Groundhog Day

The Vikings have done little in free agency to improve on a team that lost eight of its last 10 games in 2006. But, as the calendars flip over to April, the first round of free agency is nearing an end and teams are retreating into their war room bunkers like a groundhog that saw its shadow.

With the turn of the calendar to April, it also brings a lull to the first round of free agency. While the Vikings were bit players in the process this year, the same wasn't true for many other teams – noteworthy among them the Patriots, who have no history of being big spenders on the open market.

However, look for the free-agent activity to slow to a crawl later this week, as teams bunker down over the next week or two to finalize their draft boards, conduct in-house mock drafts and, in some cases, become victims of paralysis by overanalysis of the 2007 rookie crop.

Coming into free agency, the conventional wisdom was the Vikings would be looking to improve at wide receiver, defensive end, the right side of the O-line and the defensive secondary. With the exception of Bobby Wade, the team hasn't even addressed any of those needs, dropping a huge onus on free agency.

With this part of the equation effectively done for most teams, the next couple of weeks will likely be marked by inactivity and, if there is any action, it's more likely to be in the form of trades than free-agent signings.

MONDAY NOTES
* Aaron Moorhead is expected to arrive in the Twin Cities later today for a free agent visit with the Vikings.
* The Vikings continue to show almost no interest in bringing back Travis Taylor despite being the team's leading receiver last year.
* The NFL's plan to have a preseason game between the Seahawks and Patriots in China Aug. 8 has been scrapped. The earliest the China Bowl will happen will be 2009. Instead, the league plans to play a regular-season game in London.
* The Vikings apparently don't have any interest in David Carr after all. After being the subject of trade rumors before Brad Childress shot them down, Carr was viewed as an ideal veteran to battle it out with Tarvaris Jackson and Brooks Bollinger. Instead, the Carr landing spot has included the Panthers and Seahawks with rumors persisting that the Raiders would be an ideal short-term fit if he wants to remain an NFL starter.

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