On Monday it was weird to see that RB LaDainian Tomlinson was no longer a member of the San Diego Chargers. And today a similar sentiment reigns in the minds of NFL followers because the Philadelphia Eagles have announced they will release RB Brian Westbrook.
Naturally, and as Chip Scoggins of the Minneapolis Star Tribune points out, some will speculate as to whether the Vikings are a potential landing spot for Westbrook, since the Vikings have yet to re-sign incumbent #2 RB Chester Taylor and because the Purple features a similar offensive system to that of the Eagles. On top of all that, Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress and Westbrook are familiar with each other from their time together in Philadelphia from 2002-2005.
Just as we did earlier today with Tomlinson, we can reason that Taylor is a more attractive option for the Vikings moving forward than is Westbrook. But, and as I said with regard to LT, the prospect of adding a player with the skill set of Westbrook does have its benefits.
With all that being said, and at the risk of over-thinking this entire issue, I wonder if the additions of Tomlinson and Westbrook to the same free agent market that Taylor will enter on March 5 will actually make it more likely that Taylor will end up re-signing with the Vikings. Before the release of LT and Westbrook, Taylor was the clear-cut cream of the free agent RB crop. Now, however, teams such as the Vikings have more options, and thus more leverage, as they try and evaluate available RBs and realize their preferred outcome (we believe the Vikings preferred outcome is to re-sign Taylor).
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