Wade: Vikings Likely to Add WR

Bobby Wade was the first free-agent wide receiver the Vikings added to their roster this offseason, but he says the team was looking for more.

One of the first visits the Minnesota Vikings had in free agency was wide receiver Kevin Curtis. More than a week later, however, Curtis is still on the market and just hired a new team of agents.

Curtis visited the Vikings last Friday and Saturday, then made his way to Detroit, where he fired his agent, Tom Condon. He has since visited the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles, but now that the league-imposed five-day waiting period is over after firing an agent, Curtis is now working with Bruce and Ryan Tollner, and talks are expected to heat up.

If those talks include the Vikings, it wouldn't be a surprise to their new wide receiver, Bobby Wade, who signed with the team Tuesday night. He knew Curtis was an option for the Vikings all along, and he says the Vikings kept in contact with him even while Curtis was in town visiting. And the team told Wade they were looking to sign more than one wide receiver.

"Kevin was the same year as me and we played at the Senior Bowl together—great guy and I got to know him pretty well. I definitely knew he was coming to Minnesota," Wade said. "It didn't really change my decision (to visit) because Minnesota still showed an interest through that whole visit with Kevin. We stayed in tight contact.

"Plus, the need they expressed was not only for one but maybe a couple of receivers on the free-agent market. That didn't deter me from wanting to come and visit at all."

Curtis is expected to make a decision on his new team in the coming days. The Vikings could still use a No. 1 and No. 2 receiver, and Vikings coach Brad Childress has indicated that the team was still interested in negotiating with Curtis despite the Wade signing.

In New York, Curtis probably would be able to compete for only the No. 3 job with Sinorice Moss. Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer, who is reportedly doing well coming back from a partially torn ACL in 2006, are entrenched as the starters there. Philadelphia is looking for a No. 2 receiver opposite Reggie Brown. And the Detroit Lions, with Curtis' former head coach Mike Martz now the offensive coordinator there, are thought to be the frontrunner for the wide receiver's services.

The Vikings haven't brought in any other receivers for visits besides Wade and Curtis.

Wade will be mainly a slot receiver for the Vikings, and he knows the Vikings are still looking for a No. 1 and maybe a No. 2 receiver as well. Having that many new faces at one position, along with a quarterback who has only started two games, isn't likely to produce a honed offense from the start.

"It's definitely going to take time, but I think where we're at right now within the year, it gives us plenty of time. Not only do we have minicamps coming up, we've got OTAs (organized team activities) that are so instrumental in building the timing, especially with the skilled players—passing the ball, timing of the routes, quarterbacks and wide receivers.

"I compare it to last year. Having a new offense and new quarterback situation (with the Tennessee Titans). That provided a lot of opportunities to get timing down for us. I expect it to be the same here in Minnesota. Whatever new additions we have as far as wide receivers and for that matter quarterbacks with Tarvaris coming back, I think we can definitely be on the same page when it comes time to getting in camp, where camp is really more about honing skills and putting the finishing touches on."


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