The Vikings are expected to fill their final coaching vacancy with the hiring of an assistant defensive line coach after losing two coaches to the St. Louis Rams in the last month.
The Vikings lost assistant defensive line coach Brendan Daly to the St. Louis coaching staff earlier this month, but didn't waste time hiring a replacement.
Although the move wasn't official yet on Tuesday morning, the team is expected to hire Diron Reynolds, who will serve as the assistant defensive line coach under Karl Dunbar.
Reynolds, a linebacker for Wake Forest
from 1989-93, spent the 2007 season as the Dolphins defensive line coach, but was fired along with the rest of the coaching staff when Bill Parcells came on board and hired Tony Sporano as the Dolphins' new head coach.
Reynolds' primary connection to being hired by Minnesota likely comes from his five-year stint as a defensive quality control assistant coach with the Indianapolis Colts from 2002-06, where Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier was also on the staff.
Prior to his tenure with the Colts, Reynolds spent one year (2001) working with the defensive tackles at Indiana, where he also worked under Cameron, the head coach for the Hoosiers at the time.
Reynolds played linebacker at Wake Forest from 1990-93, and earned his degree in communications. After graduating, he spent two years coaching football, basketball and track at Brooklyn-Cayce High School in Columbia, S.C. Following that, he served as a graduate assistant at Wake Forest from 1997-98, where he earned his master’s degree in liberal arts. He was promoted to outside linebackers coach for the Demon Deacons in 1999, and held that post for two years.
Reynolds is the older brother of former Florida State defensive end Jamal Reynolds, a first-round draft choice of the Green Bay Packers in 2001. Another brother, Rashad, played linebacker at Rice, while his father, William, was a defensive end at South Carolina State.
Reynolds played and coached under Jim Caldwell at Wake Forest. Caldwell is now the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, taking over from the recently retired Tony Dungy.
Although many of the quarterbacks the Vikings may have had a free agent interest in are expected to come off the market, like Kurt Warner and Donovan McNabb, one who is sure to be available is Buccaneers QB Jeff Garcia. On Monday, Garcia said his agent has been told that he won't be coming back to Tampa Bay. Garcia was a backup in Philadelphia the last year Brad Childress was offensive coordinator and helped lead the Eagles to the playoffs while McNabb was sidelined due to injury.
The purge of veteran players continued Monday and Tuesday morning, as a pair of borderline Hall of Famers were let go by the teams that drafted them a decade ago. The Jaguars released Fred Taylor on Monday and the Saints reportedly cut Deuce McAllister on Tuesday morning, with a press conference expected in the afternoon to announce the move. Both of them are the career rushing leaders for their respective franchises, but both represented significant hits against their teams' salary caps, which pushed their release.
Just to show how quickly the salary cap can change things, the Broncos cut six veteran players Monday, freeing up $22.2 million in cap space for the new regime to go shopping for free agents.
The Cardinals are expected to announce this week that is has slapped the franchise tag on LB Karlos Dansby, which could open the door for Warner to field free-agent offers if he chooses not to immediately re-sign with the Cardinals.
A rumor out of Chicago says that the Bears might be interested in trading linebacker Brian Urlacher to the Cardinals for disgruntled wide receiver Anquan Boldin, a move that would bolster both the Bears offense and the Cards defense.
In a column in the Star-Tribune Monday, Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said he would have had no interest in Brett Favre had he been released by the Jets. Wilf said that he would have been interested 15 years ago, but not now, adding that he is glad he is retired so the Vikings don't have to face him anymore.