Vikings mascot hopes to reconcile with team and return

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Ragnar, the mascot who was given a Viking funeral after asking for $20,000 per game, wants to bring his battle axe back to the negotiating table.

Joe Juranitch, the man who has played Ragnar at Minnesota Vikings games for the last 21 years, says his initial proposal of a 10-year contract and $20,000 per game was just a starting point. Juranitch spoke to the media Friday, five days after the Vikings announced that they were unable to reach agreement on a new contract for this season.

Juranitch says the Vikings asked him to present them with a proposal. He now admits that he asked for too big a raise from the $1,500 per game he made last year.

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He says he hopes they can re-open talks and come to an agreement to get him back in his horned helmet.



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