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Answering A Few Questions

Well, it was another fairly slow day highlighted by another valuable piece of the Vikings offense skipping town.  So, I figured I would try to fill some space by answering some of the questions I saw in the comments section of the last few posts:

Fran The Man Asks:  You don’t think much Ian Johnson or Albert Young, Adam?

Actually, If I were the Vikings G.M. (I love that fantasy) I would be content with Johnson and Young battling it out for the #2 spot.  However, the bigger question is how the actual decision makers for this franchise feel about these two.  Perhaps the even bigger question is how does Brett Favre feel about these two?

Lost Viking Asks:  What you think about my suggestion we take a look at Carlos Rogers and offer a 2nd to Snyder w/ mustard? Rogers has not played to his potential.

Not a chance.

Rogers may be a better corner than he has shown so far, but the same can be said of plenty of guys that will be available in the 2nd round this year.  Surely, Rogers would not require a 2nd rounder to obtain… because nobody really wants that guy.  No offense, but I’d write Spielman a very nasty letter if he made a move of this sort.

Bottom line?  Corners that have played better than Rogers are available without giving up picks.

Come Back Brett! Asks:  Just throwing something else out there why don’t the Vikes go after Le’Ron McClain? He is way better than Tahi and if we can get him at the right price I say take a shot.

McClain was tendered at the first round level, which is far too much to give up for a fullback or #2 running back.  The only way the Vikings might spend a first round pick on a running back this year is if C.J. Spiller is somehow still on the board at #30 and they can’t generate a decent trade down offer.

Lost Vikings Asks:  Marshal Yanda (Baltimore) RFA is tendered at 2nd round tender. Very powerful run blocking guard. With Chester departed would we have a shot here? He’d be worth $ 3 million/annum.

This is not a bad idea at all.  His knee injury is seemingly in the past and he would be an upgrade to Herrera and is only 25 years old.  He might be worth $3 million per year, but the Vikes would have to pay a lot more than that to steal him away from the Ravens who have the right to match any offer made.

BigJohnny Asks:  Question, now that Hicks signed elsewhere does that mean we can sign two UFA’s?

Correct.  However, according to the “Final Four Plan” the Vikings would be limited in that they could only offer other players contracts which feature a 2010 salary equal or less than what Taylor and Hicks have received.

Those numbers have not been confirmed, but it safe to say that the Vikings could sign at least one player to a contract that pays them about $7 million in 2010 which is a fair amount.

The problem is that when you look at the remaining UFAs (not cut or unsigned RFAs) there is very little left.  Leigh Bodden, Bobbie Williams, and Aaron Kampman are kind of the cream of the crop at this point.

Since the Vikings are almost surely do to get 2011 compensation picks for Taylor and Hicks leaving in free agency, it might make sense for the Vikings to continue to just target players that are cut and players that were RFAs that did not get tendered.

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46 Responses to “Answering A Few Questions”

  1. Fragile Freds says:

    Good luck Artie!

    Well, there you have it, the guys are just making room for the offensive lineman that will drafted in the coming weeks.

    Vikes had too many “utility” lineman, Hicks, Cook or Herrera aren’t going to develop into much more than fill in guys. All can play multiple positions on the line, but none should be playing any position at a starters level. A team needs these type of guys, but you can’t pay them starters money. We also need to draft young guys who can be high end starters on the offensive line within 2 years. If not, then you’ve got the wrong guys on the team (see Ryan Cook).

    Fred suspects they will sign some old free agent dufus during now and the beginning of camp hoping to squeeze one more year out of him and draft what Fred hopes will be a starter by mid year at guard. Don’t be surprised to see Cook gone by the end of camp as well.

    Though the off season has been slow, we haven’t lost anything of great value and as long as the guys hit on 3 of their draft picks we will be fine.

  2. Come Back Brett! says:

    If we tendered a guy and nobody signs him is he a MN Viking still? Vikes should sign Ray Edewards already cmon.

  3. Fozz44 says:

    The answer to the Chester Taylor replacement…..gimme Albert or Ian to spell AP, but why not utilize Percy more as the utility back for 3rd downs, etc? This is one are he specialized in college…..and has obvious skills to run or catch in these situations.

  4. Purple Charlie says:

    Hi ya’s to Johnny, Fozz, and Brett, Maybe some action in FA coming soon for us…

    • bigjohnny84 says:

      Hey Charlie, I’m not seeing or hearing any rumors at all. You finding anything?

      • Fran the Man says:

        So far the Vikings activity in FA has been. . .nothing.
        I’m not too concerned as I have as much confidence in our Front office (Spielman, Studwell, etc.) as any other aspect of the team.
        As long as Childo stays down in Missouri bugging Favre and his wife with suggestions on clothing for Brett, we’ll be fine in FA.
        Lets just hope he left that cute little stewardess outfit home, as I don’t think Favre is into that sort of thing. Not that there is anything wrong with that.

  5. Fragile Freds says:

    Freds heard more than once that perhaps Cheech can or should be used as the replacement for Chester.

    We learned a great deal about Harvin in year one of his pro career. Among the learnings is the fact that he is unreliable. Fred would hate to put too many eggs in the Cheech basket before he proves to be more of an every game player.

    One of the things Fred thinks we will see is less use of Harvin in the back field. The less hits on his dome, perhaps the less Migranes? Who knows.

