I apologize for being absent most of Monday, but luckily for me it turned out to be a pretty slow day. Let’s take a look at what did happen:
Abdullah Has An Offer: Apparently the Vikings have made an offer to safety Husain Abdullah and he is “mulling it over.” Abdullah has been a serviceable option at safety the last two years, but has struggled with concussions, and could be a possible starter into the future, as well.
Schwartz To Visit Niners: “Awesome Visit with the Vikings!” tweeted offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz on Monday. Schwartz left Minnesota without a contract but the Vikings knew that was the plan all along. He has visits set up with the Chiefs and the 49ers over the next couple of days and Schwartz plans to honor those commitments. “Just doing my due diligence,” Schwartz tweeted, and one can’t blame him for that.
Felton To Visit: Fullback Jerome Felton is set to visit the Vikings on Tuesday, despite the recent signing of Lex Hilliard, not to mention the presence of Ryan D’Imerio and Matt Asiata at the position. Felton was a fifth round pick by the Lions in 2008 and has also spent time with the Panthers and Colts. The Vikings tried to claim Felton off of waivers last year, but the Panthers claimed him and had priority. Felton is only 25 years old.
Pre-Draft Visit For Kirkpatrick: The Vikings have a pre-Draft visit set up with Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick. Kirkpatrick, known for his skill as a zone coverage player, and six foot two inches and widely regarded as the second best cornerback in this Draft class. He would likely be a serious option if the Vikings were to trade backwards from the three spot.
More Claiborne Talk: Bob Sansavere of the Pioneer Press discusses some first-hand conversations with General Manager Rick Spielman that could suggest he is serious about selecting LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne over USC left tackle Matt Kalil in April’s Draft. More smokescreen? You be the judge.