The Winter of Our Discontent


Prognosticators who said they didn’t expect the Vikings to be very active in free agency were right on the money.  In fact, to say the Vikings would be “inactive” would’ve been a gross understatement – they have been downright moribund.  There’s a combination of factors at work here I’m assuming:  1) The lack of really worthwhile talent on the market; 2) The team’s belief that some of their own younger guys are ready to step in at key positions, and; 3) The availability of solid draft prospects at places like tackle, receiver and quarterback.  In other words, the Vikes made up their mind that they weren’t going to spend a bunch of money just to spend it, and certainly weren’t going to concern themselves with our perception of their lack of aggressiveness.  That they pursued T.J. Houshmandzadeh at all was, I still believe, a sort of what-the-heck shot they decided to take after Housh’s ESPN remarks about liking Adrian Peterson (remarks I still think Housh only made as part of a ploy to crank up his asking price).  Unfortunately, I think the failure to secure Matt Birk might have been a case of underplaying a little too much.  It’s fine to go with an overall strategy of fiscal prudence, especially when most of what’s out there ain’t worth having, but when it’s your own guy, and the price tag is hardly ridiculous, and you’re way under the cap and you’re getting dangerously thin along the line?  That might be a time to buck your own strategy and just give the guy his money.

There’s one thing I know for sure:  It’s now officially too late for the Vikings to make any kind of splash in free agency.  The guys that could’ve mattered are all gone.  There’s nothing left but crap to pick up for depth.  Maybe they’ll be active on draft day…or maybe some guys will get cut in cap moves later on.  Maybe it’s just hangover from the Housh disappointment, but it’s pretty hard to get psyched about any of it right now.  Frankly, I’m ready for baseball.

  • Mike

    The Vikes are generally OK.  You are right on about Housh just using the Vikes.  But with Birk there was also some sort of underlying difference in “philosophy” with Childress that made release likely.  At WR, I believe the Vikes believe that Sidney Rice will develop and just need a vet in the meantime, like Housh, Engram, Holt or maybe even TO.  The draft is good for tackles and cornerbacks.  The only realistic hope at QB has been and remains Favre who really wants to play here.  

  • http://www.itascaradio.com the6thKing

    Forget baseball, I say we grab TO or TH(Holt) and do the best we can in the draft and I think the Vkings will be just fine. I have a lot more faith in Sage then TJack because I think with someone to throw to he is twice the qb TJack is, but with that said… We still need someone to throw to… I think at the very least we should try for 88 but I think he’s a has been. I say 81 could be the vikes lucky number this off season.

  • http://www.itascaradio.com the6thKing

    Naaa, Favre is washed up! I think Sage really has a chance to be good, probably not great with the vikes but good. The vikes need his type of play as long as he keeps progressing. I agree with everything else Mike said though.

  • Mike

    The season is over before it starts if the Vikings risk their great team on unproven QBs like T-Joke and that backup Sage (6TDs/10INTSs).

  • Mike

    I wonder if Favre would be willing to compete for the job as Chilly’s 4th QB?

  • jeege

    I agree again. I was upset about Birk because he’d be so cheap and he absolutely should be a Viking until he retires.  Its completely unfair.

    Whatever, lifes unfair.

    The thing is, there really weren’t a whole lot of options. At least, not at positions that we have need.

    So, I guess in the end its just cross your fingers that the Vikes have some tricks up their sleeves in regards to the draft this year. Maybe we have some guys on our radar that are worth sitting pretty and saving cap-space.

    I sure hope so!

  • Mike

    Bob Sansevere of the St Paul Pioneer Press is now saying “The Vikings, mentioned as a suitor for Cutler, will go with Sage Rosenfels as their starting quarterback. Or Brett Favre.  Forget what Favre says about being retired. What he says now and what he says a few months from now could be totally different.”  Mayber Favre will be throwing to TO?

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