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Clayton on Minnesota Vikings' offseason

Earlier this month, ESPN.com's John Clayton ranked the Detroit Lions' offseason among the best five in the NFL. This week, Clayton has another NFC North team ranked among the five worst offseasons.

The Minnesota Vikings' offseason has been the second-worst in the league, Clayton writes. An excerpt:

Little has gone right for the Vikings this offseason. Ownership swung and missed again on getting the state to support the financing of a new stadium. The team that was one play away from the Super Bowl is now one season away from exhausting its lease in the [Metrodome]. Cornerback Cedric Griffin may not be fully recovered from reconstructive knee surgery by the start of the regular season. Linebacker E.J. Henderson is coming off another surgery. Defensive tackles Pat Williams and Kevin Williams could serve four-game suspensions as a result of the StarCaps case.

There are two lines of thinking to be had here. From one side, it's only fair to note the Vikings went to overtime in the NFC Championship Game last season. They're essentially gearing up to make another run with the same team. On the other hand, many people follow the adage that suggests if you're not moving forward, you're falling behind. Clayton landed in that latter category.