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PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2013 1:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Felton won't be cut, but for those wondering we would lose about 1.8M in cap space by cutting him.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 27, 2013 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tom Pelissero ‏@TomPelissero 3m
Frazier says #Vikings knew before camp that Felton might be suspended. Mentions Rhett Ellison and Zach Line as candidates for bigger roles.

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Pretty much as we expected
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The NFL notified Felton it had rejected his appeal at roughly the same time it announced the suspension to the public yesterday, and the decision will cost the Pro Bowl fullback $150,000 of the $850,000 he was scheduled to make this season.

But suppose the NFL had moved quicker, levying punishment to Felton months after his arrest last summer. Maybe he doesn't catch on with the Vikings -- his fourth team in three seasons -- and sticks with the team through camp after signing with them in March. Maybe he gets a late start paving the way for Adrian Peterson to chase Eric Dickerson, and maybe his work doesn't garner enough attention to send Felton to the Pro Bowl in February. And maybe the Vikings aren't as interested in keeping Felton as they turned out to be this spring, when they made him one of the league's highest-paid fullbacks with a three-year, $7.5 million deal.

Frazier: "If something had happened sooner, maybe we would have not had the chance to get the returns we had a season ago. So hypothetically, and potentially, yes [the delay helped him]."

http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcnorth/post/_/id/60601/the-silver-lining-for-jerome-felton
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Once again, talent trumps all......
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Once again, talent trumps all......

i don't know if you're saying that a talented players gets a bye so to speak from the conduct policy, but if so, Frazier had a good explanation -

Frazier:"We had him only a few weeks when that incident occurred. We hadn't had a chance to introduce him to our culture and how we do things. The fact that it was so long ago and you look at how far he's come as a young man since then, that's what encourages us. The timing is what it is. We've seen a lot of growth. That's encouraging. I just tried to get him not to be as down and depressed as he was when we got the news and just maintain the level of consistency he has shown over the past few months: Don't let this set you back."

http://www.twincities.com/sports/ci_23955493/vikings-adrian-peterson-will-miss-jerome-felton-coach
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so he needed a culture sesson to know not to drink and drive?
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so he needed a culture sesson to know not to drink and drive?

i'd say it's more accurate to say he needed a culture session to learn he's going to lose his job if he re-offends.

the Vikings do believe in second chances if the individual warrants it, and personally i don't have a problem with that. Jerome Simpson... Jared Allen... both of those guys broke the law and potentially put others at risk of harm.

but they're showing they realize it was a dumb mistake they've learned from.
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PrplChilPill wrote:
so he needed a culture sesson to know not to drink and drive?


Sometimes yes, it takes a culture session to be more aware of knowing when you've had enough. If anyone has ever said that they never did something stupid in their twenties, they are lying to themselves and everyone.

And I believe he actually was only charged with a DUI because he refused to take the test, not because he was necessarily impaired.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

disaacs wrote:
PrplChilPill wrote:
so he needed a culture sesson to know not to drink and drive?


Sometimes yes, it takes a culture session to be more aware of knowing when you've had enough. If anyone has ever said that they never did something stupid in their twenties, they are lying to themselves and everyone.

And I believe he actually was only charged with a DUI because he refused to take the test, not because he was necessarily impaired.


If he had nothing to hide, he probably should have taken the test.

I believe in giving players second chances, in most cases. Had Felton been cut (which is what I think I wanted to happen at the time) he would never have had an opportunity to have the season he had. This incident is over a year old so this suspension really has no bearing on his future with the Vikings.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually, it's often in your best interest to refuse the field test.
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