Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Minnesota's FA decisions
By Tim Kavanagh
The big story for the Minnesota Vikings thus far this offseason -- at least from our perspective here -- has been the rumor that WR Percy Harvin is being dangled as trade bait. It seems a little counter-intuitive at first -- why would the Vikes trade away their best player at a position where they already need reinforcements? -- but it may wind up that nothing ends up being transacted in the end. But in addition to the Harvin situation, the Vikes do have their own free agents to consider, as well as signing outside help and the draft.
In a post for the Star Tribune, Dan Wiederer analyzed the Vikings' decision-making process on the six offensive players that are impending free agents. Of the group -- which includes RT Phil Loadholt, FB Jerome Felton, WRs Jerome Simpson and Devin Aromashodu and OLs Geoff Schwartz and Joe Berger -- Wiederer believes that Loadholt is a top priority within the Vikings' front office. So how does he foresee this playing out?
Given the dearth of starting-caliber talent behind Loadholt at RT, Wiederer believes the Vikings will be hard-pressed to get something done with the Oklahoma product, and that the franchise tag -- though it's pricey for an OL -- could be discussed at some point.