Vikings miss out on CFL sacks leader

The Vikings were in the running for CFL sacks leader Philip Hunt, but the Philadelphia Eagles scooped up the situational pass rusher.

The Vikings have been cultivating the Canadian Football League and were initially one of the favorites to sign 2010 CFL sacks leader Phillip Hunt in what has become something of a secondary unrestricted free agent market. On Friday, they lost out on that front.

Hunt opted to sign with the Philadelphia Eagles, which, along with Minnesota and Houston, were teams viewed as the frontrunners to add the "suddenly hot" free agent prospect, according to FOXSports.com's Adam Caplan.

The Vikings have been quietly aggressive in the market that exists, making a couple of practice squad thefts, going after a UFL player and dipping their toes in the chilly CFL waters. While not viewed by the casual fan as a loss, when one is starving, they will eat almost anything. That is what the 2011 offseason has become – the long walk of the elephants in search of the big watering hole. Teams appreciate anything they get along the way.

While Hunt has no guarantee of translating his CFL success into NFL prowess, in what is currently just a rivulet of player movement, the Vikings had a chance to land a player that could potentially fill a significant void – both Ray Edwards and Brian Robison are expected to be unrestricted free agents when the current collective bargaining impasse is resolved. Add to that the uncertainty of whether the NFL is going to punish Everson Griffen for his weekend of arrests last month and you have a serious situation brewing that made the offer to Hunt perhaps being made at gunpoint. Yet, it wasn't enough.

That uncertainty has each team taking extra measures (or at least should) to slop up the small amounts of gravy with a biscuit. The Eagles beat the Vikings in landing Hunt. The Eagles addressed a potential need with a proven player, something that is only going to get more aggressive as the CBA nears its seemingly inevitable conclusion.

At 6-0, 250, in the Vikings' scheme of things, Hunt likely would have been a pass-rush specialist, but, given the current uncertainty, any potential oasis is being viewed as an offseason win. The Vikings lost out Friday.

SATURDAY NOTES

  • Brittany Favre, the daughter of Brett Favre, has consistently been the most vocal member of the family when it comes to speculation about her famous dad. On Friday, she shot down the speculation that Brett will be the next member of the "Dances With the Stars" crew. Via Twitter, she shot down the rumors that have been running rampant that Favre will join the likes of Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith, Warren Sapp, Kurt Warner and Jason Taylor to go from the sidelines to the dance line.

  • If Favre still is on the fence about whether to go on "DWTS" or not – he has a history of fence-riding – perhaps someone in Brett's inner circle should tell him one thing. Even if he was to win, he would hoist a trophy made to look like a disco ball. Aaron Rodgers is currently hoisting the Lombardi Trophy. Think there would be about a million split-screen posters sold to embittered Packers fans with A-Rodg hoisting the NFL's championship trophy and Favre with a disco ball aloft? Not a pretty sight. Just say "no", Brett.

  • Favre is the butt of a new slew of jokes, comparing him to recently deposed leader of Egypt – President Hosni Mubarak. In a twist of irony, Mubarak is 82 years old. Favre is 41. Brett had a good run, but Mubarak is a first-ballot Hall of Famer for making a good run of his profession.


    John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.

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