Thanks to a number of last-minute salary-dump moves, the wide receiver market has suddenly become flooded with guys who may or may not be of interest to a team like the Vikings. The Buccaneers got the madness started today by saying goodbye to five veterans, including receivers Joey Galloway and Ike Hilliard, neither of whom made much impact in 2008. The Rams, who figure to be dumping quite a few familiar names themselves, then got in on the act by jettisoning Drew Bennett, who signed a big free agent deal with them two years ago and ended up catching just 34 balls, only 1 in an injury-marred 2008. And then the biggest name of all shook loose: Just a short time ago, the Jets announced that they have parted ways – again – with Laveranues Coles, who had 70 catches and 7 touchdowns last year with Brett Favre throwing to him. Coles was reportedly dumped because new coach Rex Ryan has instituted an iron-clad policy of not negotiating new deals with players who are under contract. In other words, if you plan on being a pain in Rex Ryan’s ass, Rex Ryan will yank you from his ass like a splinter and toss you into the street. Unless later on you decide to come back at a more reasonable price – then he’ll dig you.
Coles would be a great guy for the Vikes to sign up. He had good chemistry with Favre last year, which will come in handy after the Vikes and Favre complete their secret plan to make the Jets cut him so they can sign him and have him lead them to the Super Bowl – while riding a unicorn.