NFL Free Agents 2012: Why the Vikings Are Foolish for Not Pursuing Brandon Carr

Sammy SucuSenior Analyst IMarch 13, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 18:   Brandon Carr #39 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates after a win against the Green Bay Packers at Arrowhead Stadium on December 18, 2011 in Kansas CIty, Missouri.  The Chiefs defeated the Packers 19-14.   (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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The Minnesota Vikings are foolish for not pursuing free-agent cornerback Brandon Carr

According to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Chicago Bears have just traded two third-round picks to the Miami Dolphins for wide receiver Brandon Marshall. This now means that the Vikings are going to face Marshall, Greg Jennings and Calvin Johnson six times per year—that can't make the team feel good.

The only way the Vikings would be able to contain these receivers is by beefing up their secondary with talented pass defenders. And the only way to fix their secondary is to draft new talent or sign existing talent because their group of corner backs is awful.

Brandon Carr and Cortland Finnegan lead the free-agent class of talented corner backs, and the Vikings would definitely benefit from either of their services.

According to a report from Jeremy Fowler of Pioneer Press, the Vikings will not pursue Brandon Carr.

Despite the need for a top cornerback, the Minnesota Vikings are not expected to enter the free agency bidding for Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Carr, according to two people with knowledge of the situation.

Carr, 25, has eight interceptions and 65 pass deflections in four NFL seasons and would seem a good fit for the Vikings because of his age and ability.

The Vikings are making a huge mistake for not entering the Carr sweepstakes. Although the Vikes may be able to address their need at cornerback during the draft, none of those players will immediately help the team and their much maligned secondary.

If the Vikings are serious about making a push for the playoffs, they need to change their mind and pursue Carr—especially if they want to make that push sooner than later. 

If Minnesota is banking on Cortland Finnegan joining their team, they should not hold their breath. According to a tweet from ESPN's Adam Schefter, Cortland Finnegan is meeting with the St. Louis Rams today. Should the Vikings miss out on both Carr and Finnegan, they can expect to be torched by Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford, Jay Cutler and the rest of the great quarterbacks on their 2012 schedule. 

Young cornerbacks in the draft may pan out for the Vikings, but Carr would be a guarantee, and the Vikings can't risk another draft-day bust. 


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