The Vikings probably weren't cheering for the Seattle Seahawks
Sunday. It wasn't because of any personal animosity, although the Seattle franchise has seemed to hold a grudge against the Vikings (or just really value their offensive talent). But ever since the Vikings introduced the NFL world to the business phrase "poison pill" with a contract agreement that brought Steve Hutchinson
to the Vikings, a steady stream of Vikings players have wound up in Seattle.
That's not why the Vikings front office might have been cheering against the Seahawks. As part of the Percy Harvin
trade, the Vikings will receive Seattle's third-round pick to complete the compensation Seattle had to give Minnesota as part of the deal – and it became the 96th pick overall.
Given Seattle's record, even had the Seahawks lost in the NFC Championship Game to San Francisco, the pick would have moved up only to No. 94, but, No. 96 was the worst the pick could have possibly been.
While the St. Louis Rams
sit back laughing that they got the gift of the second overall pick in the draft from Washington thanks to the final element of the Robert Griffin
III draft swap, the Vikings sit back at the opposite end of the spectrum.
The only unknown in the Harvin trade was where would the third-round pick in 2014 end up? Now we know. It couldn't have been any worse.
It didn't get a lot of mainstream press over Super Bowl week, but the NFL took its first step to allowing variable ticket pricing. VTP allows teams to alter single-game ticket prices depending on the opponent. The other three major sports have such packages, which is why it costs more to get the same seat against the New York Yankees as it would against the Houston Astros. One can only imagine what the price of Packers tickets might be if teams started adopting the plan. The same would go for the Cowboys and any hot division rivalry games, the Steelers-Ravens, etc.
We will find out this week if Matt Cassel will be returning to the Vikings … at least whether he's returning at the price agreed upon in the contract he signed last March. A proviso in the deal allows Cassel to opt out of the second year of the contract by this Friday. We may get the first test of the confidence Cassel has in the Norv Turner offense and what it could mean for him. However, he may opt out of the deal in hopes of getting a better-paying deal – even if it's from the Vikings.
The noise heard in downtown Minneapolis Sunday was the explosion that marked the latest stage of the new Vikings stadium construction. The cables installed to hold up the Metrodome roof were severed with explosives Sunday, giving a much more gutted look to the Metrodome site.
Vegas is taking a cautious approach with the 2014 Vikings. Only league laughingstocks Oakland and Jacksonville are bigger underdogs in 2014 than the Vikings with the Las Vegas Hotel. Minnesota is at 100:1 to win next year's Super Bowl. Oakland and Jacksonville are generously given 200:1 odds. The Vikings are a clear-cut No. 3 in terms of expectations. The next-lowest odds were set at 60:1 – and shared by Buffalo, New York Jets, Tennessee and Cleveland. So much for high hopes from the boys on The Strip. Gambling site Bovada.lv placed the Vikings in a three-way tie at 75:1, with only Jacksonville worse at 100:1.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.
The Vikings' only extra pick in this year's draft (at least at this point) turned out to be as low as it could be (No. 96 overall) because of Seattle winning the Super Bowl. The pick was the final piece of the Percy Harvin trade.
The Vikings' only extra pick in this year's draft (from the Percy Harvin trade) is set at No. 96.