The passing game was clearly not in top form Thursday night when the Vikings lost to the Saints. Despite this, Brad Childress said afterward that the team wasn’t looking to sign/trade for more wide receivers.
“I’m not thinking that way right now,” the coach said when asked if he would look bolster the receiver corps. “I’m not thinking about adding another body. I know those guys weren’t as involved as we would have liked them involved. But I think it had something to do with how they were kind of playing their coverage.”
Apparently, Childress changed his mind shortly after making that statement, because according to a pair of reports, the Vikings are bringing in no fewer than four wide receivers for workouts.
Chris Mortensen says the Vikes will take a look at former Raven Demetrius Williams and former Seahawk Ruvell Martin. Mortensen points out that both receivers are 6-4 “like Sidney Rice,” but according to Williams’ NFL.com bio, he’s only 6-2. Martin is indeed listed at 6-4.
Also, according to Jay Glazer (via Judd Zulgad), the Vikings will bring in one-time Patriot Sam Aiken and former Eagle Reggie Brown. Neither could be considered overly tall.
Of course, Javon Walker also remains an option. He was cut after making a couple nice catches in preseason, but most assumed that was to avoid having to guarantee his contract for the whole year. The Vikings could re-sign him at any moment, then pay him on a week-to-week basis.
And then there’s Vincent Jackson. The disgruntled Charger will have a hearing this week to determine the length of his suspension over a violation of the personal conduct policy. The Vikings are still acting like they’re not interested, but certain rumors suggest otherwise. Their continued interest apparently hinges on whether Jackson receives a three or six game suspension after Thursday’s hearing. If they do trade for him, they will have to pay him a large amount of money.