Veteran Receiver On Vikings' Radar?

The Vikings are interested in a big-name veteran wide receiver that is expected to hit the free-agent market on February 29, according to a league source.

The Vikings will be making decisions on two of their own receivers in the coming weeks and months, but there is a big name that has surfaced that is on their radar, according to what a league source at the NFL Scouting Combine told Scout.com's Adam Caplan.

While the Vikings could lose Robert Ferguson to free agency and are still talking with Troy Williamson about his possibilities to stick with the team, the league source says the Vikings are showing an interest in Jerry Porter, who exercised a clause in his contract to void the final two years of his contract with the Oakland Raiders.

The top receivers who could reach the free-agent market right now are the Bears' Bernard Berrian – who won't receive the franchise tag, Bears general manager Jerry Angelo confirmed Thursday afternoon – the Seahawks' D.J. Hackett, the Patriots' Randy Moss and the Cardinals' Bryant Johnson.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound receiver had 44 catches for 705 yards and six touchdowns last year in Oakland. In 2006, however, he was suspended four games for disciplinary reasons for criticizing the organization and suffered through a hip injury. He played only four games that season.

The previous two seasons, he was nearly a 1,000-yard receiver, catching 76 passes for 942 yards in 2005 and 64 passes for 998 yards in 2004.

In eight seasons with the Raiders, Porter has 3,939 yards and 30 touchdowns.

What Porter brings to the table is his ability to run after the catch – a key trait for a receiver to play in the West Coast offense like the Vikings employ. He averaged 4.3-yards after the catch last year, according to FootballOutsiders.com, which was slightly above the league average for 2007. The 29-year-old averages 13.9 yards per catch over his career.

Porter should find good interest around the league for his services because of the dearth of talent at the position that will become available at the start of free agency on Feb. 29.


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