Day three of our community mock draft has arrived which means two things:
- Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin are off the board.
- The Vikings are on the clock.
Need I say more?
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Sun, Sep 7 - @ Rams (12:00 PM)
Sun, Sep 14 - Patriots (12:00 PM)
Sun, Sep 21 - @ Saints (12:00 PM)
Sun, Sep 28 - Falcons (3:25 PM)
Thu, Oct 2 - @ Packers (7:25 PM)
Sun, Oct 12 Lions (12:00 PM)
Sun, Oct 19 @ Bills (12:00 PM)
Sun, Oct 26 @ Buccaneers (12:00 PM)
Sun, Nov 2 Redskins (12:00 PM)
Sun, Nov 16 @ Bears (12:00 PM)
Sun, Nov 23 Packers (12:00 PM)
Sun, Nov 30 Panthers (12:00 PM)
Sun, Dec 7 Jets (12:00 PM)
Sun, Dec 14 @ Lions (12:00 PM)
Sun, Dec 21 @ Dolphins (12:00 PM)
Sun, Dec 28 Bears (12:00 PM)
It has been known for quite some time that the Vikings would not be using their franchise tag this offseason, but they are still potentially affected by the process.
You can check out Vikings Gab for complete updates on who has been tagged so far, but I want to touch on a few specific decisions made by other clubs and how they might affect the Vikings in free agency.
DREW BREES, QB, SAINTS
Vikings fans should be glad about the fact that the Saints were unable to strike a long-term deal with their record breaking quarterback. If they had done a deal with Brees then they could have tagged guard Carl Nicks or receiver Marques Colston. Both Nicks and Colston would appear like attractive targets for the Vikings this March, and at the very least their presence will help saturate the market a little more.
Normally I try to do this feature on Wednesdays. On Wednesday there wasn’t enough news floating around to make it worth.
I can’t remember what exactly that was.
But if you give me $10,000 I might suddenly be able to recall.
Well, shoot, here I thought the post below this one was me taking an unpopular and unique stance on the whole “bountygate” brouhaha.
In the hours since I penned that plenty of others have suggested the practice of bounty hunting in the NFL is no surprise, that the Saints simply got caught, and I have even seen suggestions elsewhere that the NFL should punish them by taking away their rights to a 2012 franchise tag.
Now, I know the Vikings aren’t the only team affected over the last two or three years by Gregg Williams and his unacceptable bounty program, but it is clear they are among the most affected.
Reports have emerged that prior to the 2009 NFC Championship game linebacker Jonathan Vilma threw ten grand on a table and said it would go the player that knocked quarterback Brett Favre out of the game.
As us Vikings fans remember well, that game featured plenty of cheap shots to Favre and it was quite a feat that he was able to finish the game (badly). This scandal also brings up memories of Adrian Peterson indicating Jabari Greer excessively twisted his ankle on the bottom of a pile in 2011, which nearly caused him to lose his cool.
We know the Saints are going to get punished and I still think there is a case to be made that the team should have their franchise tag revoked this offseason, but is this a case in which the NFL’s punishment should include payment to the team(s) affected by the broken rules?
It wouldn’t be the first time the league did something like that.
In 2008, the NFL found that the 49ers had been tampering with Chicago linebacker Lance Briggs, talking contract with him before they had the right to do so, and San Francisco had to forfeit their fifth round draft pick as a result. The two teams were also forced to swap third round picks, increasing Chicago’s draft position in that round.
Now, I’m not going to sit here and pretend that plenty of other factors didn’t play into the Vikings loss to the Saints that postseason (ahem, twelve men in the huddle), but there could be a slight chance that the team is in line to receive compensation of some sort for being on the receiving end of Williams’ tactics.
Let’s hear it Vikings Territory, do you think the Vikings should get something out of this? If so, what should they get?
New Orleans is the center of the latest, greatest controversy in the NFL as it has been uncovered by an NFL investigation that the Saints, led by defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, paid bounties out to players on defense for injuring opponents. Brett Favre, not to anyone’s surprise, was obviously a target during the 2009 NFC Championship game.
Now, I’m really not that surprised, shocked, and quite honestly not all that upset.
Bounties have long been rumored to be a part of the NFL, and the Saints were just dumb enough to get caught. I think bounties are likely an unspoken truth similar to taping opponents signals (spygate) and tampering just prior to free agency.
Still, being dumb enough to get caught partaking in such a barbaric practice means you must be punished. Rumor has it that punishments could include cash fines, suspensions, and the loss of draft picks.
I have a better idea, but the league needs to act fast.
Take away their right to use a franchise tag this year. If you do that, then Drew Brees might just hit the open market, which would surely doom the franchise to years of awful play at the quarterback position.
There, I said it.
It is pretty likely that the St. Louis Rams will end up selling the second pick of the 2012 NFL Draft to the highest bidder. There are multiple teams out there that are willing to pay for him… and I imagine they are willing to pay a lot. For this reason, over the past few days, there have been various articles claiming that the Vikings win over the Redskins in late December may have been the costliest in Vikings history because it moved the Rams up to the number 2 spot (as well as caused a major injury to Adrian Peterson). There have also been articles claiming that the Vikings won’t likely have many interested in trading with them at the third spot if RGIII is off the board.
While I would agree that if Griffin is taken with the #2 pick (which is very likely) there will be less interest in the third pick, I do believe that there is still opportunity for a trade to happen. And here’s a good reason/example:
Yesterday, I scribbled a list of my “Top 25” free agency targets for the Vikings.
DeSean Jackson didn’t make the list, but that was only because we all knew he would get hit with the franchise tag. Today, he got hit with the franchise tag.
Rumors suggest the Eagles intend to trade Jackson, but I highly doubt the Vikings would be a willing trade partner. With a somewhat saturated market at the receiver position, it doesn’t make much sense to give up a high pick to obtain a player that wants to get paid like a superstar. Besides, he’s a headache.
One player who did make my list, Raiders safety Tyvon Branch, is no longer on the market. It has been reported that Branch will be tagged by the Raiders. In an already depleted safety market, one more option is off the table for the Vikings.