Would CB Asante Samuel Be A Good Fit In Minnesota?

Posted by Mike Wobschall on March 26, 2012 – 6:53 am

Not many NFL players have been involved in more trade rumors than Eagles CB Asante Samuel. And now, according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Samuel is once again the subject of trade speculation in Philadelphia. With the Vikings needing an upgrade in the secondary and with Samuel reportedly on the trade block, that begs the question here, Is Samuel a good option for the Vikings?

The answer, in my view, is maybe.

Keep in mind that Samuel is 31 years old with 9 seasons of wear and tear on his tread. He’s also due $9.5 million in 2012, a number that is far too high for comfort. With those facts under consideration, I don’t think the Vikings should give up much in the way of draft picks to acquire his services. While he would instantly upgrade the Vikings secondary, it would come at too steep of a price for a CB on the wrong side of 30 and a team looking to rebuild its roster.

Rebuilding a roster to eventually yield an annual contender does not happen by adding 31-year old veterans.

But there are two plausible scenarios in which I think the Vikings and Samuel could unite. One would involve the Eagles dropping their asking price to a 6th-round or 7th-round pick, and then for Samuel to agree to a contract restructuring that would dramatically drop his cap number for 2012. The second scenario would be for the Eagles to fail at finding a trading partner and to simply cut Samuel in order to avoid paying him that $9.5 million salary.

Don’t count on that second scenario. We’ve already seen the Eagles shrewd front office coax other teams into lopsided trades. Last year the Eagles convinced the Arizona Cardinals to trade CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a 2nd-round pick for QB Kevin Kolb. It’s Rodgers-Cromartie’s presence on the roster, in fact, that has made Samuel an expendable talent in their CB stable. So don’t be surprised if the Eagles are able to capitalize on their surplus of CBs in similar fashion to how they capitalized on their surplus of QBs a year ago.

I’m just not sure the Vikings will be the team Philadelphia dances with this time. At the right price, I’d consider it. A 6th-round or 7th-round pick might seem like too low of an offer to acquire Samuel, a 4-time Pro Bowler and 3-time All-Pro with 45 career INTs. But keep in mind, the price a team pays to acquire Samuel, whether in trade compensation or salary, is for what he can do in 2012, not for what he’s done prior to 2012.

I’m not sure what Samuel can do in 2012, but I am sure that, at the right price, I’d consider taking a front row seat to find out.

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114 Responses to “Would CB Asante Samuel Be A Good Fit In Minnesota?”

  1. By DeerTracks on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    Another Retread? No! Just in case you didn’t hear me the first time, again NO!

  2. By OTKalil2012 on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    Good ole Andy Reid the used car salesman…Since when has ANY team lately came up on the positive side of a trade with Reid and the Eagles lately ??…ESPECIALLY where the Vikings have been involved…

    Keep your old CB Eagles…Spielman is not looking for old players here…

    Vikings have 10 picks in the draft coming up…And will need everyone one of them….

  3. By DRS on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    New stadium offers the ultimate marquee

    Article by: THOMAS LEE , Star Tribune Updated: March 25, 2012 – 2:37 AM

    If the project wins approval, the Vikings should have no trouble inking a lucrative deal for naming rights.

  4. By DRS on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    Sid Hartman: Spending big isn’t Rick Spielman’s style

    Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune Updated: March 25, 2012 – 7:57 AM

    The Vikings general manager appears to be putting more emphasis on the draft instead of the free-agent market.

  5. By OTKalil2012 on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    Another reason I am super happy Spielman is in charge now…A Childress or Frazier would be buying into Reid and the Eagles used car section…AGAIN…

    Don’t look for Spielman to take the bait that Reid is casting out there…

    No more throwing away the Vikings future…On over the hill veterans…On the downside of their careers…

  6. By DRS on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    If Rick Spielman is going to go mainly with the draft why worry about players from other teams?

  7. By sandiamond on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    Samuel 52 int’s and 9td’s in 9 years. Hardly a retread. What draft round pick would we have to give up?

