First, the Vikings didn't tender the restricted free agent after the 2010 season, meaning he's free to hit the market.
The newspaper pointed out that all of the Vikings' other restricted free agents who didn't receive a tender were spared such indignity. That group includes wide receiver Hank Baskett (No. 19), running back Albert Young (No. 34), fullback Naufahu Tahi (No. 38) and defensive tackle Fred Evans (No. 90).