Vikings Interested in Running Back

The Vikings have inquired about the services of a veteran NFL running back who is receiving interest from at least two other teams as well.

Scout.com has learned free agent running back Sammy Morris has drawn interest from the Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs.

Morris has done a nice job in a backup role the past few seasons and also is one of the NFL's best special teams players.

The Vikings have Chester Taylor, Mewelde Moore, Artose Pinner (tendered offer) and Ciatrick Fason in the fold, but their skills only fit the Vikings' desires to varying degrees in their West Coast offense.

Taylor is the unquestioned starter and produced 1,216 yards rushing and 288 yards receiving in his first year with the Vikings, also his first as a full-time starter. Behind him, however, the team didn't seem to settle on its No. 2 back.

In a limited role, Moore averaged 5.5 yards per carry, but he only had 24 rushes. He was used more as a third-down player out of the backfield, where he caught 46 passes (second on the team) for 468 yards.

Morris has played four seasons with the Buffalo Bills and the last three with the Miami Dolphins. He has rushed for 400 or more yards in two of his three seasons with the Dolphins as a backup.


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