  8. By The Real Spencer Not the Troll Spencer on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    The Vikings Have Signed Ex-Bear Zack Bowman

  9. By DRS on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    Examining The Minnesota Vikings New Stadium Proposal – Part 2
    by Lance Hagen on March 23, 2012

  10. By stonecoldvdn on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    it troubles me that over the years as a vikings fan that it seems like every year we have given up a piece of what we had. we let matt birk go, then darren sharper,then chester taylor, then hutchinson. and our office and coaches haven’t learned a dang thing. These players i ahve named made us what we were. a team that made it to the playoffs and division champs. so what do we do we let them go and then they go on to other teams and make the playoffs or win the super bowl. all i have to say is way to go idiots. the best 2 players on our team right now are peterson and jared allen. we need more players like that

  11. By Mike B. on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    Spielman may not like big money trades, but he does like to see his name in print. I could see him look into a Samuel trade. He will need to remember he is going to need to keep enough cap room to sign the possible 9 to 10 draft picks. I think if the right deal were done Samuel could be a good trade. As far as the no retread comments, you have to fill in good vets from other teams to make your squad stronger. As we are seeing good Vets will not start and end with the same team.

  12. By Mike B. on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    Well Spencer’s post kind of kills this discussion doesn’t it.

  13. By DRS on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    Have to go for now, have fun.

  14. By OTKalil2012 on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    When dealing with veterans players…You should not be looking at what that player has done over his career as a GM…But what he did the last 2 seasons…Or how much he was injured those last 2 seasons…This is a very much…”what have you done for me lately” sport…

    Why give up any draft picks ??…The guy is 31 yrs old…If the Vikings want to take a chance on him…Offer him a small contract if gets released…

    Then there is the situation of how much is Samuel still getting paid to take on his contract ??…

  15. By Mike B. on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    @stonecoldvdn I couldn’t agree more. Although we don’t know what the negotiations were with Hutch and the team. I do know they weren’t going to pay Hutch 7M to be on the team this year. I would have loved for Hutch to finished his career as a viking, but that just doesn’t happen any more. I would imagine the numbers didn’t come up good for either, so the decision was to cut him.

  16. By sandiamond on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    Bowman fills the same slot Chris Carr would have…. not much but at least a hope

  17. By Mike B. on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    It definately would mean we would not go for Samuel then?

  18. By sandiamond on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    OTK this year is an exception to losing a draft pick with many to spare. Good point tho about the last 2 years of production, somebody should check on it

  19. By DRS on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply


    GM Rick Spielman Says Vikings are ‘Taking it Slow’

    In case it wasn’t already obvious to most Minnesota Vikings fans, General Manager Rick Spielman has confirmed that the team is “taking it easy,” in free agency so far this off-season. “We’re again taking it slow,” Spielman said. “We’re not going to go out – I just don’t believe in going out and spending a lot of big money…

    Via Rant Sports | 14 hours ago

  20. By DRS on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    Sounds like the Vikings are going to pin all their hopes for 2012 on the draft this year, so why are we all worrying about players from other teams?

  21. By Kyler on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    everybody changing their tune….complaining one minute about not going after people…now saying we should go after a 31 yr old db. Patience is what is needed in this situation. If you look at detroit…and what kept them in the basement for so many years, They were always trying to draft that next big playmaker. Wr’s especially. Take Kalil and get depth and wr and Db . Gotta start building somewhere…and it doesn’t come from FA.

  22. By OTKalil2012 on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    That is a Spielman contract…

    Zach Bowman…A veteran 4 yr player…With upside…

    Not saying the Vikes shouldn’t look at Samuel for the right price…Just not trade for him…Wait to see if he is released…

    Guys like Samuel will be a dime a dozen after the draft…Players on teams worth having on a roster with big number contracts…But being replaced by high end draft picks for less money…

  23. By Kyler on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    Slow is smooth , smooth is fast

  24. By DRS on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    # 1 question is will there be a Minnesota Vikings team after 2012. # 2 question is will the Vikings win a SB with the 2012 draft being the only main foundation for new players.

