Clearly, the Vikings don’t believe Javon Walker is the answer to their wide receiver problem. Which is why the team just made a trade with the Dolphins to acquire wide-out Greg Camarillo (this from Jeff Darlington of the Miami Herald).
Camarillo looks, on the surface, like a nice pick-up for the Vikes. Last year, his fourth in the pros, he caught 50 balls for 550 yards. In 2008, he caught 55 for 613 yards and 2 TDs in only 11 games (before an ACL injury did him in).
Now we just need to see how he fits into the offense. One scouting report I saw described him as “the poor man’s Wes Welker,” which leads one to believe he would be best used as a slot-possession type guy. It makes sense for the Vikes to pick up that sort of receiver, since Percy Harvin will now be moving outside after the loss of Sidney Rice, and there’s no one else on the roster who seems a reasonable candidate to make those tough third-down catches out of the slot like Percy did.
It’s doubtful that Camarillo will make us forget Sidney Rice, but at least now we have another receiver on the roster besides Bernard Berrian and Harvin who has actually performed reasonably well in recent years. Unfortunately, Camarillo has also been plagued by groin problems this offseason. But we know the Vikes wouldn’t pick him up if they didn’t think he was healthy.
In case you’re wondering, I haven’t seen yet what the Vikings are giving back to the Dolphins. I’m sure that information will be along shortly.
Update: PFT says a cornerback is going back to Miami for Camarillo, probably Benny Sapp. No shock given the way Sapp tumbled on the depth chart with the rise of Asher Allen and arrival of Chris Cook. The Vikings appear to have traded from strength to shore up a weakness.