ST. PAUL, Minn. -- One of the new television commercials for the new-look Minnesota Vikings shows the team receptionist on the telephone. We only hear the receptionist's side of the conversation:
"Minnesota Vikings. May I help you?. . . . No, I'm sorry. Mr. Walker is pursuing other interests. . . . No, Mr. Millard is exploring an opportunity in Seattle. . . . Who? No, coach Green felt he could benefit from a change of scenery. . . . No, no. We booted his butt, too."
Whose butt got booted? It's vague in the commercial.
"Now I know who they're talking about," Wade Wilson said yesterday, after the Vikings waived him.
They could have handled it better.
Here's some background culled from several sources: The Vikings tried trading Wilson and found no takers. His $1.2 million salary and his age (33) didn't help. The Vikings asked Wilson to take a $400,000 pay cut. He refused -- at first. Then he came around and said OK, I'll play for less. On Tuesday morning, team executive Jeff Diamond told Wilson to telephone his agent, Leigh Steinberg, and they would make a deal. Several hours later, the deal was off and Wilson was waived.