"We've created a monster by placing the emphasis on rookies, by making the high-round draft choices the team's highest-paid players," Lynn says. "People say I'm cheap. Well, I don't care. The Vikings' system works. We pay the 22 starters, and the others must prove themselves to be rewarded."
Agreed, the Vikings' system worked in the past. But last year Minnesota lost No. 1 draft choice Keith Millard, a defensive end, to the USFL's Jacksonville Bulls and ultimately finished in last place in the NFC Central Division.