In well under 24 hours the NFL will begin its free agency period, and the Minnesota Vikings have been unexpectedly quiet.
On Monday, they signed Sage Rosenfels to a two year contract that should put him third on the depth chart behind Joe Webb and Christian Ponder. Other than that, not much was happening.
In fact, pending free agent linebacker Erin Henderson took to Twitter to seemingly let us know that his phone has yet to ring.
He tweeted, “Let’s write a letter. I’ll start it…. Dear Vikings,”
By the time a letter arrived at Winter Park, however, free agency will be well underway and those hoping that Minnesota retains their weakside linebacker better hope they use more modern technology, such as a telephone, to contact Henderson.
The Vikings will forego the chance to tender linebacker Kenny Onatolu as a restricted free agent, as Brett wrote Monday, but they still sound interested in retaining him.
Defensive tackle Letroy Guion is close to signing a contract extension, according to a source in this report, and contract talks were described as “fruitful” on Monday. No news has surfaced regarding safety Husain Abdullah and his status with the Vikings.
The Vikings are thought to be a team gearing up to be active in free agency when it starts at 3:00 Central Lutefisk Time on Tuesday.
The top targets talked about are wide receiver Vincent Jackson, cornerback Brandon Carr, and guard Carl Nicks. These are names we have discussed for quite some time on these pages, and the odds are good that by Wednesday night we will know if the Vikings actually land any of them. The Vikings were thought to be on a road to disappointment in this regard, but major free agency players such as Washington and Dallas are going to have trouble chasing big money players in light of their punishments handed down by the league for dumping too much money into the uncapped year.
We will be here to cover every last second of free agency, so get all your chores done early on Tuesday… it could be a long and interesting evening.