Vikes Continue To Be In RB Buzz

Mike Tice admitted Sunday that, while he has no immediate plans to entertain trade offers for Michael Bennett, he is willing to listen.

The Dolphins have their organizational finger on the panic button following the unexpected retirement of Ricky Williams over the weekend and Vikings coach Mike Tice said he wouldn't be surprised if the Dolphins come calling for a running back.

Michael Bennett has been one of several names floated out as possibilities for Miami to make a desperation move to fill the huge void. Other names that have been mentioned are the Ravens' Chester Taylor, the Bears' Anthony Thomas, Denver's Mike Anderson and free agents James Stewart and Stacy Mack.

One person who may end up being a go-between if the Dolphins do make a serious pitch for Bennett would be VP of Football Operations Rob Brzezinski. Brzezinski served as a middle man in the first-round swap of picks in this April's draft. Miami moved ahead of the Vikings to take offensive lineman Vernon Carey, but only after giving Brzezinski a verbal assurance it wouldn't take DE Kenechi Udeze.

Before coming to the Vikings, Brzezinski spent six years as legal counsel and capologist for the Dolphins and it was that relationship that gave the Vikings the confidence to acquire an extra draft pick to flip-flop with Miami. If not for Brzezinski's intimate knowledge of the organization and relationship with the Dolphins decision-makers, the deal likely wouldn't have been struck.

As reported yesterday in VU, there is nothing to say that the Vikings have any wish to bail out the Dolphins. With just four running backs on the active roster at this time, the team might find themselves thinner than they would like at the position if any deal would be consummated, but Tice said he is willing to listen to an offer. Whether he would accept it could be a different matter, but Miami likely believes it has an in with Minnesota through Brzezinski. If they call in that marker, it will likely be made known within the next day or two.

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