  25. By DRS on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    See you all later, have to take my daughter to school.

  26. By Kyler on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    See the thing is DRS. It doesn’t have to be one draft. It’s not blasphemy to plan for the future. Just because this may be what they are doing…making the realization they are more than likely not gonna get the SB this year. What they can do is set them selves up for success by taking the next 2-3 slowly, and smartly. Not caving in to our pressure for instant success. Instead building a solid foundation then when it;s time go out and get those guys that can put you over the top.

  27. By Mike B. on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    @OTK depends on when the bulk of his contract starts coming up. Many players have a big bonus due before the draft. Samuel may be in the same situation that he is coming on a time line where they trade or cut him. It depends on how deep your pockets are if you hold him or not.

  28. By sandiamond on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    DRS it is not logical to start but x_ so many rookies next year. Frazier needs to keep his job for 2013 during the rebuilding process

  29. By Shawn on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    That Zach Bowman add is interesting. I think he is in the Asher Allen range on our depthchart …. his 2006 season was good

    12games started … 10 pass defensed …. 6 INT …. 1 FF

    Asher Allens best season “statistically” ( I know the word”best” looks odd in the same sentence as Asher Allen )

    11 games started … 7 pass defensed …. 2 INT

    heres Bowmans NFL profile

  30. By OTKalil2012 on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    @sandiamond…I just feel the Vikings don’t have any draft picks to spare in this springs draft…Vikings pick at the top end of every round…And should have 2 compensatory picks coming at the end on the 4th round coming…

    The Vikings position in the draft order is huge…And the point that the Vikings had the chance to coach the senior bowl players will be a major plus for them this coming draft….Especially in the later rounds…All 10 of those picks will be needed for the Vikings to take advantage of the extra time with those senior players…

    I am expecting a BIG draft for the Vikings…And hope they keep all of those picks…If not pick up more…

  31. By Mike B. on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t think that Fraizer and Company will be here another year if they don’t get close to .500 this year. I feel that Spielman probably got a new contract with the GM position and will be immune till the following year.

  32. By Mike B. on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    With the signing of Bowman do you think we need to worry about getting another vet CB on the team?

  33. By Shawn on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    As fas as Assante Samuel … 2 years ago it would of been a great add but now when he’s 31 …. so If we could get him for a 6 or 7th round pick. Id consider it.

    You figure most 6th and 7th rounders are out of the league in a couple years anyway with little to no production and Samuel should have 2 solid seasons left of being a good #2 CB … its worth a 6th rounder

    It seems to me Winfield had a verygood season at the age of 33. Remember the Eagles game.

  34. By Shawn on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    heres a 33 year old Antoine Winfield … Samuel is 31.

  35. By Shawn on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    Antoine Winfield stats from his 33yo season

    16 games started … 91 tackles … 2 sacks… 5 PD … 2 INT … 2 FF

  36. By OTKalil2012 on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    @Mike B…

    I think Zygi has told his new GM in Spielman to give Frazier another year to make good as head coach…But Frazier is going to have to let Spielman handle the roster…And Frazier is going to have to coach…No more just plugging in veteran players…And Frazier saying…”Just go out there..You know what to do”…

    No more head coaches trying to just buy veteran talent from other teams trying to save their jobs in the short term…Its time for the Vikings to coach young talent within the organization into a winning team…And If that takes time…So be it….No more quick fixes to save a head coaches job…Time for a GM to build on to the teams future and become a super bowl contender…

  37. By sandiamond on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    OTK I agree with most of what you are saying about all the draft picks… but we should just hold tight(thinking) right now until the comp picks are released. There is still a chance we only get 2 extra comp picks between #223-233 end of round 7

  38. By Roninmn.. on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    No NFL geezer’s. besides they are letting him go for a reason and it probably is not all money related. Pick wisely in the draft for defensive backs and wideouts, that is of course after we take Kalil with our first round pick.

