No Franchise Tag For Phil Loadholt

Dec 23, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Minnesota Vikings tackle Phil Loadholt (71) celebrates a touchdown in front of Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) during the fourth quarter at Reliant Stadium. The Vikings won 23-6. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

We wondered if the Vikings would use the franchise tag to protect Phil Loadholt. But Loadholt’s number would’ve been pretty big – $9.28 million or thereabouts – and it was probably prudent for them to avoid tagging him. That’s a lot of dough for a right tackle who isn’t Pro Bowl.

So Loadholt hits the market. Can the Vikings work out a deal with their 2009 second round pick? I believe they will. They want him back. And I can’t see Loadholt scoring more money on the open market than the Vikings are willing to pay. He’s a decent player but not a great player. If he were a better pass protector you might worry.

Now we wait for the opening of free agency to see if Loadholt and the other nine Vikings UFAs will be back. Loadholt and Jerome Felton have to be considered the top priorities. I believe the Vikes will also bring back Jamarca Sanford. Devin Aromashodu and Jerome Simpson are definite nos. Erin Henderson, Jasper Brinkley, Marvin Mitchell, Joe Berger and Geoff Schwartz are maybes.

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  • Guy33

    If they are cutting Aromashadu and Simpson now, that leaves this team with just Harvin and the two draft picks from 2012? One guy with knee issues and another that hates the QB. I got that right?

    • vikepryde

      That’s right, but if it’s up to me, I’ll keep Harvin not ponder. All the writers seems to think Harvin criticizing on ponder was a bad thing. Well, I’d do the same if my team can’t win because my QB can’t get the ball to anyone that’s open! I vote for new QB that’s more capable. And the writers think that getting Alex smith is a threat to ponder?, well great! Maybe then he’ll play more competitively. But if he doesn’t,? Let someone better play! Isn’t the game about winning? It’s no room for ok players the sit and complain. You win u play, u lose u get lost! Unless someone feels sorry for ponder. Then that person can marry him and call it a day. But, the NFL is not about that! It’s about ” winning” case closed!

  • Jake

    Simpson is worth keeping at least one more year just for his athleticism. Plus they kinda need bodies to fill gaps.

  • Mando

    Yeah, Aromashdu isn’t flashy, but he is dependable. We need to keep some of our WR just so we have enough in case somebody gets hurt. Especially if we aren’t planning on playing in the free agent market, which, we all know RS doesn’t like to do too much. Only a week away and then all of these pointless speculation blogs will (hopefully) be over with.
    Man, I wish I could blog about purely speculation and start stupid rumors all day.