Notebook: Curtis Still Contemplating?

The Vikings would still like to land free-agent wide receiver Kevin Curtis, and a decision should be made soon. We explain the delays and the lay out the landscape of his options.

Free-agent wide receiver Kevin Curtis has visited with the Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles and Tennessee Titans. With new agents in tow, it would appear a decision should be coming soon (although we've written that before).

Despite signing free-agent receiver Bobby Wade, the Vikings are still seeking an additional wide receiver, Wade said, and their quest to find a No. 2 or No.1 receiver in Curtis could come to a head in the coming days, possibly even today.

On Saturday, the top-ranked free-agent receiver according to, hired new agents Bruce and Ryan Tollner, and they were trying to gauge Tennessee's interest in Curtis over the weekend, but Titans Executive Vice President and General Manager Mike Reinfeldt was detained with a family medical issue on the West Coast over the weekend. On Tuesday, Curtis visited with the Titans.

While Curtis has said he'd like to play in a warm-weather environment, the Titans are also considered one of the frontrunners for his services because they need a receiver after losing Drew Bennett to Curtis' former team, the St. Louis Rams, and lost Wade to the Vikings. Tennessee also has room to spare under the salary cap. The Vikings are also in a favorable cap situation.

The Detroit Lions have an advantage when it comes to familiarity, as Curtis' former head coach from the Rams, Mike Martz, is now the offensive coordinator in Detroit. However, the Lions also signed former Rams wide receiver Shaun McDonald earlier this week.

While Detroit has the Martz connection, the Eagles are in need of another receiver to complement Reggie Brown, and Philadelphia lost free agent Donte Stallworth to the New England Patriots. The Giants already have Amani Toomer and Plaxico Burress as their starting receivers, but Toomer is entering his 12th season and was lost for half of the 2006 season with an injury. New York does have Sinorice Moss as a third receiver.

After all that, it obvious Curtis has several options, one of which remains the Vikings.


The Detroit Lions caught the Vikings in number of outside free agents signed so far this offseason when they added McDonald. He was the second former Ram added to the mix, as they also signed cornerback Travis Fisher.

Martz's pipeline from St. Louis to Detroit appears healthy.


  • Besides entertaining Curtis on Tuesday, the Titans also signed cornerback Nick Harper, who was reportedly an interest of the Vikings. Harper never made a visit to Minnesota.

  • Another reported Vikings interest, defensive tackle Ian Scott (Chicago Bears), visited Denver on Tuesday. He has not visited the Vikings either.

  • The Seattle Seahawks are loaded at wide receiver with Darrell Jackson, Deion Branch, Nate Burleson and D.J. Hackett. Jackson is on the trading block, but it's uncertain what teams would need to surrender in order to obtain him. One line of thinking is that the Seahawks would like a second-round pick, the level at which they tendered restricted free agent D.J. Hackett, but might settle for less. The Seahawks also like what free agent Bobby Engram brought to them as a veteran presence, according to a league source, but Engram was visiting with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday.

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