And the rumor mill begins to churn. From Sean Jensen comes this tweet about the Vikings and a Chicago Bears defensive lineman who could become available:
"Here’s some intrigue: one team interested in #Bears DT Anthony Adams? Minnesota Vikings. He would be good complement to Kevin Williams."
In a Sun-Times article earlier this month Jensen wrote of Anthony, “An NFC personnel executive said he expected Adams to draw interest from several teams because of his consistency and willingness to play nose tackle, an unglamorous position.”
Was a time not long ago when the Vikings were believed to be fairly set at defensive tackle, but that has changed. Pat Williams may or may not be brought back, and even if he is, he’s older than Methuselah. Letroy Guion is a good young player but not necessarily a nose tackle. Jimmy Kennedy could play the nose but his stock seems to have dropped after a disappointing 2010 and he could wind up a cap casualty. 2011 draft pick Christian Ballard could be in the mix but, at his size, he’s really not a future Big Pat either. And Fred Evans…is Fred Evans.
If the Vikings do pick up Adams, I think it will only be because they’re convinced Jimmy Kennedy is not the answer. Pat Williams may still be retained but even if he is, he’ll have to serve a four game suspension during the season, as will Kevin Williams. Having an experienced guy like Adams on-board would help ease the Vikings through the tough stretch of games without the Williams Wall.
For what it’s worth, several of Anthony’s Bears teammates have advocated for the team to retain him. It’s always encouraging when a guy is thought of highly by his teammates.