Many Vikings fans have been clamoring for the team to address the secondary and offensive line in free agency, and have grown impatient with the perceived lack of development in that effort. Those fans should be happy to learn, then, that the Vikings may soon look to address each position.
Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press is reporting that the Vikings may host free agent OL Geoff Schwartz in the near future, and that there could be interest in free agent DB Alan Ball. I have not confirmed with any team officials as to whether this is the case or not, but we’ll pass along information to you if the team confirms these, or any other, developments.
If the team is indeed interested in Schwartz, it would make a lot of sense. Schwartz can play G or RT, and he played for Vikings OL coach Jeff Davidson in Carolina. The Panthers selected Schwartz with a 7th-round pick in 2008, but he was able to make the team and progress into a steady contributor, playing 32 games with 19 starts over 4 seasons. He’ll turn 26 in July, and fits the themes of free agency that I like for the Vikings – get younger and surround Christian Ponder with talented offensive pieces.
While it’d be premature to declare Schwartz a starter if he wound up with the Vikings, he would compete for a starting job at either LG or RG most likely, and at a minimum he could be a versatile reserve lineman capable of playing up to three positions. Again, I’ve not confirmed the Vikings interest in Schwartz, but it would make a lot of sense.
As for Ball, Fowler states in his report that the 6-2 DB “is probably a more natural fit at corner,” but it sounds like Ball can also play safety. Ball was also a 7th round pick, with Dallas selecting him out of Illinois in 2007. As is the case with Schwartz, being a 7th-round pick might not excite fans. But you do have to give him credit for entering the NFL with little expectation, but then carving out a multi-year career with the team that drafted him.
Just as I said with Schwartz, I have not confirmed the team’s interest in Ball. But he fits a position of need for the Vikings and we’ll watch all weekend and into next week to see if anything materializes on that front.
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