Notebook: Visiting the Rival

A former Viking has gotten his first free-agent visit while a number of players the Vikings have visited with remain unsigned.

Defensive tackle Ross Kolodziej had a tryout with the Detroit Lions on Friday, Kolodziej's first official visit with another team since free agency opened at the beginning of March.

Two weeks into the process, Kolodziej told VikingUpdate.com that he had received interest from a couple of teams but wasn't going to be one of those guys saying there was a ton of interest in him when there didn't seem to be anything developing with a sense of urgency.

"The vibe I've gotten is that no teams are in a hurry to do anything. … There doesn't seem to be a sense of urgency by most clubs," Kolodziej said in mid-March.

Kolodziej signed a one-year contract with the Vikings last summer, so he's been through the free-agent waiting process and didn't seem concerned. He thought most teams were waiting for players' values to drop as the draft draws closer.

The six-year veteran played in 12 games last season and was a healthy scratch for four games. He finished the year with eight tackles as a backup for Pat Williams and Kevin Williams. For his career (playing with the Vikings, Giants, 49ers and Cardinals), he has 56 tackles.

  • Still waiting: While the Vikings had wide receivers Aaron Moorehead and Cortez Hankton in for free-agent visits recently, neither of them has signed with the Vikings or any other team.

    The same is true for the free-agent defensive tackle Ian Scott, who visited the Vikings and more recently the Atlanta Falcons.

    The Vikings' need at wide receiver is pronounced after losing Koren Robinson, Marcus Robinson and Travis Taylor within the past year, not to mention the Randy Moss trade two years ago. Travis Taylor and Marcus Robinson are still unsigned as unrestricted free agents, but the Vikings haven't shown an interest in re-signing either of them. Koren Robinson is still serving his league-imposed suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy after an arrest for speeding and DUI during the Vikings' training camp last year. He signed with the Green Bay Packers last year and caught seven passes in four games before his suspension was handed down.

  • This is the week: The Vikings' big predraft visit days are this week. They are expected to host dozens of prospects over a two-day period, Wednesday and Thursday, this week. VikingUpdate.com and Scout.com will continue to update draft interests as we confirm them, and we'd also encourage readers to check out our predraft portal page, where we've link to known interests already.


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