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With Randy Moss coming out of retirement, what are the odds of him being a Viking one more time? With Leslie Frazier being the head coach and Brad Childress no longer with the team, I don't see there being any tension between him and the team. Also, with our desperate need of receivers, if Moss can still run he would be a great pickup. Since he's been out for a year and with the way he ended his 2010 season, he would come a lot cheaper than most of the other receivers hitting free agency.
While meeting with Twin Cities reporters late last week, Vikings GM Rick Spielman indicated that the Vikings would not be pursuing Moss this time around, and for that reason and many others I would be shocked if Moss does indeed end up back in Minnesota for one more go-around. While the conflict between Childress and Moss was well-chronicled in 2010, that conflict is likely not the only reason the Vikings will shy away from him now. He was not the same player in 2010 that he had been in his better years and even after he left Minnesota and signed with the Titans, he was a shell of his former self.
Moss has always been a player who performs best when he feels he has something to prove, so perhaps he has enough gas in the tank to get the job done one more time. But I don’t believe he’ll be a consideration in Minnesota and I also believe the Vikings are wise to stay away from him. The Vikings are in a point of transition right now and should be looking to add younger players with upside rather than older players who’ve passed their prime and are looking to re-kindle the flames.
Do you think the Vikings would be interested in Pierre Garcon? He's only 24 years old, has great hands and has his act together off the field as well. He had 70 receptions last year without Peyton Manning, which proves his success isn't attributed solely to Manning. Is there any chance that Indianapolis will let him get away in free agency?
-- Joe C.
My sense is a player such as Garcon is a much more likely target in free agency this year than a veteran such as Moss. Garcon has the skill set to play on the outside and stretch a defense by running vertical routes, which is precisely the type of receiver the Vikings are looking to add in order to complement
The free agent wide receiver class this year could very well be top heavy, with players such as Dwayne Bowe, Marques Colston, DeSean Jackson, Vincent Jackson, Stevie Johnson and Reggie Wayne all scheduled to hit the market. But I believe Garcon’s upside puts him on par with many of those receivers, and his perception as being on the second tier of available players below the above-mentioned list might make him more affordable. Coming off a rookie contract and clearly on an ascending arc at this point in his career, Garcon would be a great signing for the Vikings in my opinion.
Greetings Mike! Thanks for all the time you put in for us. Hearing the updates recently has been encouraging, and it makes me think if we do things right this offseason and the next, and the right pieces fall into place, we can be quite scrappy in 2012 and a contender for our division in 2013. So my question is about potential cornerbacks to join the Vikings. Who are we looking at? It could be huge if we picked up Cortland Finnegan, and it looks like the Eagles might be willing to trade Asante Samuel. Is it realistic our secondary could get an upgrade by acquiring one of them? Or should we only be looking for the Vikings to pick up a wide receiver from trades/free agency? As kind of a random side question: Are we going to see any of RB
-- Jeff L.
I don’t know specifically whom the Vikings are targeting to address the cornerback position, but I do think it’s fair to anticipate the Vikings adding talent to that spot over the course of the offseason. Finnegan would be a tremendous free agent signing for the Vikings, but I believe he’ll be in high demand and he could be retained by the Tennessee Titans either by the franchise tag or with a long-term contract. As for Samuel, I don’t believe the Vikings will deploy their resources to trade for a veteran player. I think they’d rather pursue someone in free agency and/or use the draft to upgrade the position. Other names to consider at cornerback are Brandon Carr, Brent Grimes, Terrell Thomas, Carlos Rogers and Aaron Ross.
As for King, I think he’s a dark horse to keep in mind this offseason and during training camp as a candidate to win the Vikings RB3 job and bring depth to the position. As Jeff indicated in his question, Peterson may well not be able to play at the start of the 2012 season, therefore the Vikings will need to have a solid backup plan in place should Gerhart be called upon to start and the #2 role then become open. King has flashed some upside and he’d be an affordable, organic way to fill that need. It would be a huge credit to Spielman and his personnel staff if King winds up making the Vikings roster in 2012. I’ll be rooting for him.
Will the Vikings target Paul Soliai or Red Bryant, both huge run-stopping defensive tackles, in free agency? We are missing a huge body next to
-- David N.
I don’t know if Bryant or Soliai have been targeted by the Vikings in free agency, but I do agree with David that the Vikings need to evaluate the defensive tackle position this offseason and find a way to get improved performance out of the spot next to Williams. I think Soliai would be an interesting option, but I also think there are many other routes to take in addressing this issue. Remember that
If the Vikings determine that none of those options represent the best way to move forward, then they have to look at free agency and the draft to address this position. It’s too early for us to speculate on which draft-eligible players might fit this role for the Vikings, but a couple of other names in free agency to keep an eye on include Jonathan Fanene, Jason Jones, Trevor Laws and Sione Pouha, just to name a few.
I was wondering what you think about the Vikings selecting wide receiver Justin Blackmon in the draft. Let’s assume that the St. Louis Rams take left tackle Matt Kalil at #2. Do you believe the Vikings would target a wide receiver that early? Or do you think they would rather grab a receiver in the later rounds or free agency?
-- Jorge C.
I do believe the Vikings would consider taking a wide receiver at #3, but at this point I don’t know if they feel strongly enough about Blackmon to follow through on that plan. Perhaps we’ll be better-able to speculate on this possibility when we get closer to the draft. But one thing to keep in mind with this scenario is that if the Rams select Kalil at #2, then that means one of the top two quarterbacks - Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck - will still will be on the board. With either of those guys on the board when the Vikings are on the clock, the Vikings will have a significant trading piece at their disposal if they’d rather move back in the 1st round to acquire more picks. Just looking inside the Top 10, I believe the Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins are all potential trading partners for the Vikings if either Griffin III or Luck is still on the board at #3.
My question involves
-- Steve T.
I will not be poo-pooing this question. I think Steve has an interesting thought, and of all the "cut bait with Ponder" ideas I've heard, this one is at least plausible. I don’t think Steve is necessarily saying that it’s time to give up on Ponder and trade him. To me, Steve is saying that Robert Griffin III just might become a better player than Ponder, therefore it makes sense to take him even though we already spent a 1st-round pick on a quarterback just last year. I understand and respect that opinion.
While I’m not currently convinced that Steve’s idea is the right idea for the Vikings, I could be convinced to make such a move because there are some very appealing aspects to Griffin III’s game. Ultimately, though, I see the Vikings keeping Ponder because they do believe in him, and since they're committed to Ponder I think the team will use all of its resources to build a better team around him. If Griffin III is on the board when the Vikings are on the clock at #3, I expect the team to explore and hopefully accept trade offers that would allow the Vikings to move back in exchange for more selections while still being able to select a player they covet at spot they feel comfortable selecting that player.