Vikes After Graham, Lelie?

With free agency set to begin late Thursday night, the Vikings might get the ball rolling early and chase after a pair of soon-to-be free agent receivers.

With the start of free agency less than 72 hours away, the Vikings are preparing for the future by looking at their offensive needs. With that in mind, a couple of names have surfaced as candidates to be pursued.

As reported here a couple of weeks ago, Patriots tight end Daniel Graham hasn't been re-signed by the Patriots and will be given the chance to test free agency. The same is true for Ashley Lelie, who was traded from the Broncos to the Falcons last year and became a free agent after the season.

Both players could give the Vikings a weapon on offense that was missing last year. Graham is a tight end that can stretch the field, which is also true for the wideout Lelie, who has excellent speed. The Vikings are expected to release Jermaine Wiggins and possibly Jim Kleinsasser as well. At wide receiver, the Vikings have enormous needs and Lelie would likely be the first piece of the puzzle that could include two or three signings.

* News out of our nation's capitol is that the Redskins are going to make a run at Fred Smoot "if he is released by Minnesota as expected."
* Word around Dolphins headquarters is that Joey Harrington will be among the players released to open up cap space.
* Former Vikings assistant coach Kevin Ross has been hired as secondary coach for the Chargers.
* Former Vikings assistant coach John Tice has been named offensive line coach for Army.

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