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NFL | R. Smith could be a candidate for PA executive job

Thu, 21 Aug 2008 12:19:03 -0700

Adam Schefter, of the NFL Network, reports former NFL RB Robert Smith could be a candidate for the NFL Players Association's executive director position.

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Vikings | R. Smith Headed to ESPN

Thu, 29 Sep 2005 20:37:44 -0700

The Star Tribune reports former Minnesota Vikings RB Robert Smith signed a one-year contract this week with ESPN that contains an option for another year, which can be exercised by the network. Smith's initial focus will be college football. He will be on ESPNews Thursday, Sept. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 1 and also could contribute to "College Game Day" from the network's studios in Bristol, Conn.

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NFL | R. Smith Admits Marijuana Usage During NFL Tenure

Fri, 19 Aug 2005 10:12:57 -0700

ESPNews reports former NFL RB Robert Smith admits that he smoked marijuana during his NFL tenure and said that he still uses it on occasion.

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NFL | Former Viking R. Smith Discusses Retirement

Thu, 15 Jul 2004 21:13:52 -0700

According to Vikings.com, former Minnesota Vikings RB Robert Smith decided to retire from the NFL following his most productive professional season in order to avoid further injury and because he felt the team was headed in the wrong direction. "It's tough to say good-bye to that game at any time I'm sure, but especially after your best season," Smith said. "With the possibly of a big contract, all those kind of things, there were more reasons for me to leave the game at that point than to stay around from the possibility of injuring myself again. To I think the situation of the team in Minnesota, I think the team was falling apart, basically. I think a lot of players were leaving and the prospects weren't looking that great for the next years. I thought it would be better to get out of there." Smith is currently working on his first novel titled "The Rest of the Iceberg." No release date has been set.

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NFL | NFLPA Notes

Fri, 22 Mar 2002 15:25:30 -0800

Associated Press reports Oakland Raiders DE Trace Armstrong was re-elected as president of the National Football League Players Association. Brian Mitchell (Eagles), Robert Griffith (Browns), Troy Vincent (Eagles), Kevin Mawae (Jets) and Ernie Conwell (Rams) were elected to the executive committee. They will take vacancies filled by retired players Robert Smith, Lester Archambeau, Eugene Robinson, Mike Tomzak and Nolan Harrison. Executive committee members Ray Brown (49ers), Jason Belser (Chiefs), Robert Porcher (Lions), Tim Brown (Raiders) and Eddie George (Titans) were also re-elected. Player dues were increased from $5,000 to $10,000. The board also passed a resolution requiring any player going into the draft to wait at least 30 days before terminating a written agreement with an agent. Any agent who tampers with a player during that period will be subject to union discipline.

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Vikings | Closing off Robert Smith's Career

Mon, 18 Mar 2002 21:26:01 -0800

Closing off an old story, the Star-Tribune reports former Minnesota Vikings RB Robert Smith, who retired after the 2000 season, said he wanted to walk away from the game under his own power -- not limp away down the road. Smith said he cannot imagine playing again and will have a book out in the next five or six months. In regards to the speculation that he had problems with his teammates, Smith said that wasn't an issue although he did have a few "run-ins" with Randy Moss.

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Packers | Green Goes Back To Back

Sun, 09 Dec 2001 18:20:14 -0800

Bob Foltman reports for the Chicago Tribune Green Bay Packers RB Ahman Green became the team's first running back to have back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons since Jim Brockington in 1971-73. Green was the first back to gain more than 100 yards against the Chicago Bears since Minnesota's Robert Smith broke loose for 170 on Oct. 15, 2000, a span of 20 games.

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Vikings | Bennett Update

Sun, 26 Aug 2001 06:09:13 -0700

The Pioneer Press reports the Minnesota Vikings continue to be impressed by rookie RB Michael Bennett. The coaching staff is thrilled with Bennett's athleticism and level of preparedness. Offensive coordinator Sherman Lewis said Bennett rarely makes mistakes, despite the team's playbook being more complicated than his college playbook. "He's ready to play," Lewis said of Bennett. "He's going to make some mistakes, and we know that. There'll be some growing pains." Vikings coach Dennis Green said Bennett is further along at running back as a rookie than Robert Smith was in 1993.

