Rumors of interest in Simon begin to swirl
Simon was originally the sixth overall pick in the 2000 NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. He spent five seasons with the Eagles, collecting 32 sacks in 78 games. But the Eagles released him after he refused to sign his one-year franchise tender before the 2005 season.
The Colts signed Simon to a five-year, $30 million contract, but he had only 35 tackles with zero sacks in 13 games in his first season in Indy.
He did not play at all in 2006 because of a knee injury, arthroscopic knee surgery and an undisclosed illness, which officially landed him on the NFI (Non-Football Illness) list.
That undisclosed illness remains a bit of a mystery. But after signing with the Colts he checked in at somewhere in the neighborhood of 360 pounds and never really played himself into shape.
On Monday, Simon visited the Tennessee Titans and underwent a physical.
“We had him in for a physical, and we worked Corey out and he seemed to be in good shape,” Titans coach Jeff Fisher told The Tennessean.
There are character questions with Simon, but if anyone is familiar with him it would be Vikings head coach Brad Childress, who was with the Eagles the entire time Simon was there. He would know what he’s getting or not getting.
It is clear the Vikings are not satisfied with the current depth they have behind Pat Williams and Kevin Williams on the defensive line, and there is some uncertainty about the likelihood of re-signing Pat Williams beyond this season.
Also, Fred Evans, who played in only one game as a rookie with the Dolphins last year, has missed the past week while finalizing his legal situation in Florida. He agreed to a plea-bargain agreement last Thursday in Miami-Dade County court, stemming from a June 23 confrontation with police in Miami Beach. He also has a Sept. 5 summons to appear in Colorado County (Texas) court for a misdemeanor marijuana charge. Childress said Wednesday that he expects Evans to return to the Vikings today.
If healthy, in shape (at 320 pounds or less) and motivated, Simon is a Pro Bowl-caliber player. But nothing he’s done in the past two years indicates that he’s necessarily any of those things right now. However, if he is indeed motivated to get his career back on track, the situation with the Vikings might be a mutually favorable one at this stage of the season.
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