Jul 25, 2013; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns linebacker D

Free Agent Rumors: Vikings Not In Running for D'Qwell Jackson


Veteran linebacker D’Qwell Jackson was cut recently by the Cleveland Browns in a cap-related move, and is currently making visits to various teams trying to find a landing spot for 2014.

The Vikings were originally thought to be interested in speaking with Jackson, but Darren Wolfson reports that contrary to indications, Jackson will not be visiting with Minnesota.

Wolfson concludes, rather obviously, that the Vikings would therefore seem to be out of the running for Jackson.

The former Browns linebacker looked like a good potential fit with the Vikings, given his solid production, good reputation as a leader and – most importantly – relatively modest price.

But for whatever reason, the Vikes just aren’t interested in looking at Jackson. Or Jackson isn’t interested in being looked at by them. Or both.

The Vikes, one way or another, will have to address the linebacker position this offseason. Chad Greenway is the only established starter currently on the roster, and most agree that he is sliding.

The team will have several avenues to explore in filling this glaring need. Draft options could include Khalil Mack or C.J. Mosley.

Free agent options could include the return of Desmond Bishop.

In-house options include second-year players Gerald Hodges and Michael Mauti, and third-year player Audie Cole.

Cole ascended to starting MLB status last year after Erin Henderson’s first DUI arrest, but he best projects as a backup/special teams player. Mauti and Hodges are both rather unknown quantities at this point.

The uncertainty about these returning players is why the Vikings might have wanted to bring in a player like Jackson, who brings experience and leadership to the table. The one thing the Vikings most need on defense, besides talent, is a little stabilizing presence.

They lost their leader when Antoine Winfield was allowed to walk, and now they have to find a new player who brings that steadying influence to the lineup. Jackson might have been that guy, but he’s clearly not in the picture.

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  • David Mallow

    Greenway, Cole and Hodges should be the starting LB grounp this season. Cole proved to be more than capable of playing the MLB position, and Hodges will be a phenominal WLB just needs playing time. But I do see them adding at least 2 LBs either in FA or the draft. But I believe M.Zimmer, A.Zimmer and G.Edwards will bring out their true potential..if anyone thinks the Hodges dont have potential, look at his film and then say he doesnt….But this team Is trying to get and stay young, Jackson, Bishop or anyone over 30 will not be looked at

    • Ken Tomlin

      I agree, and I’d only add let Mauti compete for MLB with Cole. Since he and Hodges played together at PSU, they’d already have a familiarity with each other and that could be huge with 2 young LBs trying to get comfortable!

      • David Mallow

        Have no problem whatsoever with Mauti competeing, he is a talented guy, just that Cole has a bit more expereience. The LB position isn’t as bad as everyone thinks, yes we need some depth but we have a couple guys that could be playmakers.Its exciting for a change….lol….

        • Ken Tomlin

          I know!! Seems like every mock out there either has us taking a QB or Mack/Barr. Our LBs are probably one of our better positions now that we don’t have to worry about Henderson being out there. We’ll be younger and more athletic there than we’ve been for the last 4-5 yrs. That’s why it baffles me why more mocks don’t have us going after a CB or S with our 1st pick. Regardless if it’s Gilbert/Dennard/Dix/Pryor? Or, whether we pick at 8 or move down. I hate the answer” that’s to high to draft such-n-such”. Yet they’ll have DET or TEN only 3-4 spots lower picking that person!! How can it be a “reach” at 8, but not at 10 or 11?! At least, you and a few other fans out there feel the way I do. I just want one of these staffers to explain it to me! Lol!

          • David Mallow

            Trade down to wherever you can pick up an extra 2nd and 4th, draft Darqueze Dennard, then take Clinton-Dix and Shazier in the 2nd…we need a playmaking LB, face it Greenway isnt getting any younger.. then you got two 3rds and 4ths. Could get alot of talent in this draft

          • Ken Tomlin

            I know a lot of people would hate me even saying this, but I wouldn’t even be opposed to them floating Greenway’s name out there for a trade. Just to see what we could get. Don’t get me wrong, I think he’s very good, but I’m of the mindset of: if you can trade a guy who’s older but still has value you do it! I think at very least it’s something to consider?!

          • David Mallow

            I agree it would be interesting to see what we could get for him, however I would not trade the best player on the defense, maybe in 2 more years but not right now… he is still af dominant LB and the new defense and players that will be put around him will show why he is the man of this defense. Frazier and Williams never put the defense in good situations and he had to do it all so of course he had a rough time, he was exhausted. If he declines this season then trade him before next season. He will still have value..

  • Wayne Davis

    Round 1 Pick 14 (CHI): Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State (B+)
    Round 2 Pick 8: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State (A)
    Round 2 Pick 19 (CHI): Jimmie Ward, SS, Northern Illinois (A)
    Round 3 Pick 8: Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin (B)
    Round 3 Pick 18 (CHI): Chris Smith, DE, Arkansas (A)
    Round 3 Pick 32: Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU (B+)
    Round 4 Pick 8: Anthony Steen, OG, Alabama (B-)
    Round 4 Pick 17 (CHI): Telvin Smith, OLB, Florida State (A)
    Round 5 Pick 8: E.J. Gaines, CB, Missouri (A-)
    Round 6 Pick 8: David Fales, QB, San Jose State (A-)
    Round 7 Pick 8: De’Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon (C)

    • Ken Tomlin

      Wayne, let me start by saying, that other than Z. Mett, I think that would be an awesome draft and I’d happily take every player you named. Here’s where the “but” comes in… Lol! There’s no way we could get a 2nd, 3rd, and 4th by trading down 6 spots with DA Bears. Here’s why: our 8th pick is worth 1400 pts( all these pt totals are from the nfl draft trade chart). Bears 14th pick is worth 1100 pts. The bears 2nd rd pick alone is worth 390pts, 3rd-180pts, 4th-68pts. Now, if you took out the 2nd rd pick, then we could get the Bears-3rd-180, 4th-68, 5th-34, and their 2nd 6th rd pick-22pts. All those add up to 304, that’s only 4 pts off. If you want a 2nd rdr, we’d need to drop to at least the Ravens at 17 or the Jets at 18. Even then we’d only probably get that 1pick. I’m not trying to be an ass or anything like that. Like I sd, I’d love your draft. Come up with another awesome draft like that w/o the 2nd rd pick, using the Bears again, and I’ll hire you as the VIKES new GM!! Lol!

  • Jake

    Zinski if you tihnk Cole is at best a special teamer than you’re dumber than I thought, which places you in the running for dumbest world wide. He definitely played well enough to earn a shot at starting and could be a very solid MLB.