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    Childress adds three more to mix

    Childress adds three more to mix

    The Vikings continued to be busy in free agency as they signed three more players, including a safety and backup quarterback.

    Judd Zulgad, Star Tribune
    Last update: March 24, 2006 – 12:10 AM

    JEFF WHEELER, Jeff Wheeler

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    And now the Vikings plan to take a breath.
    Or at least that's what coach Brad Childress indicated Thursday after the team signed three free agents in a single day for the second time since the market opened on March 11. Joining the six newcomers already added to the roster, are strong safety Clevan (Tank) Williams, quarterback Mike McMahon and defensive end DeQuincy Scott.

    "We're kind of drawing to the close of our free-agent action here," Childress said during a news conference held in the Vikings' indoor practice facility at Winter Park.

    The Vikings are high on Scott's potential as a situational pass rusher.

    It was the signings of Williams and McMahon, however, that drew the most attention. Williams, 25, likely will enter training camp as the starting strong safety, replacing Corey Chavous. Chavous has signed with St. Louis. McMahon, 27, was signed to serve as Brad Johnson's backup.

    Williams was a second-round pick by the Titans out of Stanford in 2002 and started all 16 games in three of his four years with the team. His 2004 season was cut short after nine starts when he suffered an ACL tear in his left knee against Chicago.

    Known for his hard hitting, the 6-3, 223-pound Williams finished third on the Titans with 83 tackles in 2005. It took him some time to return to form, and Tennessee did not make much of an attempt to retain him, instead signing safety Chris Hope away from Pittsburgh.

    "I'm definitely 100 percent [now] and my focus is just to work hard and build upon the rehab and playing time I had last year," said Williams, who has five career interceptions in 57 games.

    Also courted by Miami and Seattle, Williams liked the idea of playing for new Vikings defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin. He heard positive reviews of the former Tampa Bay defensive backs coach from Buccaneers linebacker Ryan Nece.

    "He had nothing but great things to say about Coach Tomlin," said Williams, whose contract terms were not revealed. "He told me, 'If you get a chance to go to Minnesota, that would be a great place for you to flourish. It really fits your style.' "

    Childress expects Williams to be a good fit in the Vikings' cover-2 scheme, although the defense often calls for the safeties to play deep and Williams is most effective as a run stopper.

    "We talk about the Tampa 2 [defense]," Childress said. "However, those safeties spend a great deal of time playing down by the line of scrimmage, particularly if you find people that are trying to run the football on you."

    McMahon had been scheduled to head to Denver on Thursday morning to visit the Broncos, but the Vikings convinced him not to leave town.

    Childress was McMahon's offensive coordinator last season in Philadelphia and the Vikings moved quickly to sign him after the quarterback was released this week by the Eagles. The Vikings had to make a move because, with Daunte Culpepper traded to Miami, their only other quarterback was the inexperienced J.T. O'Sullivan.

    "Mike has played in this system," said Childress, who called McMahon extremely athletic. "There won't be a lot of thinking involved with him."

    McMahon, who received a two-year, $2 million deal, played his first four seasons in Detroit before spending 2005 in Philadelphia. He started a career-high seven games last season after Donovan McNabb suffered a sports hernia and went 2-5. McMahon completed only 45.4 percent of his passes; he threw five touchdowns and eight interceptions.

    "I think I have plenty of room to improve," said McMahon, who reiterated his comments from a day before about wanting to learn from Johnson. "Being 27 years old, just turning 27 [on Feb. 8], is relatively young for a quarterback. A lot of guys really don't show their skills until they hit their late 20s, early 30s."

    Scott, who turned 28 earlier this month, signed a one-year contract that is believed to be for around the league minimum of $545,000. Vikings vice president of player personnel Fran Foley, an executive with San Diego the past three seasons, was very familiar with Scott.

    The 6-1, 260-pound Scott had spent the past four seasons with the Chargers, recording a career-high 6.5 sacks in 2003 and adding 4.5 in 2005. Foley said Scott can play all along the line but added he will be used at right end by the Vikings. Scott, who visited Kansas City and talked to Denver, also will be expected to contribute on special teams.

    Etc.

    •Guard Steve Hutchinson's precedent-setting contract includes a full no-trade clause and a 2006 salary cap number of $13.335 million, according to the Tacoma News Tribune. That cap number includes $4.75 million of "likely-to-be-earned incentives" that will be credited to the Vikings' 2007 cap total if he does not earn that bonus. After 2006, Hutchinson's annual cap numbers will fall between $6.5 million and $8.6 million.

    •Vikings free-agent linebacker Raonall Smith visited with the Green Bay Packers on Wednesday, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

    •Foley said with the owners meetings starting Sunday in Orlando, Fla., the Vikings don't have more free-agent visits scheduled.


    Staff Writer Kevin Seifert contributed to this story.

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    Re: Childress adds three more to mix

    I was going to post that article, but was unsure which thread to put it in or if I should start a new one.

    So I didn't. Glad you did Ultra.

    The thing I got out of it is it appears they are done looking at FA, at least for awhile.

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    Re: Childress adds three more to mix

    Posted on Fri, Mar. 24, 2006

    [size=18px]Vikings' last free-agent signings fill the bill[/size]

    McMahon, Scott, Williams deemed good fits for offense, defense

    BY DON SEEHOLZER
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    The free-agent shopping season came to an unofficial end Thursday for the Vikings, but not before they signed three more players.

    In need of a veteran to back up Brad Johnson, the Vikings signed former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Mike McMahon to a two-year, $2 million contract.

