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Vikings News: Gordon Signs, Birk Negotiating, Sage a Done Deal(?)

A couple of Vikings notes here this evening, as we now sit about 48 hours away from the official start of free agency.  Closer to 51 hours from the time I type this, to be exact.

The Vikings have signed cornerback Charles Gordon to a 1-year contract extension, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.  Gordon was the Vikings' nickel corner before he got his ankle ripped to shreds against the Green Bay Packers at the Metrodome in November.  The deal is a pretty good bargain for the Vikings, as Gordon is only set to make $530,000 next season, but that number could reach the million dollar plateau if Gordon meets certain playing time marks and performance incentives.  With the way Gordon had performed prior to his injury, here's hoping that he recovers enough to make himself a millionaire in 2009.

In a somewhat surprising development, the Vikings are apparently working to bring back center Matt Birk.  I, personally, thought it was a foregone conclusion that Birk was going to be heading somewhere else for the 2009 season, but it appears that there has been renewed interest from both sides to get a deal done.  I'm not sure if Vick is giving the Vikings a hometown discount or what the situation is, but it will be interesting to see if the teams can get a deal in place before 11 PM Eastern time on Friday.

I'm not sure how excited I am for this to happen, if it does.  Birk is getting up in age, and while he's still one of the better centers in the league, there's always the fear in the back of your mind that he's starting to slip a bit.  But if the Vikings think he can still get the job done, then I'm not going to argue too loudly about it.

Also, the Houston Chronicle is reporting that Sage Rosenfels to the Vikings is pretty much a done deal, as the Beloved Purple will send their 4th round selection to Houston for the veteran signal caller.  As lame as this sounds, I'm still not sure whether to be excited about this or not, either.  On one hand, yeah, the Vikings are trying to do something about their quarterback situation.  On the other hand. . .Sage Rosenfels?  Really?  More thoughts on this over the next couple of days for sure.

That's all for tonight, folks. . .continue enjoying the rest of your Tuesday evening, and we'll see you back here tomorrow as free agency gets closer and closer!