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Updated: March 14th, 2012 10:36am
Visanthe Shiancoe in talks with other teams, sounds ready to move on

Visanthe Shiancoe in talks with other teams, sounds ready to move on

by Tom Pelissero
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Visanthe Shiancoe doesn't know where he'll play next season, but he seems certain it won't be with the Minnesota Vikings.

The veteran tight end posted a message on his Twitter account Wednesday morning that said: "Good memories in (Minnesota) ... especially '09!"

Shortly after, in a series of text messages, Shiancoe said he's been in contract talks with multiple teams and expects to begin taking free-agent visits soon.

"Been a complete joy in Minn brother," Shiancoe wrote.

Shiancoe turns 32 in June and doesn't fit with the Vikings' youth movement. His 36 receptions for 409 yards last season were his fewest since 2007, and he was held without a catch over the final three games.

There should be a market for a player who only two years ago had 11 touchdown catches, hired Drew Rosenhaus as his new agent and quietly began angling for a contract extension. Instead, Shiancoe played out the last year of his deal in 2011 for $3.1 million and hit the unrestricted free agent market on Tuesday afternoon.

Kyle Rudolph, a second-round draft pick last year, is expected to take on a larger role in his second season with the Vikings, who reportedly were hosting another former Notre Dame tight end, John Carlson, for a visit on Wednesday.

A Morgan State product who played his first four NFL seasons with the New York Giants, Shiancoe signed a five-year deal with the Vikings in March 2007 that included a $5 million signing bonus. In nine NFL seasons, he has 243 catches for 2,677 yards and 27 touchdowns.

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