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Brother Jake

Vikings' Reed free to work out deal with interested teams

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Posted: Saturday January 29, 2000 06:39 PM

  Jake Reed has seen less playing time since the addition of Randy Moss to the Vikings' offense. Brian Bahr/Allsport

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- The agent for Minnesota's Jake Reed says the Vikings' receiver is free to talk to other teams about being traded.

Agent Mitch Frankel said he will try and find Reed a new team when he returns from the Super Bowl, the Saint Paul Pioneer Press reported Saturday. A Vikings source confirmed Friday that the team will allow Frankel to contact teams that Reed has an interest in playing for.

The NFL's trading period opens Feb. 11.

Minnesota would owe Reed a $1 million bonus March 1. The Vikings could release him by then, but that is unlikely since they would like something in return.

"They're going to give me the chance to talk to some teams and see if we can get Jake somewhere else next season," said Frankel. "We're happy that they're going to let us start the process. There are some teams that interest Jake."

Potential suitors include Baltimore -- which is coached by former Vikings offensive coordinator Brian Billick -- Dallas and Cleveland.

Reed is a four-time 1,000-yard receiver who has struggled the past two years with injuries and has played much less since the Vikings drafted Randy Moss in 1998.

Reed told the Pioneer Press Jan. 17 that he would welcome a trade because he wants to be a starter. He is entering the third year of a four-year, $13.6 million contract.

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