Minnesota shows interest in Germane Crowell


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Nate Caminata - LionsFans.com

Germane Crowell may not have received many bites this off-season, but the Lions' free-agent wide receiver has received interest from a familiar source. The Minnesota Vikings.

According to the Star-Tribune, the Vikings have scheduled a workout and meeting with 6'3 Crowell, along with Colts' wide receiver Jerome Pathon. Last week, Minnesota lost receiver Jake Reed to the New Orleans Saints for the second time in three seasons, and will not re-sign veteran and perennial All Pro Chris Carter.

The losses, combined with the possible departure of tight end Byron Chamberlain, has left the Vikings with several holes to fill, and Crowell may be a prime target.

A former second round draft selection of former head coach Bobby Ross, Crowell hasn't drawn much of an interest due to two injuries the past two seasons, including a habit of dropping catchable passes. Ironically, one of Crowell's more memorable blunders occured during a botched play against the Vikings last October.

With Detroit trailing 26-31 with no timeouts and in striking distance, Crowell failed to run out of bounds with just seconds remaining, opting to instead head towards an onslaught of Viking defenders.

Although the Lions haven't ruled out re-signing Crowell, their continued pursuit of receivers -- even following the signing of former Rams' receiver Az-Zahir Hakim -- has all but eliminated his possiblity of returning.

Crowell tallied 22 receptions last year, starting in 4 contests before a knee injury ended his season prematurely. He is still recovering from surgery on both knees.

Chamberlain left Minnesota on Wednesday on route to Detroit, his second meeting in the motor city, amidst some harsh words from head coach Mike Tice. Tice indicated that his ball club would either lower their offer to Chamberlain, or drop out of their pursuit to re-sign him altogether.

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