Hatchette Turns Down Vikes
Matthew Hatchette
Matthew Hatchette

Posted Jun 18, 2003


Just two days after sending out indications that the Vikings were the top team on his priority list, Matthew Hatchette told the team Tuesday that he'll be signing -- with Jacksonville.

The last time Matthew Hatchette turned down a contract offer from the Vikings, it almost ended his NFL career. Tuesday, he decided to tempt fate again.

In response to reports like the one in yesterday's VU saying that the Vikings were on the top of Hatchette's list of prospective teams, he contacted the team to say he was nearing completion of a contract with the Jaguars.

From what VU has been told, the center of the decision process is that Hatchette has a better chance of getting meaningful playing time with the Jags -- known in AFC circles as Jimmy Smith & Friends. He felt he would have to compete hard in training camp with the Vikings simply to make the 53-man roster and didn't want to risk that.

VU wishes Hatchette the best -- at least better than his last decision to shy away from the Vikings.

WEDNESDAY NOTES
* The Vikings' attempts to trade C Cory Withrow have failed and, barring any late trade offer by a team in the next month or so, the Vikes are content to let him play out his contract and become a free agent.
* Former Viking Obafemi Ayanabadejo is with the Dolphins, and both he and his brother are hopeful of making the team.


Related Stories
Teams Struggle With Salary Cap
 -by VikingUpdate.com  Jun 19, 2003
Vikes Have Inside Track On Hatchette
 -by VikingUpdate.com  Jun 17, 2003
Howard All But Finished with Vikes
 -by VikingUpdate.com  Jun 4, 2003

MAGAZINE COVERAGE
Subscribe today and get a full year of Viking Update Magazine with an annual Total Access Pass.
Sign Up Today!

Upgrade Now!
Free Email Newsletter
Don't miss any news or features from VikingUpdate.com. Subscribe to our newsletter to have our newest articles emailed to you on a daily or weekly basis.
Click here for a list of all Team Newsletters.

Add Players to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite players. Click name to add to My HotList.
WR Matthew Hatchette (profile)
WR Jimmy Smith (profile)
C Cory Withrow (profile)
[View My HotList]
Add Topics to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite topics. Click link to add to My HotList.
Football > Jackson State > Alumni
Football > Minnesota
Football > Washington State > Alumni
[View My HotList]