First of all, I just wanted to say hello to all of you. I have been unable to post for a little while because I had to leave my college campus due to a family emergency.
With that said, If I took over the Vikings management, I would go crazy this offseason and make some amazing moves. Remember this is just what I would do...
#1 Move - Trade Randy Moss for LaVarr Arrington AND Washington's 1st Round Draft choice.
REASONING: Moss gives this team an unecessary emotional rollercoaster at times. Sometimes Moss is that unstoppable force to be reckoned with, other times you wonder why he is even playing. Arrington gives this defense a general on the defensive side of the ball. Something this team has really been lacking.
#2 Move - Trade Michael Bennett to Arizona for a 3rd Round Draft Choice.
REASONING: The Vikings really need to feature one back. Let a back get in to a rhythm. Whether it is Moore or Smith. Both have potential for stardom in this league with the O-Line and Culpepper leading them. They will only get a 3rd rounder because of the amount of quality running backs in the draft, free agency, and trading block. This drives Bennett's value down.
Free Agency Moves
With the money freed up from trades and cap room, these are the moves I would make...
#1 Signing - Edgerton Hartwell MLB
REASONING: This would give the Vikes an enormus presence in the middle of the field and give them one of the best linebacking corps in the NFL. They could also move one of their young linebackers to the outside. Probably Henderson.
#2 Signing - Itulu Mili TE
REASONING: Mili is a more athletic and a better blocker than Wiggens. He gives the Vikes an upgrade at TE eventhough Wiggens had a huge year, I believe Mili can do better than Wiggens and for cheaper. Plus Mili is more athletic.
#2 Signing - Andre Dyson CB
REASONING: This guy will come cheap due to the amount of free agent cornerbacks and he is much better than Brian Williams. Dyson and Winfield will be able to cover any duo in the NFL.
9 (From Washington) - Thomas Davis S Georgia
REASONING: This guy is the best safety in the draft and a major upgrade from Brian Russell. Both him and Chavous can play either safety position.
18 - Antaj Hawthorne DT Wisconsin
REASONING: Hawthorne will give a huge presence in the middle with Kevin Williams. Giving the Vikings one of the most promising front fours in all of football.
49 - Chris Henry WR West Virginia
REASONING: The Vikes will take a chance at another troubled receiver and this guy could very easily be a featured #1 receiver right out of college. Him and Burleson could be a very tough duo to defend against.
From here, the starting lineups would look something like this...
QB - Daunte Culpepper
RB - Onterrio Smith/Mewelde Moore
FB - Jim Kleinsasser
WR - Nate Burleson
WR - Chris Henry/Marcus Robinson
TE - Itulu Mili
LT - Bryant Mckinnie
LG - Chris Liwienski
C - Matt Birk
RG - David Dixon
RT - Rosenthal
DE - Kenechi Udeze
DE - Kenny Mixon/Lance Johnstone
DT - Kevin Williams
DT - Antaj Hawthorne
WLB - LaVarr Arrington
MLB - Edgerton Hartwell
SLB - EJ Henderson/Donatarrius Thomas
CB - Antoine Winfield
CB - Andre Dyson/Brian Williams
SS - Corey Chavous
FS - Thomas Davis
This would give the Vikes a very championship caliber team.