There hasn’t been a good uniform number battle in Minnesota in a long time. Not since Donovan McNabb arrived and demanded that Chris Kluwe give up #5.
That dispute was resolved peacefully, and humorously, when Kluwe accepted a charitable donation plus five mentions of his band in the media and an ice cream cone from McNabb in exchange for the number.
Did McNabb ever give Kluwe the ice cream cone, by the way?
That was several years ago, and since then everything has been quiet on the uniform number front.
Fact is, you don’t get a lot of uniform number disputes when you don’t add a lot of established players in the offseason. But the Vikes are adding players this offseason, and a conflict was inevitable.
Well, we have our first uniform number battle of 2014.
Captain Munnerlyn has arrived on a free agent deal, and he wants the #41 he wore in Carolina. Only problem? Mistral Raymond has the number.
Munnerlyn has made preliminary (possibly joking) contact with Raymond via Twitter:
What's up bro let me get that 41 @Mistral_Raymond lol
— Captain Munnerlyn (@captain_41) March 14, 2014
How will Mistral Raymond respond?
Here’s what I do if I’m Munnerlyn: Rather than pay off Raymond right away, with dinner or a case of wine or whatever, I hold out and see if Raymond even makes the team.
There is a good chance Raymond will get cut at some point and then the number will be free. Why pay for the number when you can just sit back and wait for it to fall in your lap?
Raymond doesn’t have a lot of leverage here. He knows he’s probably on the roster bubble. So he might want to approach Munnerlyn and make an offer, hoping to score at least a nice night out.
So does Munnerlyn accept Raymond’s offer or does he call Raymond’s bluff and wait it out, saving himself the cost of a dinner?
This is way more tense than anything going on in free agency. I can barely stand it.