More On Taylor, Tomlinson And Another NFL RB

Posted by Mike Wobschall on February 23, 2010 – 2:47 pm

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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59 Responses to “More On Taylor, Tomlinson And Another NFL RB”

  1. By bladerunner on Feb 23, 2010 | Reply

    #1 Taylor if he will stay. #2 Westbrook and if all else fails Lt , isnt great to be in this situation. Anyone one of them will work.

  2. By mikewobschall on Feb 23, 2010 | Reply

    #1 Taylor
    #2 Draft a RB
    #3 Westbrook/Tomlinson

  3. By me on Feb 23, 2010 | Reply

    1) AP
    2) Whomever can teach AP to NOT drop the ball: Taylor,Westbrook,Tomlinson
    3) Draft a RB of the future

  4. By OLD SCHOOL on Feb 23, 2010 | Reply

    Have to sign Chester…..We want Brett back…..better sign Chester!

  5. By Jesse on Feb 23, 2010 | Reply

    You people are stupid. Why on earth do we need to draft a RB????!!!! What we need is a good safety or Cornerback…..We don’t have nearly enough picks. DUH.

  6. By TW VIKE on Feb 23, 2010 | Reply

    Jesse- Right on ! We need secondary help. #42 in Black & Gold had more INTs than our whole team. L.T. doesnt play DB or safety.

  7. By moorevikes on Feb 23, 2010 | Reply

    jesse we get 7 picks there’s plenty of room to get a corner, safety, left tackle, right gaurd, running back, middle linebacker, and another corner and what people are saying is first try to resign taylor if that doesn’t happen draft one to fill the spot now do you feel a little stupid like maybe you should put your helmet on and go back to coloring

  8. By common sense on Feb 23, 2010 | Reply

    Rookie RB’s cannot fill the 3rd-down back role, because it requires good knowledge of the playbook and especially the ability to read defensive schemes for blitz-pickup. So the idea of drafting an RB to replace Taylor next year is silly — we could certainly draft one for the more-distant future but I think we have bigger needs with a 1st or 2nd round pick. Signing westbrook or LT would be much better, if we can’t resign Taylor.

  9. By davd on Feb 23, 2010 | Reply

    it would be great if we could get brett back along with taylor and sign darren sharper along with joey porter , brian westbrook , julius peppers and the return of a healthy ej henderson and full strength antoine winfield vikings would then definetely win the next superbowl

  10. By T.J. on Feb 23, 2010 | Reply


  11. By Purple Indian on Feb 23, 2010 | Reply

    You are so right,T.J,

  12. By moorevikes on Feb 23, 2010 | Reply

    we are not saying to waist our 1st, 2nd, 3rd rd draft picks on a running back!!! of course we know that a db or in my opinion left tackle should be 1st pick but if taylor leaves we are going to have to replace him some how ap can not be out there every down of every game. albert young or ian johnson did well in last years preseason games too so they are an option as well. at some point we’ll have to address qb even if favre comes back he will eventually retire and we’ll probably have to pick up another veteran to “compete with t jack and sage”

  13. By Dillon on Feb 23, 2010 | Reply

    1# Sign LT.
    2# Let Chester test open market
    3# if Chester ends up coming back, run a 50/50 offense, using LT more as a mentor and teacher to AP and CT than a back. but i still wanna see LT in purple and gold

  14. By democrew on Feb 23, 2010 | Reply

    LT would be a nice add with or without taylor arnt they both 30 yrs old westbrook would be nice to (MABEY A McNABB ) would be good for back to back bowls farves still welcome back to I guess you can’t have to much game on one team and I still think we could use some PEPPERs with that to!!!!

  15. By trent on Feb 23, 2010 | Reply

    i think that our #1 should be L.T. and #2 Cester taylortrade AP for a good safety

  16. By Jeff on Feb 23, 2010 | Reply

    Keep AP, Hopefully Resign Chester, and did everybody FORGET about Albert Young? He looked really good in preseason, We don’t need another running back. And Trent, you would really rather have LT then Peterson? what are you smoking and can I get some! jk

  17. By Lee on Feb 23, 2010 | Reply

    Sign Westbrook, and Taylor. If Brett doesn’t come back McNabb will want to be more likely to want to come to Minnie if Westbrook is here. If Brett does come back trade either Taylor or Westbrook to the Chargers for Cromartie. This way we are strengthening our offense and defense.

  18. By tyler on Feb 23, 2010 | Reply

    Draft Kyle Wilson CB out of boise state or tade up and draft S Eric Berry out of Tennesee and be fore that how bout resigning taylor!!!!

