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It seems as if the Vikings are in the running for 27-year-old safety Taylor Mays.

According to the Pioneer Press’ Chris Tomasson, the Vikings, Bengals, and Redskins are all vying to bring Mays in. The safety has played for Cincinnati since 2011, and Tomasson said the Bengals are “desperately” wanting Mays to stay on the roster.

John Day is a Bengals fan who would like to see Mays stay in Cincinnati at the right price. He feels there are some challenges to Mays, but he also offers a lot of upside to a team:

“[Mays is] more of a straight line type of guy.  Hes a good athlete […] Perfect depth guy who could fill a couple spots in a pinch.”

Mays is yet another free agent whose interest in the Vikings relates directly to his past experience with head coach Mike Zimmer. Zimmer served as Cincinnati’s defensive coordinator during Mays’ first three seasons, so he is widely familiar with Zimmer’s coaching style and system.

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According to Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press, the Vikings are making their case to bring Cincinnati guard Clint Boling to Minnesota. The acquisition would benefit Minnesota in more ways than one.

After releasing Charlie Johnson last week, the team absolutely needs a strong guard added to the roster, and bringing in a free agent like Boling would be a great solution. Boling also has a history with head coach Mike Zimmer, as the guard overlapped three seasons with the coach when Zimmer was Cincinnati’s defensive coordinator.

Even though he didn’t play directly under Zimmer, bringing Boling into a general system and coach that he is already familiar with would be significant for both him and the Vikings.

“[Boling] has a lot of interest in the Vikings,” said his trainer Ryan Goldin. “I know he likes the Vikings organization. It’s going to be an interesting 24 hours.”

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:

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