Another Robinson?

The Vikings are quickly becoming the NFL equivalent to the Island of Misfit Toys -- a place for wide receivers to find their true calling.

Ever since the evacuation of Cris Carter from the Vikings after the tumlutuous 2001 season, the Vikes have become a hotbed for wide receivers looking to make their mark working with Daunte Culpepper.

Derrick Alexander and D'Wayne Bates were prototypes that blew up on the test track. Marcus Robinson was a gift. Travis Taylor may be on that same path if not higher. Now yet another player with a solid pedigree but NFL malaise may be on the Vikings' radar screen.

Koren Robinson, a former first-round pick of the Seahawks who was released this summer shortly before entering a rehabilitation clinic program to deal with alcohol issues, has met with team officials about joining the Vikings. The team hasn't made any overtures about signing Robinson, but he poses an intriguing prospect. Many team observers figured when the final cuts were made that one roster spot would likely be fought for by Kelly Campbell and Keenan Howry. Both made the roster cuts. One of them would likely have to go if the team signs Robinson -- a prospect the team might not want take on considering they just went through the worst weekend of their year by telling more than 20 players "thanks, but no thanks."

If the team does make a move on Robinson, it will most likely happen very quickly or not at all. Robinson is simply too talented not to make a move on. If Jerry Rice announces his retirement today, it might be a moot point -- the Broncos will sign him -- but the longer he's interested in coming to play for the Vikings, the better.

* As horrific as the video images coming out of New Orleans have been, the very real possibility of the Saints having no home -- permanently or temporarily -- is working its way through the NFL heirarchy. The Saints have been on a short list as candidates to fill the NFL vacancy in Los Angeles. For the last several years, the team has worked to get a stadium improvement/renovation worked out. As awful as Hurricane Katrina has been for those who live (and died) on the Gulf Coast, the NFL is a business that continues -- regardless of circumstance. The future of the entire city is up in the air and may not be properly assessed for months. The not knowing could be enough for team ownership to accept a deal to move the team to L.A. -- and, in the process assure that L.A. isn't a potential destination for the Vikings. It may sound a little crass at this point, but the NFL has never faced a situation of having a franchise literally disenfranchised by an act of God. L.A. has always been a bargaining chip. Now it's a bargaining chip with realistic possibilities.

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