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Ravens | Pass On Rhett | Another Run At Smith?

Tue, 21 Aug 2001 22:14:10 -0700

The Washington Post reports free agent RB Errict Rhett took a physical with the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday. However, the the team decided not to sign him. SVP of football operations Ozzie Newsome is expected to make one more pitch to retired Minnesota Vikings RB Robert Smith about joining the Ravens.

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Ravens | Smith Not Interested

Sat, 18 Aug 2001 08:14:19 -0700

The Baltimore Sun reports Baltimore Ravens head coach Brian Billick called retired RB Robert Smith to see if he'd be interested in coming out of retirement to join the team. Smith gave him the expected response by declining the offer.

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Ravens | RB Notes

Tue, 14 Aug 2001 22:50:44 -0700

The Baltimore Sun reports the Baltimore Ravens have also decided not to pursue free agent RB Errict Rhett, in addition to the previously reported Chris Warren. The team will sit pat for two weeks and then possibly pursue a RB already in training camp with a team. Also, coach Brian Billick denied an earlier report he contacted retired RB Robert Smith. "I have not talked to Robert Smith," Billick said. "I would love to have Robert Smith. But I have not talked to Robert Smith." RB Terry Allen, who recently signed, practiced for the first time but only in non-contact drills. He fumbled his first carry.

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Ravens | Say Hello To Smith

Mon, 13 Aug 2001 20:23:56 -0700

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports Baltimore Ravens coach Brian Billick has contacted former Minnesota Vikings RB Robert Smith about playing for the Ravens. Billick believes the retired Smith is finished with football.

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Vikings | Chamberlain Has Team Excited

Fri, 06 Jul 2001 13:30:25 -0700

Bill Williamson, of the Pioneer Press, reports for the Sporting News that Minnesota Vikings TE Byron Chamberlain may have a big role in the Vikings' game plan this year. Offensive coordinator Sherman Lewis loves using the tight end in his attack and the team is excited about Chamberlain's potential. They may design short- to mid-range routes for Chamberlain this season as they'll be looking for a new way to get first-downs with RB Robert Smith retired.

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Vikings | Robert Smith the Author?

Sun, 03 Jun 2001 21:45:20 -0700

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports former Minnesota Vikings RB Robert Smith said he's contemplating writing a book. Smith said he'll have a lot of things to say but isn't ready just yet. He's still trying to figure out what to do with his life now that football is over. He said that pretty much the only certainty in his future is that he won't be returning to the field.

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Vikings | Wait and See on Free Agents

Fri, 01 Jun 2001 11:57:47 -0700

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports the Minnesota Vikings plan to sit back and wait in terms of the second-phase of free agency. The team doesn't have much room under the salary cap right now but will gain more when RB Robert Smith officially files his retirement paper work with the league. However, most of the additional money gained will go towards the signing of draft picks.

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Vikings | Green Likes His Picks

Mon, 23 Apr 2001 02:24:25 -0700

Sid Hartman reports for the Star Tribune Minnesota Vikings coach Dennis Green likes his draft picks in the 2001 NFL Draft. He felt he added the defensive player and running back he wanted. Green is convinced that first-round draft choice Michael Bennett will be a good replacement for retired RB Robert Smith. Green received good reports on DE Willie Howard of Stanford from former assistant and current Stanfordf coach Tyrone Willingham. Green believes that third-round draft choice Eric Kelly could be a starting cornerback. Right now it appears the Vikings got three top players in the first three rounds and some others who can contribute in the remaining rounds.