  19. By tyler on Feb 23, 2010 | Reply

    1. Re sign Taylor.
    2. Draft Kyle Wilson CB Boise State, or trade up and get S Eric Berry out of Tennesee

  20. By A.C on Feb 24, 2010 | Reply

    Who is “chip scoggins” and why would a grown man walk around in life with a name like that ? And if this guy is to speculate about anything, how about he “predict” anything, how about he “predict” when the vikings are going to address their “secondary holes”…. now there’s where the “paint chip” could start with his predictions…!

  21. By mike the vike on Feb 24, 2010 | Reply

    i think that it would be a smart idea to get Westbrook so hopefully mcnabb will come but idk what lee is talkin bout why would the chargers release LT to jus get him agian in a trade for cromartie yes it would be good but its jus a stupid thing to say but im thinkin that we need the safty out of USC that boy is a hoss no matter what im gona be HAPPY to see the Vikes in the bowl this upcoming year!!!!!

    GO VIKINGS!!!!!!!!

  22. By Huewy on Feb 24, 2010 | Reply

    Vikes would be fools to not resign chester, Hes a great Back and in alot of cases was a better back than AP. He knows the schem of the plays and he can still run, sign for a 3 year deal and see what happens, Thats been the Vikings problem over the years , there too quick to get rid of players and having to start over.

  23. By Brent on Feb 24, 2010 | Reply

    Move Antoine Winfield to safety and draft a CB in the second round.

  24. By Jay on Feb 24, 2010 | Reply

    So the vikings re signed Mr. Butterfingers Peterson?

  25. By bladerunner on Feb 24, 2010 | Reply

    Are you nuts why would you trade AP. There no need to revamp the team. Yes Ap fumbles a lot. I got a idea how bout we try to get the league to let the players use stickem again. They all were fumbling. It is in most cases a mental issue Ap problem is he trys to hard at times

  26. By Derek on Feb 24, 2010 | Reply

    Chester you mean so much to this team, if they offer you a contract please take it! I love you here in Minny! LT and Westbrook are not in there prime anymore. Plus Chester don’t run the ball that much, he’s used on 3rd down which is great! Chester picks up yardage.

  27. By chewy on Feb 24, 2010 | Reply

    vikings are stupid if they let chester taylor go. All they need is for #4 to comeback and need a dependable safety. chester taylor looked better in the last games of the season than AP

  28. By TW VIKE on Feb 24, 2010 | Reply

    Trading AP is the dumbest theory yet. The best two backs in the NFL wear #28, we have one the Titans the other. Keep Chester if we can. He is a very important part of our offense. No LT,Westbrook, or McNabb. If Brett doesnt return,(which he will) go with T. Jack. He has a cannon for a arm & great running ability. Childress needs to let him use his athletic talents, dont try to change him. We need to focus DB & safety help.

  29. By Dennis on Feb 24, 2010 | Reply

    Do not fix what isn’t broken! Lets work on A.P.’s fumbling problem and give some more carries to Percy and for God sakes resign Chester. The man can do it all!

  30. By zippo98 on Feb 24, 2010 | Reply

    Here’s an idea, re-sign Taylor, and then sign LT, on Draft Day, trade Taylor and our first round pick, to move up higher into the 1st round, so we can draft a QB of the future, preferrably either Bradford, McCoy or Tebow (my choice, as he would have instant chemistry with Harvin). Then talk #4 into coming back for one more year, that way the QB we draft can learn under one of the greatest QBs to ever play the game.

  31. By LLY on Feb 24, 2010 | Reply

    C. Taylor stays along with the whole 09-10 team YES, that includes Favre. We do NOT want MCNABB, Westbrook and LT. Please! Not MCNABB!

  32. By Snubber on Feb 24, 2010 | Reply

    Why we dont just make percy harvin our third down running back. Of course taylor would be the best option, but if we sign him we will be spending a lot of money in our backfield.

  33. By SkolVikings on Feb 24, 2010 | Reply

    Are we planning on drafting a new QB? Or is the plan to stick with Sage and T-Jack? Not that I wouldn’t like to see Favre back… hes proved he can still play, but after the comments he made before the Saints game, Im thinking not…….

  34. By Hge Viking Fn on Feb 24, 2010 | Reply

    Who in the right mind would trade AP? Yea he fumbles alot but he still is our All Star and I think he’s the best back in football.
    And further more Chester Taylor needs to resign because he was a HUGE part of our offense and I don’t want Mcnabb! Oh please Brett 1 more year! All we need a SS and we’ll go all the way because C. Griffin’s been playing very well.

