Vikings TE Shiancoe staying quiet about next contract

Vikings TE Visanthe Shiancoe is keeping quiet about the new contract that he’s reportedly seeking.

Shiancoe declined to confirm to the Pioneer Press on Tuesday an earlier Pro Football Weekly report that he wants $5 million to $7 million per season, which would make him one of the five highest-paid tight ends in the NFL.

The time is as good as any for Shiancoe, who has two years left on his five-year, $18.5 million contract and is coming off a career season. According to the report, Shiancoe emphasized that he plans to “set the bar higher” after a season in which he led the Vikings and was third among NFL tight ends with 11 receiving touchdowns and finished with a career-high 56 receptions.

It could prove to be a financially pivotal year for Shiancoe. With Antonio Gates entering the final season of his contract and about to set the market, another productive season by Shiancoe — with Brett Favre behind center — seems likely to provide leverage.

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