Vikings Free Agency Update
The Minnesota vikings have had a very slow free agency period, with very few signings, and none big name in nature. THe team did visit with free agent WR/KR Ted Ginn earlier this week, but Ginn left the visit with the Vikings without a contract.
ESPN 1500 Twin Cities’ is reporting that the Vikings “definitely remain interested,” per, but no deal appears to be imminent. Ginn turns 27 in April and is one of the better return men in football. Its unclear if he would be given any chance to earn a starting WR role, but it’s clear his main focus would be on special teams.
The Vikings continue to remake their offensive line agreeing to terms with OL Geoff Schwartz on a one-year, $1.5 million contract.
Schwartz, who turns 26 before the season, will likely battle for the Vikings’ starting right guard job, which was vacated by Anthony Herrera’s release. Schwartz can be a nasty run blocker when he’s at full strength, but he missed all of 2011 due to hip surgery. Schwartz has declared himself 100 percent. Many experts I’m close to believe the Vikings are planning to move Charlie Johson to left guard, draft USC OT Matt Kalil with the third round pick and roll with the aforementioned Schwartz at left guard. Center John Sullivan and RT Phil Loadholt will return to their respective spots from last year.
Vikings fans were universally pleased this week when the team announced the release of the underperforming DT Remi Ayodele. Spelled like AYODELE, it turns out this guy WAS in on the clearly exposed effort to place a bounty on Brett Favre’s head in the 2009 NFC Championship. Yes Saints coach Sean Payton was even suspended for an entire year earlier this week as a result. Vikings fans are justified in feeling like a Super Bowl berth was somewhat robbed from the team in that dirty game in ‘Nawlins.