It turns out the Vikings did try to make a move on at least one free agent during that short window before the lockout screwed everything up forever. Free safety O.J. Atogwe was reportedly on the Vikings’ radar screen in a serious way after his release by the Rams, but after consulting with the almighty Atogwe chose the Redskins.
“There were a lot of teams that showed interest, but maybe a handful of teams that had some serious interest,” Atogwe told reporters at Larry Fitzgerald’s camp. “The Vikings were one of the teams, but the timing issue and just where I believe I was being led by God told me to go to the Redskins.”
Had the Vikings signed Atogwe, the vultures would’ve immediately begun circling around Madieu Williams, who has been nothing short of awful since signing a huge contract in ’08. As it is I still think there’s a good chance Williams will not be on the opening day roster, but that kind of all depends on how the CBA works out, and whether the Vikings can pick up another starting-level safety during what is expected to be a furious post-lockout free agent signing period.