Monday, March 5th, 2007
by Kevin Seifert
As we wait for the decision of free agent WR Kevin Curtis to decide between the Vikings and Detroit Lions, now is a good time to look at what remains of the receiver market on Day 4 of free agency. Weâ€™ve edited the list to match the Vikingsâ€™ criteria of younger players â€œon the come,â€ the way VP of Player Personnel Rick Spielman put it.
The Vikings donâ€™t want to give up any of their draft choices, pretty much ruling out restricted free agents. So, in no particular order, a list of some unrestricted wide receivers who are in their mid-20â€™s:
*Bobby Wade (Tennessee). He might be the best of what remains. The former Bears receiver caught 29 passes last year for Tennessee.
*Antoinio Bryant (San Francisco). He is a talent but has had all kinds of character issues, which might rule him out in the culture of accountability.
*Shaun McDonald (St. Louis). He caught 13 passes for the Rams last year and is visiting Detroit today.
*Donte Stallworth (Philadelphia). Another talent, but he has had issues with his hamstrings. There also is a report in the Philadelphia Inquirer today that Stallworth is in the NFLâ€™s substance-abuse program and would be subject to a supsension if he violates it again.
Should the Vikings expand their search, other available players include Joe Horn, Eric Moulds, Andre Davis and Brandon Stokley.
Iâ€™m sure Iâ€™m missing some players and possibilities, but these guys come to mind. Feel free to discuss, suggest, ridicule and mock.