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Jim Kleinsasser | Tight End

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (41) / 1/31/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 272
College: North Dakota
Drafted: 1999 / Rd. 2 (44) / MIN

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The Vikings intend to give Week 17 goal-line carries to TE/FB Jim Kleinsasser, who will retire after the season.
This is relevant for owners who play in Week 17. If the Vikings get down to the one-yard line, Kleinsasser will get the rock over Toby Gerhart. It's situations like this that make Week 17 a week to avoid in fantasy leagues. Wed, Dec 28, 2011 01:39:00 PM

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Vikings TE Jim Kleinsasser confirmed that he plans to retire after the 2011 season.

The Vikings had interest in bringing back the 34-year-old impending free agent, but Kleinsasser wants to walk away "with two legs that work great and my head is still intact." A team leader and plus blocker, Kleinsasser has 192 career receptions for 1,688 yards.
Fri, Dec 23, 2011 08:29:00 AM

There is reportedly a "growing belief" that impending free agent TE Jim Kleinsasser will retire after the season.

Kleinsasser turns 35 in January, and his offensive role continues to decline. After spending his entire career in Minnesota, it's believed that Kleinsasser has no interest in moving his family to another city if the Vikings don't want him back.
Fri, Nov 25, 2011 06:55:00 AM

Vikings TE Jim Kleinsasser could be out of a roster spot in Minnesota after the team drafted Kyle Rudolph in the second round.

Kleinsasser, 34, has caught just 17 passes over the last two seasons and averaged a paltry 8.1 yards per catch. He has one touchdown since 2003. Kleinsasser is due a $3 million salary, and the Vikings' roster needs to get younger. Rudolph will be Visanthe Shiancoe's running mate in two-tight end sets. Versatile TE/FB Jeff Dugan could fill Kleinsasser's old role.
Mon, May 23, 2011 01:36:00 PM

Vikings signed TE Jim Kleinsasser to a three-year, $9 million contract.

Kleinsasser was reported to be drawing early interest from four teams, but his preference all along was to stay in Minnesota. Known as a terrific blocker, his return bodes well for the Vikings' skill position players.
Fri, Feb 27, 2009 06:48:00 PM

Vikings TE Jim Kleinsasser has reportedly received four contract offers since free agency opened.

The big-time blocker would probably prefer to stay in Minnesota, but it remains to be seen if the Vikings will pony up enough cash to keep him.
Fri, Feb 27, 2009 12:32:00 PM

Vikings signed TE Jim Kleinsasser to a restructured contract.

Kleinsasser took a $1 million salary reduction in 2007 and a $500,000 drop for 2008, when his new base pay will be $2.4 million. He may be given the opportunity to earn the money back in a performance bonus.
Sat, Apr 7, 2007 10:06:00 AM

Jim Kleinsasser is expected to remain a Viking next season with a restructured contract.

He's probably taking a paycut to compete for a backup spot behind Visanthe Shiancoe. Other Vikings tight ends on the roster include Jeff Dugan and Richard Owens.
Wed, Mar 28, 2007 11:00:00 AM

Jim Kleinsasser underwent surgery for a broken wrist this off-season.

The injury didn't help Kleinsasser during one of the worst years of his career. He's a candidate to be released because of his $2.9 million base salary.
Mon, Feb 19, 2007 10:37:00 AM

Jimmy Kleinsasser may be released by Minnesota this offseason.

Kleinsasser usually started games but had a career-low seven catches in a season where he was healthy. The best tight ends in the upcoming draft are not necessarily first-round picks. Minnesota could take a look at Eric Johnson in free agency, as he seems to fit Brad Childress' profile.
Mon, Jan 1, 2007 10:59:00 AM

The Vikings plan to keep their tight end involved in Brad Childress's offense.

Mike Tice made keeping two tight ends on the field a priority. Childress may not do that, but the Eagles always kept L.J. Smith and Chad Lewis involved. Kleinsasser still won't be a fantasy option.
Thu, May 11, 2006 09:11:00 AM

Jim Kleinsasser caught four passes for 42 yards in week one.

He's the forgotten tight end in Minnesota, but not much of a fantasy option. His career high is 401 yards receiving, so this could be as good as it gets.
Sun, Sep 11, 2005 05:35:00 PM

Jim Kleinsasser practiced Friday for the first time since tearing his ACL last September.

The blocking tight end may have less receiving chances this year because of Jermaine Wiggins' emergence. He should be 100% healthy by week one, but is no longer much of a fantasy option.
Sat, Apr 30, 2005 03:51:00 PM

Vikings placed tight end Jim Kleinsasser on injured reserve with a knee injury, ending his season.

Kleinsasser is a champ of playing through injuries, but this was a torn ACL. It's a big loss for the Minnesota short-passing attack.
Wed, Sep 22, 2004 08:08:00 PM

Jim Kleinsasser will likely undergo season-ending knee surgery this week.

He has a partially torn ACL. Richard Owens will start for now, although Jermaine Wiggins will be in the mix once he returns from his own injury.
Wed, Sep 22, 2004 10:25:00 AM

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