Chat: Caplan Talks Vikings Free Agency
JBrowner47: Hey Adam....thanks for stopping by
JBrowner47: Adam, are we strictly talking free agency or draft or both?
adamcaplan: free agency
Proudhorn: Who do you expect the Vikings to push more for: Gibril Wilson or Madieu Williams?
adamcaplan: PR: Wilson
Tyr: That's a bit surprising.
vikingspub: In talking with someone from the Cincy media at the Combine, he said how much Leslie Frazier pushed for Williams in the 2004 draft.
adamcaplan: Williams is big/physical
Justincredible11: Who's the better fit for the Vikings WCO, Bernard Berrian, D.J. Hackett or Jerry Porter?
adamcaplan: JUSTIN: Berrian than Porter
adamcaplan: MIN doesn't want Hackett, I think
Tyr: Do you see the Vikings targeting any DEs in free agency or would they prefer to address DE through the draft?
Justincredible11: How strong do you think they will push for Berrian? Is their interest real in him?
adamcaplan: JUSTIN: Yes, I think they will
adamcaplan: TEN too
VikingK: Gibril Wilson is a Childresst ype. He likes guys he played against with Philly
JODakota: Are there any trade talks involving the Vikes (besides the Williamson to Jacksonville deal)?
adamcaplan: JO: Not that I know of
VikingK: Hopefully someone's calling to say that the Vikes traded for Larry Fitzgerald.
adamcaplan: VIK: Read my stuff on Fitz from today
JBrowner47: Adam is getting some inside info on a trade for McKinnie.....LOL
VikingK: I can dream, can't I?
JBrowner47: Adam, Tenn has a lot of cap room, will they be able to resign both Antwan Odom and Travis LaBoy? If not who goes where?
adamcaplan: JB: I think TEN will lose both
adamcaplan: PHI wants at least one of them, if not both
Proudhorn: I think the charges against McKinnie are no big deal when the smoke clears
JBrowner47: Proud, McKinnie planted a silver lane pole over the guys head
Proudhorn: Yes but maybe it was self-defense
Rattz67: Pub, what do you think the Vikes will do with McKinnie? Should they look at Flozell Adams and draft a LT?
vikingspub: Both Childress and Spielman said this draft is deep at OT. I'd expect them to draft one in the first three rounds for depth this year and potentially to push Ryan Cook.
coyote62: What do you think the Vikes will do at pick #17 or what should they do?
adamcaplan: COY: They can get a WR later. They have to get a DE badly.
JBrowner47: ?? who
Rattz67: Who at DE?
adamcaplan: We'll look at draft later
adamcaplan: Here's what I think MIN does in free agency as noted in my blog: WR-Berrian or Bryant Johnson
adamcaplan: DE- Justin Smith they will make a run at, I believe
Rattz67: Vikes haven't had much luck drafting DE over the last 10 years plus
adamcaplan: S-Wilson or Williams
adamcaplan: I believe they will show interest in both
JBrowner47: How many could they afford?
Tyr: I would be happy with that.
adamcaplan: They want Berrian, I believe, but won't overpay.
adamcaplan: I would expect a WR/DE/S out of free agency
Tyr: Do you think that Justin Smith could come alive as a pass rusher in Minnesota or is he always just going to be a solid all around end?
adamcaplan: TYR: His play fell off with rush but he can do better
Justincredible11: Is the supposed interest in Cleo Lemon real?
adamcaplan: JUST: He's actually not too bad
VikingK: I think he would be someone who could push T-Jack but wouldn't have to be a starter.
JODakota: Did I read correctly today that Fitz may be traded...to Philly?
adamcaplan: JO: They are really far apart. Read my blog today. I have it all
adamcaplan: JO: Forget it to Philly. No chance at (the salary) he wants to play
Tyr: Adam, what kind of money do you think Bryant Johnson is looking for?
adamcaplan: TYR: 8-10 guaranteed
Tyr: That's reasonable compared to Berrian.
adamcaplan: TY: Keep in mind Johnson has been a backup
Tyr: I am very familiar with him.
adamcaplan: Berrian will look for 15-17 g
VikingsY2K: Adam... do the Vikings have more interest in Gibril Wilson or Madieu Williams?
adamcaplan: VIK: I would imagine Wilson, but I know they will show interest in both. They can't talk to them yet but I believe they will on Friday
greatcdnvike: How can anyone take us serious with T-Jack as the starter and no real backup?
adamcaplan: GREAT: I agree
adamcaplan: Lemon isn't bad at all. Good arm
aungo4: Any word on the Vikings soon-to-be free agents (Scott, Richardson, Moore, etc) getting interest from other teams?
VikingsY2K: Any interest on the Vikings part for Antwan Odom?
adamcaplan: VIK: probably, but the Eagles want him
Rattz67: How quickly will these guys move, Friday, the weekend, a week?
adamcaplan: Top guys, first three days
VikingsY2K: Thanks for the insights... good stuff.
