EDEN PRAIRIE (AP) -- It was the talk of the airwaves Friday night -- Vikings quarterback Jeff George's future with the team.
ESPN and two Twin Cities television stations reported that George and the Vikings decided to part ways so the QB could test the free-agent market after negotiations on a new contract broke down.
But George, coach Dennis Green and George's agent, Leigh Steinberg, said the report was wrong.
''It's news to me,'' said George, who led the Vikings to the playoffs after taking over as starting quarterback in Week 6.
''There have been no discussions on Jeff George,'' Steinberg told The Associated Press. ''I'm sure that eventually, we'll work out an acceptable deal, and Jeff will return to the Vikings.''
Green told WCCO-TV the report was erroneous, but he left room for any scenario.
''We have until Feb. 10 until anyone is an unrestricted free agent,'' Green said. ''We don't tip our hand. A lot of things have to take place.''
George, in comments to the Saint Paul Pioneer Press, said he was in the dark about any decision.
''I don't know anything about that. I hope I'm back there,'' he said.
Steinberg echoed George's sentiments.
''Jeff has made it perfectly clear that he loves playing for the Vikings and very much wants to return,'' his agent said. ''He's got one of the greatest receiving corps in the league, a tremendous offensive line, a great coach, he's from the Midwest. It's a perfect situation for him.''
According to KSTP-TV's report, ''each party put a dollar amount on the table'' on what was needed to keep George at Minnesota. The amounts were not close, KSTP said. KARE-TV had a similar report, and ESPN cited a source close to the team who said George wouldn't be resigned for financial reasons.
Green turned to George after demoting starter Randall Cunningham in the second half of the game against Detroit.
George, 32, who came to the Vikings as backup with a $400,000 contract, pulled the Vikings from a 2-4 hole, leading the team to the playoffs that ended with the 49-37 loss to St. Louis last Sunday.
After the Vikings were eliminated from the playoffs, receivers Cris Carter and Randy Moss began lobbying hard for the salary cap-crunched team to keep George, who was 9-3 as the starter.
''We'd have something special,'' said Carter, who caught half of George's 28 touchdown passes. ''I'll be pulling for him. They know how I feel about the situation.''
Moss concurred: ''Being wise, if it was my choice, I'd keep him. ... I would like to have him play as our quarterback for the next couple years.''
George's checkered 10-year career was marked by run-ins with teammates and coaches in Indianapolis, Atlanta and Oakland, but his talents were a perfect fit in Minnesota's prolific pass-oriented offense.
Cunningham has a five-year, $28 million contract with the Vikings and third-stringer Daunte Culpepper, a first-round draft choice last year, has a five-year deal worth up to $19 milllion.
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