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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