  35. By CoryJames on Feb 24, 2010 | Reply

    Some of you guys show that you are not very well informed or have no football knowledge. Tavaris Jackson is no longer on the team Cedric Griffin is questionable for next year after tearing his ACL and Winfield was playing like his All-Star self before injuring his foot. Winfield will be good. We need to sign Westbrook who is one of the best at YAC which is what we need. He may get hurt alot but only because he is an every down back. If he comes to the Vikings he is only going to be a 3rd down back. We need to draft a solid CB or SS first round and 2nd round need to get a good right tackle for AP to be able to run to the right. Vikings will be solid this year and with ZIGI as our owner he is willing to spend billions for the vikings. I wont be surprised if we go after Julius Peppers. SUBERBOWL IS OURS!

  36. By TW VIKE on Feb 24, 2010 | Reply

    Where did T. Jack go? Enlighten us, please.

  37. By tyler on Feb 24, 2010 | Reply

    T jack is a free agent this eyar unless they resign him, and i think they should resign chestor and trade up the draft and grab SS Eric Berry out of Tennesee, would greatly improve our defense, and going after peppers would make our defense unstopable

  38. By Bruce on Feb 24, 2010 | Reply

    Resign Taylor AND sign LT. LT is a class act, greta human being and has even had Brett’s back in the past. LT really admires Brett and if Brett comes back and we have LT, I would expect LT to put up numbers like he was when he was on top of his game. I think LT would run his heart out for Brett and the offense. That is just my gut feeling. What a backfield, AP, LT & CT!!! Plus having 3 quality backs like that would create a competition like never seen before in the NFL!

  39. By Bruce on Feb 24, 2010 | Reply

    Save the dract picks for outside tackles to beef up the O-line and if there is a good D-back available, grab him. Don’t draft a QB this year becuz you don’t need one. Even if Brett didn’t come back, Sage & T-jack are quite capable of leading the charge without wasting a draft pick on a QB.

  40. By RoytoyJonez on Feb 24, 2010 | Reply

    you guys are stupid!! we dont need peppers if we get edwards back and i think we will. why go with a vet when you have perfectally capible youth??? we already have an older team we need youth because we are running out of time. and BRUCE, why would we sign LT AND re sign taylor that just doesnt make sense?!?! you really think LT would wanna be our RB3 and not even see the field at all, i think he’s already gonna have a hard time coming to reality being a RB2 and there is no way they would put LT in front of taylor. Taylor has more value. I’d rather have westbrook than LT anyways!!! and if you guys actually knew what you were talking about we are restricted in free agency anyways. we are only allowed to sign 1 UFA for every 1 UFA we lose… I only see us getting 1 free agent if any at all. WE GONNA USE THAT THING CALLED THE DRAFT!!! and TYLER i do agree we need a safety but there is alot of depth in DB’s this year so there is no reason to trade up and lose valuable picks that we need. we could possibly see someone like taylor mays coming to us in the first round but if not their are a ton of great players. i think they are just gonna take the best possible player at whatever position.

  41. By RoytoyJonez on Feb 24, 2010 | Reply

    we dont really need O-line either!!!!!! the only o line i see us drafting is maybe a guard other then that our line will be solid

  42. By CoryJames on Feb 24, 2010 | Reply

    RoytoyJonez you make some valid points and you’re very blunt by calling everyone stupid. Vikings could possibly get both westbrook, peppers and even Kampman. They would be able to get both if they want. Edwards is good but like you said our team is not that young. I dont know if you know much about our owner but he does not care about the future, he only cares about now! Julius peppers is only 29 which is still not that old. Why not go for the BEST defensive line rather then 2nd best. Ray edward does not even compare to Julius Peppers and never will.

  43. By TW VIKE on Feb 24, 2010 | Reply

    Guys, we need SECONDARY help ! That is our weakness. Forget LT, McNabb, Westbrook, etc. We need DB & safety help. We cant afford Peppers. Resign Taylor if we can. Coax #4 back for a year or two.

  44. By Bruce on Feb 24, 2010 | Reply


    You are the one that is stupid! You don’t even know what position a guard plays versus a tackle! If you did, you would not be saying we need a guard because it is our tackles that are letting the defensive ends get through and getting pressure on Favre! Mckinney is a TACKLE not a guard! And he needs to be replaced or he needs a serious reality check! Secondly, the O-line is VERY important in getting a Championship! The Colts had the Number #1 O-line and look how well Manning did this year with that kind of protection! Thirdly, the O-line is instrumental in rushing yards and the better the O-line the more the yards rushed for. Scoring points wins games, defending against points scored protects that WIN which was accomplished by scoring points with a GOOD O-line!
    As far as getting LT, he would not be sitting on the bench. You would throw the better pass blocker of the 3 in for pass plays, you would run AP & LT as your Thunder & Lightening and you would run CT once in awhile as a changeup and also if AP goes back to his fumbling ways. These RBs all have their own style of running and depending on what team they play, you might play one RB more than the other two. Plus they are always rested. It is not unheard of to have a 3rd RB on the roster and when you have 3 quality RBs, all that does is stimulate better playing among the 3 and they can also coach each other. It is an interesting concept and proposal and you should not be so narrow minded!