  39. By Rogerthevikefan on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    Eagles want a 2nd atleast so trading for Asante is not worth it. Bowman will be decent and Cook will finally step up and be the no.1 corner the team needs. Draft CB Josh Norman to finish out the CB depth.

  40. By Rogerthevikefan on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    Cook, Norman, Burton, Sherels would be a great set of corners. The PG could be depth and Ash could warm the bench for them during cold weather games.

  41. By Mike B. on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    @OTK with that said I still don’t think getting Farve, Ferrotte, Moon, or Cunningham were bad decisions by the Head Coaches. The QB talent on the team was not up to NFL standards. Bringing in those Vets made sense at the time. McNabb last year on the surface was a good decision. No camps and two rookie QBs on-board. I really think that last years issue had to do more with the OL than McNabb. The end result is that Ponder got on the field experience which was a good thing.

  42. By Rogerthevikefan on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    Asante doesn’t like tackling. He will attack the ball in the air but avoids attacking the ball carrier. That is likely the reason they want him gone.

  43. By OTKalil2012 on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    Eagles owe Samuel 9.5 million for the 2012 season…That is a lot of money…That has 2 big time CB’s they are paying already beyond Samuel..

    Just glad the Owners are having their yearly meeting as we blog…And we will finally find out about all compensatory picks for every team by the end of the week…They always wait until the end of the meetings to announce the picks also…To keep public interest in their meetings all week long I suppose…

  44. By DRS on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    Minnesota Vikings Should Pursue Seahawks Free-Agent LB David

    HawthorneBy Nick McAndrews(Featured Columnist) on March 26, 2012

    The Minnesota Vikings have not yet announced a decision on MLB E.J. Henderson, and should they choose to move on without him, they should make a serious attempt to sign Seattle Seahawks MLB David Hawthorne.

    Vikings G.M. Rick Spielman has defended his strategy of not spending much in free agency this offseason, but in allowing E.J. to potentially leave, there would be a gap in perhaps the most important position of the Vikings’ base 4-3 Tampa-two defense.

    After the New Orleans Saints picked up free agent LB Curtis Lofton, 25, from Atlanta on Saturday, the Vikings’ best option to solidify their linebacker corps was off the market. This leaves Hawthorne, 26, as the best viable option for the Vikings in free agency

  45. By Rogerthevikefan on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    Winfield may have one good year left at corner but should consider moving to safety. Then the secondary should be really good.

  46. By Mike B. on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    Culpepper and then Kramer were the only two Vikings Drafted QBs that were fairly successful with MN. So would add Wade Wilson, but he really only started 3 years for the Vikings. Vikings have a history of drafting QBs in the late rounds. Hard to grow a young QB that way.

  47. By OTKalil2012 on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    Samuel had 3 int’s last year…But Samuel also will take big chances trying to get those int’s…

    How many big plays did offenses have on the plays Samuel missed on ??..

  48. By 61Vikings on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    If the Eagles would take that trade for a 6th or 7th round pick, I would jump all of that!! No way they would, because Assante Samuels is worth a 3rd or 4th round pick, easily!! No way your going to find a player like that in the 6th or 7th round!! I would take it for a 4th rounder!! Give me the veteran player over a rookie any day of the week!!

  49. By DRS on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    Mike B. Have you for gotten Fran Tarkenton???

  50. By Mike B. on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    Tarkenton was not drafted by MN. He was drafted by Patriots and ended up signing with the Vikings.

  51. By Mike B. on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    Tarkenton is just one those guys a third round pick that became a instant starter and took the NFL by storm. You could add him in to Culpepper Kramer list.

  52. By peever on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    wobby dont you have any “real” roster info you can give us instead of all this “what if” garbage….whos visiting whos being targeted etc.

  53. By 61Vikings on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    @Mike B.
    What??? Sir Frances was drafted by the Vikes in the 3rd round in ’61!!

  54. By Mike B. on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    @peever Wobby has related by email when I asked in a MMM question that the Vikings Organization doesn’t release that information and wants to keep that private.

