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Like most Vikings fans, I have already turned about 87% of my gaze towards the offseason, and thus I thought I would have some fun tonight and identify five pending free agents that I think the Vikings could benefit from pursing this offseason.
Of course, a lot will change between now and when free agency begins and some, if not all, of these guys are likely to be locked up by their current teams. I will have more well-researched and detailed free agency opinions as the time draws nearer, but in the meantime I thought I’d get the conversation started by identifying five guys (on the offensive side of the ball) that jumped out to me at first glance and may actually have a chance of landing on the open market. I’ll follow up soon with a similar list of defensive players.
The Vikings continue to shut down injured veterans with less than a week remaining in their season.
Guard Steve Hutchinson was placed on injured reserve Tuesday after missing last week’s game against the Redskins due to a concussion.
His roster spot has been filled by running back Jordan Todman, whom was signed away from the Chargers practice squad after they selected him in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
Todman replaced Donald Brown as Connecticut’s primary runner in 2010 and performed quite well. At 5’ 9” and 203 pounds he ran a 4.44 at the Combine and showed solid hands during his college years.
With Adrian Peterson indefinitely sidelined the Vikings now have Toby Gerhart, Lorenzo Booker, Caleb King, and Todman rounding out their depth chart.
As far as Hutchinson goes, he may never suit up as a Vikings again, as sad as it is to say. He is owed $6.95 million for 2012, has had injury troubles the last few seasons, is almost 35 years old, and has seen his production decline pretty rapidly of late.
Hutchinson is the only Vikings that is known to have a no-trade clause in his contract.
I personally find it a bit odd that the Pro Bowl roster is determined when there is one full week of football left to be played, but never-the-less it is done that way, and today the results were announced.
With Adrian Peterson’s various injuries derailing the second half of his season, Jared Allen is the lone Viking to make the Pro Bowl roster this season.
Jared Allen bested himself this season and enters the final week with a league high 18.5 sacks. Allen also has 61 tackles, a safety, three defended passes, an interception, and four forced fumbles to his name this season. This is his fourth Pro Bowl selection in eight NFL seasons.
It is possible that more Vikings end up playing in the game as alternates, but at this point I can’t think of anyone besides Percy Harvin that may be worthy of being named an alternate.
You can see the entire Pro Bowl roster by clicking here.
The Vikings have hopes that Adrian Peterson will recover from surgery repairing his ACL and MCL injury in time for week one of the 2012 season.
That seemingly lofty goal may or may not be reached, and it will be the topic of conversation all offseason, but in the meantime Peterson’s season officially ended Monday when the Vikings placed him on the injured reserve.
To replace Peterson, the Vikings activated Caleb King from the practice squad, and if he makes the field next week he could be interesting to watch. The Georgia running back is listed at 5’ 11” and 212 pounds.
King was a highly touted prospect after declaring for the NFL’s supplemental Draft this past offseason. At Georgia, he was expected to be the heir to Knowshon Moreno but ended up breaking his jaw, missing substantial time, and leaving for the NFL earlier than expected. It was expected that he would be selected in the supplemental Draft, but no teams put in a bid, and the Vikings ended up signing him as an undrafted free agent prior to this season.
In the preseason finale against Houston, King rushed 19 times for the Vikings and gained 62 yards (3.3 yard average) and scored two touchdowns. I personally have the feeling King will be a solid NFL running back, and he may be able to stick to the active roster and help the Vikings cope with Peterson’s potential absence for part of the 2012 season.
According to the NFL’s transaction report, the team also continued to shuffle the fourth tight end spot on the roster by cutting Allen Reisner and activating Mickey Shuler from the practice squad. Both players have spent time on both the Vikings practice squad and active roster, but neither has been able to move up the depth chart.
I just wanted to take a minute to wish all of my Vikings Territory friends a very Merry Christmas!
I hope Santa brings each of you what you have been wanting most this year, and that you all get to enjoy Christmas with your closest friends and family.
Be safe, have fun, and enjoy the holiday season!
[NOTE: I know, I know, it isn't Monday. But it is the day after a game and I didn't want to wait to post this.]
I design power lines for a living.
If a major storm was taking place and lines were on the ground and poles were falling over, it would be my job to do what I can to get as many lights back on as soon as possible. That’s my job, no matter how bad things get. That’s my job… unless my boss told me otherwise.
If you managed a pizza joint that was getting a reputation for having the worst pizza in town, you wouldn’t rectify the situation by using even worse ingredients and skimping on the portions. Unless your boss tells you otherwise, it is your job to provide customers with the best pizza and the best service that you can.
I’ll be honest. I consider a bad season a bad season, with no real difference between “kind of bad” and “really bad” and “really, really bad.”
This season has been bad, a term that you can weight as you want, and I can honestly say I was not happy to hear Adrian Peterson was going to be returning to the field after his high ankle sprain. After all, he is the centerpiece of our offense and recently signed a $100 million contract, and the risk of a major injury clearly outweighed any potential reward for seeing him play out the lost 2011 season.
Yesterday Peterson reportedly tore is ACL and MCL and I am angry about it. I am sad about it. I am damned mad about it.
However, I don’t see how this is Leslie Frazier’s fault.
Frazier was hired to do one thing: coach a team that wins football games.
Unless his boss told him otherwise, Frazier’s duty as head coach of the Minnesota Vikings was and is to win as many games as possible. That duty would normally entail putting his best team on the field every week and coaching them up to the best of his abilities.
I can’t blame anyone who was cheering for a Vikings victory on Saturday, and I can’t blame those that are mad about the fact that Peterson suffered such a serious injury in a meaningless game.
With all of that being said, I also cannot blame Frazier for doing his job to the best of his abilities and putting his star running back on the field.
For those of you that want to direct blame, I would suggest taking it up not with Frazier, but instead with his boss for not changing the job description of the head coaching position mid-season.