The Vikings had one gaping hole on their newly remade defense, and that was at safety. But after they heard what Milloy's asking price was, they figured they could make do with second-year player Brian Russell. Russell wasn't upset at the team's brief flirtation with Milloy, and used it as motivation.
"You get a guy of [Milloy's] caliber out there," Russell said at the time, "and there's always going to be a decision to make. But the bottom line is he's not here. I'm here, and I plan to contribute and make them feel real comfortable with who they have."