Minnesota safety Brian Russell tied for the NFL lead in interceptions in 2003. Cleveland has signed him to a restricted free agent offer sheet. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=pasqua relli_len&id=2028293 This article says the Vikings are likely not to matchCleveland's offerand keep him. Let's hope so. Russell will be able to step into a starting job with the Browns, whereas he would most likely be a bench warmer if he stays with Minnesota. I'd have to say Mike Tice now ranks with the worst of any head coaches in the NFL when it comes to fervently supporting the caste system. Read this snippet from the above article: "Although Russell tied for the league lead in interceptions in 2003 and has started the last 32 games for Minnesota at free safety, the Vikings staff is not enamored of the former San Diego State star. Even after his stellar '03 performance, Russell was forced to compete for the starting job in camp. Coach Mike Tice has frequently been critical of Russell's open-field tackling and has hinted of what he perceives as a lack of toughness." [emphasis added] The man ties for the league lead in picks and still wasn't regarded as the starter going into the next season! It's not surprising his performance declined last year. Tice treated Chris Hovan (who recently signed with Tampa) the same way. The sooner Russell's out of Minnesota the better.