A league source told Viking Update that he expects another defensive end to visit the Vikings after Justin Smith signed with the San Francisco 49ers. Plus, get updates on other visits scheduled for the Vikings and former Vikings news.
The Vikings are going to be bringing in Tennessee Titans
defensive end Antwan Odom
for a visit, according to what a league source told Viking Update on Saturday. According to the source, Odom was still waiting to receive more detailed information on the contract Justin Smith
signed with the San Francisco 49ers
Smith was a target of the Vikings, and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier talked with Smith while he was at an airport on his way to San Francisco, but negotiations between the 49ers and Smith were pretty far along at that point, Frazier indicated. Frazier spent two seasons as the defensive coordinator in Cincinnati when Smith was playing there.
While Smith is a high-motor base defensive end, Odom is considered to have a bit more pass-rush potential. While Smith had two sacks last year, Odom, at 6-foot-5, 274 pounds, had eight sacks.
Odom reportedly has visits scheduled with the Bengals and Cardinals, but the source indicated that the Viking Update should "look out for Antwan Odom."
In former Vikings news, a source confirmed that defensive tackle Spencer Johnson, has signed with the Buffalo Bills. Johnson informed the Vikings of that this morning.
Beside Dontarrious Thomas signing with the San Francisco 49ers, no other former Vikings signings are known yet.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' reported interest in Mewelde Moore didn't surprise Frazier, who said the Bucs were interested in Moore last year.
ESPN reports that the Vikings are among "at least 10 teams" that have reached out to express an interest in wide receiver Javon Walker, who was released by the Denver Broncos on Friday. The other teams, according to ESPN, are the 49ers, Bills, Bucs, Panthers, Raiders and Vikings.
According to a league source, running back/kick returner Maurice Hicks will be visiting the Vikings on Monday morning. Viking Update reported earlier that Hicks would be visiting Sunday or Monday.
Receiver Bernard Berrian was still at Winter Park early Saturday afternoon and meeting with coaches. "He is still upstairs in meetings with George (Stewart, receivers coach) and Bev (Darrell Bevell, offensive coordinator)," head coach Brad Childress said. "We're kind of still moving him through the paces. It's a process. I got a chance to have dinner with him last night."
Newly signed safety Madieu Williams is highly involved in children's hospital charity work and made it a priority that he wanted to visit Children's Hospital before leaving Minnesota.