Per one of the biggest heavyweights in the football media, Mike Florio of NBC and ProFootballTalk.com, the Vikings worked out and were very interested in signing former Florida State Seminoles and Philadelphia Eagles running back Lorenzo Booker of the UFL’s Hartford Colonials. No signing took place though because the Vikings did not want to pay the $150k “transfer fee” and the UFL was unwilling to waive it.
$150k doesn’t seem like a lot of money for an NFL team with Brad Childress receiving a several million dollar golden handshake earlier this week. However this is more of a tug-of-war between the NFL and the UFL. Several UFL players have been wanted over the past year by NFL teams, however not once has the “transfer fee” been paid to pluck one and the Vikings were not willing to be the first.
So the Vikings are back to square one with Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart. It would have been nice to see what Booker could have done as occasional third-down back with pass blocking and getting 1-3 carries a game in this lost season. Also the fact they were looking at other running backs likely means that Albert Young will have to find work elsewhere at the end of the season. I’m sure droves of teams will swoon for his services.
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