The Rick Spielman youth movement has cleared out a lot of fan favorites from the last couple years, including Visanthe Shiancoe who is now officially an ex-Viking after signing a one-year $1.2 million contract with the New England Patriots. Was 2009 only 3 years ago or 10? Of Brett Favre’s favorite receiving weapons from that team, only Percy Harvin remains. Shank is now gone along with Chester Taylor and Sidney Rice. I was going to add Bernard Berrian but of course we know Favre didn’t like Berrian and froze him out.
As for Shank, good for him joining a franchise that has a chance to go deep into the playoffs this year. Though one has to wonder how much Shank will even see the field with Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez and Daniel Fells already in the mix. Clearly touches aren’t as important to Shank as just the chance to be on a winning team. He also reportedly visited the Eagles, a team that might’ve let him see more action. I don’t know if the Eagles ever offered him a contract, but at any rate he’s now on the Patriots. So we could very well see Shank catching balls in the Super Bowl.