Vikings Free Agency Notes

The latest on the Nate Burleson situation, the backup quarterback search and various other Vikings-related notes.

While the Vikings wait on the fate of restricted free agent wide receiver Nate Burleson, there is some good news for the team in that situation.

The Vikings tendered Burleson a $712,000 offer, meaning other teams can negotiate a contract with him, but the Vikings would have seven days to match another offer or receive a third-round draft pick as compensation if they declined to match.

Burleson met with Seattle late last week, and the Seahawks were expected to sign him to an offer sheet. To this point, that still hasn't happened.

However, the Seahawks, looking for a No. 2 receiver opposite Darrell Jackson, are also investigating other options at the position.

Kansas City free agent wide receiver Marc Boerigter was expected to visit Seattle as well.

The Vikings would like to match any offer Burleson might receive, but a team like the Seahawks, who have a lot of room under the salary cap after the loss of Steve Hutchinson to the Vikings, could make it difficult for Minnesota if an offer sheet were front-loaded.

  • While the Vikings consider whether or not to sign free agent quarterback Mike McMahon, and at what price, has learned the team's thinking with other available options on the market. The team believes that Jamie Martin is too old and decided that Aaron Brooks was not a good fit for their offense and were wary of his reputation. Brooks signed a two-year deal with the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday.

    Another options, Anthony Wright, has set up visit with Cincinnati.

    The Vikings visited with former Green Bay Packers third-stringer Craig Nall last week, but he subsequently signed with the Buffalo Bills, who are saying Nall will have a chance to compete with Kelly Holcomb and J.P. Losman for the starting job.

  • Former Vikings safety Tyrone Carter, now with the Pittsburgh Steelers, learned that his brother, Tank, was sentenced to five years in jail for driving with a revoked license. Tank's original sentence was for six months, but instead of reporting to jail on time he watched Tyrone compete in Super Bowl XL, causing the judge to invoke 10 times the original sentence.

  • Vikings free agent kicker Paul Edinger is expected to visit with the Green Bay Packers, according to Adam Schefter of the NFL Network. The Vikings signed former Packers kicker Ryan Longwell on the opening day of free agency.

  • Green Bay re-signed former Vikings defensive tackle Colin Cole.

  • Vikings free agent linebacker Keith Newman still hasn't made a visit to another team. The Vikings have told Newman's agent, Ben Dogra, that they aren't interested in re-signing him.

  • Philadelphia Eagles free agent right tackle Jon Runyan got an offer from the New York Jets Wednesday and the two sides will enter negotiations on Thursday. Runyan was widely speculated to be of interest to the Vikings before the start of free agency, but the team has shown no inclination to sign him.

  • Keith Rowen, the former Vikings offensive line coach and current Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator, reportedly had dinner Tuesday night with Texas quarterback Vince Young. Young had his pro day Wednesday and is expected to conduct private workouts with the Texans, Jets and Ravens, according to a published report.

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