Trio of Purple Free Agency

One former Viking was released, one current Viking re-signed and one potential Viking was back on the free-agent tour visiting another team.

Defensive tackle Ian Scott resumed his free-agent tour Wednesday with a visit to the New England Patriots.

After visiting with the Minnesota Vikings in March, Scott also visited the Atlanta Falcons and was reportedly negotiating with them in late March.

At that point, Vikings coach Brad Childress said the Vikings were still in the running to obtain the services of the former Chicago Bear.

"I think we are, yeah. His agent is right down here, as a matter of fact," Childress told's Adam Caplan at the NFL owners meetings in Arizona. "I think the agent, sometimes they get caught in the landscape of, ‘I can get you this much money.' When that pot of gold is not there, you can get this kind of holding period.

"It's got to be good for him and it's got to be good for us."

The Patriots have been atypically aggressive in free agency this offseason, signing top available linebacker Adalius Thomas and trading for former Vikings receiver Randy Moss in last weekend's draft.

Scott also has made trips to see the Denver Broncos, but they appear to be out of the running. He is also expected to visit with the Philadelphia Eagles today, according to Caplan.

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, Scott 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.

Asked about his role if Scott signed with the Vikings, Childress said: "Inside guy who arguably had his best years with (Vikings defensive line coach) Karl Dunbar in Chicago. You kind of cut out the unknowns from the standpoint of work ethic, skill and ability you see on tape."

Scott is the top ranked defensive player by remaining in free agency and the Chicago Bears still have interest in re-signing him, according to Caplan.

  • Linebacker Heath Farwell signed his exclusive-rights free-agent tender Wednesday. Farwell, who will be entering his third season in the pros and the NFL, was the team's leader on special teams last year with 25 tackles, a whopping 10 more than second-place finisher Ronyell Whitaker. He also had a fumble recovery.

    At a time when the Vikings are officially signing their undrafted rookie free agents, Farwell shows the importance of a few of those players who will likely make the team.

  • However, a former Vikings undrafted free agent, running back Butchie Wallace, was released by the Atlanta Falcons. Wallace didn't register any offensive or special teams statistics with the Falcons last year.

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