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A Look At Schefter’s Top 5 Remaining Free Agents

Posted by Mike Wobschall on March 24, 2010 – 9:10 am

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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24 Responses to “A Look At Schefter’s Top 5 Remaining Free Agents”

  1. By jbork88 on Mar 24, 2010 | Reply

    don’t sign any of them, all washed up

  2. By mikewobschall on Mar 24, 2010 | Reply

    I’m fine with not signing any of them. But I do think the Vikings will take a look at some free agents here as the offseason progresses and free agency gets into its 2nd and 3rd “waves”…

  3. By jbork88 on Mar 24, 2010 | Reply

    ehh… parker might be a good fit if he dosn’t get hurt

  4. By Lance on Mar 24, 2010 | Reply

    focus on the draft

  5. By Joe on Mar 24, 2010 | Reply

    Parker wouldn’t work cause he doesn’t catch the ball. He’s doesn’t seem like a good “third down back” either. Westbrook would fit, but I don’t think it’s worth it to spend the money and he’s too injury prone. I think we should give Albert young a chance. He’s a really good pass catcher. We could also use Percy a little more in the backfield.

  6. By Jeff on Mar 24, 2010 | Reply

    Let Albert Young have a shot, I bet he would do well. As long as he doesn’t fumble, which didn’t happen when he was at Iowa.

  7. By paul on Mar 24, 2010 | Reply

    sign westbrook. If he gets hurt, cut him.

  8. By Reece on Mar 24, 2010 | Reply

    ya sign westbrook and take a serious look at andrews cuz he could help open holes for peterson and protect brett. also they need to draft taylor mays cuz he will save the vikings safety disaster from last year

  9. By NICK on Mar 24, 2010 | Reply

    I SAY GIVE ALBERT YOUNG A SHOT HE DID PRETTY GOOD THIS LAST SEASON AND I THINK HE’LL FIT RITE IN WITH PETERSON

  10. By anthony on Mar 24, 2010 | Reply

    any update on ray edwards?
    albert young deserves a chance and sign andrews.

  11. By OLDSCHOOL on Mar 25, 2010 | Reply

    Brett wants Albert Young…….it’s Albert Young!

  12. By radzinwisconsin on Mar 25, 2010 | Reply

    Andrews would be a upgrade from Hicks and Cook! Tramon Williams on defense just do something vikes your boring me here!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. By Randy on Mar 25, 2010 | Reply

    i would honestly rather see them draft a guard than to sign Shawn Andrews. I wouldnt even want the vikes to sign stacey andrews, let alone shawn. It wouldnt be worth signing sharper since he has such a big freakin head and would think he owned the team. willie parker might not be too bad though…..

  14. By ruben on Mar 25, 2010 | Reply

    the minnesota vikings should pick up brian westbrook

  15. By mark on Mar 26, 2010 | Reply

    I go with Albert young, still think we should of went harder for L.T.

  16. By Ethan on Mar 26, 2010 | Reply

    Sign Westbrook and Sharper. They need a lot of help in the secondary and sharper is alot better than anything they got

  17. By dan on Mar 26, 2010 | Reply

    Maybe the Vikings should look at Leon Washington from the Jets. I think he could fit well in Taylor’s roll, and has played with Favre.

  18. By Dj on Mar 29, 2010 | Reply

    Vikings could try out Shawn Andrews

  19. By Favreking on Mar 30, 2010 | Reply

    Sure give Albert Young a shot, but why not get Leon Washington or Westbrook, they both have mad skills and create excitement regularly.

  20. By Favreking on Mar 30, 2010 | Reply

    And know this too. Westbrook I’m sure would like a Super Bowl before he’s through. That should motivate him highly as a Viking.

  21. By Favreking on Mar 30, 2010 | Reply

    Brett is familiar with Leon Washington, that is a big plus. Please get some offensive line help and better pass coverage, because both were lacking last year

  22. By Sara on Apr 2, 2010 | Reply

    I think Parker and Peterson working together could possibly bring a new formed magic to the Vikings. I hope they really consider Parker for taylors spot

  23. By nick on Apr 2, 2010 | Reply

    Willie Parker! Steeler nation! Yer only hope

  24. By Raul on Apr 3, 2010 | Reply

    What about Kevin Mawae? UFA that paved the way for CJ’s 2,000 yards. Remember that when AD rushed for 1,760 in his 2nd year this team had Matt Birk at center. Now that he’s with the Ravens he paved the way for Ray Rice. Also the Jets with Nick Mangold have a great run game.. We want a better run support/pass protecting O-Line and Favre to get hit less? You can’t do it without a veteran center. Kevin Mawae is the man. The time is now for the Vikings to win and you can’t go around drafting young players if you want to seize the moment and the Lombardi trophy. Oh and AD can be an “All Downs” back, we didn’t choose his talent at #7 overall for nothing.

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