Jason Wilde Wisconsin State Journal
Intent on further strengthening their improved defense while simultaneously weakening their rivals, the Minnesota Vikings signed Green Bay Packers' restricted free-agent defensive end Aaron Kampman to an offer sheet Wednesday.
Kampman's agent, Neil Cornrich, refused to divulge terms of the offer sheet, but an NFL source said it was for one year and $1.2 million.
"It's an absolutely spectacular opportunity. Aaron is in the ultimate win-win situation," Cornrich said. "He loves playing for Green Bay, and he's very happy in Green Bay.
"(But) if he was going to go to another organization, the Vikings would be very attractive because the Packers and the Vikings are the two closest franchises to where he was raised (in Iowa)."
The Packers, who are about $6 million under the salary cap, have seven days to match the Vikings' offer. If they do not match the offer by 11 p.m. next Wednesday, they would receive a fifth-round pick for Kampman because he entered the league as a fifth-round pick from Iowa in 2002.
The deal is terrific for Kampman in that he assures himself of being paid more than the minimum restricted free-agent tender of $656,000 and will still be an unrestricted free agent following the 2005 season.
If the Packers had used the middle tender of $1.43 million on Kampman, compensation would have been set at a first-round pick and the Vikings probably would not have made him an offer.
Packers general manager Ted Thompson was unavailable for comment, simply issuing a brief statement through the club's public-relations department which read in part, "Our plan now is to take some time, to study the offer sheet to determine what is in the best interest of the Green Bay Packers."
Asked which side of the intense Packers-Vikings rivalry he expects to be on when the teams meet Oct. 23 in Minneapolis and Nov. 21 in Green Bay, Kampman replied, "Who knows? I'm flattered to have interest with two great teams. We'll see what happens."
Kampman, 25, started all 17 games (including playoffs) last season and led Packers defensive linemen with 82 tackles and finished tied for second on the team with 4 sacks.