Free-agent scorecard: Breaking down the winners, losers
4. Minnesota: The Vikings needed a running game, so they invested in Chester Taylor and guard Steve Hutchinson. They needed a kicker, so they invested in Ryan Longwell. They needed defensive help and may have found it with linebacker Ben Leber, a guy who plays hard and stays out of trouble, and safety Tank Williams. OK, so Williams isn't the player he was three years ago. He still figures to start. I guess what I like most here is that coach Brad Childress is cleaning the place out from top to bottom, beginning with the trade of Daunte Culpepper, and changing the team's identity on the field with it. It's about time. Can Minnesota survive with Brad Johnson? It was 7-2 with him last year.
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2. Chester Taylor, Baltimore: I don't know if this is the next Priest Holmes waiting to happen, either, but Minnesota thinks he could be. Like Holmes, he sat behind Jamal Lewis. Like Holmes, he can hammer the inside of a line or swing to the outside. Like Holmes, he can start for a lot of teams. All I know is that Taylor looked a lot better last year than Lewis, and his body hasn't absorbed the punishment that seems to have slowed Baltimore's No. 1 back. Minnesota makes a commitment to the run with Taylor and, just a hunch, but the Vikings start him going left.
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