  45. By Bruce on Feb 24, 2010 | Reply

    You forget we have how many draft picks for secondary concerns. But I still say to draft a tackle for the O-line because PASS & RUN PROTECTION IS KEY TO WINNING A CHAMPIONSHIP!!!

  46. By Bruce on Feb 24, 2010 | Reply

    If Favre had not have gotten pressured and murdered so much because the Saints were getting to him, the Vikings would have the Lombardi Trophy right now! If the Vikings had the Colt’s O-line, the Vikings would have the Lombardi Trophy right now! If the Vikings had the Colt’s O-line, AP would have had MORE yards per carry and possibly less fumbles! The O-line is more important than you think!!!

  47. By Bill Lambert on Feb 24, 2010 | Reply

    sign julius peppers, and re=sign taylor

  48. By TW VIKE on Feb 24, 2010 | Reply

    Secondary is our weakness ! Adrian is our back. Brett is our QB. Peppers is too expensive. Keep Chester. No LT,McNabb,Westbrook,etc. DBs & safeties. Future young QB.

  49. By Brent on Feb 24, 2010 | Reply

    The vikes should resign Chester, he has shown that he can do it all for us on 3rd down. I think trading up would be a mistake for us as well. We would have to give up too much to get into the running for Eric Berry and I don’t think Hayes is worth trading for. Winfield has voiced his interest in playing safety and he already has nfl experience. Rookie safeties take too long to elevate themselves to nfl play, meanwhile Antoine knows the game and is one of the best tackling DB’s period. We should just move him over and then we have benny sapp and asher allen who are good, up and coming players. And we can take another CB in the draft, most likely 2nd round.

  50. By Tim on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    Resign Taylor, get AP/AD the Tikki Barber instructions on how to hold the ball. Trade Mckinney, Phil Loadholt can do that job. As far as Winfeild being a safety,? Is he big enough? Dont know. Concur on taking another or a couple CB’s. Terrible what happend to #23. Hope he comes back to form.

  51. By Steve on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    I AGREE, Id Love to see Taylor back behind Peterson, if for some reason like with Sharper we cant keep him I think Westbrook will be Great as a replacement, Go Vikings!

  52. By Steve on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    Grab J.Peppers! Him on the left and J.Allen on the right? UNSTOPPABLE!

  53. By RoytoyJonez on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    I get what your saying BRUCE but TW VIKE is right. im sure if they have a chance to pick up a good tackle im sure they will but they are are gonna pick up what is best available concentrating on the DB’s though. thats our biggest weekness. thats all im saying. and i know mckinnie is a left talke im not dumb. he’s a probowl caliber tackle though. so what if he had a couple bad games. what player doesnt? ya manning had a good year as usual and yes he has a great o line but im pretty sure i saw favre have a career season and favre was one of the fewest sacked QB’s in the league… what does that say about our o line?!?! and about the RB’s….. if we can get taylor back i really cant see them go after any other rb’s unless its in the draft. and like i said we can only sign a UFA for every UFA we lose so picking up all these players is most likely not gonna happen. BUILD THE SECONDARY!! then get another QB… DAN LEFEVOUR??? we could grab that kid in like 5th round. I wouldnt doubt that they would go for DT somewhere in the draft too. sorry if i offended you BRUCE or anyone else i guess i can get a little too passionate about my boys in purple. we all on the same side right!!!!!!!

  54. By RoytoyJonez on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    there is so much depth in DB’s in the draft this year we need to take advantage! winfield at safety would be interesting!! i think it would be lighter on his legs with us playing alot of cover 2 he wouldnt be hurting himself with the cuts doing man coverage…. we would have to find someone that is capible of getting the job done at cb though asher allen was looking pretty impressive but still need more db’s. GOD i hope ej is back next year! im not quite sold on brinkley yet he still needs more work

  55. By RoytoyJonez on Feb 25, 2010 | Reply

    i hope to god we dont get tebow!!

  56. By Arrowhead on Feb 26, 2010 | Reply

    that would be crazy if we did though

  57. By trent on Feb 26, 2010 | Reply

    what about replacing McKinnie he can NOT block and same with sullivan we need to strengthen our offensive line so Favre can throw the ball without being pressured

  58. By RoytoyJonez on Feb 27, 2010 | Reply

    why is everyone so down on mckinnie? hes a probowl tackle!!! sully is fine too hes young and getting better. we need to look at RG cause harrerra isnt getting any younger and hes nothing special

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