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Published: Friday, March 9, 2001

---------------------------------------------------------------------- -- Charley Walters Staff columnist ---------------------------------------------------------------------- --


Bucs could afford to add Steussie

Pioneer Press

If Todd Steussie is released by the Vikings, it wouldn't be a surprise if he ends up signing with Tony Dungy's Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Tampa can afford a $6 million signing bonus for Steussie and annual salaries averaging at least $5 million, amounts the Vikings aren't willing to pay because of salary cap constraints. Steussie would join former Vikings Pro Bowl offensive linemen Randall McDaniel and Jeff Christy as well as former Vikings Pro Bowl quarterback Brad Johnson. Acquiring Steussie also would make Tampa Bay the NFC Super Bowl favorite. Also with Tampa Bay from the Vikings are Monte Kiffin (defensive coordinator), Chris Foerster (offensive line coach) and Mark Asanovich (strength coach). Dungy is a former Vikings defensive coordinator.

* Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss, who played several days in last summer's high-caliber Los Angeles pro-am basketball league, was nearly set to play for the Harlem Globetrotters in a March 30 game at Target Center against a team of National Association of Basketball Coaches all-stars. The word is he changed his mind because of tender ribs. Players for the game against the Globetrotters will be chosen by coaches Kelvin Sampson of Oklahoma and Pat Kennedy of DePaul. If Tom Izzo's Michigan State team isn't in the NCAA Final Four at the Metrodome, he will coach the all-stars. The Trotters' 6-foot-5 Michael ``Wild Thing'' Wilson, who last year set a world record with a 12-foot vertical dunk, will attempt to surpass that mark and will be challenged by players from the NABC team, which could include Terrance Simmons of the University of Minnesota.

* Look for the Vikings to hire Steven Flye, a computer consultant from Fairborn, Ohio, to replace computer whiz Mike Eayrs, who resigned this week to join the Green Bay Packers.

* Quarterback Chris Weinke of Florida State and St. Paul was measured at 6-4 1/2 and 226 pounds at the recent NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis.

* Bonuses received by Vikings players last year that count on the team's salary cap: Bubby Brister, $25,000; David Dixon, $54,000; Moss, $50,000; Dwayne Rudd, $25,000; Robert Tate, $25,000;

-- Mark (Karch, March 09, 2001


"Acquiring Steussie also would make Tampa Bay the NFC Super Bowl favorite".

As far as I'm concerned they already ARE the favorites.

Link to opening and current odds according to Las Vegas Sports Consultants

-- Clark (, March 09, 2001.

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