Dozier, the Vikings' No. 1 draft pick in 1987, was unhappy playing behind Herschel Walker in Minnesota last season and has asked to be traded to another NFL team. The Mets have been telling Dozier that he would be better off giving up football completely. After all, the average NFL career lasts only about four seasons (Dozier has played three), and in the long run, the Mets say, he could make more money in baseball.
Dozier seems to enjoy the challenge of baseball. "You need more mental toughness than you do in football," he says. Viking camp opens this month, but Dozier says that because he has no contract he's not required to report. "Right now, I'm under no deadline," he says, adding that his decision whether to pursue baseball, football or both will be "based on what happens in the next couple of months." The Mets are said to be thinking of promoting Dozier to their Double A club in Jackson, Miss., soon to see how he fares there.