Vikings Reportedly Had Interest In Devin McCourty, Price Got Too High


Rick Spielman is so far staying true to his promise not to aggressively chase big name free agents.

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A demonstration of this fact: the Vikings’ reported “pursuit” of Patriots safety Devin McCourty. Yes, the Vikings were initially in on McCourty. No, the Vikings did not aggressively go after him.

Per Darren Wolfson, the Vikings hung in on the bidding only until it reached the $7 million-per-year range. McCourty ultimately returned to the Patriots on a reported 5-year deal worth $47.5 million.

An aggressive GM would have stayed in longer and perhaps even landed the Pro Bowl safety. Not being aggressive, at least not this year, Spielman got out while the getting was good.

The Vikings may have missed out on McCourty, but now at least we know they are willing to go after safeties in free agency. This lends a little more credence to rumors that they are interested in the Broncos’ Rahim Moore.

Or what about the Browns’ Tashaun Gipson, who has received a second-round tender from Cleveland? The Vikings would have to surrender a second round pick in order to sign Gipson, but there are many who think it would be worth paying that price for such a young, talented player.

Safety is a position to watch carefully in the coming days. I have a feeling the Vikings will be doing more than going after a reclamation project like Taylor Mays. If a semi-splashy deal is going to get done, it will probably be at safety.

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