Jason La Canfora of the Washington Post mentioned in his Redskins Insider blog that the Vikings were among several teams that might be interested in Redskins QB Todd Collins.
The ‘Skins have apparently not made up their minds yet whether they want to bring Collins back as the back-up to Jason Campbell. It would seem like a no-brainer, given how well Collins played down the stretch, but you just never know with Daniel Snyder who reportedly plans on returning to his old wild-spending ways now that Joe Gibbs and his philosophy of relative frugality are out the door.
Vikings fans got a first-hand look at Collins last year when the Redskins beat us. He seemed solid…but then again, we all thought Kelly Holcomb would be a solid guy last year too. Here’s all I know: the Vikings have to sign a decent veteran back-up for Tarvaris Jackson. Have to. No ifs, ands or buts. If they go into this season with the same array of QBs they had to close last season…well, then Brad Childress is a complete idiot who deserves to have his ass kicked.
Another bit of speculation…the Patriots are reportedly not planning to exercise their option on WR Donte’ Stallworth. This means the Pats will have to work out a new deal with Stallworth, or else cut him by the 22nd. The Pats may plan on franchising Randy Moss, meaning they will have to pay him a boatload; and that would leave little money for Mr. Stallworth. The prevailing belief is that Stallworth will not be back with the Pats. So, Donte’ Stallworth could be added to the list of receiver candidates, which already includes Bernard Berrian (my favorite), Javon Walker (not my favorite) and Justin Gage.
Whatever the Vikings do, they have to get themselves a speedy, field-stretching type of receiver (that’s why I like Berrian). Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor will be the heart of the offense next year – the best way to help them would be to get some speedy guys, stick them on the outside and throw them bombs. No more of this dink-and-dunk passing. Stretch the defense, open up the middle for the running backs and go to town.