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Can Anyone Help?

There are a number of players that are now available or are thought to be available via trade.  Let’s take a look at some of them and how the Vikings may view some of these options.

Ken Hamlin, FS, Age 29

I feel bad for safeties in the NFL.  They are hardly ever noticed unless they screw up.  If they do gain “superstar” status then it is usually because they fly around making big hits and big plays, which usually results in them spending a good portion of their career rehabbing various injuries (Bob Sanders, Ed Reed, Troy Polamalu).

Ken Hamlin was a great safety for the Seahawks for four years where he notched 8 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles, and 4 sacks.  When the Cowboys acquired him in 2007 he put up career numbers.  That season he had 5 interceptions and a whopping 15 passes defended.

2008 and 2009 have not been nearly as productive for Hamlin, however, getting only 1 sack, 1 interception, and 1 forced fumble.  He remains a pretty solid tackler but that wasn’t enough to save him from being cut by the Cowboys as a matter of economics.

Madieu Williams signed a contract with the Vikings in 2007 worth about $33 million over six years.  Williams is one of the most generous players in the NFL and has played solid in the past, but he is coming off of a lackluster season and is prone to injury. 

If the Vikings wanted, they could sign Hamlin and cut Williams and probably save some money.  Whether or not Hamlin is a big enough upgrade, or an upgrade at all, is a matter of debate.

The Vikings have indicated that they are pretty content having Williams, Tyrell Johnson, and Jamarca Sanford competing in this year’s training camp and I don’t think Hamlin is the type of player that cause a change in those plans.

Albert Haynesworth, DT, Age 28

Many Vikings fans feel that Pat Williams’ age combined with the pending StarCaps suspensions makes defensive tackle a pretty big need.

Last year, the Redskins made Albert Haynesworth one of the highest paid players in the game.  After a year of disappointing production, an unhappiness with playing nose tackle, a major regime change in Washington, and cutting giant freaking checks the redskins sound interested in trading the big man.

Adding Hayneworth to the Vikings already dominant defensive line would be a sight to see.  However, there are two major considerations here.  What are the Redskins asking for him?  Would Haynesworth be willing to restructure a deal making it easier to swallow?

If I had to venture a guess, I would say few teams (other than the Raiders, of course) are willing to pay a high price to the Redskins only to obtain a ludicrous contract for a player riddled with questionable on and off the field antics.

The Vikings will probably stick to drafting their talent instead of overpaying.

Jason Campbell, QB, Age 28

Now that the new Raiders Washington Redskins have traded for Donovan McNabb, Jason Campbell’s future has been called into question.  The assumption being that the Redskins would be willing to deal their former-starter at a fairly low price.

The question for the Vikings is if Campbell is an upgrade over Tarvaris Jackson.

In five seasons with the Redskins, Campbell has started in 52 games and has a career passer rating of 82.3.  Campbell’s highest passer rating came in 2009 when he posted an 86.4 and started all 16 games.  In those four seasons he has thrown for 55 touchdowns, 38 interceptions, has been sacked 109 times, has 34 fumbles, has a rushing average of 5.1 yards per rush on which he scored three touchdowns.

In four seasons with the Vikings, Tarvaris Jackson has started in 19 games and has a career passer rating of 77.9.  Jackson’s highest passer rating came in 2009 when he posted a 113.4 but did not start any of those games.  In 2008, Jacksons started 8 games and had a passer rating of 95.4.  In his four season he thrown for 21 touchdowns, 18 interceptions, has been sacked 41 times, has 14 fumbles, has a rushing average of 4.2 yards per carry on which he scored 4 touchdowns.

To be honest, I see this as a fairly lateral move for the Vikings.  Campbell is two years older, has had a true chance to shine, and has done very little to impress.

I would vote to keep T-Jack over Campbell and I suspect the Vikings coaching staff feels the same, if for no other reason than Jackson’s familiarity with the system and short-term obligation.


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11 Responses to “Can Anyone Help?”

  1. coolio says:

    Ken Hamlin is the most reasonable and realistic move the Viking will make before the draft. Haynesworth would never restructure his deal, he loves money too much.

  2. Norseman66 says:

    One point I would like to bring up regarding the T-Jack/Campbell comparison is that Campbell has had a different O-coordinator every year since he was a sophomore in college. T-Jack can not say the same thing. I actually think that Campbell could very well be the better QB since T-Jack has had definitely the better team around him, stability of a coaching staff and still underachieved

  3. Jon says:

    I’m with Norseman66 on Campbell over TJax. Campbell is also from Hattiesburg and they fished together last summer. Vikes need a succession plan at QB. A somewhat proven commodity for a 4th seems like a small token and you know Campbell would be fine holding a clipboard for one year.

  4. Purple Charlie says:

    I’m with ya guys, If you would have put Jackson in Campbell’s place with the Redskins, His numbers would have been as good…

    Redskins O-line was not as good as the Vikings the last few years…

  5. Purple Charlie says:

    Wouldn’t have been as good…

  6. krugjr says:

    anyone know if Campbell’s wonderlic hit double figures?

  7. krugjr says:

    http://www.unc.edu/~mirabile/Wonderlic.htm

    looks like Campbell’s score was 23

    GO VIKES!!!!!

    • Norseman66 says:

      Wonderlic scores not the whole story.

      T. Tack 19
      Sage Rosenfels 32
      Drew Henson 42
      Brett Favre 22
      D. McNabb 14
      Ryan Leaf 27
      Dan Marino 15
      Terry Bradshaw 15

  8. Lost Viking says:

    Agree that Jason Campbell represents a slight upgrade over T-Jax. The latters familiarity and comfort with Vike O makes negates this advantage. Neither would appear to be the long term answer.

    Thought that Tyrell Johnson and Madieu W. have been an upgrade at safety over last year. Many times they play too soft, however, this is the structure of that backfield.

  9. JWK says:

    I think that Haynesworth is the most interesting option on your list. Since the Redskins have paid so much of his contract already, his contract is now more than reasonable. According to John Clayton at ESPN, Haynesworth has a US$20 million option due after the 2012 season and if a team were to decline that option, then the total cost for the next three seasons would only be US$16.2 million. Check out the article:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=clayton_john&id=5062971

    I think the bigger issue is the fact that we already have Kevin Williams who plays the 3 technique. To Haynesworth, his role in the defense seems to be the biggest factor, and although playing nose tack for Minnesota in the 4-3 is surely preferable to playing nose tackle for the Redskins in the 3-4, the optimal situion for Haynesworth would be to slide into his old 3 technique role in a standard 4-3 defense.

    Anyways, we don’t even know the level of draft pick compensation that the Redskins are asking for. I’m sure the price is steep considering that they’ve already paid Haynesworth in excess of US#30 million…

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