Take It on the Run, Baby

The Vikings running game is going to have a much different look in 2006, but as May turns to June, there's more activity among former Vikings running backs than there is with the remaining RB crop at Winter Park.

When Brad Childress took over the Vikings, one of the first changes he made was at running back. The team signed Chester Taylor in free agency, made no effort to re-sign Michael Bennett and did little in the way of showing interest in Moe Williams. In fact, many around the league thought Williams was finished with football, since his attorney referred to him as "retired" during his trial for the October, 2005 boat scandal.

Yet, with less than two months to go until teams report for training camp, the fuel is on the fire for both former Vikings running backs, who are gaining some interest around the league.

Bennett, who was supplanted as the primary backup with the Saints when Reggie Bush fell in their laps, is said to be a target of interest by four teams. The Saints aren't saying who, but the rumor mill has included the Dolphins, Texans and Chiefs among the interested.

Williams has tangible interest with the Rams and former Vikings offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. Williams visited St. Louis Wednesday for a workout and could be offered a contract as soon as this week.

While things were quiet for some time for the former Vikings running backs, they've picked up momentum as the weather has gotten warmer, and it may not be long until one or both of them is on the move again.

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