Hicks Signs With Redskins

Posted by Mike Wobschall on March 8, 2010 – 7:54 am

On Friday the Vikings saw RB Chester Taylor dart Minnesota for division rival Chicago to sign a 4-year, $12.5 million contract. On Saturday, another unrestricted free agent (UFA) on the Vikings roster – OL Artis Hicks – decided to pick up and join another team.

Hicks, an 8-year veteran, signed a 3-year contract with the Washington Redskins this past weekend. He is the 2nd UFA to leave Minnesota this offseason, which means the Vikings are permitted to sign 2 UFAs.

After spending the first 4 years of his career with the Philadelphia Eagles, Hicks came to the Vikings in 2006. That season was head coach Brad Childress’ first in Minnesota and he swung a trade to bring the versatile lineman with him to the Vikings. Hicks can play guard and tackle on both sides of the line.

Hicks played and started 14 games in ’06 with the Vikings and logged 27 starts in 56 games overall while in Minnesota. In Philadelphia, Hicks played in 38 games with 31 starts and was an important part of the Eagles team that advanced to Super Bowl XXXIX.

Having played in West Coast offenses his whole career, Hicks’ decision to join the Redskins makes sense. New head coach Mike Shanahan also employs the West Coast offense and is making over the Redskins offensive line. In Washington, Hicks will be on a team with a familiar offense and he’ll also be in line for a regular starting spot, something he wouldn’t have had in Minnesota.

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3 Responses to “Hicks Signs With Redskins”

  1. By Tyler E on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Good luck with the Skins.

    Can we get Jahri Evens now? I think that would help persuade Favre to stick around. “Favre, what if you don’t get sacked a bajillion times next year…will you come back then?” Evens helped keep Brees’ jersey clean alllll season. He could help us fill this gap in our O-line

  2. By PurpleNurple on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    I hope Hicks does great over there in Washington. Allowing him to leave now makes it imperative that we bring in a better starter SOMEWHERE on the OL. RG and LT are the most glaring holes right now. But Center should be a position to be considered as well. Nobody can deny that the loss of Birk last year was a big reason that the OL fell apart. Even though Sulivan is young and still learning a good deal, his size makes him questionable as a starter for a Super Bowl hungry team.

    I’d vote for the team to offer a salary comparable to what Chester was given in Chicago to a top quality veteran to come in and throw one of the previous starters into a backup role. I know alot of fans would prefer we pursue a grade-A running back to replace Taylor, but in all reality it won’t make a difference if we don’t have an offensive line that will open up holes, or convince a 40+ year old QB that he can survive one more year.

    I think we ought to give Young a shot as the #2 RB. AP is constantly doing what he needs to in order to improve each year, and this choice will let him know that we intend to depend on him even more and will motivate him to try even harder to eliminate his downfalls of last year. Couple that with an improved OL that can open up some holes for him this year and there will not be a single defense in the NFL without fear of the Vikings’ abilities to embarass the Living Hëll out of them!

  3. By meswant on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Good luck Hicks

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