The impromptu denial from owner Zygi Wilf of any interest in quarterback Mike Vick could be explained away as the same kind of heat-of-the-moment, knee-jerk response Wilf gave in February regarding Brett Favre, whom the team thereafter pursued like a Doberman chasing a mail truck.
But Wilf’s words were echoed (sort of) by coach Brad Childress during a Thursday press conference, who basically said that the team will apply the “love the one(s) your with” approach to its current quarterback depth chart.
V.P. of player personnel Rick Spielman was even more pointed, telling our Tom Curran (who’s in Mankato through tomorrow) that the Vikings aren’t interested in Vick.
This contradicts a report from Chris Myers of FOX Sports Radio, who said earlier today that the Vikings have been doing their homework on Vick, and that the lines of communication between the Vikings and agent Joel Segal were open.
Indeed, the Vikings have been talking regularly (we assume) with Segal, who represents receiver Percy Harvin, Minnesota’s first-round pick from the 2009 draft.
One thing we’ve learned is that things can’t be taken at face value in this business. Maybe the truth is that the Vikings decided to do some due diligence on Vick — and to pull the plug and claim no interest in him if word leaked before the Vikings could make a final decision on whether to sign him to a contract.