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Holmgren Insists Browns Weren't Duped By Vikings In Trade

It has been reported that the Vikings were bluffing about multiple teams being interested in the third overall pick.

Mike Holmgren is aware of the reports, but doesn't buy into them a few days after the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Cleveland wanted to get Trent Richardson, so they traded up to the third pick to ensure they wouldn't lose him to another team.

"Contrary to what was written and said yesterday, we had to compete," Holmgren said. "We weren't the Lone Ranger in that deal.' ... You don't want to be up there, really, but we were up there so it was very, very important who we chose there. That's why we targeted Trent. We didn't want to lose him."

Via NFL.com


Vikings May Be Leaning Towards Claiborne

The Vikings are leaning towards cornerback Marcus Claiborne with the third overall pick, according to sources.

Minnesota reportedly likes the LSU product better than USC tackle Matt Kalil.

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Source: Jerome Simpson Faces Three-Game Ban

Jerome Simpson, who agreed on Tuesday to a one-year deal with the Vikings, will be suspended for three games under the league's substance abuse policy, according to a league source.

The free-agent wide receiver had visited the Vikings and the Rams as he sought a new team.

Minnesota general manager Rick Spielman confirmed Tuesday the team's interest in Simpson, but declined to acknowledge a deal.

Via ESPN.com


Talks Heating Up For Minnesota's No. 3 Pick

The Vikings are getting a lot of calls about the third overall pick in Thursday's NFL draft.

"That front has really heated up over the last 24 hours," Rick Spielman told The Star Tribune. "And I'm sure it will continue to heat up as we head for Thursday night."

Spielman confirmed Minnesota is considering a trio of players at No. 3 -- Matt Kalil, Morris Claiborne and Justin Blackmon.

"I really believe in being patient and settling and seeing what comes to you," Spielman said. "(We're) not soliciting, going out there and making calls. There have been X amount of teams that have already started to call. Everythingís intriguing this time of year."

Via NFL.com


Frazier: Tackles Like Kalil Aren't 'Game-Changers'

The belief is that the Vikings will select Matt Kalil with the third overall pick later this week, but coach Leslie Frazier may be trying to throw teams off their trail.

"You've got to really weigh your options," Frazier said.

"Because the philosophy (in the NFL) has always been to get the game-changer. And left tackle is not necessarily the game-changer. Usually game-changers are the guys who can score you points. Receivers. Quarterbacks. So what are we measuring that left tackle against? It's a loaded debate."

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