Cromartie Visits Vikings

The Vikings' carousel of rookie talent continued Friday, as the team hosted Florida State cornerback Antonio Cromartie.

The Vikings continued to entertain some of college football's top prospects Friday, playing host to Florida State cornerback Antonio Cromartie.

Cromartie, who suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament last summer, missed the entire 2005 season. He is a player that some scouts believe will go in the first round, but with the depth at cornerback in this year's draft class, there's the possibility that because of his injury, he could slip into the second round – where the Vikings currently have two picks.

With the free agent loss of Brian Williams, the Vikings have a need for depth at the cornerback position. Whether it's Cromartie or someone else, don't be surprised to see the Vikings make a move early to get a cornerback in the draft.

SATURDAY NOTES
* Scott Linehan continues to put the old Vikings band back together. Friday the Rams signed former Viking Todd Steussie to a one-year contract.
* It would seem Mike Holmgren can't get past the offer the Vikings made to guard Steve Hutchinson. Blaming everyone from his agent to the Vikings front office, Holmgren told a Seattle newspaper that he was stunned at the move the Vikings made, saying, "No one in their wildest dreams thought that Minnesota would do something that no team had done in 12 years because it's kind of unfair."
* The Packers have given Brett Favre yet another reprieve – pushing his $3 million roster bonus back to the end of July, fueling speculation that, despite reports that Favre plans on retiring, that he likely will return for a final season.
" * The Vikings scouting staff is burning the midnight oil as the draft is now just two weeks away, but none of them are sure what the future will hold. The entire staff is hired through the end of May and the Vikings haven't made a determination yet whether they will be retained or replaced. An announcement will probably come shortly after the draft.

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