The Vikings have made it a priority this offseason to shore up their depth in the defensive backfield, signing former Bengals CB Terence Newman and S Taylor Mays. And there could still be more secondary signings to come.
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According to Darren Wolfson, the Vikings have shown some interest in Denver Broncos RFA corner Tony Carter. Wolfson’s exact wording is that Carter has been on the Vikings’ radar “a tad.”
The 28-year-old Carter is a known quantity to Rick Spielman’s staff, having been in camp with the Vikings in 2011. After failing to catch on with the Vikes in 2011, Carter went to Denver where he has played for the past three years.
Restricted free agent Carter was tendered by Denver last month but it was the low tender, meaning the Vikings would not have to surrender a draft pick if they signed him.
In 8 games last season for Denver, Carter amassed five tackles, 1 pass defensed and returned one fumble for a TD. Pro Football Focus gave him a -1.9 grade in 87 defensive snaps.
The 5-9 Carter is regarded as strictly a slot corner and would likely figure as a backup to Captain Munnerlyn. The Vikings likely do not regard Josh Robinson as a legitimate option to backup the slot after the way he performed in that role two years ago.
Of course, there’s always the possibility that Minnesota is looking to dump Munnerlyn after his wretched 2014 season and are just waiting to see how things play out in the draft before making a move.
The Vikings could take a cornerback early in the draft and play him in the slot initially while veteran Terence Newman holds down the starting CB spot opposite Xavier Rhodes. In this scenario, Munnerlyn would be let go and a player like Carter would be signed as insurance.
Just a thought. Probably won’t happen though.
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