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Browns | Team Notes

Sun, 08 Apr 2001 06:42:29 -0700

The Canton Repository reports the Cleveland Browns had planned to make a serious run at RB Robert Smith, who would have been a free agent had he decided not retired earlier this year. The Browns officials do not believe Smith will come out of retirement and they've all but crossed him off their board. Speaking of free agents, Carmen Policy stated the team isn't likely to sign any more starters from the free agency pool before the draft. In other news, the team continues to throw out mixed signals on the draft as many teams do at this time of year.

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Vikings | Chapman in the Drivers Seat?

Mon, 02 Apr 2001 16:04:14 -0700

SportsLine.com's Len Pasquarelli reports Minnesota Vikings RB Doug Chapman appears to be the man to beat for the starting tailback position this year. RB Moe Williams is also in the mix. Head coach Dennis Green continues to state he's not going to hit the panic button and try to find another back to replace Robert Smith, who retired earlier this year.

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Vikings | Moss Update

Fri, 30 Mar 2001 02:03:18 -0800

The Star Tribune reports Minnesota Vikings WR Randy Moss has not changed his stance on the comments he made about the team after their loss in the NFC Championship game. "Whatever comes out of my mouth," Moss said, "I mean it." In an interview Thursday night, Moss reiterated his doubts about his future and that of the Vikings. He openly questioned whether the defense has improved, said he thought the retirement of RB Robert Smith could open up the offense and he downplayed comments from OT Todd Steussie who just signed with Carolina. Steussie had criticized Moss after the Giants loss. The Vikings could fire up talks on a long-term deal with Moss later this summer, but it is not a certainty at this point.

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Vikings | News & Notes

Tue, 27 Mar 2001 21:15:29 -0800

The Star Tribune reports Minnesota Vikings coach Dennis Green said earlier today the team is done in the free agency market, calling it a "very successful" period for the team. He threw out hints the team will address its needs in the defensive backfield through the NFL Draft. After their most recent signings the team is reportedly about 3 million below the salary cap, enough money to sign their draft picks. The Vikings should also realize another $3.117 million after June 1, when RB Robert Smith is expected to file his retirement papers. The team also announced the official signing of DE Lance Johnstone and the re-signing of DE Fernando Smith.

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Vikings | Team Notes

Mon, 19 Mar 2001 23:47:59 -0800

According to Don Banks of CNN/SI, a Minnesota Vikings spokesperson said, despite earlier reports, the team does not consider free agent RB Adrian Murrell (Washington) the likely replacement for retired RB Robert Smith. Murrell is just one name among the veteran RB possibilities being considered, for now. Given their cap situation Moe Williams and Doug Chapman, as previously reported, could head into training camp as their top two RBs. As expected, free agent DT Chester McGlockton (Chiefs) and DE Keith Washington (Ravens) visited the Vikings on Monday. Minnesota is not expected to make a quick move to sign McGlockton because there are a lot of free agent defensive tackles available. Denver may no longer be interested in McGlockton given their pending deal with Lett, but that is not for certain.

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Vikings | Team Notes

Sun, 18 Mar 2001 13:43:10 -0800

The Pioneer Press reports the Minnesota Vikings chances of landing a new stadium doesn't look good. In other news, free agent RB Adrian Murrell (Redskins) reportedly may be the team's best replacement for retired Robert Smith. There is speculation the Vikings may turn to free agent OL Kris Farris to help their problems on the offensive line. Farris, drafted by the Steelers, has missed the last two years with an ankle injury.

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Vikings | More On Griffith

Wed, 28 Feb 2001 00:10:01 -0800

According to Don Banks of CNN/SI, Minnesota Vikings S Robert Griffith has moved closer to a contract restructure with the team. Griffith has agreed to cooperate with the Vikings and allow them to add multiple voidable years to the end of his contract. There remains one sticking point to a new deal, Griffith wants a guarantee that Minnesota won't tag him with either its franchise or transition player label when he is eligible for free agency after this season. The Vikings did that exact thing with RB Robert Smith in 1998 and later regretted doing so. If the deal is finalized, none of the terms of Griffith's contract this season will change and he will not receive a signing bonus as part of any extension.

