Vikings in the Lead for Scott?

The free-agent journey of Ian Scott could come to an end this week, and the Vikings are now considered a leader for his services.

As of Tuesday evening, the Vikings are in the lead to obtain free-agent defensive tackle Ian Scott, according to's Adam Caplan.

That news comes after the Denver Broncos signed defensive tackle Alvin McKinley to a four-year contract on Tuesday, eliminating their need at that position. Scott had made a free-agent visit to Denver last week. McKinley, entering his eighth NFL season, played the last six with the Cleveland Browns after spending his rookie season with the Carolina Panthers. He has started 32 of 82 regular-season games in which he has played, registering 113 tackles and six sacks in the last two years.

The Bears are still interested in re-signing Scott with an uncertain future surrounding Tank Johnson, who last week was sentenced to 120 days in jail. The Bears also lost defensive tackle Alfonso Boone to the Kansas City Chiefs last week in free agency, and Pro Bowler Tommie Harris ruptured his hamstring in December, although he is expected to be ready for training camp. The Bears also have Antonio Garay, who they have been developing, and Dusty Dvoracek in reserve.

Atlanta also has been rumored to have an interest in Scott, but he hasn't made a visit there while making two visits with the Vikings surrounding last weekend.

The 6-foot-3, 302-pound defender has missed only five games in the last three years, and in that timeframe he has accumulated 66 tackles and two sacks. He started seven games for the Bears last year, 13 in 2005 and the final 13 of 2004.

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