Mike Zimmer’s obsession with cornerbacks is getting out of control
By Adam Patrick
After signing free agent Amari Henderson on Monday, the Minnesota Vikings now have 11 cornerbacks on their current roster.
During the 2017 season, passing the football against the Minnesota Vikings was one of the most difficult tasks for an opposing team to accomplish. The Vikings finished the 2017 campaign with the second-best pass defense in the NFL and the majority of the players that made this happen were scheduled to return to the team in 2018.
Despite this, Minnesota still decided to use their first-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft on former UCF cornerback Mike Hughes. After the selection, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer attempted to explain some of the reasoning behind the team using their top draft pick on a position group that was already set at the top of the depth chart.
It was at this time when Zimmer made the infamous statement that, “you can never have too many cornerbacks.” Well, on Monday Minnesota continued to follow this philosophy when they added a 11th corner to their current roster.
Minnesota Vikings reportedly sign free-agent cornerback Amari Henderson.
Since some additional cap space cleared for them on June 1, the Vikings have already spent some of their new money to add some more depth to their secondary.
Last Thursday, Minnesota and former Tennessee Titans cornerback Tye Smith agreed to a deal. Then on Friday, the Vikings signed a corner in Bashaud Breeland who has the talent to potentially begin next season as a starter.
After these two additions, the total number of cornerbacks on Minnesota’s 2021 roster was up to 10. Surely, this would be enough corners for the Vikings before they begin training camp this year, right?
Unsurprisingly, Minnesota couldn’t resist the temptation of signing another defensive back and the team reportedly added free agent corner Amari Henderson on Monday.
Henderson was one of the five players the Vikings brought in for a tryout in May during their rookie minicamp. He spent his college career at Wake Forest and last year, he signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars as an undrafted free agent.
So now, Minnesota has a grand total of 11 cornerbacks on their current roster. One would like to assume that this will be enough corners for the Vikings until training camp gets underway at the end of July. But never say never when it comes to a team with Zimmer as their head coach.