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Moss, Vikings are still millions apart

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings appear to have made little progress during renewed efforts to sign Randy Moss to a long-term extension.

"I wouldn't say nothing has changed, but nothing is done, either," owner Red McCombs said.

Moss wants to become the highest-paid player in the NFL. He is set to make a base salary of $3.5 million in 2001, the final year of his four-year contract.

The Vikings have offered to make Moss the top-paid receiver, a deal that would include a signing bonus of about $14 million and an annual average salary around $7 million.

But talks broke down when Moss and agent Dante DiTrapano considered the $7.5 million average of Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre their benchmark.

Moss said in June that it would be "reasonable" to expect a signing bonus between $18 million and $20 million and an overall package of about $100 million.

"The Vikings have shown interest in trying to get a deal done before training camp," DiTrapano said. "How interested they are remains to be seen."

Players report to training camp July 29, and it appears McCombs is willing to extend talks through the exhibition season.

"We would like to have an extension before the regular season starts," McCombs said. "That's an ongoing goal. If we don't do that, we'll do it when the season is over. . . . The main thing is Randy is a Viking. We're very, very fortunate to have him, and he will remain a Viking."