The Vikings potentially could be without wide receiver Koren Robinson for the season after his arrest on suspicion of drunk driving, and if that's the case they will be searching for options at the position. Here are 20 of the top free-agent and trade options and how they would fit the system.
Brad Childress said he was in an "information vacuum" regarding wide receiver Koren Robinson
's arrest for the more than two hours the head coach was at practice, but if Robinson was unable to play during the 2006 season, the Vikings will be searching for other options at the position.
Their top two receivers in camp without Robinson are second-year pro Troy Williamson and Travis Taylor, with Marcus Robinson assuming more of a role in Wednesday's practice.
"We know Travis is a guy that has experience – Super Bowl experience – so he's a guy that can definitely do some things. Troy is in his second season, so he's a guy we expect some big things out of," safety Darren Sharper said.
"We'll continue to roll people through here. There is not a rush to replace or anything like that," Childress said.
He said that addressing the situation from a personnel standpoint is no different than dealing with an injury.
"They will not cancel the preseason, they will not cancel the season. We need to deal with it and put it behind us," Childress said.
On Wednesday morning, the team had Troy Williamson
and Travis Taylor
working as the top two receivers in most personnel groupings while Koren Robinson remained in jail. If the league suspends Robinson for the season, Childress admitted that the team needs to look at the top-end options inside and outside the organization.
"We just need to make sure we have enough viable guys to keep on that final 53 (-man roster). They could be within this group and they may be outside. We've got three preseason games to follow that really closely."
Chances are they won't wait that long to make a move, either in free agency or via trade.
According to Scout.com's NFL expert Adam Caplan, the top free-agent receivers are:
Kevin Johnson, who is probably just a No. 3 receiver at this point in his career.
Az-Zahir Hakim, who is more of a slot receiver and oft-injured.
Johnnie Morton, who is just a third or fourth receiver at this point in his career.
Ricky Proehl, who is a third receiver or slot receiver and wants to play a few more years.
Patrick Johnson, who is clearly a backup but fast.
Rashaun Woods, who is an oft-injured former first-round pick who flunked Denver's team physical recently.
Dez White, who the Vikings just cut, but would be strictly a backup.
The top potential trades for wide receivers, according to Caplan:
Jerry Porter/Oakland – Talented, but many question his commitment to the team. Wants to be dealt. Was the team's No. 1 receiver at one point. Has four years left on his new deal and base salaries of $1,000,000 for each season.
Ashley Lelie/Denver - Plays in a West Coast offense and the team would like to move him for a first-day selection. More of a No. 2 receiver, not a No. 1. On the final year of his contract and set to make $600,000.
Donte' Stallworth/New Orleans - Talented receiver but gets hurt a lot. Team has denied that he's on the block, but head coach Sean Payton doesn't seem pleased that he hasn't been able to participate much in camp.
Robert Ferguson/Green Bay - The oft-injured receiver wasn't drafted by the new regime so they have no allegiance to him. Rookie WR Greg Jennings is pushing him for the No. 2 job, but it's unlikely the Packers would be willing to trade within the division.
Rod Gardner/Green Bay - Former first-round pick of Washington is a decent fit for the West Coast offense, but the same hurdles about trading within the division would likely arise.
Charles Rogers/Detroit - Former first-round pick is not having a good camp and is far from a lock to make the roster. Problem is he's had issues with substance abuse before.
Ike Hilliard/Tampa Bay - With the emergence of veteran WR David Boston, Hilliard's days could be numbered with the team. He's strictly a third or fourth receiver at this point in his career. They also have too many receivers on their roster so he could be the odd man out.
Bryant Johnson/Arizona - The former first-round pick won't ever be more than their third receiver and there had been rumors that they might move him for the right price. He has two years left on his contract (2006-$602,500/2007-$751,250). Probably more of a No. 2 receiver.
D.J. Hackett/Seattle - Here's a receiver who's slated to be their No. 4 receiver, but many around the league believe he could develop into a No. 1 receiver in time with another team. He has good speed and size. He's on the final year of his contract.
Andre' Davis/Buffalo - Oft-injured but fast receiver who is down on the depth chart in Buffalo.
Kelley Washington/Cincinnati - Big receiver who has underachieved but could do better with another team. Rumors have been that the Bengals may cut him. On the final year of his deal.
Quincy Morgan/Pittsburgh - Slated to be the Steelers' No. 4 or No. 5 receiver. Big receiver with decent speed that Cleveland tried to make their top receiver earlier in his career.
Tyrone Calico/Tennessee - Talented, big but oft-injured receiver who has underachieved. On the final year of his deal. The Vikings were interested in him in the 2003 draft, but felt Nate Burleson was a more polished receiver. Had a career-high 22 catches in 2005.