Agent Sounds Optimistic

The agent for one free agent visiting with the Vikings sounded optimistic Saturday morning.

As reported here last month from the NFL Combine, the Vikings are interested in Baltimore Ravens free agent running back Chester Taylor.

Taylor's agent, Ken Sarnoff, told Viking Update Saturday morning that Taylor should be in the Twin Cities meeting with Vikings officials this afternoon. His flight was delayed, but Sarnoff sounded optimistic Saturday morning.

"It says a lot when the first trip he takes will be there," Sarnoff said.

The Vikings have had a recent history of signing free agents they really want before letting them leave town.

Sarnoff declined to name any other teams that have shown an interest in Taylor or set up visits with him.

Taylor has been a backup to star running back Jamal Lewis the last four years. Taylor has started eight games in his four-year career for the Ravens, one in 2005 and four in 2004. The 5-foot-11, 213-pound running back has a 4.3-yard average on 373 carries and has performed well when given the chance.

Taylor would also be a good fit for head coach Brad Childress' West Coast offense, as he had 41 receptions in 2005. Taylor has also returned 45 kicks in his career, with a 20.8-yard average, but the Vikings also signed wide receiver Koren Robinson, who went to the Pro Bowl in February on his kick return skills.


  • Updating a previous report, it is believed guard/center LeCharles Bentley has a strong interest in the Cleveland Browns. He was reported to have signed with the Philadelphia Eagles, as speculated before free agency ever began, but Bentley appears to be on a whirlwind free agent tour. Bentley had been rumored to be an interest of the Vikings, but was never able to confirm that. The Vikings might be making a push to talk to Seattle guard Steve Hutchinson.

  • Another interest of the Vikings, Seattle running back Maurice Morris, could be headed out of Seattle either way. has confirmed that Miami running back Sammy Morris has set up a visit with the Seahawks. If Sammy Morris is signed, he would replace Maurice Morris as the team's primary backup to 2005 league MVP Shaun Alexander.

  • The Packer re-signed defensive end Aaron Kampman. Last year, as a restricted free agent, the Vikings signed Kampman to an offer sheet, which the Packers matched to retain him. This year, however, it's doubtful the Vikings would have had an interest in Kampman, who was unrestricted, as they are believed to be looking for more of a pass-rushing threat if they don't re-sign Lance Johnstone.

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