Britton Yes, Boldin No


If your dreams for the 2009 NFL season include the Vikings going to war with Eben Britton at right tackle and Anquan Boldin at receiver…well, it looks like you’re only going to get half your wish.  The Britton half, as far as I can see, is getting close to a sure deal.  I wasn’t so certain about two weeks ago when Percy Harvin looked like a realistic prospect, but Harvin has fallen so far in everyone’s esteem that, reportedly, even the “don’t give a rip about character” Cowboys have dropped him from their board.  Trust me, if Jerry Jones won’t take a guy because he’s shady, Zygi Wilf and Brad Childress sure won’t.

So, with Harvin apparently out of the picture, and the other receiver prospects looking about as appetizing as a Dominos pizza from Conover, North Carolina, it seems the Vikings will be taking Eben Britton.  That’s fine with me; the Vikings need a right tackle almost as bad as they need a real quarterback, and Britton at least appears to have the physical tools and stuff between the ears to become the answer.  The picture is not so rosy as regards Anquan Boldin, who was officially placed on the block by Arizona a couple of days ago.  The same people who seem to think Britton is a lock also say there is no chance of Boldin becoming a Viking.  Not that the Vikes couldn’t use a big, strong receiver to go over the middle and make insane catches; but, to land Boldin would mean surrendering a first and a third, and the Vikes, a year after forking over multiple picks to get Jared Allen, aren’t about to do that.

No sadness on my part over the Vikings not landing Boldin.  His contract demands and general whininess are almost as off-putting as Jay Cutler‘s bitchy behavior in the face of his (half-imagined) issues in Denver.  Let Baltimore or the Giants mortgage their future to land Larry Fitzgerald‘s understudy.

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  • Mike

    You should preface that the Vikings will take right tackle Eben Britton by adding IF he is available, which I am only hopeful.  Boldin makes no sense to me because if the Vikings gave up a first and a third (at the least), they would have little chance of replacing Ryan Cook, which must be the priority, not to mention losing out on getting a good fullback or cornerback with the third pick.  I agree the WRs in the draft stink after the top 3, but I think there is still a slight chance Bey could fall to 22.  But the Vikes really need a WR that costs NO draft picks, like Plaxico Burress, now that Bobby Engram is gone.

  • Chuck

    He probably won’t play in 2009, And even if so, Childress and company won’t step and do it , Hopefully they will take Britton and  can be blessed in finding a WR in the 2nd…

  • zach

    The VIKINGS DONT NEED A TACKLE THEY NEED BOLDIN

  • Mike

    Some people have no respect for offensive lineman.

  • Mike

    Gil Brandt at Nfl.com thinks Vikings will get an o-lineman.  He says Nicks is a second rounder.

  • Sean

    Boldin would serve no purpose without Britton. If cook is the right tackle Sage or Tjack will be on the ground constantly.

  • Spanky

    isnt it about time for farve to crawl out from under a rock? what we need is someone who can get the ball to our WR’s not more WR’s……

  • Chuck

    Yes,  Favre sounds good right now…

  • Mike

    Favre will come back when the Jets are locked into a different direction.  I hope the Jets take Josh Freeman in the draft.

  • Mike

    On the NFL.com mock draft, Pete Bercich of Vikings Radio Network selected cornerback Vonte Davis.  He appears to think the offense is just fine with T-Joke, Ryan Cook, Sidney Rice and company.  Just smash All Day into defenses loading the box until the wheels fall off.  As far as I would be concerned, Zigi, Chilly and Speilmen would be persona nongrata.

  • Mike

    BAD NEWS!!!  Eben Britton is sliding because he has short arms like Ryan Cook.  Pro Football Weekly says the team that drafts him will likely be reaching for a huge position of need, not drafting for value.  Now I am more open to a Boldin trade with a first and a three.

  • Chuck

    It’s funny how all of a sudden one week before the draft, He has shorts arms??? Didn’t they know that before??? hmmm…