July 23, 1992
All-Pro safety Joey Browner failed to pass his physical because of a shoulder injury and was cut by the Minnesota Vikings. The 32-year-old Browner, who was to be paid about $1 million this year under a non-guaranteed contract, followed Herschel Walker, Keith Millard and Wade Wilson as highly paid veterans to leave the Vikings since the end of last season. A first-round draft choice out of USC, Browner played in six consecutive Pro Bowls and made the All-Pro team three times.
March 17, 1992 |
Tailback Roger Craig, left unprotected as a Plan B free agent by the Raiders, is expected to sign today with the Minnesota Vikings. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that Craig has agreed to a two-year contract worth about $800,000 per season. Craig signed with the Raiders in 1991 after eight seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. He led the Raiders with 590 yards, but was slowed by numerous injuries. Craig averaged only 3.5 yards per carry and did not play in the team's final two games.
January 6, 1992 |
People who complain about Herschel Walker's performance on the football field this season overlook the fact that, out of loyalty to the Minnesota Vikings, he gave up a guaranteed berth on the U.S. Olympic bobsled team. Granted, his seven-figure contract to play football probably played a role in his decision. Nevertheless, it is a fact Walker was the third-fastest brakeman in the U.S.
November 27, 1992 |
In his journey toward what he calls "the pinnacle," Dennis Green has walked through a maze, over hills and around roadblocks and finally into the arms of the Minnesota Vikings. It took him 21 years to get to Minneapolis. Then it took him about 21 days to make sure the trip would be worth it. The result? In a startling turnaround, Green's Vikings are leading the NFC Central Division with an 8-3 record as they go into Sunday's game against the Rams.
January 2, 1993 |
When Mark Rypien and the Washington Redskins came to this chilly city last January, they won a Super Bowl and Rypien won the MVP trophy. Things have not gone so well since, for Rypien or the Redskins, who are still playing only because of good luck and the kindness of Vikings.
February 13, 1990
Offensive coordinator Tom Moore of the Pittsburgh Steelers was hired by the Minnesota Vikings as assistant head coach.