The Vikings tried to sign Scott as a backup last March during free agency, but he elected to join the Philadelphia Eagles in May after also visiting the New England Patriots. The 6-foot-3, 302-pounder spent the season on injured reserve with the Eagles before they released him last week.
Scott started in all three playoff games for the Bears in 2006, including Super Bowl XLI. In 18 games (including the playoffs) in 2006, Scott registered 41 tackles, four tackles for a loss, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery. The Vikings were looking to acquire him for depth behind Pro Bowler Pat Williams and Kevin Williams, but he signed a one-year contract with a base salary of $650,000 with the Eagles.
The Vikings could elect to pursue him again this offseason, as Spencer Johnson, a backup primarily to Kevin Williams, and Darrion Scott, a defensive end who can rotate inside on passing downs, will both become unrestricted free agents if the Vikings don't re-sign them by March 3.
Last year in late March, Childress described Ian Scott as an "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."
Before going on injured reserve with the Eagles with a preseason knee injury, Scott had missed only five games in his previous three years.
A three-year defensive tackle at the University of Florida, Scott decided to enter the NFL draft following his junior season after posting 57 tackles, seven tackles for a loss, and one sack. He also earned second-team All-SEC honors as a sophomore.
The Vikings aren't commenting to the local media about defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier's interview for the Miami Dolphins head coaching job, but in interviews with other media outlets they have offered their opinions.
Frazier said he thought the interview went well and thought that the Dolphins officials, including new vice president of football operations Bill Parcells and general manager Jeff Ireland, felt the same way.
"We covered a lot of ground, through the gamut from top to bottom," Frazier told the Sun-Sentinel. "They wanted me to tell them how I'd turn around a 1-15 team, what my plan was."
Frazier interviewed with the Dolphins for four hours on Tuesday, but Cowboys assistant head coach Tony Sparano is believed to be the favorite because of his ties to Ireland and Parcells.
Frazier told the Sun-Sentinel that he believed the interview was conducted for legitimate reasons, not just to fulfill the Rooney Rule, an NFL rule stating that teams must interview at least one minority candidate when looking to fill a head coaching vacancy.
"I felt it was a legitimate interview based on merit. Jeff has followed my career and knows I had success everywhere I've been," Frazier said. "They did their homework and saw a guy who has a Super Bowl ring as a player and a coach. So let's find out who he is."
Vikings coach Brad Childress told Sirius NFL Radio on Wednesday that he talked with Parcells about Frazier.
"(Frazier) kind of got me updated (Tuesday) afternoon and I think it was a good process. I don't want to speak for him, but I had a good conversation with Coach Parcells," Childress said. "We'll just see what direction they're going. Great experience, I'm sure, for Leslie."
Before Rick Spielman and even before Fran Foley were in charge of the Vikings' personnel departments, the Vikings were interested in hiring Eagles head player personnel man Tom Heckert at the same time they were looking at Childress as their new head coach. Without being given the general manager title in Minnesota – remember the Triangle of Authority concept? – Heckert elected to stay in Philadelphia. Now he is a candidate to take over the personnel matters in Atlanta.
Childress, who worked with Heckert in Philadelphia, described Heckert to Sirius NFL Radio.
"You've got a career football guy who's done everything from scouting on the road with the Southeast Conference to doing pro personnel to doing both Jimmy Johnson and Don Shula's personnel. A football lifer," Childress said.