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Sports comment — Vikings’ motto safeties first

You have to give the Vikings credit on one count, they do know how to stockpile safeties.

On Wednesday the team signed Mike Doss, formerly of the Indianapolis Colts.

For those of you keeping score at home, this gives the Vikings five safeties. Besides Doss, they also have Darren Sharper and Dwight Smith, the starters a year ago, second-year man Greg Blue plus Tank Williams, who missed all of last year with an injury.

Doss also missed much of last season with a knee injury. That’s one reason the quality player became a free agent and was able to join the Vikings.

But while the Vikings have great depth at the position, they also figure to have a surplus. If they are all healthy, five safeties are just too many for one team to carry. Unless one can be moved to cornerback, all five are unlikely to play for the Vikings in 2007. Sharper, whose production dropped off in 2006, or Smith could be candidates to be cut.

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While the Vikings have to be commended for upgrading their roster, one has to wonder why they couldn’t make a bigger splash at a position of weakness, like wide receiver.

Guy N. Limbeck

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