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Good question, we've kicked that around in the office this week, too. I think, given his suspension he'll face for violating his Kentucky parole, he could be had on another cheap, 1-year deal. The question is: Will Zimmer (or Turner) want a guy who has already had two "prove-it" contracts and hasn't quite proven it?
Vontae Davis is 'close to a deal' w/ a team other than Colts, but I like Captain Munnerlyn, Tracy Porter for nickel options. There are a few in the draft, but they need someone with NFL experience not named Chris Cook. This is a deep CB market, guys like DMC, Walter Thurmond III, Tarell Brown are all solid pickups
If the price is the same, Revis is the best of the bunch, in my opinion, and he's not old. The key is: price won't be the same.
No. Don't expect a flurry of deals from the Vikings. they made their top-end deals already, barring a big name like Verner, with signings of Griffen, Cassel. They have more than $20M in cap space left, but they have A LOT of holes to fill.
(Mr. negativity chiming in here) I think it's more likely we'll see big names leave than be signed today
I tend to agree with Judd, but I would switch his Nos. 2 and 3. I would say it goes: CB, LB, NT. And personally, I think Kevin Williams is capable of being that nose tackle. Don't necessarily see it happening though
Re: Joseph, Soliai, IMO, they look good because of a poor free agent class at NT. I hear what Derek said, but Kevin Williams is not a NT. At 33, he's a spot player at 3-tech at best. They need to find a diamond in the rough in the draft at NT, IMO. Bring in a body like Soliai, sure, but don't expect him to be the automatic fix
I'll take two in a row here, but they're related.
Almost definitely not: too expensive
Don't see a CB worth picking at eight. this is the most likely opp if they do grab a CB in the first round -- you sell your pick, trade down, and grab one of the top 3 CBs later in the first round, stockpile extra picks in 2nd, 3rd. Many teams will be looking to trade up
Now, keep in mind when I tell you this: Rick Spielman doesn't gain a whole lot by being 100% outright honest with us. BUT, with that said, he told us and Zimmer gave the indication that the Vikings would wait for the first wave to pass, where veterans get overpaid. Then they'll shop to see what's left.
Personally, I think that's wise
Yes. Zimmer likes to play funny man-zone coverages in his secondary. His corners will play a lot of man-to-man, be left on islands. That's why (for other reasons too) that CB is very important in today's NFL, and with Zim's system. That's why I think if they do make a big splash signing, it'll be at CB and no other position.
I don't think teams would float a name to media/fans just to make it look like they're trying. An agent might float a name to seem like his/her client's market is more robust than it really is. But technically, league rules dictate that there hasn't been negotiations yet. Pretty sure I don't buy that, but I don't know first-hand.
Oh, I know that. Kevin had 2.5 sacks at NT vs. Washington. But he's 33. He's not durable anymore to take up two blocks per game like Zimmer wants his NT to do. He's not your longterm answer. If he wants to come back on the cheap, yes keep him around. He's a great locker room leader. But he's not a 16-game NT.
The former, if you ask me. I don't see any big names that I would really like to overpay to have (like Steve Hutchinson when he first came or Jared Allen -- overpaying made quite a bit of sense in both cases)
Re: Simpson, there really hasn't been any headache or baggage. Simpson has kept his head low and understands his role. Is there a possibility you'll get the 3 a.m. phone call about some issue? Sure, but teams take that chance every day with a number of players. Simpson is a value pick, and if he wants to come back on a minimum deal, he's a great WR4
Based on our comments and feedback on social media, I think you're not alone
Definitely, but veteran isn't always the answer. a guy like Charlie Johnson was a struggle transitioning from tackle to guard, sure he'd been around a lot. but he was the weak link on the OL. Need to find a solid answer at LG, even if there are a few bumps in the road out of youth (See: Brandon Fusco)
Yeah, I'm glad you brought up Fusco. Pro Football Focus consistently rated him as strong last season. I would find myself talking down on the offensive line only to see tape (or a PFF review later) that showed in fact Ponder played a big role in making them look worse
I like the thought of Darren Sproles in Minnesota, especially with Norv Turner. However, he needs to get paid. Do the Vikings want to pay him what he thinks he's worht (and what RB hungry teams may be willing to shell out) when you have the best RB in the league already taking up your biggest salary cap chunk? I like the idea, i don't think it happens. There are guys like Michael Bush, Ben Tate, Donald Brown are all out there as well