Vikings Free Agency Notebook

It was a strange Monday for free-agent wide receiver Kevin Curtis, whom the Vikings visited with on Friday and Saturday. But he wasn't the only player of Vikings interest making the rounds on Monday. Find out more with our look around the league, including signings, visits and other news.

A manic Monday for wide receiver Kevin Curtis commenced with the free agent remaining on the market and now without an agent.

According to multiple sources, including the Detroit Free Press, Curtis fired his agent on Monday after Tom Condon didn't come to a deal with the Detroit Lions. Curtis visited the Vikings late Friday and early Saturday, then left for Detroit Saturday afternoon.

Curtis will have to wait five days to hire a new agent, according to NFL rules.

It's uncertain how that situation will affect the Vikings' desire to sign Curtis, who played for Detroit offensive coordinator Mike Martz while both were with the St. Louis Rams. The Vikings and Condon worked together last year to insert the infamous poison-pill clause into an offer sheet to guard Steve Hutchinson.

Curtis remains the top-ranked wide receiver on the free-agent market, according to Scout.com's rankings.

As of 5 p.m. Monday, the Vikings were not hosting any free agents Monday, but the Star Tribune reported that they are getting ready to visit with receiver Bobby Wade, late of the Chicago Bears and Tennessee Titans.

Wade reached career bests in 2004 with 42 catches for 481 yards in his last season with the Bears. Last year, in his second season with the Titans, he caught 33 passes for 461 yards and scored the only two touchdowns of his career.

BAD TIMING?

The Vikings signed tight end Visanthe Shiancoe Saturday after releasing Jermaine Wiggins.

Then Monday the Miami Dolphins released tight end Randy McMichael, a player that Vikings Vice President of Player Personnel Rick Spielman is very familiar with. In five seasons with Miami, the 6-foot-3, 255-pounder hasn't missed a game while amassing more than 3,000 yards receiving and 18 touchdown receptions.

The Vikings are intrigued with Shiancoe's production, but head coach Brad Childress said Saturday that his offense will generally require three tight ends on the roster. Currently, the Vikings have tight ends Jim Kleinsasser and Jeff Dugan on the roster, with an offer tendered to restricted free agent Richard Owens.

MORE OFF THE BOARD

  • The Vikings were thought to have a moderate interest in former Atlanta Falcons defensive end Patrick Kerney, at least at the right price. Instead, Kerney got the right price from the Seattle Seahawks.

    According to Jay Glazer of FoxSports.com, Kerney signed a six-year deal worth a total of $39.5 million, with $19.5 of that guaranteed.

    Kerney only had 4.5 sacks last year, but in eight years he has three seasons with double-digit sacks, and last year was the first time he missed any games. He has 58 sacks in his career.

  • Former Vikings quarterback Brad Johnson signed a three-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys.

  • Former Vikings running back Joe Echemandu, whose first name was Adimchinobe when he was in Minnesota, was re-signed by the Oakland Raiders on Monday.

  • The No. 1 offensive tackle prospect in free agency, Leonard Davis (Arizona Cardinals), was signed by the Dallas Cowboys.

  • The NFC North rival Green Bay Packers lost two offensive players to other teams. Running back Ahman Green signed with the Houston Texans and tight end David Martin inked with the Miami Dolphins.

    VISITS OF INTEREST

  • Former Vikings linebacker Napoleon Harris was visiting with the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday.

  • Tight end Reggie Kelly (Cincinnati Bengals) was visiting Arizona. The Oakland Raiders also entertained Kelly on Monday.

  • Cornerback Roderick Hood (Philadelphia Eagles) was also in Arizona.


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