Personnel Department Sleepless After Seattle

The Vikings worked out six players on Tuesday. Learn more about this eclectic cast of talent, plus find out how other former Vikings are making roster news around the league.

Tuesday is a heavy workout day in the NFL, as active players usually have the day off and those seeking employment deploy to different locales across the country. Six players arrived in Minnesota for a workout yesterday with the Vikings.

The Vikings took a look at QB Bradlee Van Pelt, LB Tony Bua, DT Steve Fifita, DT Alex Guerrero, DT Alvin Smith and WR Justin Surrency while releasing offensive lineman Jimmy Martin from the practice squad, leaving open the possibility of signing one of the aforementioned players or others they have previously worked out.

Van Pelt is an athletic (6-2, 220) quarterback out of Colorado State. The Denver Broncos signed him to their practice squad in 2004, then elevated him to their No. 2 quarterback last year, when he completed 2 of 8 passes. They released him before the start of this season after drafting Jay Cutler. The New York Giants, Houston Texans and Seattle Seahawks all have reportedly had an interest in Van Pelt since his release from Denver. There have been suggestions that he could play linebacker, defensive back or even be a punter, but Van Pelt seems intent on furthering his career as a quarterback.
Bua is a 5-11, 218-pound linebacker out of Arkansas. He has had stints with the Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins since 2004, playing in seven games with the Dolphins in 2004 and forcing one fumble.
Fifita is a 6-0, 327-pound defensive tackle from Utah. He was with the Miami Dolphins during the off-season, but they waived him at the end of August. With the Utes, he was a first-team all-Mountain West Conference player his senior year and finished the 2004 season as the Fiesta Bowl Defensive MVP. During his 12 starts for the Utes' defense, he managed 45 tackles (23 solo), 4.5 sacks and nine tackles-for-loss.
Guerrero is a 6-3, 303-pound defensive tackle out of Boise State. The Seattle Seahawks waived him at the end of August after he was released by the Kansas City Chiefs at the end of July.

Smith measured in at 6-3, 322 pounds as a senior defensive tackle at Oregon State. He was released by the San Diego Chargers before the start of the 2006 season.
Surrency is a 5-11, 183-pound wide receiver out of Northern Iowa. Like Guerrero, Seattle waived Surrency before the season began.


  • Defensive end DeQuincy Scott, signed by the Vikings in free agency but eventually released before the season began, visited Miami this week.

  • The Houston Texans released rookie wide receiver Craphonso Thorpe, whom the Vikings worked out in early September.

  • With Green Bay's thin receiving corps, former Vikings wide receiver Chris Jones received a tryout with the Packers on Tuesday.

  • The Miami Dolphins worked out former Vikings kicker Paul Edinger and Minnesota's 2006 training-camp punter John Torp.

  • The Seattle Seahawks placed kick returner Willie Ponder on waivers after the Vikings game.

  • Former Vikings linebacker Kailee Wong was activated from the Houston Texans' physically unable to perform list.

  • Former Vikings running back Joe (formerly Adimchinobe) Echemandu was elevated to the Oakland Raiders' 53-man roster from their practice squad. Echemandu was released at the end of the preseason by the Vikings.

  • T.J. Cottrell, the son of former Vikings defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell, is now playing for the Minnesota Ripknees of the ABA, according to a minor league basketball web site. T.J., a tight end in football and forward in basketball, spent all of the 2005 season on injured reserve with the Vikings.

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