Will Kampman Be Available?

The Vikings could be looking for a defensive end in free agency if they lose Lance Johnstone, and with the team making a play for Aaron Kampman as a restricted free agent last year, he is an interesting potential prospect if the Green Bay Packers let him hit the market. See what's being said about Kampman's prospects of hitting the open market.

The Packers have had ongoing discussions regarding the status of soon-to-be free agent defensive end Aaron Kampman. The Packers feel their defense is an improved unit and want to begin to establish some continuity.

Kampman, while not generally regarded as a pass rushing end, was again a consistent performer for the team in the 2005 season. Green Bay anticipates Kampman will be a high demand if he becomes a free agent on March 3.

Team General Manager Ted Thompson regards Kampman as a foundation type player, but is not expected to over-extend in contract talks leading up to the free agent player signing period.

"The Packers have shown they want to keep Aaron (Kampman) and are in talks to see if a deal can be done prior to free agency," a source close to the player said.

The free agent market at the defensive end position is regarded as average heading into the signing period, with New York Jets defensive end John Abraham leading the list at the end position (Abraham was franchised but is available via trade). With Cleveland Browns defensive end Orpheus Roye agreeing to a contract with the Browns this week, one more highly regarded talent has been removed from the equation.

"Kampman will be sought because he is consistent. The market price at the position may be magnified due to the overall questionable amount of available talent," one agent said. "If there was a time to be a free agent at the end position, this off-season may be as good a time as any."

However, since switching defensive schemes, the Vikings may be looking for a little more pass-rushing skill from that position than Kampman has shown.

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