Vikings Free Agent Rumors: Michael Clayton, Chris Carr

Names of potential free agent targets for the Vikings are beginning to trickle in.  I would love to be able to say they’re going hard after T.J. Houshmandzadeh or someone like that, but evidently their sights are not set that high.  They are reportedly interested in at least one free agent wide receiver though:  Michael Clayton, the one-time Tampa Bay phenom who has been anything but phenomenal since his marvelous rookie season.  The best thing about Clayton is his size:  At 6-4 and 215, he would give the Vikings a bigger target to go with the speedy Bernard Berrian and the shifty Bobby Wade.  Also, if pressed by reporters, he might let loose a few more fun digs at Jon Gruden – I personally can never get enough of those.

The second guy reported to be on the Vikings’ radar is Chris Carr, a CB/KR who played three years with the Raiders before landing last season in Tennessee.  Carr doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who would really press Cedric Griffin for a starting spot, so he would be strictly a depth pick-up in the defensive backfield.  His real presumed value would be as a return man:  He averaged 28 yards as a kick returner last year and 10 as a punt returner.  All right, neither of those guys is worth getting really jazzed about, but at least we have an idea what the Vikings are after:  A big receiver and another DB who can be of value in the return game.  Maybe some better names will bubble up as we proceed.

Topics: Bernard Berrian, Bobby Wade, Cedric Griffin, Chris Carr, Michael Clayton, Minnesota Vikings, T.j. Houshmandzadeh, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans

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  • Mike

    Are you sure the Vikings are going after Michael Clayton, or do you mean George Clooney?

  • danzinski

    Clooney has butterfingers.

  • Mike

    The Vikings need receivers that can’t catch to complement their quarterbacks that can’t throw.

  • Kamora187

    If the Vikes dont replace Griffin they are CRAZY he has no clue how to play the ball. Yes he has a ton of tackles but that is becuase the always get burned by every WR in the league. If you give a guy a 15 yr cushion every play then you will get beat every time. He is in my mind one of the worst CB in the league and we continue to play him. Go get Bly or another proven CB that knows how to cover his man and once in a blue moon go for the ball. Anyone would be an upgrade over Griffin!

  • scot cab

    draft vontae davis, or D.J moore. please!