Prize pick ups
[size=13pt]Ten top-of-the-line NFL transplants[/size]
By Dan Arkush
...a breakdown of the best personnel moves via trade and free agency that have been made this offseason. What follows is one veteran gridiron chroniclerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ranking of the top 10 pickups via free agency or trade:
1) DE Jared Allen / Vikings Ã¢â‚¬â€ A former rabble-rouser who appears to have cleaned up his act off the field, Allen has what it takes to be an absolute terror off the right edge for a Minnesota team with suddenly very legitimate title aspirations in the NFC North. A 6-6, 270-pound Energizer Bunny who is seldom on the ground, Allen registered 15Ã‚Â½ sacks in only 14 games last year for the Chiefs. With Allen sharing space this coming season on a line with arguably the leagueÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s most dynamic DT duo in Kevin and Pat Williams, a 20-sack season doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t seem like too big a stretch.
7) FS Madieu Williams / Vikings Ã¢â‚¬â€ Before Madieu bid adieu in Cincinnati, he had established himself as a solid run defender and a very capable center fielder. Just like his new teammate Allen, who figures to benefit greatly from Minnesota's other "Williams Boys," he should coexist quite comfortably with veteran SS Darren Sharper in a greatly improved Vikings secondary.