After meeting with team officials from the New York Jets on Friday, free agent RB LaDainian Tomlinson is expected to return home to San Diego and make a decision on what team he will sign with as early as this weekend, as reported by Mark Craig of the Star Tribune.
[UPDATE]: According to a tweet from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Tomlinson has indeed returned to San Diego.
Tomlinson’s first visit to a prospective team came on late Wednesday night and Thursday when he visited with the Vikings. It was perceived that the 2006 NFL MVP was impressed with what the Vikings had to offer but wanted to hear the sales-pitch from other teams before making his final decision.
One might assume that Tomlinson does indeed want to sign with the Vikings given their prospective chance of reaching the Super Bowl, but don’t count on it just yet.
The NFL is a business and many different aspects come into play during negotiations with team officials, players and their agents. Tomlinson appears to be weighing-out his options between the Vikings and the Jets, while he has also been linked to making visits to Philadelphia and New Orleans next week.
Be sure to check back with vikings.com as we will be sure to update you on any news involving Tomlinson and other free agents.
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In the entry just before this one, CJ referenced a report speculating that the Philadelphia Eagles may be considering whether or not Vikings DE Ray Edwards, a restricted free agent (RFA) with a 1st round tender, would be worth swiping from the Vikings.
CJ also then broke down the Vikings options moving forward should Edwards sign with Philadelphia.
If this report from NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora is accurate, there’s another member of the Vikings defensive line who could have left town for another team but has instead decided to stick around. According to La Canfora, DT Jimmy Kennedy has re-signed with the Vikings.
After visiting with the Buffalo Bills this week and openly desiring a starting role somewhere, Kennedy has decided to return to the Vikings, where his role may not be a starting one but is important nonetheless. Kennedy is a frequent sub in the Vikings defensive line, a unit that features fellow DTs Kevin Williams and Pat Williams. Many times Kennedy comes in to spell Pat Williams, specifically in passing situations.
We’ve reached out to the appropriate people within the organization but have not been able to confirm La Canfora’s report. If and when we receive confirmation, we’ll let you know.
Be sure to follow the Vikings on Twitter (twitter.com/VikingsFootball) to ensure you’re on top of all Vikings news.
Tags: Jimmy Kennedy
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I know what you’re thinking – Why would the Vikings need to draft a DE with Jared Allen, Ray Edwards and Brian Robison manning the ends of the defensive front?
Well the truth is that the Vikings may soon need to address the DE position considering Edwards is a restricted free agent (RFA) and may be catching the eye of other teams in the league. Bob Cunningham of bleacherreport.com reports that the Philadelphia Eagles may make a push to acquire the RFA.
Edwards has been tendered by the Vikings at the 1st round level, meaning that the Vikings have offered him a 1-year contract and if he decides to sign with another team the Vikings will have the right of first refusal. If Edwards signs with another team and the Vikings don’t match, they’ll receive a 1st round pick as compensation.
Although the 4-year veteran has not garnered as much attention as All-Pro DE Jared Allen, Edwards has made a name for himself by stepping up his play this past season and specifically in the postseason.
Edwards recorded a career-high 8.5 sacks last season with 51 tackles. He exploded onto the scene with a huge performance during the 34-3 rout of the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Divisional Round Game. Edwards recorded 3.0 sacks of Cowboys QB Tony Romo while tying a team record for the most sacks in a single postseason game and in a postseason. He also set a team record for the most sack yards in a playoff game and in a postseason. Along with his sacks, Edwards collected 8 tackles, including 2 for a loss, 5 QB hurries and a forced fumble.
So if the Vikings were to lose Edwards, who would replace him?
One option the Vikings have is an internal one. Brian Robison has shown effective production this past season, especially over the span of the Vikings last 4 games with 3.0 of his 4.5 sacks in 2009 recorded during that time. Robison has spent all 3 of his seasons in a Vikings uniform and has room to develop into a regular contributor at DE.
The other option that seems feasible is to draft a DE. The Vikings would receive a 1st round pick in place of Edwards and could possibly use that pick to draft another DE. The 2010 draft class is loaded with DEs, many of whom may go in the 1st round – Derrick Morgan (Georgia Tech), Jason Pierre-Paul (South Florida), Everson Griffen (USC), Carlos Dunlap (Florida) and Jerry Hughes (TCU) just to name a few. Any of these players may be a great fit on the Vikings defensive front.
Tags: Brian Robison, Jared Allen
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