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Vikings | More On the Cap

Wed, 21 Feb 2001 08:37:20 -0800

As a follow up to last night's report, Bill Williamson reports for the Pioneer Press the Minnesota Vikings have agreed in principle on a deal that would save the Vikings about $1 million in salary cap room this season with OT Korey Stringer. It is believed Stringer's restructuring affects only this season's pay. Agents for S Robert Griffith and OG David Dixon confirmed they have begun preliminary talks about restructuring their client's contracts. RB Robert Smith's agent, Neil Cornrich, dropped hints Smith would delay his retirement until after June 1 to help the team's cap situation.

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Vikings | Team Notes

Thu, 15 Feb 2001 21:57:25 -0800

The Star-Tribune reports Minnesota Vikings OL Corbin Lacina would like to re-sign with the team, but the team's salary cap situation may prevent it. Reportedly Arizona, San Diego and Pittsburgh are interested in signing Lacina if he's not back in Minnesota. Lacina said he would take less money from the Vikings. Lacina's replacement would likely be Chris Liwienski. Intersting note on the Robert Smith retirement is he reportedly told a teammate after a playoff loss in 1999 that 2000 would be his last season. He reportedly told the unnamed teammate, "Next year will be my last chance to win the Super Bowl because after that I'm going to retire." Of course a knee injury followed by surgery did not help Smith's situation.

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Vikings | Team Notes

Wed, 14 Feb 2001 07:50:27 -0800

Bill Williamson reports for the Pioneer Press the Minnesota Vikings have signed RB Marvin Welch. He was in training camp with the team last season, but he was released before the season started. According to an NFL spokesman, because RB Robert Smith was to become a free agent, he doesn't have any ties to the Vikings if he decided to return to the league and thus he'd be a free agent. Some close to Smith say although highly unlikely, he could return and become a free agent. "It's a possibility that Robert could return, but I'd be surprised," said his agent, Neil Cornrich. Smith plans on staying active in the NFLPA where he is a member of the executive council.

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Bears | Team Notes

Tue, 13 Feb 2001 07:21:30 -0800

The Sun Times reports the Chicago Bears, looking for another RB, may need to turn to the NFL draft and not free agency. The retirement of Robert Smith and the Bengals transition tagging of Corey Dillon has limited the Bears free agent possibilities. Jerome Bettis is close to re-signing with the Steelers too, making the 49ers Charlie Garner and the Giants Tiki Barber the best available running backs when free agency opens March 2. However, Barber may re-sign with the Giants and despite Garner's agent saying his client has an interest in Chicago, Garner is not thought to be high on the Bears list. James Allen and Marlon Barnes 1-2 on the depth chart and the Bears want to add a third back. As previously reported, Curtis Enis appears to be on his way out of Chicago. The Bears may not take a RB with their #8 pick in the draft.

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Vikings | Team Notes

Sun, 11 Feb 2001 15:09:20 -0800

Bill Williamson of the Pioneer Press reports for the Sporting News although the Minnesota Vikings are not one of the teams that have already contacted agent Eric Metz about TE Mark Chmura, they may enter the scene if Chmura's price tag is small. The Vikings have a lot of salary issues to deal with before they start looking to sign new players. Chmura played under Vikings offensive coordinator Sherman Lewis when he held that position in Green Bay, and Chmura thrived. Chmura would be an excellent option to offset star WRs Randy Moss and Cris Carter in the Vikings offense. One RB to keep an eye on as a potential replacement for Robert Smith is Seattle's Ricky Watters. He is an expert in the Vikings West Coast offense system and reportedly Seattle will take a third-round draft pick for Watters - if they shop him around the league.

