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Thursday, February 21, 2008


In his second offseason with the Vikings, vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman said today that the team remains committed to building through the draft. But with an expected $30 million in cap space, he said they also could be a bigger player in free agency.

"If there are some blue-chip type players out there, we'll try to do everything to take a swing at them if we can," he said. "Regardless of position."

Speaking to Twin Cities reporters on opening day of the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, Spielman said the Vikings' first priority this week is to meet with agents for each of their nine unrestricted free agents.

That doesn't mean the team has or will make contract offers to all nine, but Spielman said the Vikings haven't closed the door on any of them.

"We never write anyone off," he said.

The Vikings released veteran safety Dwight Smith on Wednesday and Spielman said there could be some more roster moves before free agency opens Feb. 29.

He shed no light on the future of wide receiver Troy Williamson, who is under contract but could be headed elsewhere after three disappointing seasons.

"We're still in the talking process," Spielman said. "We have no comment on where he's going or what's going to happen to him right now. There's a lot of yet-to-be-determines."


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