  55. By Mike B. on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    whoops I sit corrected I forgot the AFL and NFL did drafts seperately and drafted the same players. Thanks 61Vikings.

  56. By rwf1984 on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    I think that he would be a good fit, but then yet all the veteran players the Vikings seem to get (besides Jared Allen) seem to be done with their career. Main reason it seems Eagles get rid of players when they are about to burn out! It would be a good pick up, but I would say no just because it would most likely cost the team a lot of value for 1 player and the Vikings cannot afford that. I do agree with other comments on here saying that they should pursue David Hawthorne! He is a FA and it would only cost you money compared to Asante Samuel costing you 9+ million in cap space and whatever is a traded for him!

  57. By Shawn on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    By Rogerthevikefan on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    Cook, Norman, Burton, Sherels would be a great set of corners. The PG could be depth and Ash could warm the bench for them during cold weather games.


    LOL … Sorry I disagree. First you left off 2 of the better names on the roster. Winfield and Bowman. Second It might be an upgrade but as Viking fans we dont have a clue about “great” corners.

    We do know great WRs but not a great secondary … our defense makes everyone look like Tom Brady.

  58. By sandiamond on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

  59. By peever on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    what can you tell us about the cb they just signed from chicago…zack brown

  60. By peever on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    I mean Zack Bowman…seems Paul Allen at kfan gets inside info from the vikings…….how come the vikings .com is allways the last to either find out or to post info

  61. By DRS on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    Anyone remember this, another officiating mistake that cost the Vikings a game, there was offensive interference on that play and not called.

    One of the more difficult losses of Tarkenton’s career occurred during the 1975 NFC Divisional Playoffs. With what was considered by some observers[citation needed] to be the best team of their Purple People Eater era, the Vikings lost to the Dallas Cowboys 17-14 on a hail Mary touchdown pass from Dallas quarterback Roger Staubach to wide receiver Drew Pearson. The play so incensed the crowd that one fan fired a whiskey bottle from the stands, striking official Armen Terzian in the head. This was partly responsible for the banning of glass bottles at arenas around the country. Common Vikings folklore blames this incident for many future calls that referees made against the Vikings, and has been termed “Terzian’s Revenge”. Tarkenton also lost his father, who died while he was watching the game; it had been rumored that the “Hail Mary Pass” caused the cardiac arrest, but in fact Mr. Tarkenton died during the middle of the third quarter. It was a disappointing end to a spectacular season for the Vikings. They had finished the season with an NFC best 12-2 record and Tarkenton had won the NFL Most Valuable Player Award, and the NFL Offensive Player of the Year Award.

  62. By DRS on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    Terzian’s Revenge”, so is that why the Vikings are pick on by the officials, Why they look the other way on calls that should have been called.

  63. By DRS on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    Well I have to go and do some VA stuff so have fun, and God bless you all.

  64. By sandiamond on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    peever Bowman had a stellar good year in 2009. 66 tackles and 6 int’s. The last 2 years he lost his job to Tim Jennings. I’m sure a Bears fan could give us some more insight

  65. By sandiamond on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    -Compensatory picks should be released sometime this week as the Vikings prepare to get some picks for Sidney Rice and Ray Edwards who both left via free agency last year. Many are suspecting that the Vikings will receive two 4th round picks and we should have those answers sooner than later.

  66. By NovaScotiaVike on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply Yeah ,I remember it, though I wish I could forget it.

  67. By 61Vikings on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    I remember that game so well, that image is still imbedded in my mind to this day!! Was watching the game with my dad that day and remembering, for the first time in my life, I saw my father cry!! My Dad never cried!! That was the greatest team to never win a Superbowl in NFL history, period!!! Drew Pearson, indeed pushed off on that play, but yet, they called us for pass interference!! Have hated the Dallas Cowboys ever since!!!

  68. By New Vike on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    Good low risk signing for the Vikes!

  69. By DrinkHeavyVikingsFans on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    Sign FA Ben Grubbs to replace Hutch to help anchor Ponder’s blind side. Draft Kalil. Move Winfield to FS. Draft Josh Robinson,CB from CF.