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Vikings | Various Notes

Sun, 11 Feb 2001 12:24:14 -0800

According to the Pioneer Press, the Minnesota Vikings are prepared to introduce a stadium bill in the current Minnesota legislative session. The team is looking for to obtain financing in a manner that's the least objectionable. A spokesperson said a rejection of the bill does not equal relocation for the team. There is some speculation FS Orlando Thomas could be released within a few months so the team can save a big hit against the cap. The Pioneer Press tried to reach RB Robert Smith and he would not talk with them. Reportedly, Smith has not yet talked to coach Dennis Green about his retirement.

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Vikings | More on Smith

Sat, 10 Feb 2001 11:06:21 -0800

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, former Vikings RB Robert Smith's retirement may have come primarily because of his recent knee surgery. RB Moe Williams, Smith's friend and teammate, stated Smith's knee was in a lot worse shape than expected and the surgery was not simply a scope to clean it up.

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49ers | More On Garner

Fri, 09 Feb 2001 20:21:20 -0800

David Moore reports for Fox Sports agent Scott Crawford, representing San Francisco 49ers RB Charlie Garner, is keeping the line of communication open and repotedly spoke with San Francisco VP John McVay and assistant GM Terry Donahue earlier this week. Neither side is confident that will continue. Crawford has already proposed a long-term deal to the 49ers that would get Garner the average of $4.5 - $5 million he seeks yet count just $2.5 million on the cap in 2001. Crawford expects Garner to sign quickly into the free agent period and the 49ers may not have the needed cap space until June. Reportedly, Chicago, Kansas City and Carolina are three clubs that interest Garner. Now that Robert Smith has retired Minnesota may be added to the list.

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Bengals | We'll Match - To A Degree

Fri, 09 Feb 2001 10:26:39 -0800

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Bengals President Mike Brown backed down some on his earlier statement of matching any offer for free agent RB Corey Dillon. "We intend to reserve money to sign him," Brown said. "That doesn't mean if some club makes a preposterous offer to him that we'll meet it. But we don't anticipate that happening." With the retirement of RB Robert Smith, Dillon is likely the #1 free agent RB on the market. The Bengals have as much money under the $67 million salary cap as anyone in the NFL.

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Vikings | Replacing Robert

Wed, 07 Feb 2001 22:10:57 -0800

The Star Tribune reports depending what transpires in the off-season the Minnesota Vikings may go to camp next season with RBs Moe Williams and Doug Chapman as the leading contenders to replace Robert Smith. Chapman was inactive for all 16 games last season, while Williams has 69 careers carries. Early indications have the team attempting to add a veteran RB in training camp if the Williams - Chapman experiment does not work. Despite the retirement of Smith the Vikings will not have enough cap space to sign a top RB, unless they clear a lot of space. If the Vikings officially report Smith's retirement after June 1, he will count $3.117 million against the 2001 and 2002 caps. If they choose to report it immediately, he will count $6.342 million in 2001.

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Vikings | Smith Note

Wed, 07 Feb 2001 15:00:00 -0800

The Minnesota Vikings have released a statement acknowledging the retirement of RB Robert Smith, on their official team site. "We will miss Robert Smith," coach Dennis Green said in the prepared statement. "Robert has meant so much to our program as a first class young man." Smith is the owner of many Vikings team rushing records.

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Vikings | More on Smith

Wed, 07 Feb 2001 14:57:42 -0800

NFL.com reports Minnesota Vikings head coach Dennis Green spoke highly of RB Robert Smith today after being informed Smith was retiring. "He leaves the game on top," Green stated of his former running back. Smith is calling it quits at the age of 28 and following his finest year as a pro player.

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Vikings | More On Smith

Wed, 07 Feb 2001 12:19:02 -0800

As a follow up to an earlier story, the Associated Press reports Neil Cornrich, RB Robert Smith's agent, confirmed the story of Smith's retirement in an interview with Fox Sports Radio in Los Angeles. A Vikings spokesman said the team hadn't been notified of Smith's decision. Cornrich had been confident Smith would re-sign with the team. When asked about Smith's decision to walk away from a potential big time payout in free agency, Cornrich simply said, "I don't think Robert Smith is capable of making a bad decision."

