Scott Continues Visits

Defensive tackle Ian Scott, whom the Vikings are interested in, resumed his visits around the league on Thursday. Plus, get more insight on the free agents the Vikings have signed and other former Vikings inking contracts around the league.

The Minnesota Vikings had defensive tackle Ian Scott in for two visits – last week and again on Monday of this week – but they have been unable to get him signed to a contract.

On Thursday, the former Chicago Bear resumed his free-agent mini-tour with a visit to the Atlanta Falcons, the third team the unrestricted free agent has visited.

Plus, after letting Scott hang out on the free-agent market for three weeks, the Bears were suddenly back in the picture, according to reports out of Chicago that had the Bears showing a renewed interest in Scott last week.

One of Chicago's starting defensive tackles, Tank Johnson, got sentenced to four months in jail last week, which will cause him to miss the team's offseason minicamps and conditioning program but allow him to be released on time for training camp. The Bears also lost Pro Bowl defensive tackle Tommie Harris in December to a ruptured hamstring, but he is expected to be ready for training camp as well.

Scott also has made trips to see the Denver Broncos, who also visited with former Bears defensive tackle Alfonso Boone. Boone signed with the Kansas City Chiefs late last week and, along with the Chiefs re-signing defensive tackle Ron Edwards, that is thought to take the Chiefs out of the mix for Scott, who previously had a visit scheduled with him. The Broncos' signing of Alvin McKinley on Tuesday is thought to take them out of the running for Scott.

A 6-foot-3, 302-pound defender, Scott 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.

With the Vikings, he would be expected to back up Pat Williams and Kevin Williams, both being named to the Pro Bowl following the 2006 season. Scott is known as a solid run defender and could be a good rotational interior lineman to allow more rest for the Williamses.

The Falcons have Rod Coleman and Grady Jackson as their starting defensive tackles with Jonathan Babineaux as their primary backup. Babineaux was charged with felony animal cruelty in February after the death of a dog that belonged to his live-in girlfriend.


In a radio interview with KFAN on Thursday, Vikings head coach Brad Childress was feeling good about his free-agent signings to date. Although tight end Visante Shiancoe and wide receiver Bobby Wade weren't highly publicized free agents, Childress said he got affirmation after they signed with the Vikings from their former coaches.

Childress said he was told by Tennessee offensive coordinator Norm Chow that "you took our best receiver. That's the best player we had." That's high praise considering the Titans also lost Drew Bennett to the St. Louis Rams in free agency. Bennett was given a six-year. $30 million contract by the Rams. Wade was given a five-year, $15 million contract by the Vikings.

Childress said he got another favorable review on Shiancoe from New York Giants tight ends coach Mike Pope. Childress, who saw Shiancoe develop with the Giants when Childress was the offensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles, who played the Giants twice a year, said Shiancoe got better every year he was in New York. Childress also attended a predraft workout of Shiancoe's before the 2003 season, when the Giants selected him in the third round.


  • is reporting that former Vikings tight end Jermaine Wiggins has agreed to a one-year, $1 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he will be reunited with former Vikings head coach Mike Tice, the assistant head coach/offense in Jacksonville under head coach Jack Del Rio, the former Vikings linebacker.

  • The Atlanta Falcons signed former Vikings kicker Aaron Elling.

  • The Miami Dolphins signed former Vikings guard Chris Liwienski, whom the Vikings released last year before the season started. Liwienski played under former Vikings head coach Dennis Green and line coach Steve Loney with the Arizona Cardinals in 2006.

  • The New England Patriots re-signed former Vikings safety Rashad Baker, who was scheduled to be a restricted free agent until the Patriots didn't tender him an offer.

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