  70. By New Vike on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    Ben Grubbs is in New Orleans

  71. By sandiamond on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    Geoff has a brother in the draft this year!

  72. By RichardA1 on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    What a waste of money if the Vikings get him, we just got rid of players because we are rebuilding, I hope we don’t do something stupid! Vote-Arden Hills Stadium, not the quick fix downtown stadium. signed: Odin-Viking God of war

  73. By RichardA1 on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    ODIN Viking God of War says, go back to Arden Hills, dump the quick fix downtown site, Draft Defense. Why would you waste your time on this DB when youn just got rid of players who can still play?

  74. By vikings4life on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    Just to ask anyone who believes taking a CB at top 3 is not a good idea, many people say that Claiborne will go 4-6 but honestly this team took a 2nd round qb at 12! anyway how is taking claiborne at 3 when hes projected 4-6 its three picks maximum. IF you believe he can come in and start in our division with chris cook we would have a secondary so talented and so young. A new LT is needed no doubt but Luck’s left tackle from Stanford is either going to be there or Adams from Ohio state will be there. WE NEED a great secondary, we have AP and Toby we dont need a great Line for them to succeed.

  75. By sandiamond on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    vikings4life no, not that easy… all the other projected starting left tackles will be gone in round 1

  76. By PAVike on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    Just what we need, another Bear castaway.

  77. By PAVike on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    If he has ANY trouble beating out Asher Allen, he is a scrub.

  78. By vikings4life on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    sandiamond name the giants left tackle, name the packers left tackle, and their rounds they were drafted. and the saints cause those are the last three champions. heck if you really want go back add the steelers in 2008 cause they just help my point even more.

  79. By iaVIKE on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    We can not pass up Kalil.
    Kalil – age 22
    C Johnson – age 27
    Sully – age 26
    Schwartz – age 25
    Loadholt – age 26
    If we draft Kalil we can pretty much forget about the O Line for quite a while (with no injuries)
    WR and all D positions the rest of the draft

  80. By vikings4life on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    Jermon Bushrod (4th roudn Saints 2009) Max Starks ( 3rd round 2008 steelers) Chad Clifton (2nd round 2010 Packers) William Beatty(2nd round 2011 Giants) Do you need any more proof A 1st round Left Tackle hasnt been part of a championship team in 5 years cause the giants won in 2007. LT are a stupid man’s safe pick, but look at us we had a great great great line and we have the best running back in football arguably the best line for a while with McKiney Hutch Birk but that only gets you so far. DEFENSE Wins championships, they allways have and always will.

  81. By vikings4life on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    IaVike – what does that do for us when you have Brandon Marshall Greg Jennings oh yea and Calvin Johnson JR. Coming twice a season each at us?.? and our best corner is 35? IF FAVRE WHO WAS 39-40 can do it with a makeshift line then Ponder should not have a problem We didnt blow 20 point leads because Charlie Johnson was our left Tackle

  82. By sandiamond on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    Brees, Manning, Rodgers three of the top 5 exp QB’s in the nfl. That should tell the real story. Ponder is just trying to stay upright(consider LT as an offensive weapon!)

  83. By sandiamond on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    what 20 point leads last year? lol

  84. By iaVIKE on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    vikings4life- I really don’t disagree with you that our D needs major upgrades at certain spots. I simply think that we can’t pass on Kalil when he’s right in front of us. As sandiamond pointed out Ponder is not Brees, Manning, or rodgers…not yet anyway. If either of those QB’s had to run for their lives like Ponder did last year they wouldn’t have made it past the wild card rounds of their respective SB seasons, may not have made it to the playoffs. If we do take Kalil we can focus on the rest of the team for years to come

  85. By OTKalil2012 on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    Kalil will be the pick for the Vikings…There is only one team with enough picks and position in the draft that “might” sway the Vikings into trading the 3rd overall pick…And that would be the Rams trying to trade back up…I don’t see that happening…Unless the Rams really want Kalil as bad as the Vikings should be targeting him with the 3rd pick…