Justincredible11: So Justin Smith, Bernard Berrian, and Gibril Wilson would be a successful FA period for them?
adamcaplan: JUST: Very, and they can afford it
JBrowner47: Who's better, Odom or Smith?
adamcaplan: JB: Smith
adamcaplan: Be sure to read my blog
adamcaplan: I've had a ton of free agency info on the Vikings
VikingsY2K: Will do.
JBrowner47: Blog link Adam?:
adamcaplan: JB: It should be linked off of the front page
adamcaplan: Smith also leads the DEs in plays on the field
Justincredible11: Why no interest in Hackett? Injuries?
adamcaplan: JUST: Too much like Rice
greatcdnvike: Any chance at Randy Moss?
adamcaplan: GREAT: You have a better chance of getting signed
greatcdnvike: Do insiders think our coach is nutz when they watch Tarvaris?
adamcaplan: GREAT: They want to give him a chance
Justincredible11: Would Berrian come here, Adam? I read all over the internet that he wants to go to SF
adamcaplan: JUSTIN: It's about money really. Both teams have it.
Tyr: If Justin Smith signs elsewhere, who do you think that the Vikings would target at DE?
adamcaplan: TYR: Probably one of the TEN DEs.
adamcaplan: and draft
VikingsY2K: Looking ahead to the draft... are they leaning DE? Perhaps Campbell or Harvey?
adamcaplan: VIK: I'm really not looking to draft now. Just free agency
greatcdnvike: Can you start a rumor about Brett Favre quitting. Then we might win our division
Justincredible11: Can Berrian be that deep threat opposite Rice with Wade in the slot? I really don't remember seeing it in Chicago.
adamcaplan: JUST: He really gets deep, although some question if he's a fit for WCO
Tyr: So do you expect the Vikings to be very active at the start of FA or will their moves take some time to play out?
adamcaplan: TYR: Yes
adamcaplan: First few days they will show interest in a bunch of players
Proudhorn: That's great to hear
Tyr: That should be a nice change from last year.
adamcaplan: Kevin Curtis was actually offered more money last year, but yet chose Philly
JBrowner47: What about Nate Washington...RFA?
adamcaplan: JB: Not part of the good hands people, but talented. Can run.
hatesthepackers: Who else are they interested in?
adamcaplan: Porter scares me. Doesn't always come to play.
VikingK: I thought the Vikes were ripped unfairly last year. There wasn't anything out there.
adamcaplan: VIK: Which is why if they don't like what Berrian wants, they won't sign him
VikingK: They spent the year before.
VikingsY2K: Any QB's besides Lemon on their radar?
Tyr: I saw that you posted that the Vikings might have interest in McCareins? Would he be viewed as a replacement for Ferguson or would he be expected to contribute in a bigger role?
adamcaplan: TY: Childress was in Philly, who liked him. WCO fit
VikingK: I live in New York. Every Jet fan hated McCareins
adamcaplan: VIK: HE fell out of favor with the coaching staff
Justincredible11: How happy are the Vikings brass really to have Williamson off their hands?
adamcaplan: JUST: Very. Bad fit for WCO.
TyTom: Would be great to see some action in the very beginning of free agency
adamcaplan: TY: Only problem is free agency isn't going to be very good overall
JODakota: I don't see a link to Adam's blog, can someone help? Thanks
Tyr: Is it true that the Raiders are shopping Huff?
adamcaplan: TY: Yes and others
adamcaplan: he's just an average player
Justincredible11: McCareins' hands are terrible. I live in NY and watched him every sunday. It was like watching Troy Williamson in Green.
hatesthepackers: What about Bobby McCray?
adamcaplan: HATE: I believe there could be interest there too. Edge rusher. Tall/thin. Bad season last year, Good two years ago.
Rattz67: Adam's blog is on the right hand side of scout.com
aungo4: ¬ 12http://min.scout.com/a.z?s=63&p=2&c=731650
JBrowner47: Aungo to the rescue!!
VikingsY2K: Adam... where do you see Michael Turner ending up? Chicago, Seattle?
adamcaplan: VIK: I had it in my blog
adamcaplan: HOU/SEA few others
hatesthepackers: Are the vikes interested in Odom?
adamcaplan: HATE: Depends on what happens with Justin Smith
adamcaplan: If not, then one of the TEN DEs or McCray
TyTom: What about a safety?
adamcaplan: TY: As noted in my blog: Wilson/Williams
Tyr: Do you see the Vikings re-signing any of their own FAs before Friday or do you expects guys like Dontarrious Thomas and Darrion Scott to test FA?
adamcaplan: TYR: Haven't heard yet
adamcaplan: Trying to reach Richardson. Still.
Tyr: Ok, cool.
Justincredible11: Adam, can Brian Robison ever develop into an every-down DE?
adamcaplan: JUST: In time, possibly. Talented DE. Just needs to be on the field more.
