Vikings to Visit with Two More

While the Vikings were pondering a visit they had with quarterback Mike McMahon on Wednesday, they were setting up visits with two more players — this time on defense.

The Vikings still have not re-signed defensive end Lance Johnstone and they saw two free agent safeties they were interested in sign with other teams last week. But their quest at those two positions isn't over.

The team is the planning to meet with defensive end DeQuincy Scott and strong safety Tank Williams, according to a league source.

Scott is a rush end that has also played some defensive tackle, although he is undersized at that position at 6-foot-1 and 260 pounds. He would fill the role that Johnstone had in previous seasons and be a younger option there.

In four years with the San Diego Chargers, Scott has 14.5 sacks, but hasn't ever been more than a rotational, situational player. With the Vikings, he likely would get the opportunity to take regular snaps on third downs. In 2003, he had a career-best 6.5 sacks, getting sacks in five games. He has started only one game in his career.

Williams is a 6-foot-3, 223-pound strong safety who spent his first four years in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans after being a 2002 second-round draft pick. He has averaged 66 tackles and 1.25 interceptions per season, but he hasn't received much interest in the free agent market, possibly because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered on Nov. 14, 2004.

Both players would fill some of the last remaining holes on the Vikings' roster.

Without Johnstone, the Vikings are a little thin at defensive end, especially a pass-rushing specialist. Also under consideration is the fact that Kenechi Udeze is coming off of microfracture (knee) surgery, with Erasmus James and Darrion Scott the other ends on the roster. Johnstone is still on the free agent market.

If signed, Williams would compete with Willie Offord, who is coming of an ACL tear last year, for the starting spot at strong safety.

The Vikings had serious interest in safeties Will Demps and Dexter Jackson, who each signed with other teams last week. Demps signed a five-year contract with the Giants and Jackson signed a four-year deal with the Bengals.

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