Minnesota Vikings – Making Waves with Free Agent Signings

And by making waves I do not mean on Lake Minnetonka, mostly because the lake is still frozen.

Looks like for the first time in years the Minnesota Vikings are aggressively pursuing the one common goal of all NFL franchises…winning. With a strong, but aging defense and a superstar offensive talent (AP), the Vikings are realizing that now is the time to fill the gaps and go for a run at the Super Bowl.

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The most expensive signing, but likely the most important for going into next season is the signing of Bernard Berrian, Berrian will bring a mix of deep threat speed with great hands, immediately catapulting him to the top of the depth chart for receivers.

To strengthen the safety position of the outstanding defense the Vikings also signed Madieu Williams, who was with the Cincinnati Bengals last season. Madieu was brought in to shore up help with defensive pass-coverage an area that the defense definitely needed to address.


The Vikings also got some more help at the fullback position by signing Minnesota native and former Gopher Football standout Thomas Tapeh. Tapeh is familiar with Brad Childress, which will help him in the Vikings system. It was uncertain what the Vikings would do with Tony Richardson, but this makes it clear that Tapeh will be the guy paving the way for the electric running attack the Vikings have with Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor.

Next on the list for the Vikings is to try and find a defensive end that can replace a spot that has seen Kenechi Udeze and Erasmus James injured for the better part of their careers. Jevon Kearse is a free agent and the Vikings may be interested in signing him, although his numbers have declined and he would add age to the defense. Antwan Odom is another defensive end the Vikings were trying to go after, who had originally scheduled to make a visit to the Vikings but left his visit in Cincinnati with a nice new contract.

Should the Vikings try to fill this gaping void with an aging defensive end or should they draft a defensive end in what is to be considered by many a good class of defensive ends coming out of school?


4 Responses to “Minnesota Vikings – Making Waves with Free Agent Signings”

  1. 1 jockhanger
    March 5, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    The biggest improvement to the Vikings so far this offseason is the retirement of Favre!

    So long #4!

    Oh and yes, the vikes should draft themselves a DE to compliment Pat and Kevin WIlliams!

  2. March 5, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    Agreed, more to come on what Brett Favre’s retirement could mean for the Vikings next year.

  3. March 22, 2008 at 12:33 pm

    The Vikes should definitely draft on the defensive side of the ball. I feel like the WR class is lacking a solid #1 (such as a Braylon Edwards or a Larry Fitzgerald), factor in the Berrian aquisition and I don’t think there’s any way the Vikes will take a WR with their first pick. Also, I feel the QB’s aren’t as solid this year as many people think. I don’t really feel like Chilli wanted to take one anyway, it seems he wants to give Tavaris another chance. If we take a look at the other offensive positions: RB, we have AP; O line, very solid, Hutchinson was a great aquisition; TE, very average. Even though defense was obviously our strength last season, the pass defense was absolutely atrocious much of the time, earning the 32nd rank. With the addition of Madieu Williams, supposedly a “coverage oriented” (strange that anyone from the Bengals secondary would carry that tag after the torchings they receiced by almost everybody they played last season) safety I think the biggest problem area is the pass rush, especially solid pressure from the end. Udeze and James have pretty much been complete band-aids for their first few campaigns. When healthy they have shown flashes of greatness but have failed to show any kind of consistency. Add this to that fact that this class of linemen is very deep, I think its a no-brainer. I could also see logic in taking an LB, Henderson is great against the run but a little weak against when dropping back. A lot will depend on who is selected before the Vikings pick, it will be very interesting to see how everything plays out…

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