According to the Twitter feed of the Star Tribune’s Judd Zulgad, the Vikings have come to terms with free agent defensive end Mike Montgomery. Various online reports said that Montgomery, a former Packer, was at Winter Park on Monday for a visit. The 26-year-old signed a one-year deal with the Vikings, according to Zulgad.
Montgomery played his college football at Texas A&M and has five career sacks at the NFL level. He’ll provide depth at the defensive end position and a bit of insurance in case Ray Edwards, who is a restricted free agent, does not return to the team.
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Right now on the home page the fan poll is set up for you to vote for the Vikings 2009 Special Teams Play of the Year. There are 4 options and all are quite worthy of earning the distinction as the top play of the year on special teams.
But I have an opinion on which one is just a little better than the rest.
Percy Harvin was named AP Offensive Rookie of the Year, but there’s no doubt a big part of Harvin’s impact on the Vikings in 2009 was with the special teams unit, specifically as a returner. It’s fitting, then, that Harvin has 2 of the 4 plays that are up for special teams play of the year.
My vote for Vikings Special Teams Play of the Year is Harvin’s 101-yard kickoff return TD in the 3rd quarter against San Francisco in Week 3. That play gave the Vikings a 20-17 lead over the 49ers late in the 3rd quarter and ultimately helped set the stage for the Vikings most dramatic play and win of the season, when QB Brett Favre hooked up with WR Greg Lewis in the back of the endzone with just 2 seconds to play in the game.
Harvin’s return gave him his 3rd career TD and also a TD in his first 3 NFL games. It also was instrumental in the Vikings moving to 3-0. It’s my pick for Vikings 2009 Special Teams Play of the Year.
Do you agree or disagree. Let us know in the comments below but also remember to back to the home page and cast your own vote. Also remember to stay tuned to vikings.com for more voting on Vikings plays of the year.
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The Vikings have one defensive lineman from Texas A&M already on the roster – DT Pat Williams – and according to Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune they will be visiting with another.
Former Packers DE Mike Montgomery, according to Zulgad, will be visiting with the Vikings on Monday. Montgomery was a 6th round pick of the Packers in 2005 and even signed a 2-year contract extension last year, but he didn’t fit well in Green Bay’s new 3-4 scheme and the club released him earlier this month.
Montgomery stands at 6-5, 282 pounds and had his best season in 2008 when he had 2.5 sacks and 59 tackles in 14 games. Zulgad says in his report that Montgomery would compete for backup roles at both end spots along the Vikings line and he could also be moved inside on passing downs.
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The speculation has been swirling of late regarding talk of a potential Donovan McNabb trade, with much of the speculation foreshadowing a potential union between the 6-time Pro Bowler and the Vikings.
On one hand, the thought of the Vikings acquiring McNabb makes sense because of Head Coach Brad Childress’ familiarity with the QB from their days together in Philadelphia. On the other hand, the Vikings are also awaiting a decision from Brett Favre on his possible return to the team after a successful 2009 season.
With all of that said, I wanted to also pass along a couple of updates to our Saturday night blog entry about this topic. First, McNabb was on record last Wednesday saying that he’d prefer to stay and play in Philadelphia. Second, McNabb’s agent – Fletcher Smith – told Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News that he has no reason to believe a trade is imminent, and there have been no conversations with the Eagles about which teams McNabb prefers.
Also remember that the Vikings aren’t the only team being linked to McNabb. The Buffalo Bills, Oakland Raiders and St. Louis Rams have all been mentioned as possible destinations for McNabb should the Eagles decide to deal their starting QB.
So basically there’s been a lot of speculation and not a lot of legitimate development in this story. Maybe it’s something that was born out of pure rumor and has taken on a life of its own in the media. Or maybe it has a legitimate truth to it and the primary subjects involved in the story are posturing. We don’t really know and only time will tell.
Stay tuned to vikings.com for developments on this story and all other Vikings news.
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