It's no secret that the Minnesota Vikings need help in their secondary. With as many good defensive backs as there are hitting the open market, it seems pretty likely they'll pursue at least one higher-profile guy.
The Kansas City Chiefs signed former Oakland Raiders CB Stanford Routt on Monday, presumably closing the door on CB Brandon Carr.
Carr had somewhat of a breakout year for the Chiefs in 2011. He totaled 45 tackles, 15 passes defended and four interceptions.
The 25-year-old has a solid frame at 6'0", 207 lbs, and signing Carr would add some height to a severely undersized group of Vikings corners.
With Chris Cook's future on the team in question, the Vikings are left with only one corner—Cedric Griffin—above 6'. Given that Griffin hasn't been nearly the same player since rehabilitating two injured knees, some added height may be necessary in the secondary.
Now that Carr will almost certainly hit the open market, his services may come at a premium. Money shouldn't be a problem, though, because according to 1500espn.com's Tom Pelissero, the Vikings are already just more than $10 million under the salary cap. Pelissero speculated that with three key roster adjustments—the cutting of guards Steve Hutchinson and Anthony Herrera and CB Griffin—the Vikings would be nearly $23 million under the cap.
If those cuts were to take place, the Vikings would have plenty of extra cash to go get some key free agents to potentially make this team a contender in 2012.
Tennessee Titans CB Cortland Finnegan would be the ideal fee agent for the Vikings because of his bump-and-run style of coverage, but his services will be sought around the league and he will come with a huge price tag.
Instead, pursuing a guy like Carr could prove beneficial for the Vikings, who would then be able to designate some money to re-sign a few of their 16 free agents or address the issues on the offensive line or at WR.
A few days ago, I would have told you that signing Brandon Carr would be an unrealistic expectation of the Vikings. Now that the Chiefs have signed Routt, leaving the door open for Carr to leave, the possibility of Carr wearing purple seems more and more likely to me.
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