The Athletic Reporter
September 12, 2005 Sports News the Way You Want It. Completely Made Up. Issue 127
Vikings Shore Up Defense, Will Still Suck
Originally posted 4/8/2003

New bad Vikings (from left) Walker, Claiborne and Lyon
EDEN PRAIRIE, MN - The Minnesota Vikings made several moves this off-season to shore up a once-dominant defense that has ranked in the bottom third of the NFL for each of the last four years. Despite key free agent signings, though, the 2003 Vikings will still suck.

"We're really excited about adding [former Lions linebacker] Chris Claiborne," Vikings coach Mike Tice said this week. "He'll really strengthen that unit, with [Greg] Biekert and [Henri] Crockett right there with him. Or course, we'll still be bad."

The Vikings also re-signed defensive end Lance Johnstone and added former Packers lineman Billy Lyon and Broncos cornerback Denard Walker. None of those players will help the Vikings much, and the team will again miss the playoffs this season.

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