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Vikings | Smith Says He's Retiring

Wed, 07 Feb 2001 11:32:47 -0800

The Cleveland Plain Dealer has confirmed to KFFL that Minnesota Vikings RB Robert Smith, who is eligible to become a free agent in a few months, has informed the paper he will indeed retire from the NFL.

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Vikings | Smith Has His Surgery

Wed, 31 Jan 2001 23:40:28 -0800

As a follow up to previously reported stories, the Star Tribune reports Minnesota Vikings RB Robert Smith had his right knee operated on by Dr. Richard Steadman on Wednesday. The arthroscopic surgery, his first since the season ended, was to remove lose particles in his knee. Steadman also cleaned up the right kneecap, but the surgery was described as minor. Team sources remained skeptical about a possible retirement by Smith. A teammate was quoted as saying Smith wants, "one more payday."

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Vikings | Team Notes

Wed, 31 Jan 2001 07:42:34 -0800

The Pioneer Press reports Minnesota Vikings director of football administration Rob Brzezinski is still undecided on whether he'll stay with the Vikings or move to the expansion Houston Texans. If Brzezinski takes the Houston offer, it's believed he would stay to help the Vikings renegotiate contracts to get under the salary cap. Agent Neil Cornrich, representing RB Robert Smith, refused to acknowledge any talk of retirement for his client. He's focused on getting ready for the free agent period in March. Although the Vikings will push to keep him, the Cleveland Browns and New England Patriots are reportedly interested as well.

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Vikings | More on the Salary Cap Issue

Mon, 22 Jan 2001 14:06:38 -0800

The Minneapolis Star/Tribune reports the Minnesota Vikings have five veterans that take up about 45% of their 2001 salary cap: WR Cris Carter, DE John Randle, T Todd Steussie, LB Ed McDaniel and S Robert Griffith count almost $31 million against this year's cap. The team still plans to open contract extension talks with WR Randy Moss, who has another year left on his deal, and want to work out a deal with unrestricted free agent RB Robert Smith. Smith, however, could put the team in a bidding war as others will surely be interested. Long term deals for Moss and Smith could be manageable under the 2001 salary cap once the Vikings trim down some expensive players.

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Vikings | Team Notes

Tue, 16 Jan 2001 00:26:16 -0800

The Star Tribune reports Vikings RB Robert Smith will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and he will skip the Pro Bowl. Special teams player Lemanski Hall will have arthroscopic surgery on an ankle, and OG David Dixon will have surgery on his right elbow. OLT Todd Steussie may need further tests on his ankle to determine whether he needs surgery. OL Corbin Lacina will need no further tests on his sprained MCL. The team has not been requested, as of yet, to grant permission to offensive line coach Mike Tice to interview elsewhere. Owner Red McCombs threw his support behind scathing statements made by WR Randy Moss after Sunday's loss. McCombs, however, was not as firm when asked if he still planned to offer Moss a contract extension this spring or whether he could wait until after the 2001 season.

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Vikings | Looking Ahead

Sun, 14 Jan 2001 23:07:03 -0800

Kevin Seifert reports for the Star Tribune next up for the Minnesota Vikings is closure on the return on retirement of WR Cris Carter. He has maintained throughout the season that he had made a decision, but he refused to divulge it. Many within the Vikings organization expect him back. Early indications within the organization point to a minor shakeup on Dennis Green's coaching staff. The team needs to reduce their salary cap by about $20 million before the NFL's March 2 deadline. Re-signing free agent RB Robert Smith and working out a contract extension with WR Randy Moss are two key items as well. It is believed that the only Vikings assistant without a contract for 2001 is special teams coach Gary Zauner.

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Vikings | Running Game Needs A Lift | CB To Start?

