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From looking at this list I can see the Vikings releasing Cassel and keeping Ponder, as much as I hate to say that...The Vikings could save at least $2 million maybe more by doing that. Then again if something happens to Teddy the Vikings are screwed!Greenway is probably done as a Viking? The Vikings save $7 million by releasing him...Jennings probably returns because the Vikings only save $2 million releasing him, and owe $9 million (roughly)Charlie Johnson is gone, unless he signs for a lot less money and plays as a back up...Do you guys see anywhere else to save money? I'm saying the Vikings pay AP. Face it, there will be nobody wanting that salary, and the Vikings won't get anywhere close to value from a trade. The Vikings have to pay someone. It might as well be a former MVP and future HoFer...My opionion.
Nice post Simmion......I like Shaq but isn't he supposed to go in the later part of the first round? Looking at a number of mocks and it seems anyones guess on who will drop.....At 11 it's going to be a tough one as best available will probably be a WR with the run on pass rushers. One of the top RB's or TE's should be available at the back end of the first round or even on of the top gaurds. If the Vikings don't go WR I can see them trading back in the first and also trading up from the second to the later part of the first. I was really high on Collins but some are saying his coverage skills are lacking. Personally I hope we go after Shaq but not at 11, move back 7 or 8 spots and take him then.
You probably could move back to get him. With Speils history, I wouldn't doubt it for a second. But maybe Zim will have some say. Like, "Alright, trade back but if you mess this up, I'll be a little pissed. He's my guy" Who knows. Combine starts today!
I'm betting on AD being with the Vikings next season around 10 million. Still a lot for a running back, but down from the 15 million he's scheduled. Spielman said this morning that he expects AD to be a part of this team next season, for whatever that's worth ha. Like Simmion said, Greenway will restructure again to stay with the Vikings, and I'd be happy to have him back around 4 million. I think he's around 7 or 8 right now. Charlie Johnson is gone. Jennings will restructure. There will be cap space for the Vikings. Draft wise, I want a receiver in the first round, then just a lot of defense for Zimmer to make guys his own & teach them so he gets the most of their abilities. I think they also draft a QB somewhere in the fourth or later. Someone to backup Bridgewater for a while whether or not Cassel is back for one season. I'm liking this Kevin White out of West Virginia. He might be the fast riser that shoots up the board though, and those guys kinda scare me. If we do go offensive lineman, it will be interesting to see if they're drafting a tackle to play guard like the Cowboys did with Zack Martin last season, or if they really are worried about Kalil. Could be to replace Loadholt I guess.
Regarding a guard I hope the Vikings don't take one at 11...it's way to high IMO. He is hoping we get one in FA to replace Johnson.
But he sounds like a big receiver that will go up and get balls too right? Or am I way off on the type of receiver Parker's going to be in the NFL?
Absolutely agree. I would much rather spend big on Iupati and then draft a receiver with the first round pick rather than sign a big receiver (Demaryius to Crabtree) and then drafting a tackle at 11 to play guard. That's great to hear about White. I really was high on Parker, but the connection with Teddy at Louisville made it a bit a Homer pick. But he sounds like a big receiver that will go up and get balls too right? Or am I way off on the type of receiver Parker's going to be in the NFL?
He better if he is being picked at 11. That's the one thing Charles Johnson can't do. He gives up on jump balls when the DB goes first. It's like it makes him paralyzed. Could have had about 3 more TDs had he done that.
Obviously lots can and will change, but PA & Charch have been broadcasting from the Combine the past two days and talking to lots of national media guys. All signs point to White shooting up draft boards, possibly being the first receiver off the board, and not available for the Vikings at #11.
Trade him to the Browns so he can see what a dysfunctional organization is like. If he is going to piss and moan about how the Vikings treated him, then I really hope he doesn't end up in Dallas next season. Just be on a miserable team with no shot for the last five years of your career.