...and a little update on the situation:
MANKATO -- The Vikings celebrated Friday when first-round draft pick Kevin Williams put his signature on a five-year contract and reported to training camp on time.
They were upset, however, when fourth-round pick Onterrio Smith rejected a revised contract proposal and appeared headed for an unprecedented holdout Friday night.
Smith, among the tailback candidates to replace injured starter Michael Bennett, is believed to be seeking escalators that would pay him close to first-round money should he win the starting job.
UH-OH! Looks like things are going to be a little bumpy, which could SERIOUSLY hurt Smith's chances. Tice is already pissed off, and looks at it like Onterrio has already missed 15 days of practice (has something to do with rookies and unsigned players not being able to practice until they graduate or finals are taken, which made Onterrio miss 14 previous days). If Onterrio misses much more time, he will be declared a non-starter to start the season, and be in Tice's doghouse. If Chapman and Moe do well, Smith may never get much of a chance.
Onterrio and Moe were both drafted in one league, leaving the #1 RB on the Vikings depth chart a Free Agent. I took a flyer on Doug Chapman, and you might want to think about it if he is on your wire. He could be the starting RB on one of the top rushing teams last year, and whose O-line is better this year. Moe will likely get the goal line love, but Chapman could still be a viable back-up, possibly a serviceable 2nd or 3rd RB.
The meek ain't gonna inherit $#!%....'cuz I'll TAKE IT!