    The Rams have enough draft picks…But just don’t see them trading back up in the draft…They “might” if they feel Kalil,Blackmon and Claiborne would be off the board when their pick came around…

    I think Spielman is over playing the Claiborne interest myself….I would just flat out be honest at this point in the game…The first and second picks in the draft are written in stone..And for Spielman to just let teams know it will take the farm (and then some) for the Vikings to pass on Kalil with the 3rd pick…

  86. By Shawn on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    I really dont think Kalil or Claiborne is a bad pick at number 3. The issue is after Kalil … Reiff and Martin start to show concerns. and by the time you get to the second round the talent at LT is gone or less than Charlie Johnson.

    However after Claiborne the DB list is about 10 deep and we can get a starter at CB in round 2 …

  87. By Shawn on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    LT Mike Adams didnt even get 20 reps at 225 …. he might be the best available at 35 ….

    most have Reiff ending up at right tackle.

    Cordy Glenn from Georgia was seen as a guard early in the draft talk … he might be there at 35

  88. By Nicholas on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    Spielman can’t change his story now, it would just make him look dumb. I hope/expect him to take Kalil 3rd. overall. Especially if Spielman holds true to the BPA strategy…Kalil 3rd overall….

  89. By iaVIKE on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    Remember Detroit taking the superstar picks in the first round for years? Spielman is making sure that we’re not gunna be that joke of a franchise for the next decade.

  90. By sandiamond on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    south dakota state OL Tom Compton scheduled to visit the vikings in april. They like this guy and he was in the mock draft i posted the other day

  91. By RichardA1 on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    We need defensive backs, the Vikes seem to always have a week defensive backfield. Joe Web? what good is he, he has no starting position, he has proved he can play different positions but the Vikes don’t use him, why? why not trade him or make him a starter, what a waste of talent! We also need a 30 foot tall statue of Odin, the Viking AGod of war somewhere down on the playing field!

  92. By sandiamond on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    OTK just the Rams and Dolphins now as only trade partners. Browns owner says ” we are fine with Colt McCoy” looking to trade down

  93. By sandiamond on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

  94. By sandiamond on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

  95. By spire22 on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    What about Newman…..the cowboys released him, so why not try and get him!

  96. By QBKilla on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    I think you make a move for Asante. Re sign EJ and start searching for a 6 foot 4 WR thats sure handed. Whats up with Jerome Simpson? Burress?

  97. By sir jaxon on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    In think that Kalil is unquestionably our best outlook #3 overall to proceed with a solid plan for our offensive line for several years in the future or just as importantly the present that should be our primary concern … …….The best teams in the League historically win the battles on the Line ………..both sides of the ball ………..Loadholt , Sullivan and the Schwartz signing leaves the icing for that area of our game with Kalil at #3 ………. We also have two very good Tight ends maybe 3 …….. I support the Kalil pick with our most valuable player on the team in mind with a true killer line busting gaps for ADRIAN our Purple GOD ……….It should be changed from ODIN to ADRIAN! ……

    Our defensive line has potential with Jared / Williams and Robison again …………Gion , Griffen , Ballard are also ones with upside along with a decent core of linebackers ……….and questionable secondary ……………..

    With Antoine coming back ……….he will help considerably , Cook , Sherels , Allen amongst a few that could have break out years we shouldn’t focus here now !! I’m not kidding ………

    Lets give our offense the talent and responsibility to take the ball on 7-8-9 minute 80 yard drive ……twice a game ………Peterson would last a few years longer and also let the verdict on Ponder or Webb be our focus …..which it should …….there already here right ……..

    Last year we were always fighting being behind …………. allot of three and outs …….I think if Ponder could have more time to pass he would develop faster as the year goes on …………..if he were to develop as planned the running / passing balance would be there working for us on both sides of the ball ……..having the lead and putting the other team in a passing situation makes our secondary better right away ….. doesn’t it ……….

