Free Agent Visits Altered Slightly

The Vikings lost out on one free agent they were hoping to talk with Monday or Tuesday, but they still have at least three visits scheduled this week.

After signing linebacker Ben Leber, kicker Ryan Longwell and running back Chester Taylor over the weekend, the Vikings had visits scheduled with two safeties, a backup quarterback and a fullback.

Those plans were altered slightly Monday afternoon, as former Tampa Bay Bucs safety Dexter Jackson has signed with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Jackson was scheduled to meet the Vikings Monday or Tuesday, but he chose Cincinnati's offer, reportedly a four-year, $7.6 million deal.

The former Super Bowl MVP in his first stint with Tampa Bay has been in the league seven years — six with Tampa Bay and one season (2003) with the Arizona Cardinals. He has played in 89 games, registering 329 tackles, 3.5 sacks and 14 interceptions.

That leaves Demps, who was scheduled to meet with Cincinnati on Sunday and the New York Giants on Monday, his agent said. He is entering his first year as an unrestricted free agent and has started more than half the games with Baltimore since 2002. He played in only 11 games last year, recording 52 tackles and no interceptions, according to He has 234 tackles, 3.5 sacks and four interceptions in his four seasons with the Ravens.

If the Vikings sign Demps, he likely would be given the chance to start at strong safety opposite Pro Bowl free safety Darren Sharper. Willie Offord, who signed a two-year deal worth as much as $3 million with incentives, might compete for the job with Demps, if signed.

Also scheduled to talk with the Vikings are Green Bay Packers free agents William Henderson and Craig Nall, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal.

Nall, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound quarterback, is entering his first year of unrestricted free agency and is expected to visit with the Vikings today. He would probably be signed only if the Vikings are able to execute a trade of Daunte Culpepper, which could happen at any time. The Dolphins are considered the frontrunner for Culpepper if they don't sign San Diego free agent Drew Brees, and a report Monday morning said that the Oakland Raiders have entered the race for Culpepper once again. Oakland released starting quarterback Kerry Collins last Friday and was considered the favorite at that point.

If signed, Nall likely would compete with J.T. O'Sullivan for the backup spot. The Vikings might draft a developmental quarterback in April, as they visited with several prospects at the NFL Combine.

Nall has played in six games with the Packers, never starting, and has completed 23 of 33 passes for 69.7 completion percentage with four touchdowns and no interceptions and a passer rating for 139.4.

Henderson, a 6-foot-1, 262-pound fullback, is a 1995 third-round draft pick of the Packers. He has played in 174 of Green Bay's 176 regular-season games since then, with 103 starts, and earned Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors in 2004. He has 426 yards rushing and 2,347 receiving in his career. The Vikings will use a fullback in their new offensive scheme this year and already signed street free agent Joey Goodspeed last month.

Henderson isn't expected to visit until later this week, giving Green Bay time to sign him before then.

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