A Few Vikings Storylines To Follow

Posted by Mike Wobschall on February 13, 2012 – 7:13 am

I’ve been away on vacation the past few days, but that doesn’t mean I’m not keeping up with Vikings-related developments in the news. Here are a few storylines I’ve taken note of over the past several days and how they impact the Vikings.

Feel free to chime in on any of them by providing your thoughts in the comments section below this entry…

– The Oakland Raiders released CB Stanford Routt on Thursday. This news becomes relevant to the Vikings immediately because the secondary is an area of the team that could use an influx of talent. I addressed the question of whether Routt would fit with the Vikings in this week’s Monday Morning Mailbag, so check it out to read more about this possibility.

– Staying in the secondary, it was reported that Alabama S Mark Barron will have surgery to repair two hernias, which will prevent him from participating in the Combine and could cause his draft stock to fall. For his sake, hopefully these developments won’t adversely impact his NFL career. For the Vikings sake, I wonder if a big drop in Barron’s draft stock could put the team in position to nab the best safety in the draft with the 3rd pick of the 2nd round. My sense is that would be a huge steal for the Vikings. This is complete speculation on my part, but isn’t that what we’re supposed to do at this point in the pre-draft process?

– The Pittsburgh Steelers restructured the contracts of CB Ike Taylor and LBs Lawrence Timmons and LaMarr Woodley to create cap space. Don’t be surprised if we similar news from the Vikings this offseason, as they face several of what I call “50-50” decisions on veteran players. CB Cedric Griffin, LB EJ Henderson, G Steve Hutchinson and CB Antoine Winfield are just a few examples of players with whom this tactic may (or may not) apply.

– Kevin Acee of UT San Diego writes that the San Diego Chargers are likely to cut LT Marcus McNeill to clear cap space. LT is another position often speculated about regarding the Vikings, but most of the speculation centers on acquiring a LT in the draft. Obviously LT is a premier position in the NFL, so it’s rare to find a good one available in free agency. But McNeill would be a good one and he could be available in free agency. He’s 28 years old and is a two-time Pro Bowler. Something to consider at least.

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