In a recent blog entry, ESPN’s Adam Schefter lists his top 5 remaining free agents and gives a brief analysis of each player. Most NFL teams are beginning to concentrate primarily on next month’s draft, but they still must keep their eye on the free agent market.
With that in mind, let’s take a look – from the Vikings perspective – at Schefter’s list of top remaining free agents and see how they might or might not fit with the Purple.
S Darren Sharper – Obviously Sharper is just 1 season removed from being a Viking, and that season entailed winning a Super Bowl with the New Orleans Saints while also collecting 9 INTs. But now Sharper is coming off knee surgery and the Saints have yet to express serious interest in bringing him back. Given that the Vikings have already let him walk away once, and add to that his recent knee surgery and 2 more seasons of wear and tear, he doesn’t seem to be a good fit for the Vikings. I expect he won’t get a serious look from anyone until later this offseason, and even then I think he’ll land in 1 of 2 places – New Orleans or Chicago.
WR Terrell Owens – I don’t doubt that Owens has something left in the tank, but I have serious doubts that he’d be a good fit in Minnesota. Put in the right situation, Owens could have a productive season in 2010, but I don’t think the Vikings represent the right situation.
RB Brian Westbrook – Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress is certainly familiar with Westbrook from their time together in Philadelphia. And Westbrook possesses a skill set that would fulfill the role Chester Taylor had while complementing Adrian Peterson since 2007. But age and injuries – specifically concussions and knee issues – have caught up with Westbrook. For that reason, he doesn’t seem to be a good fit for the Vikings. As with Owens, perhaps Westbrook could be productive in the right situation, but that situation doesn’t appear to exist in Minnesota.
RB Willie Parker – It was only a couple of seasons ago that Parker was at the top of his game and helping the Pittsburgh Steelers win a Super Bowl. Since then, Parker has dealt with a downturn in production, injuries and then Rashard Mendenahall coming in and taking his starting job. I haven’t watched hours of tape on him as the Vikings coaches and scouts certainly have, but from the simple “eye test” I think he might have some juice left in the tank and could fit the Vikings well. Time will tell if the Vikings pursue Parker and add him as a complement to Peterson, but it doesn’t appear to be a likelihood at this point.
G Shawn Andrews – Another player with whom Childress is familiar from their days together in Philadelphia, there are serious questions about Andrews. He’s had a tumultuous career that has been derailed by injury and issues (non-legal) off of the field, but by all accounts he’s a good guy and there’s no denying he is only a couple of seasons removed from being one of the most talented young Gs in the NFL. If Andrews is open to the possibility of fulfilling a reserve role, Minnesota could be a good fit for him. But if his injury and medical history is too concerning, the Vikings may not consider him.
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