $2.5 million first-round tender on Edwards in the belief that no team would be silly enough to give up a first-round pick for him. Now Edwards can either sign the tender, taking much less money than he would’ve gotten as a UFA, or sit out. The Vikes can opt to negotiate a long-term contract with Edwards but, really, what incentive is there for them to do that? Clearly, they are not sure about Edwards as their starting left end of the future. Had they been so, they would’ve given Edwards a long-term deal before he became a free agent, the same as they did with Antoine Winfield, Pat Williams and Kevin Williams. Edwards can gripe all he wants, but, he has zero leverage. A couple good playoff games isn’t enough to make the team suddenly think you’re Chris Doleman.

Third item: Fun with mock drafts…like the Sporting News one that has the Vikings taking Jimmy Clausen. The logic here being that, with the Redskins trading for Donovan McNabb, Clausen may now be looking at a long tumble down the draft. Clausen is an intriguing prospect and the Vikings should take him if he’s there, even if, technically, they have bigger “needs.”

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  • Mike

    If the Vikings must draft a QB, Clausen would be the best they could do. Unfortunately, Chilly seems intent on Tebow. The mastermind has spotted another diamond in the rough that he can mold like a piece of clay, like T-Jack. Heaven help us!

  • http://MSN Diradin

    Can we cut the crap about Minnesota drafting a QB with their 1 round pick, the need positions are CB,DT,ILB,S, and with Hicks gone backup and maybe a starting Guard is a need spot, Big Hutch isn’t getting any younger and Herrera got worked by Harris on more than one play or too. Focus on which corner is the best fit for the VIKS defense, Brian Price is a Pat Williams clone, very strong, quick up the field, a run stopping tank, plus PAC 10 Defensive Player of the Year. Does that make a difference, well Griffin DE at USC should go in the 1st round, which player is better. The player are there the Vikings 1st & 2nd pick should on “D” and no Taylor Mays isn’t one of them. Viking 4ever

  • Mike

    Taylor Mays would be an absolute steal for the Vikings. Yahoo Sports is reporting Taylor Mays is drawing comparisons to Troy Polamalu, another former USC safety who heard some last-second nitpicking. Some evaluators questioned whether Polamalu’s instincts were good enough for the NFL. Polamalu also had only one interception his senior year. Mays was not expected to get a lot of interceptions where they put him in the defense. He played the deep routes. He was expected to keep the big plays from happening and he did. But in the NFL safeties get paid to get interceptions. He started trying to do that at the Senior Bowl and had an interception. It started to pay off form him once he started to look for the ball.

  • http://MSN Diradin

    Polamalu was a play maker & a hard hitter, in SC’s games last season everybody was looking for T. Mays too make the game changing play when SC needed it he didn’t, he’s not a hard hitter, when did try to lay the wood, he ended up on his ass, or hit the guy 5 yards out of bounce when he wasn’t looking, Roy Williams, Mr. Ronnie Lott hard hitters, both strong safties do you see Mays as a srong safty? didn’t think so. He has the instincts of an average college player, stiff hipps, plus he did get beat deep & couldn’t stop the run, SC’s defensive line wasn’t the same as in years past, to cover-up a weak secondary. he should go in the 2nd round too
    Green Bay so A.P. can run over him All Day! Viking 4 ever