Free Agents Vikes Have 'Good Idea' Who They'll Kee
It remains unclear what the requirement will be for unrestricted free agency under a new CBA, but many expect it will go back to four years.
That would mean the following list of Vikings could hit the open market during what would be a wild free agency period: Nose tackle Pat Williams (14 years of service); kicker Ryan Longwell (14); linebacker Ben Leber (nine); quarterback Patrick Ramsey (nine) cornerback Lito Sheppard (nine); wide receiver Greg Lewis (eight); cornerback Frank Walker (eight); wide receiver Hank Baskett (five); defensive end Ray Edwards (five); defensive tackle Fred Evans (five); offensive lineman Ryan Cook (five); quarterback Tarvaris Jackson (five); fullback Naufahu Tahi (five); safety Eric Frampton (four); and wide receiver Sidney Rice (four).
First, the VP of player personel brought most of these schmoes in. I long for a real GM.
Second, read the following quote from the article.
This part is not in quotations 'there is a chance that given the Vikings situation at receiver they might be willing to pay him more than some other teams that might be worried about the hip.'
Going by what Spielman said about keeping younger players, the two names that jump out are Rice and Edwards. Rice had a brilliant 2009 season but he is coming off hip surgery last year and there is a chance that given the Vikings situation at receiver they might be willing to pay him more than some other teams that might be worried about the hip.
The author was interviewing Spielman but decided to throw in his own theory in an attempt to put words in Spielman's mouth.
“What takes a quarterback to the next level is not arm strength or mobility or any of that stuff. It’s the ability to play on critical downs. Manage third downs, or red zones or four-minute or two-minute situations"