    Can’t be dynamic if your not on the field. Facts are facts.

  6. Fran the Man says:

    Adam, thanks for your answer.
    Both those guys (Johnson and Young) have been on the team long enough to be viable #2’s.
    I’d hate for us to waste time or picks on a #2.
    Especially one on Westbrook. He’s too banged up. LT would be a much better option, if we HAD to.

    I think I’ll have to disagree with you Freds. Harvin has had the migrane problem all his life. He’s too good of an option at RB on third down not to have him back there.

  7. Fragile Freds says:

    Hi Frans –

    Freds isn’t saying don’t have him back there from time to time, just saying don’t count on him as a Chester replacement. The fact that Cheech has had migranes all his life doesn’t make Fred feel any better about his reliability. In fact it makes Fred feel worse about his reliability.

    Dynamic, powerful, game breaker….yes

    Count on him to be around as an every game back, not yet….

    • Fran the Man says:

      No question, harvin has issues and I sure hope we don’t have to count on him as Chester’s replacement. I’m just saying half a dozen times a game, stick him back there.
      Use Johnson or Young the rest of the time.

  8. Purple Charlie says:

    What do you think of a 2nd round tender for Leon Washington??? Too much???

    • Fragile Freds says:

      Charles –

      Fred thinks giving up a 2nd rounder for Cleon Washington is WAY WAY to much! In fact if the Vikings give up their second rounder for a back up running back, Fred will drive his ’72 Ford Pinto Wagon down to Iowa, pick up his old pal Johnny, drive him back to Winter Park and watch Johnny kick Rick Fielman’s ass!!

      • Fragile Fred says:

        Charles –

        Freds thinks Washington is a decent back, but the Vikes need their picks. We have to continue to build through the draft and not mortgage the future for back up players.

      • Purple Charlie says:

        Gotcha Freds he he, Adam said something about Justin Fargas, I read that the team said he failed the physical, But he says he is fine…

        I’ve read nothing but good things about the way he plays hard and is a team player… Comments from the fans, Most of them want him back…

        Let go, no tenders, Wonder if the Vikings would bring him in and have their people check him out???

  9. Norseman66 says:

    Just read a story on Rotoworld that the Ravens are looking to move Jared Gaither and would probably take less than there 1st round tender.
    That would be great. Maybe they would swap Gaither for McKinnie straight up. That would be awesome!!!

    • Fragile Freds says:

      Why are they trying to move this guy? And if they are so eager, why in hell would they put a number 1 tag instead of a number 2 tag?

  10. Come Back Brett! says:

    Maybe the Vikings should have some Oscars like in LA LA Land. My pick is Favre for best actor. And love the Gaither story. My pick for biggest loser is McKinne

  11. Fragile Fred says:

    Charles –

    What did Fargas fail on the physical? Thought this guy was solid as well.

    • Purple Charlie says:

      Freds, It didn’t say, Oh and he was due 1.7 million roster bonus…

      He is on his way to visit the Chiefs, I think they just didn’t want to pay him.

    • bigjohnny84 says:

      Gee Freds you have a ’72 Pinto Wagon. I’m so jealous. I saw Fargas play a couple times and thought he was pretty darn good too. And ya Freds leo Washington not worth 2nd rounder. As far as Gaither, I’d like to see some film on him first. If someone can find film on him, post the link for us.

  12. krugjr says:

    nominated for best foreign language script………………………TJ!!!!!

  13. bigjohnny84 says:

    Geesh, did anyone see the contract that Kampman inked? 4 years, 26 million with 11 million guaranteed. Now I know why we didnt go after him. I’ll bet Ray, Ray is really gonna squeal now.

  14. Fragile Fred says:

    No problem Charles… enjoy.

    Johnny, you’re obsessed.

  15. olderthandirt says:

    Nice dog Freds!! Bud will be proud of you.

  16. krugjr says:

    roster spots are valuable, but I, for one, would be in favor of a kick-off specialist… is a weapon in today’s NFL!

    GO VIKES!!!!!

  17. krugjr says:

    roster spots are valuable, but I would be in favor of a kick-off specialist….a weapon in today’s NFL!

    GO VIKES!!!!!

  18. krugjr says:


  19. krugjr says:

    roster spots are valuable, but I would be in favor of a kick-off specialist, a weapon in today’s NFL!

    GO VIKES!!!!!

  20. krugjr says:

    YES….to a kick-off specialist!

  21. krugjr says:

    my vote is yes to give a roster spot to a kick off specialist!

  22. krugjr says:

    I say give a roster spot to someone who puts the ball in the end-zone half the time!

    GO VIKES!!!!!

  23. Wick Wickman says:

    Run the ball to set up the pass. Pass the ball to set up the run. Give the keys to the offense over to the guy that knows how to drive. Smash mouth football. Get in the trenches and see who is a man.

  24. krugjr says:

    Specifically, the Vikings and the Bengals are interested in former Lions cornerback Phillip Buchanon.

    Buchanon, a first-round pick of the Raiders in 2002, joined the Lions last year after a successful stint with the Buccaneers.


  25. Tony Pants says:

    It be my birthday next week and I having a party with Ole, GPG, Fargo, Buster, Alan, VQ, Bones, King, RTG, Jerkpepper, Hoppy, PBV, 2mT, wisvike. It will be so much fun!!! BWaaaaak!

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