Vikings Still Looking for Upgrades

All may seem quiet in the lull before the training camp storm, but Vikings head coach Brad Childress is living up to his words about always looking to add to the roster. The Vikings tried to sign another player Thursday and have a second player in mind should they need to make a move.

The Minnesota Vikings were one of five teams trying to sign Texas fullback Ahmard Hall Thursday afternoon, according to a league source, after no team selected him in the NFL supplemental draft.

The Seattle Seahawks, New York Giants, Green Bay Packers and Vikings all negotiated with Hall's agent, but the Tennessee Titans came away with the signed contract.

In the end, it was not money but the best opportunity to play at the next level that had Hall signing with the Titans. Tennessee offensive coordinator Norm Chow envisions Hall as a big pass catcher out of the backfield and the only other fullback Hall must contend with to make the roster is Troy Fleming.

The Vikings acquired veteran Tony Richardson this offseason and he is the unquestioned starter at the position. One of the first signings of Brad Childress's initial run as a head coach was inking street free agent fullback Joey Goodspeed, but the former St. Louis Ram injured his knee in a minicamp practice and is out for the season.

The Vikings didn't have any fullbacks on their roster last year, but the change to a West Coast offense has brought the position back into prominence on the team's roster this year. Former Clemson fullback Steven Jackson, who was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent, is the only other fullback on the roster.


  • The Nashville City Paper reported that the Vikings have free agent cornerback Tony Beckham on top of their replacement list should the team need to sign another cornerback, according to Beckham's agent, Ron Slavin, who told the paper he was contacted by the Vikings. Beckham has played four years in the league as a fourth-round draft choice of the Titans in 2002 after a college career at Wisconsin-Stout.

  • The Bengals selected LB Ahmad Brooks with the 22nd pick in the third round of the supplemental draft, giving up their third-round selection in the 2007 NFL Draft. The former Virginia linebacker is considered a first-round talent with serious character issues, which is why he slid to the third round. The Vikings had the 17th pick in the draft and could have selected him before the Bengals, but they were reportedly one of the few teams that didn't even attend Brooks's predraft workout because of the character issues. A USA Today National Defensive Player of the Year coming out of high school in Woodbridge, Va., Brooks had 234 tackles, 13 sacks, 31 quarterback pressures and 21 tackles-for-loss in three years with the Cavaliers. It was also learned Thursday that Bengals linebacker Odell Thurman has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

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