May 29, 2013; Eden Prairie, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (95) runs through drills at organized team activities at Winter Park. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports

Did a Ballooning Sharrif Floyd Prompt Vikings to Pursue Henry Melton?


The Vikings’ sudden and seemingly very serious pursuit of former Bears DT Henry Melton had to qualify as one of the more surprising developments of the free agency period.

Most of us went into free agency assuming the Vikings already had a locked-down starting 3-tech in 2013 first round draft pick Sharrif Floyd. Which made their interest in Melton seem rather inexplicable.

Some tried to explain it away as a case of the Vikings going for rotational depth behind the still-developing Floyd. But a lot of us didn’t really buy this argument, believing that if Melton came in, he would by virtue of his superior ability earn starting snaps over Floyd, relegating Floyd to a second-fiddle role just a year after being taken in the first round.

Normally, you don’t go after starting caliber players at the same position where you just spent a first round pick the year before. Unless you think the player you picked in the first round the year before isn’t a scheme fit for your new coach.

Or, if you think the player isn’t taking good enough care of himself?

It now seems that concerns about Floyd’s physical conditioning may have played a part in the Vikings’ pursuit of Melton. In a Saturday Pioneer-Mess story, we learned that Floyd has given up meat and since March 7 has dropped from 330 all the way down to 305.

It just so happens that, not long after Floyd began his new weight-reducing diet, the Vikings made a hard push for someone who was good enough to move Floyd out of his starting spot.

It doesn’t take a genius to put two and two together on this one. It seems the Vikings were worried about Floyd’s conditioning. Worried enough to not only insist that he lose weight but give him a little incentive.

Ultimately, the Vikings were unable to land Henry Melton, who signed with Dallas.

If the pursuit of Melton was at least partly a means of motivating Sharrif Floyd to get his weight down, it seemingly worked, as he has now dropped 25 pounds.

Hopefully this wake up call was enough to ensure that Floyd will be more serious about his conditioning from now on. The last thing we need is a defensive tackle version of Bryant McKinnie on this team

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  • 3kolu

    Hey Dan, the Vikings still need depth at DT and Melton who is coming off surgery and legal problems was probably just as advertised. With all this drama, Melton was going to be available at a discount which was probably the determining factor in the Vikings pursuit. And, it looks like Floyd has dropped all the excess weight and my prediction is that he will be the starting 3 tech. come opening day.

    • jamed

      Yes I agree Floyd was the Starter all along. They could have got Melton cheap also Melton stated the reason he didn’t take the job is cause he didn’t want to be a back up rotational player. I feel Floyd is gunna have his break out year cause he’s gunna see a lot more snaps.

      • 3kolu

        tru dat

  • Ryan Lee Brobin

    If i wasnt starved for Vikings articles to read after PFT and Kansasviking, I wouldnt even look at this speculative garbage. You dont seem to have any journalistic integrity. All you do is bash other news sources and make outlandish claims. The Vikings were losing long-time starter Kevin Williams. Funny how theres no mention of that in your article considering how it contradicts your entire point. And then you criticise Sharrif for quitting meat to be more healthy? And say he “murdered” a boar? Its one thing to speculate what a team or a player might do, but to suggest ulterior motives, or to criticise for no reason? Thats just plain irresponsible. If this keeps up I think im done with Fansided.

  • Cool Jack

    Hey DZ, …couldn”t find something positive in SF loosing weight?…You should cover the Cheese Heads….

  • yortzme

    Ouch Ryan! The article wasn’t that bad. I think the writer was trying to write in a fashion that resembles entertainment through comedy. If this was a straight up informational piece it would read as fallowed “Sharrif Floyd weight 330 now he weighs 305 and by the way he stopped eating meat.”

    • Ryan Lee Brobin

      My post isnt just based on this article alone.