Sat, 30 Dec 2000 22:13:25 -0800

The Star Tribune reports as the Minnesota Vikings prepare for their first playoff game next week, they need a lift from their stagnant running game. RB Robert Smith rushed for 122, 117, 103, 148 and 115 yards in five consecutive games in November. Since then, he has suffered from loose particles in his right knee and has rushed for 67, 26 and 37 yards in three losses that cost the Vikings the first seed in the NFC playoffs. The offensive line has taken some responsibility for the struggling running game as well. During the three game stretch, Smith's receiving totals have dropped as well. Offensive coordinator Sherman Lewis said he the running game is a big key to the team's success. All indications are that Wasswa Serwanga will continue to start ahead of Kenny Wright at cornerback in the playoffs.

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Browns | Looking Ahead

Thu, 28 Dec 2000 11:19:24 -0800

The Akron Beacon Journal reports the Cleveland Browns have targeted several positions for improvement this off-season, with the top priorities being running back, a big receiver, a run-stopping defensive tackle, an offensive lineman (or two), an outside linebacker and a cover corner. Two free agents they may look at should they come available are Robert Smith and Corey Dillon. From the college ranks Deuce McAlister may be a candidate at the #3 slot, where the Browns pick, if he is not taken #1 by the Chargers. Other college players whom the Browns might consider include Texas OT Leonard Davis, Georgia DT Richard Seymour, Michigan WR David Terrell and Michigan OL Steve Hutchinson. Another free agent in whom the Browns might have interest is Jets DT Jason Ferguson, who this week said he will not return to New York.

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Vikings | Injury Report

Thu, 21 Dec 2000 14:13:42 -0800

The Pioneer Planet reports Minnesota Vikings RB Robert Smith (knee) practiced Wednesday and is listed as probable for this weekend's game. DT Tony Williams (quadriceps) was limited in practice Wednesday and is listed as probable.

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Vikings | MRI on Smith Negative

Mon, 18 Dec 2000 16:40:34 -0800

Minnesota Vikings head coach Dennis Green, during his Monday press conference, stated RB Robert Smith's MRI on his knee was negative but there may be some loose bodies floating around. Green said the team "feels pretty good" about Smith being able to play this weekend. The team will re-evaluate S Orlando Thomas (scapula) on Wednesday.

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Vikings | Culpepper & Smith Injured

Mon, 18 Dec 2000 05:10:25 -0800

The Minneapolis Star/Tribune reports Minnesota Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper (sprained ankle) and RB Robert Smith (knee) were both scheduled for MRIs late Sunday night. There's a possibility that Smith has cartilage damage in his right knee. Both players are question marks for week seventeen.

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Vikings | Smith Running Wild

Tue, 05 Dec 2000 16:24:17 -0800

The Minneapolis Star/Tribune reports Minnestoa Vikings RB Robert Smith has stepped ahead of Colts RB Edgerrin James as the league's current leading rusher. Smith, with 1,391 yards rushing is averaging 5.5 yards per carry, which is tops amongst the league's top ten running backs so far this year. Smith also leads the league in yards from scrimmage with 1,720 yards.

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Vikings | Tidbits

Fri, 01 Dec 2000 13:25:20 -0800

The Star/Tribune reports RB Robert Smiths' 43-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter gave him seven rushing touchdowns on the season, a personal best, and put the Vikings over 300 yards in total offense for the 28th consecutive game, one shy of the NFL record set from 1949-51 by the Los Angeles Rams. Smith also surpassed 100-yards rushing for the fifth consecutive game, a Vikings record. The Oakland Press reports QB Daunte Culpepper rushed six times for 25 yards, giving him 391 yards this season. That set a Vikings record for rushing yards by a QB. The Vikings are now 9-0 when leading after three quarters and 6-0 when they score on their opening drive of the game. They did both Thursday.

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Vikings | Smith Honored

Thu, 30 Nov 2000 13:35:19 -0800

The Star-Tribune reports Minnesota Vikings RB Robert Smith has been named the NFC's Offensive Player of the month for November. Smith has rushed for 490 yards, two TDs and has caught 10 passes for 183 yards and 3 TDs.

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