Key Free Agents Courted By Other Teams

Some key free agents that could be interests of the Vikings are garnering attention from other teams, but a Vikings team official says their movements are of interest and they will keep tabs.

The Vikings may be moving too late on two key free agents at positions of need. Word from the combine is the Kansas City Chiefs had cornerback Ty Law in for a visit and were applying a full-court press to get him to sign. According to a Kansas City source, Priest Holmes is trying to help recruit Law and prohibit him for leaving town.

Law was released by the Patriots late last week.

When informed of the Chiefs' pursuit, a Vikings team source said Law would be someone to consider.

Charles Woodson, who is said to be on the trading block after signing a one-year, $10.5 million tender, probably isn't of interest to the Vikings because of the price tag, a team source said. In fact, the front office isn't completely sure how much they will be able to spend in free agency with the ownership in transition.

Woodson wasn't expected to sign the tender, and now the Raiders are forced to deal with a salary cap that is almost $16 million over the maximum even before the recent deals reached with receivers Jerry Porter and Randy Moss.

They are expected to start releasing players soon.

The Chiefs are also rumored to be heavily interested in linebacker Jeremiah Trotter, and the Eagles may end up losing him. Just a few days ago, the Eagles were thought to be the favorite to re-sign their own free agent, who re-joined Philadelphia last year for a one-year minimum contract of $600,000 with no bonus. His preference was to stay in Philadelphia.

The Vikings had an interest in Trotter last year, but a Vikings official today told Viking Update that they aren't willing to automatically force E.J. Henderson out of the middle linebacker spot. With Napolean Harris on the strong side, Trotter would only be an option in the middle.

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