The Vikings haven’t made any splashy signings yet but they are definitely working the phones, keeping track of free agents just in case something develops.
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Either that or there are a lot of agents out there floating fake stories about the Vikings’ interest in players in order to boost their clients’ market value.
I suspect the report about the Vikings’ interest in A.J. Hawk was just this, a plant by an agent to get the Bengals to up their price a little. Is the same thing now going on with one of Hawk’s former Packers teammates?
Maybe. Or maybe the Vikings are genuinely interested in cornerback Tramon Williams.
Darren Wolfson reports that the Vikings have been in touch with Williams, a player who has also been linked to the Saints in recent days.
The 31-year-old Williams doesn’t appear to be getting the same kind of interest in free agency that other veteran corners have been seeing. While players like Byron Maxwell, Walter Thurmond, Cary Williams and even Davon House have been snapped up, Williams has been left still waiting.
With the free agent cornerback market possibly drying up already, Williams’ asking price could come down to within a reasonable range, which might make him attractive despite his age.
The Vikings have checked in on a lot of cornerbacks the last few days, including Chris Culliver and Brice McCain, the latter of whom ended up signing with the Dolphins.
If you had asked me before free agency began which Packers corner might end up on the Vikings, I would have guessed House. I did not foresee House getting $6.25 million-per-year right out of the gate. Obviously, House’s youth and upside were attractive to the Jaguars, more attractive than the experience of a player like Williams.
Picking up Tramon Williams for two years might not be a terrible thing. Mike Zimmer did wonders in Cincinnati with veteran corners like Pacman Jones and Terence Newman. And the Vikings could definitely use a better player on the outside.
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