  98. By Rudso on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    Nice points Shawn in getting Kalil at #3 because it’s much easier to pick a starting CB in the 2nd round than a starting LT in the 2nd round.

    Kalil is not just a great LT, his a franchise LT. I love Claiborne, I WISH there was a way we can have both but considering the player Kalil is, his blood line, and our young QB and now fragile RB……………….. I might cry if the Vikings don’t pick him.

    If we take Kalil and a few speed WR this draft, we can be done with our offense and concentrate on our Defense for several years. The oldest person on our offense will be AP and his still young.

    We have Ponder, Peterson, and Harvin (he runs 5-6 plays a game) that we need to protect. I can’t think of a better “sorry for last season” gift to these guys than Kalil at #3.

  99. By jo on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    The vikes have never had a shutdown corner. This is the time!!
    Claiborne has the potential to be better than champ Bailey in his prime.
    This guy can control one side of the field.
    There are other decent offensive tackles in the second round.
    Go get your corner vikes

  100. By jo on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    If you look at the stud WRs in this division…..Calvin johnson,brandon marshal,greg jennings, i think it would be wise to take a cb at number 3.
    I don’t think matt Kalil can cover calvin johnson for too long

  101. By hugo on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    is good samuel is very good

  102. By Alex on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    I think it would be a good fit in our system. He still has a lot left in the tank i think we should go after him. go get some help. GOOOOOOOOOOOOO VIKINGS.

  103. By celticvikingwarrior on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    @ RichardA1…”Odin” is NOT THE “GOD OF WAR”, that would be “THOR”. Odin is their “God”. They should both have statues, one on each side of the main entrence, or each end of the new stadium (Please GOD…[Odin]) or….wherever they look best !!!!!
    Once and for all, there is ONLY ONE CORRECT PICK for this team at #3, and that is KHALIL. There are multiple excellent options for WR’s, CB’s in rounds 2-4, especially since we were just awarded 2 compensatory picks in the 4th Rd.

  104. By peever on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    iaVIKE…I have not been crazy about taking an o lineman with a no 3 pick when a reciever would make more sense…and more of a difference…….BUT…you make a good point……draft kalil and forget about the line for some time….hmmmm

  105. By wacky on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    asher allen sucks so bad………………………………………….

  106. By wezo on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    this organization is going to some how mess this up. To much thinking. Either you stick wit your gut feeling or pay the consequence in the long run.

  107. By ADSoldier on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    No!! If you’re going to rebuild, REBUILD!!

  108. By djf on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    i think this would be a good idea but look vikings fans there are still good free agents like cb william midelton S o.j ATOWE LB David Harthorne G CHAD RIEDECK AND THAT WOULD HELP THEM ALOT

  109. By madcap17 on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    What happened with Chris Carr? I have seen anything about him singing with any team yet.

  110. By chrisbreezy on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    what my fav club in a different sport did is when that once great player is old and was no longer that player he use to be,we signed some a little younger but experienced one to replace that player. so releasing or trading soon to be 35 yrs old winfield and replacing him with 31 yr old samuel would be wise. But i would “not” give up a pick other than a 7th round for him.if they ask for something lower, hang up the phone.chad greenway is 29 and the LBs is either close to 30 or not good enough,do you vikings think you will draft a LB in this draft or focus on that in the 1st round of next year draft.

  111. By Ben on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    Charles Woodson is up there in age and he is a beast for a corner and is still a playmaker and can still make opposing teams look the other way when throwing the ball I believe it’s the player who has to have the drive to want to be a hard working playmaking player

  112. By T.HARRIS on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    Yea forget A.Samuels out with the old in with the new.Vikes are making a young come back for a long long time.Bring in a vet every now and then once you are establish.Go Dale Moss.

  113. By Vik on Mar 29, 2012 | Reply

    we lost to lions after 20-0 lead I would go with Blackmond at #1 have LT: johnson LG: Schwarts C: Sullivan RG: DeGarear RT: Loahalt then we have a taget thats big good tall and young then work with if we get Blackmond. Then take all defence dont care build the SHlT out of it.

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