    Before the day was over, they added Tennessee's Tank Williams, a physical strong safety for their cover two defense, and San Diego's DeQuincy Scott, a pass-rushing defensive end.

    With no more player visits scheduled, and with coach Brad Childress and vice president of player personnel Fran Foley preparing for the NFL owners meeting next week in Orlando, Fla., the Vikings can turn their attention to the draft on April 29-30 knowing they already have filled several holes.

    "There's always the one that got away, if you will," Childress said. "But we feel like we did a good job with the guys that we have. They're all fits for this system offensively and defensively."

    The Vikings got off to a late start in their search for a reserve quarterback after the trade last week that sent Daunte Culpepper to Miami. But Childress said the team got a great fit in McMahon, who has spent his five NFL seasons and longer in the West Coast offense.

    "Mike's played in this system through Rutgers, through the Lions, Philadelphia," Childress said, "and there won't be a lot of thinking involved with him here in Minnesota."

    Released Monday by the Eagles, McMahon was scheduled to fly Thursday morning to Denver. He canceled that trip when negotiations heated up after a visit Wednesday to Winter Park.

    In the end, he said, he couldn't turn down the opportunity to be reunited with Childress, the former Eagles offensive coordinator, and to play behind and learn from Johnson.

    "After talking with my agent and thinking it over, I decided this is the best opportunity for me to further my career," McMahon said.

    McMahon, 27, went 2-5 last season as a starter with the Eagles after Donovan McNabb went out with a sports hernia. McMahon completed 45.4 percent of his passes for 1,158 yards and five touchdowns with eight interceptions.

    A lack of accuracy was the knock on McMahon during his four seasons in Detroit, but the Vikings picked him over available veterans such as Kerry Collins, Jay Fiedler and Tommy Maddox after first choice Craig Nall signed with Buffalo.

    In addition to a veteran, Childress has mentioned possibly drafting a young quarterback who can be developed. McMahon said he isn't worried about that prospect.

    "That was discussed, and I don't think that will be an issue," he said. "Again, you never know, but I think this is the best place for me."
    Williams said the same thing after signing an incentive-laden one-year contract that could be worth roughly $900,000, including bonuses and incentives.

    The Titans deemed Williams expendable after they signed free-agent safety Chris Hope. Williams said he and his agent talked to Seattle and Miami but made the Vikings his first visit because they showed the most interest.

    A second-round draft choice out of Stanford, the 6-foot-3, 223-pound Williams started from Day 1 with the Titans. He said he is 100 percent again after a subpar 2005 season in which he tried to work his way back from a torn knee ligament suffered the previous November.

    "It definitely took a toll on my play," he said. "It was one of those things where I was healthy enough to be on the field, but I wasn't all the way back yet."
    Williams is expected to fill the starting strong safety spot that opened up when free agent Corey Chavous left for St. Louis. Williams said he is eager to get started in the Vikings' new cover two defense, and Childress said he should fit right in.

    "Tank Williams can hit you," he said. "He can fill up a hole; he can play by the line of scrimmage. Not that he can't play in a deep half, but somewhere you need strikers coming out of the back end."

    This defense also needs outside pass rushers, and the Vikings think they got one in the 6-1, 260-pound Scott, an undrafted free agent who had 14½ sacks in four seasons with the Chargers, including 4½ last season.

    He played both end positions, defensive tackle and even some outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme for San Diego. He is expected to line up at right end for the Vikings.

    Foley knows Scott from three seasons in the Chargers' personnel department.

    "His real thing is edge rusher," Foley said. "He's a 4-3 defensive end. He'll be an edge guy for us."

    Briefly: The Vikings are still short on linebackers, but this year's draft isn't. "There's an abundance of linebackers in this draft," Foley said. "There are a number of good first-day linebackers."

    • An NFL spokesman had no comment when asked if Culpepper could be in trouble with the league after he testified that he was shooting dice for money during the infamous boat party Oct. 6 on Lake Minnetonka. The NFL doesn't prohibit players from gambling except for betting on NFL games.

    Don Seeholzer can be reached at [email protected]

    Vikings' last free-agent signings fill the bill

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    Re: Childress adds three more to mix

    Thats great news. we needed a backup badly, and a safety even more. I haven't heard too much about Scott. Can anyone shed some light on him. I know he's only started a couple of games, but played in something like 56 of them. Has anyone actually watched him?

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    Re: Childress adds three more to mix

    Wow...I finally found out what Tank's real first name is. Hmm. I thought it was Sherman. That's usually the first name of most people with the nickname "Tank."


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    Re: Childress adds three more to mix

    What about Erasmus and Udeze? Is this guy just a fill in when a player needs a blow? Why are we picking up free agents for places we have first round picks already occupying? I understand needing depth but the article makes it sound like this guy is a starter

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    There goes free agency, I guess no Arrington but its alright. A whole bunch of prospects in the draft and we're putting our full focus into it with our great scouts. Good offseason so far minus trading our allpro QB
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    "Redmption" wrote:
    What about Erasmus and Udeze? Is this guy just a fill in when a player needs a blow? Why are we picking up free agents for places we have first round picks already occupying? I understand needing depth but the article makes it sound like this guy is a starter

    I am assuming you are talking about Scott.

    He is a pass rush specialist like Lance Johnstone has been for the Vikes the last 5 years, he will come in on 3rd and long for Kenechi at the right end.
    What we've got here is failure to communicate.

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    I <3 Childress.

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    I read somewhere that we signed Tank, and Scott both to 1 year deals.. I hope that is just to see their form. I hope they atleast did what they did last season for K-Rob, put right of first refusal in their contracts.. Good pickups, we have done very well this offseason..

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