Tyr: Which teams do you expect to be major players in FA this year?
adamcaplan: TYR: MIN, DET, NYJ
hatesthepackers: do the vikes have any interest in Bryant Johnson
adamcaplan: HATE: Yes I believe
greatcdnvike: We should trade for Jared Allen..for Mckinnie?
adamcaplan: GREAT: Good luck with that
TyTom: There is no rumor of trading away Chester Taylor is there?
adamcaplan: TY: Nope
JODakota: Where will Mewelde Moore go?
adamcaplan: JO: Good question.
adamcaplan: Hopefully where he'll actually get a realistic chance to play
nokio8423: Where do you think Jonathan Vilma will end up?
adamcaplan: NO: Team that needs a 4-3 MLB, like NO
Tyr: Do you see Larry Fitzgerald restructuring his contract before FA or are the Cardinals screwed?
adamcaplan: TY: Teams says yes, but they are really far apart
adamcaplan: Fitz needs to get realistic
JBrowner47: Adam, do you think the Vikes will try to move McKinnie due to the new 'policy'?
adamcaplan: JB: No idea yet
greatcdnvike: Would KC trade Jared Allen for McKinnie and a pick?
adamcaplan: GREAT: McKinnie is an average LT
adamcaplan: Carl Peterson would be fired if he made that deal
Justincredible11: They can't move him. Who's gonna play LT? Artis Hicks?
VikingK: Is Fitzgerald trying to worm his way out of AZ?
greatcdnvike: Sean Jensen has a new report out moss is staying with Patriots
adamcaplan: GREAT: I expected as much
JBrowner47: What about Fitz for McKinnie...he'd protect Leinart's front side
adamcaplan: JB: Again, good luck with that
adamcaplan: Teams know McKinnie on tape isn't anything special
hatesthepackers: Any chance we offer Jared Allen a contract
JBrowner47: But that cap figure puts them in a pickle
adamcaplan: HATE: Uh, no
VikingK: Maybe if we gave McKinnie a pole he'd be more aggressive on the field
Tyr: At least McKinnie has stepped up as a run blocker.
adamcaplan: Guys, this isn't fantasy football. You can't just throw guys out there.
adamcaplan: VIK: Good one
greatcdnvike: Do Childress and Wilf get along?
adamcaplan: GREAT: As far as I know, yes
Justincredible11: If the Vikings are able to obtain Berrian, Smith and Wilson, this offseason coupled by another good draft. How do you think they stack up in the NFC?
adamcaplan: JUSTIN: Let's see who they get first
JBrowner47: Adam, did we get enough for Williamson? Or did we rob the Jags?
adamcaplan: JB: If it's a 6th, I would say no. Should have been conditional up to 5th
Tyr: I just assumed that they took a 6th this year so that they can try move around in the draft.
greatcdnvike: Any chance TB would give up Chris Sims
adamcaplan: GREAT: Yes
adamcaplan: They can't bring them all back
Rattz67: Adam, are the Vikes a legit playoff contender, even with a good FA and draft, with T-Jack at QB?
adamcaplan: RATT: No. No pass rush. No QB yet.
greatcdnvike: 38 sacks. 8th in the league?
adamcaplan: GR: Watch them play
JBrowner47: Mostly by LBs
Tyr: But it wasn't a consistent pass rush.
Justincredible11: Bringing LB's. Awful in pass d for a reason
greatcdnvike: QB play is putrid
Justincredible11: No pressure from the front 4
adamcaplan: JUST: Not enough, and they don't have a DE who can rush, period.
Rattz67: Ok, on the QB front, any McNabb rumors?
adamcaplan: ratt: Nope
adamcaplan: I don't see him being moved yet
Tyr: We need more pressure from the ends and a penetrating DT to rotate in with the Williams would really help.
idahovike: Will Vikes bring back Darrion Scott
adamcaplan: ID: I would think they will try, but haven't heard
VikingK: I'd like to see Kevin Willams lose a little weight.
VikingK: He doesn't make as many plays as he did his first two years.
Tyr: He did have that knee injury, but it seems like Pat and Kevin have turned into the same player.
adamcaplan: BTW, PA and Dubay on Friday 10:20 AM CST
idahovike: would vikes ever try to get moss back
adamcaplan: Sirius 7-10 PM CST
adamcaplan: Saturday 5-8 pm CST
greatcdnvike: i know..i hear you..all the time...
greatcdnvike: PA relies on you
adamcaplan: Great guy, PA
nokio8423: Is Dewayne Robertson on the radar? He is a good penetrator at DT
adamcaplan: NO: He'll be moved
Rattz67: Samuel is going to New Orleans per profootballtalk.com
adamcaplan: RATT: Makes sense, and McKenzie may not be able to play
adamcaplan: ALL: That's all the time I have, see you next time
adamcaplan: Probably next week
Proudhorn: Thanks for all the info
aungo4: Adam - Thanks.
Tyr: Thank you.
Rattz67: Thanks Adam!
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