Vikings Sign Veteran CB Frank Walker

Posted by cjsiewert on October 13, 2010 – 1:52 pm

The loss of Cedric Griffin left the Vikings with 3 healthy CBs as they prepare to face a pass-happy Dallas offense on Sunday.

But the team added a 4th on Wednesday by signing veteran Frank Walker. The Vikings depth will improve even more if rookie Chris Cook, who is working his way back from a 2nd knee injury, is able to return to the lineup.

Walker – a 7-year veteran – played in 16 games (2 playoff games) for the Baltimore Raven last season, starting 12. He tallied 12 tackles (8 solo) and an INT during his 2009 campaign and has career marks of 134 tackles (117 solo), 3 forced fumbles and 7 INTs – 1 returned for a TD his rookie season with the NY Giants.

“He’s a great competitor,” Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress said on Wednesday. “I’m familiar with him from when he used to play [with] the (NY) Giants against us (in Philadelphia). I know Leslie (Frazier) talked to John Harbaugh about his competes; he played with the Ravens last year. Ultra-competitive; he ran very well and worked out very well for us here this morning.”

Walker is touted as a solid tackler with great foot speed. He stands at 5-11, 200 pounds and may be an option for special teams coordinator Brian Murphy should Asher Allen or Lito Sheppard become unavailable for kick and punt coverage duty because of an increase in workload following Griffin’s injury.

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29 Responses to “Vikings Sign Veteran CB Frank Walker”

  1. By Tom on Oct 13, 2010 | Reply

    why was he available if he has Childress ‘ confidence ? what was wrong with Marcus Sherels ?

  2. By fire childress on Oct 13, 2010 | Reply

    this is a big time downgrade from ced. it’s too bad

  3. By Robins on Oct 13, 2010 | Reply

    Cedric will be missed but lets give Frank a chance to prove himself. Vikings…..just beat the Cowboys! Your fourth quarter showed you still have the magic. Start strong and you will win!

  4. By Anthony on Oct 13, 2010 | Reply

    You mean to tell me that Frank Walker, a corner who is slow, and short is going to come in and help us out when we lose our coverage corner, with the ability to tackle. Now we sign a Strong Safety type player, who plays in the dime, and got released by a team who has strong talent recognition, especially on defense. If he can’t play for the Ravens what makes you think he can play here? I would have also liked to see Vikings stay in house on this, and bring in Sherels. What do you have to lose?

  5. By hey tony on Oct 13, 2010 | Reply

    yes that is what I am telling you. He (Walker)will be an extra in this movie we call the Vikings need a win.

  6. By Michael on Oct 13, 2010 | Reply

    Okay Frank. You know your past seasons. You know what we expect, and you know what you have to do. Let’s get it done. Don’t put your hands on them past 5 yards, keep them in front constantly. Good luck and get those stupid Cowboys!

  7. By rodney on Oct 13, 2010 | Reply

    lets not start to blame this guy.Lets give him a chance..GOOOOOOOOO

  8. By Jai Money$$$ on Oct 13, 2010 | Reply

    might as well throw this guy in and see if he can get us a interception.. we need a superstar at the DB positions… hopefully he can give us that

  9. By fire childress on Oct 13, 2010 | Reply

    if the Vikings don’t get points with pick 6’s or special teams touchdowns, were done. great teams find ways to score

  10. By Greg P on Oct 13, 2010 | Reply

    Where is Ty Law? why not give him a buzz. Or maybe even Marcus McCauley, at least hes familiar with the scheme.

  11. By The Man on Oct 13, 2010 | Reply

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    Signing Frank Walker is a good move. It will add another helper to the thinning secondary of the Vikings. In order to have a chance this season, the organization has to stay on top of injuries–when they do happen, they need to get somebody to take that spot right away.

  12. By Old School on Oct 13, 2010 | Reply

    We are soooooo F$%^%$!

  13. By fire childress on Oct 13, 2010 | Reply

    yeah, Walker is slow and short. our defensise backs now look like last year, the only bad part is our offense is not scoring, so yes-we are scr ewed

  14. By London x on Oct 13, 2010 | Reply

    CHARLES BARKLEY DEFENDS FAVRE!!!! Great support from an unlikly supporter!!!!!!!

  15. By Itsnowornever on Oct 13, 2010 | Reply

    Why not give sherals a shot instead of keeping him on the shelf, let the guy develop that is the only way he will learn. The vikings should start sherals he has a knack for the ball.

  16. By viking joe on Oct 13, 2010 | Reply

    thats jus GREAT another guy that has to learn the plays and routes stupid move!! we sherels that is a great player that on the roster!wtf

  17. By LongtimeViksfan on Oct 13, 2010 | Reply

    I believe that the defence is playing at about 95% right now and the offence is playing about 20%. I cannot believe the first half and after two weeks prep,because it looked like high school football for the offence.If they would have faked it to Adrien and threw on first down. I believe they would have moved the ball down the field and kept the Jets defence guessing.

  18. By Rogerthevikefan on Oct 13, 2010 | Reply

    Sherels is better than sheppard. He should get the chance. Was he not the one everyone was talking about during OTA and training camp. Plus the pick in the preseason against charlie whitehurst of the seahawks.

  19. By fire childress on Oct 13, 2010 | Reply

    how come we never play action pass? is that beyond Chillys playcalling? please get rid of Chilly now !!!!!!!!!!

  20. By jimbo92107 on Oct 13, 2010 | Reply

    “What’s wrong with Marcus Sherels?”

    Dude, didn’t you notice during the pre-season? There’s two things that can’t be taught: height and speed. Marcus Sherels has neither.

  21. By Kylebar on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    Chilly is a terrible head coach, you can tell he obviously has no sense at all of what being a head coach is all about. He has NO idea about calling the correct plays or clock management. I love the Vikings and I hate having to watch that man do this to this team. On top of it, quit worshiping the ground Favre walks on and bench him already. who cares about his all time starts record, he has been in Minnesota for 1 season. or Maybe we can start him and watch him throw 3 more picks and fumble twice. come on guys its common sense here, give T-Jack a shot I guarantee he will not disappoint…

  22. By Woodboat on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    Jackson is horrible. Yeah Favre *might* be bad again this week, or he may be the best QB in the league. Jackson is a lock to be bad.

  23. By John on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    Since your in the trading mood why not trade for the best CB in the game in Asomugha, Nnamdi! He is better then any first round corner that will be available next year and he can cover any WR in the game! he will allow the defense to get aggressive on blitz packages since Allan can’t get to the quarterback!

  24. By brent kennedy on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    Frank Walker is great pick up…he really is a under the radar lock-down corner

  25. By Old School on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    Ya brent kennedy….he is a real under the radar lock-down corner…so under the radar that he went unsigned till now………………………………………………….!

    What is wrong with the people on this site…does anyone know football anymore?!

  26. By Old School on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    Do you really think that some “lock-down” corner would just be sitting at home? Because no one else needs a corner either!

  27. By Doug on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    Walker has got to be better than anything we have. The Cowboys will kill us with the pass.

  28. By arahn on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    why won’t the coaching staff use Marcus Sherels? at least let Walker and Sherels compete for the spot in practice and start the better one.

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