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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Childress: Trade not imminent

The Vikings have heard from a number of teams regarding a possible trade for wide receiver Troy Williamson, but coach Brad Childress said nothing is imminent.

"Not imminent, no," Childress said.

Williamson's agent, David Canter, said Friday that he hoped to complete a trade before the end of the NFL scouting combine Tuesday, but Childress wouldn't speculate on the chances of that happening.

"I don't have any way of knowing that," he said. "I don't know who specifically he's talked to exactly. I have ideas, but just because he's talked doesn't necessarily constitute a deal."

Canter was out of town today to attend a player's wedding but said Friday that he had heard from 9-12 teams that are interested in Williamson and that there had been trade discussions with "at least five teams."

Childress said there has been "nothing substantive" to this point.

Asked if the Vikings are in any rush to complete a trade by Tuesday, he said: "(We're) not. If that's the case, that's OK as well."

Childress did confirm Canter's statement that the Vikings have no plans to release Williamson. So any team waiting around for that to happen is in for a long wait.

"I have no motivation to release him, just like I have no motivation to release him right now," Childress said. "There's no sense in that."

Notes: The agent for safety Mike Doss said today that he definitely will hit the free-agent market and Childress confirmed it, calling it a mutual decision.


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