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Thursday, April 22, 2010
Jets stole Wilson from Vikings

By Rich Cimini

About five minutes before he was selected by the Jets, Boise State CB Kyle Wilson received a phone call from the Vikings. Made sense, considering the Vikings owned the 30th pick, one spot behind the Jets.

"I don't know if they were trying to hold me on the line, but I got a call, and then somehow the phone hung up," Wilson told New York reporters on a conference call.

Maybe the Vikings hung up when the Jets chose him at No. 29. What transpired seems rather obvious: The Vikings wanted him and, when they couldn't get him, they traded out of the 30th spot, working a deal with the Lions. The Lions took Cal RB Jahvid Best in that slot.

If the Jets stole Wilson from the Vikings, it wouldn't be the first time that happened in a Jets-Vikings situation. Let's go back to 2004. Antoine Winfield was a free agent and the Jets put on the hard sell. They had him in their facility, even had him wearing a Jets jersey as the agent and team officials finalized a contract. It was a done deal. Then, just like that, he was gone.

Then-Vikings coach Mike Tice arranged for a private jet to fly to Long Island, pick up Winfield and fly him to Minnesota, where he ended up signing a blockbuster contact. Wilson hasn't reached Winfield's stature, but maybe all these years later, the Jets finally got some revenge.