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    Any UFAs catch your eye?

    Are there any UFA’s out there for us to sign?

    I took a quick glance at each position for players that had at least one "difference making" charachteristic or looked like good fits.

    How do these guys look to you?

    Chester Pitts – G/LT – Versatile and best UFA Lineman left on market, limited duty as a backup might be perfect spot for Pitts to get back on his feet.

    Flozel Adams – LT – Still a Beast in the run game, but probably just a LT, worth a chance?

    Shawn Andrews – G – If he comes back after back surgery this guy could be a difference maker.

    Ladell Betts- 3rd down back - brings a lot of experience and is an excellent receiver out of the backfield.

    Jeremi Johnson – FB – at 275lbs this guy is a beast of a blocking FB, trade in Tahi for a difference maker?

    Brian Westbrook - 3rd down back - so tempting to add a talent like this to the backfield.

    Mushin Mohammad –WR - Veteran WR who is an excellent blocking WR. Would probably want a larger role, but, he brings a skill set the Vikings could use more of.

    Kelly Washington – WR - Another Veteran WR who is an excellent blocking WR. Would probably be okay as a 4th/5th WR.

    Thomas Hollis – NT 6-0 350 –An oldie, but, a goodie. A legit run stopper. May be best suited for a short term contract to cover WW suspension as he is Fat Pats age.

    John Henderson – NT 6-7 335 – Another massive d-lineman looking to jumpstart his career again. If he doesn’t work he can be cut and we go back into the draft. Worth a chance?

    Dre Bly – A little extra insurance for nickel and dime defenses? He played for less than a million last year.
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    Re:Any UFAs catch your eye?

    bsmithberkley wrote:

    Chester Pitts – G/LT – Versatile and best UFA Lineman left on market, limited duty as a backup might be perfect spot for Pitts to get back on his feet.

    Shawn Andrews – G – If he comes back after back surgery this guy could be a difference maker.

    Ladell Betts- 3rd down back - brings a lot of experience and is an excellent receiver out of the backfield.

    Jeremi Johnson – FB – at 275lbs this guy is a beast of a blocking FB, trade in Tahi for a difference maker?

    John Henderson – NT 6-7 335 – Another massive d-lineman looking to jumpstart his career again. If he doesn’t work he can be cut and we go back into the draft. Worth a chance?
    I'd love to bring any of these guys in. They can all play spot duty, or start if needed if we get into trouble.

    I'd like to see Betts, He'd be a good replacement for CT, because like it or not, Gerhert isn't a CT type player. Not quite a third down back. Betts has a good skillset, he can run alright, catch the ball and block. He's not exceptional at any one hting, but he's a solid option.

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    Re:Any UFAs catch your eye?

    Chester Pitts - I think teams wait until closer to training camp to evaluate his knee and how close to ready he is to playing.


    John Henderson & Flozel Adams probably want big money and teams are waiting as we get closer those 2 will heat up as FA.


    I would like to see who is available at Linebacker for some additional backup & security.
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    Re:Any UFAs catch your eye?

    My thoughts...

    Running Backs and Wide Receivers
    I don't think the Vikes need any of these guys. Not that the team couldn't improve at the #3 RB or #4&5 WR spots, but the impact would seem to be minimal.

    Fullback
    I don't know how good Jeremi Johnson really is, but I'm not a fan of Tahi. Last year, Tahi was in the huddle for about one-third of the snaps, and at least one too many. If there is someone better that can reduce Tahi's role to zero-thirds of the snaps this year, I would be happy.

    Offensive Line
    My guess would be that if the Vikings are looking at someone, they would be looking for a player to put in that 'versatile backup' role. That's a big reason why Chester Pitts would seem to be at the top of the list to me.

    Shawn Andrews has both physical and mental health issues, a tough combination. He was good at one point though. I don't know that Flozell Adams is a particularly good fit in Minnesota as opposed to someplace he might get a chance to play right away.

    Defensive Tackle
    I think the Vikings will make a move on this spot if the judge drops the restraining order on the suspension. Apparently that decision comes tomorrow. I do like the idea of adding Henderson as a guy that can probably provide quality snaps for several more years. This as opposed to a short term fit like Thomas Hollis.

    Corner Back
    Injuries are an issue, but with Cook and Sheppard I think the team has guys they probably aren't terrified of lining up out there if they have to. I wouldn't be opposed to adding more talent, and I think Bly is still an okay player, but he is sure getting old.
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    Re:Any UFAs catch your eye?

    We should get them!
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